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
Nov 18 —CFMA Celtic Jam Session: 12pm-3pm -Deacon Brodie’s Pub (247 Elgin St.) Open jam  featuring all types of music (Irish/Scottish/Newfoundland/Cape Breton/Québecois/Old Time). No music stands. Come jam with local musicians as well as CFMA nominees!

Nov 19 —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 down-home music, or bring some friends to listen and meet old friends and 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. Singers, pipers, and squeezers of windy boxes all welcome! 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.


Nov 26 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Gary Palmer 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 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.

Nov 26 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by  volunteers needed. 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. 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.  

Dec 3 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Beat back the blast of winter weather with a blast of tunes! Singers, pipers, and squeezers of windy boxes all welcome! 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  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm.

Dec 10 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -  Hosted by Gary Palmer 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 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.  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. Check the Tunes page for the list of tunes often played at the slow jam. 

Dec 10 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by  volunteers needed. Time to brush off the Christmas music! 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. 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.  

Dec 17 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Our last session for 2017! Deck the halls with tunes and jollies, fa la la la la....Deck the halls with us as we play a blend of Christmas and Cape Breton! Bring your singing voices for this session as we'll play a few familiar carols in addition to the regular stuff. 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. Singers, pipers, and squeezers of windy boxes all welcome! 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.
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.

Nov 18-19 —7:30pm Canadian Folk Music Awards - Awards concerts at Bronson Centre Theatre. Website East Coast musicians steeped in the Celtic traditions of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia will be featured at the Sunday night concert. Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant have joined forces as an exciting new duo.  Guitarist Macmillan, a significant player in the East Coast Music scene, has been bringing the sounds of Atlantic Canada to international audiences for over 40 years. Fiddler Colin Grant continues to define himself as a traditional Cape Breton musician with the artistic flexibility of a contemporary instrumentalist. Both players explore the boundaries of their tradition, having studied a wide array of genres. Award winning sister duo Cassie and Maggie from Antigonish have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and original Celtic/roots instrumentals and vocals. Appearing on stages across North America, the UK, and Europe the MacDonald sisters have enchanted audiences far and wide with innovative and lively fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements, stunning sibling vocal harmonies in both English and Gaelic, all complemented by their intricate percussive stepdancing style. Two nights (a wristband) is only $60 and can be purchased online at folkawards.ca. One night is $38 if you buy a ticket from a physical location (Compact Music / The Record Centre). Buy tickets now!

Nov 25 —
St. Andrew's Day Supper/Dance- Scottish stew (meat and vegetarian), salad and dessert - complete with toast to the Haggis ceremony! Fiddle concert by renowned Nova Scotian Fiddler Anna Ludlow with Tyson Chen and Cape Breton style square dancing for all to enjoy. Enjoy the sounds of the pipes and drums of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band of Ottawa - Canada's oldest civilian band and the highland dance demonstration by the Celtic Cross Dancers of Ottawa. Cash Bar, All Ages. St. Patrick's Basilica Lower Level. 220 Kent Street, access off of Nepean and Gloucester Streets. Early bird tickets $25, after Nov. 12 $35 at St. Patrick's Gift Shop or ONLINE.
 
Nov 30 , Dec 1, Dec. 2 —A Very Celtic Christmas with Còig, one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere traditional groups, is an ensemble of East Coast musicians originally forming to promote the Celtic Colours International Festival. With the fiery Celtic style as its musical core, Còig easily shifts between century old tunes of past generations to original and contemporary compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more). Almonte Nov. 30, Seeley's Bay Dec. 1, Maxville Dec. 2. Tickets and info online at Festival of Small Halls

Dec 2 —
7:00pm Anna Ludlow - Concert in support of the Merrickville Food Cupboard and Merrickville United Church. Please bring a non-perishable food item or baby product for the food cupboard. Merrickville United Church,  100 St. Lawrence Street Merrickville, ON Tickets $20 Adult/$10 Kids. Tickets and info ONLINE Google Map

Dec 2 —
6:00pm Cape Breton Club Christmas Dinner & Dance - Vanier Knights of Columbus Hall 260 McArthur Road, Ottawa. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7:15. Dance at 8:30. Music by DJ Doug MacDonald. Cape Breton Club members: free IF your membership is up to date by Nov. 20. Guests: $40pp. Ticket Info

Dec 5 —8:00pm The Men of the Deeps - Christmas in the Mine A coverall-clad choir of working and retired coal miners from Cape Breton, the Men of the Deeps have been entertaining audiences for over half a century from beneath their humble hard hats. This year marks their first solo Christmas tour with Yuletide surprises in addition to old favourites. Centrepointe Theatre. Reserved seating tickets  are $57.50 (HST and local facility charges included), at the Centrepointe Theatre box office.

Dec 7 —
7:30pm The Barra MacNeils - An East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season. The five MacNeil siblings - Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas - combine on a vast array of instruments including accordian, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistles, bouzouki, flute … all underpinned by the nimble-fingered Jamie Gatti on bass. The result is a sound that is unmistakably The Barra MacNeils, one moment a rousing chorus, then a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad, the next a flurry of foot-stomping instrumentals, which of course pulls one then another into a step-dancing revelry. For a delightful seasonal celebration, don’t miss An East Coast Christmas with The Barra MacNeils! Reserved seating tickets for The Barra MacNeils - An East Coast Christmas are $57.50 (HST and local facility charges included), at the Centrepointe Theatre box office

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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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