Pub Session - 
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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Session Schedule
Apr 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Hosted by Aylene Gracie at 925 Parkhaven Ave. More of a practice session, this group of intermediate/advanced players works on learning new tunes and sets from the lists on the Tunes page. It's best for those those who read music or learn by ear quickly. Also a nice social afternoon, all instruments welcome.  BYOB 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. 

Apr 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Gary Palmer and Debbie Watson at 138 Chimo Dr. in 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 on side street (McClure Cres.) No parking on 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 click on the DOODLE app to sign up for each event. Using this helps the hosts determine the amount of seating required. If you are uncomfortable or unsuccessful using the app,contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca. Also contact Gary if you are interested in hosting a future session.

FIDDLERS: PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING OUT WITH ONE OR BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Apr 25 —RSJ Concert: 1pm-2pm- Good Companions Senior's Centre 670 Albert St. Google Map A one hour concert to entertain the folks at the Centre. The tunes played will be those most often requested from the RSJ repertoire. For the set list and more information contact Gary at garypalmer@rogers.com.

Apr 29 —Concert: 3pm-4pm- Orchard Walk Retirement Residence  Back by popular demand after our concert last October, we will meet at 2:30 pm to tune up for the concert at 3pm sharp. 1491 Manotick Station Road in Greely Map You can get to Manotick Station Rd. by going WEST on Mitch Owens from Bank or Albion OR  WEST on Mitch Owens from Manotick, then go SOUTH on Manotick Station Rd. to 1495.  The building we go into has large white pillars at the front. If you can help out let Beth know: cbsession@cbsession.com.


Other Cape Breton Cultural Events
Local events for those who enjoy the music and culture of Cape Breton Island. Events listed may be sponsored by a variety of different organizations, but all have at least some Cape Breton music, or Cape Breton artists performing.

Apr 22 —JP Cormier and Dave Gunning: NAC Azrieli Studio Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, both individually celebrated and critically acclaimed are teaming up together on their new recording called 'two'. Two. Two guitars, two voices. Two of the most exceptional singer-songwriters to ever rise from the East Coast. Two old friends, but making their first album together. Gunning & Cormier have already started playing shows together, and audiences are overjoyed as something magical is happening with the two of them on stage. It's as real as it gets, two friends, brothers, uncompromising performers, making the music of their lives. There couldn't be a better time to discover the power of Two. TICKETS


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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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