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
Dec 12 —Concert at Grace Manor - 2pm OCBS musicians will be presenting a one hour concert at Grace Manor as part of the manor's Canada 150 celebration concert series. This is during the daytime on a weekday, if you are able to participate please email cbsession@cbsession.com to get the details and set list. We could really use your help to bring some cheer to the residents. Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered for this community event. We'll play some Cape Breton favourites as well as a couple of Christmas carols.

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.

Here's a copy of our Christmas tunebook, updated for 2017. These are tunes that are likely to come up at any OCBS session during the Christmas season.



Dec 31 —Fifth Sunday - No Session Today

Jan 7 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. Bliadhna mhath ur! Ring in the New Year with music! First pub session of 2018 - come chill with us, bring a friend or two and enjoy some down home hospitality. 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.

Jan 14 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -  Hosted by Helen Barkley at 1143 Agincourt Road, off Maitland. Google Map 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. 

Jan 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by details TBD

Jan 21 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map A down home style social gathering, this session is a great place to meet up with friends over a pint or cup of tea while listening to a varied group of musicians play traditional Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish tunes. All players of fiddles, guitars, mandolins, whistles, accordions etc. welcome to join in. 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.

Jan 28 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -  Hosted by Eileen Clarke at 31 Carwood Circle off Den Haag, which is off Montreal Road just east of the Montfort Hospital. 613-422-4618. Google Map There is street parking on Carwood Circle. 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. 


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.

Dec 15 —7:00pm Anna Ludlow House Concert - Hosted by Tom Duxbury, another Christmas concert at the Treehouse on Constance Lake. This year features an evening of traditional songs and tunes from the east coast with Anna Ludlow, who will be accompanied by Tyson Chen & Graham Lindsay. Feel free to bring along a trad instrument and stay for the Christmas jam session afterwards! Reservations


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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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