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First and Third Sunday
of every month
2pm-5pm

House Sessions - 
Second and Fourth Sundays 2pm-5pm

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Ottawa Cape Breton Session provides an opportunity to play tunes and sets that are part of the Cape Breton traditional repertoire. Sunday afternoon pub sessions are generally at a pretty fast pace. It is mostly group/session playing with the occasional song or solo. Anyone is welcome to join in and play with the group or share a song. Sessions  are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. Let her, or the pianist Ellen know if you have something special to share with the group.   

Sessions are primarily for the musicians to share the experience of traditional music, are open to anyone who can play a few of the common tunes of the tradition, and are great way to learn new tunes and meet new people. Want to join in? You can! To get familiar with the Cape Breton repertoire we have house sessions every other Sunday from 2-5pm at various locations. Regular house sessions are pretty fast, new tunes are learned mostly from sheet music. The Reel Sloow Jam is a house session that is at a more moderate tempo for learning.

If you don't play, but love to hear Maritime and Cape Breton music live you're more than welcome to come down to the pub sessions and have some fun. It's always a big and friendly group of folks, a great place to meet old friends and make new ones too.

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National Fiddle Day is coming soon! Save the date to join with fiddlers from all across the region to play Cape Breton as well as music from Canada's other fiddle traditions on the morning of May 20.


Apr 23 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656. Google Map There is limited parking on the street, and it is quite narrow. You may wish to drop off people or packages at the door and then proceed to park. There is plenty of parking just past Spyglass Ridge at the golf club parking lot.  Please RSVP on Doodle. For those new to Doodle, it is a simple survey to determine the number of people attending each event so that the host has enough chairs and space available. To add your name, click in the next available slot, insert your name, click in the check box under the dates you plan to attend, then click on Save. To change your entry, click on your name, click on the stubby pencil to the left of your name, make your changes, click Save.  If uncomfortable using Doodle, please contact the host directly if you plan to attend. BYOB

Apr 23 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Alana and Cleary Morris at 138 Solera Circle, near Bank and Hunt Club. Google MapParking in the driveway or on the street. This session will focus on learning the tunes that have been selected for the massed fiddles at Ottawa's National Fiddle Day celebration, including Fiddle Bill.  Aylene Gracie (who is on the board of CGFMA) will lead the group in learning the Cape Breton tunes, as well as the other genres, and Fiddle Bill as well.  More of a practice session, slower pace for learning new tunes. Mainly aimed at those who read music or learn by ear quickly. For intermediate/advanced players. Session à domicile:  Session à vitesse moyennement accéléré où apprender de nouveau ‘sets’ de pieces, généralement  à partir de feuilles de musique mais aussi ‘à l’oreil’. Lieu idéal pour faire l’essaie d’une  nouvelle chanson, ou pratiquer de nouvelles pieces avant de les jouer à la session au pub. C’est aussi un bon temps pour faire du ‘social’ avec des gens forts sympatiques et pour savourer des grignotines délicieuses.

May 7 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow 1541 Merivale Rd. From the 416 take the Maitland Ave. exit southbound, you'll end up right on Merivale Rd. There is parking in front of the building, enter off Capilano Dr. or Merivale northbound. Tons more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176.  Website Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

May 14 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656. Google Map There is limited parking on the street, and it is quite narrow. You may wish to drop off people or packages at the door and then proceed to park. There is plenty of parking just past Spyglass Ridge at the golf club parking lot.  Please RSVP on Doodle. For those new to Doodle, it is a simple survey to determine the number of people attending each event so that the host has enough chairs and space available. To add your name, click in the next available slot, insert your name, click in the check box under the dates you plan to attend, then click on Save. To change your entry, click on your name, click on the stubby pencil to the left of your name, make your changes, click Save.  If uncomfortable using Doodle, please contact the host directly if you plan to attend. BYOB

May 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Volunteers needed!

May 20 —Canada's National Fiddle Day: A day to celebrate Canadian fiddling! All cultural expressions of fiddling in Canada will be represented at Ottawa's National Fiddle Day celebration first thing on Saturday morning. Mark your calendars now to save the date. Maybe we can get 150 fiddlers to celebrate Canada's 150th? The final list of tunes for massed fiddles will be published soon. In the meantime you can start learning the Canada's  Fiddle Day Two Step (notes/recording). 

May 21 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Join us under the dory (near the lobster traps) to play some music, or bring some friends to listen to down home music and meet friends old or maybe make some new friends!  This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

May 28 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata. Queensway 417 to Kanata, exit at Castlefrank on left at the light. Turn left on Katimavik. Turn right on Chimo, 2nd driveway on the left. Google Map Park in driveway or next door at 140 Chimo. 613-591-0919 BYOB. The Reel Slooow Jam is aimed at those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. We'll focus on tunes such as airs and waltzes, as well as playing jigs and reels from the session repertoire but at a slower learning pace with more time for those who don't read music to learn by ear. Check the Tunes page for the list of tunes often played at the slow jam. Please RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session. BYOB

May 28—House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Volunteers needed!

Other Cape Breton Cultural Events
Events for those who enjoy the music and culture of Cape Breton Island.  

Apr 28 —Ottawa Traditional Fiddle and Folk Art Society will feature some Cape Breton fiddle music with Calum MacKenzie of Mabou, NS and Alexis MacIssac. Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 McArthur Rd., Ottawa. "Eastview hall".  Cost is $8.00 for non-members. Doors open at 7:00pm. For more information please go to www.facebook.com/OTFFAS or http://ottawafiddle.weebly.com. Tickets for the dance at which Calum and Alexis, along with Kenneth Mackenzie, will be performing will be available at the advance price.

May 5 —Cape Breton Ceilidh andSquare Dance: Kenneth and Calum MacKenzie of Mabou, NS with special guest Alexis MacIssac. An evening of Cape Breton-style fun for everyone. Fiddles, pipes, pianos; square dancing and stepdancing all in one big blast. Part concert and part dance, there will be something everyone can enjoy. If you're planning to visit Cape Breton this event will give you a good taste of the culture you can expect to see. If you've already been there and love the island this will warm your heart. If you are from Cape Breton this will be a taste of home, bring your children/grandchildren to connect with their Cape Breton roots. All ages welcome, cash bar. If you're not sure about the square dancing, don't worry! Square dance instruction will be provided as needed. Montgomery Legion Hall (Third Floor) 330 Kent St. Ottawa, ON. Google Map Advance tickets: $15 (adult) $10 (youth 16 and under). Same day purchase: $20 (adult) $10 (youth).


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May 13 —CD Release: 7 pm -
The Trousers are a dynamic duo that showcases music from their roots. Multi instrumentalists Karson and Ross will keep your toes tapping with their unique arrangements of traditional Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton music. Their diverse musical background that spans across many genres brings a fresh sound to an old tradition. With music sure to keep your feet stomping, their performance also offers storytelling, a lot of laughs and an insight in how The Trousers pass on the tradition. After a year together The Trousers are so pleased to release their first recording as a band. The EP brings together sets influenced by some of their biggest idols, new tunes and some old favourites. 234 Keyworth Ave (home of Coleen and Bob Daly) $20.00,    $25.00 (admission and CD) Limited tickets available. Buy online.

May 27 —House Concert: 7:30pm - Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson Mairi is one of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – she plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two CDs with Beolach and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings. Watch  Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians.  Irish flautist Niall Keegan said: “Ailie’s synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp.” Ailie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was immersed in the harp world from an early age. Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, the duo are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. With their band The Outside Track, they were 'Best Live Act' nominees in the 2013 MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize 2014, for their latest album Flash Company. Reserve your seats soon by email to cbsession@cbsession.com. Hosted by Sarah Porter and Beth MacGillivray in central Ottawa (Experimental Farm). BYOB

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How to Host a House Session 

All you need is a space big enough to put 6-8 fiddlers in, some chairs without arms, and a willingness to listen to the same tune played over and over again as we practice. If you have a piano let us know, otherwise we'll bring our own keyboard. We can also bring folding chairs. Sessions are BYOB but usually the hosts provide some non-alcoholic beverages and a little something for snack time. Interested? Talk to Aylene or Beth or send an email to cbsession@cbsession.com 
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Open Jam Sessions: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.  Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. This session is a mix of session and solo playing, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur les pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

House Sessions: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month 2pm-5pm various locations. More of a practice session, slower pace for learning new tunes. Mainly aimed at those who read music or learn by ear quickly. For intermediate/advanced players. Session à domicile:  Session à vitesse moyennement accéléré où apprender de nouveau ‘sets’ de pieces, généralement  à partir de feuilles de musique mais aussi ‘à l’oreil’. Lieu idéal pour faire l’essaie d’une  nouvelle chanson, ou pratiquer de nouvelles pieces avant de les jouer à la session au pub. C’est aussi un bon temps pour faire du ‘social’ avec des gens forts sympatiques et pour savourer des grignotines délicieuses.

Reel Slooow Jams: The Reel Slooow Jam is an occasional and irregular gathering for those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. The focus is on tunes such as airs and waltzes, as well as playing jigs and reels from the session repertoire but at a slow learning pace with more time for those who don't read music to learn by ear. On vise les débutant(e)s au violon (ou piano ou guitar) qui désirent apprendre le pieces de l’Isle du Cap Breton dans un millieux amical et sans pression. Plusieurs aires et valses lentes ainsi que des jigues et des reels à partir du repertoire régulier, mais à une vitesse plus lente; ceci donnera plus de temps à ceux et celles qui ne savent pas lire la musique a apprendre à l’oreil. Vérifier la page “Tunes” pour la liste le plus souvent joué au Slow Jam (“jam lent”).


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