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 25  —Cape Breton|Celtic Ceilidh Fundraiser: 3pm-5pm- Barley Mow Merivale Rd.  This is a special event sponsored bythe uOttawa/Ottawa Hospital  Team Broken Earth - a non-profit group of Canadian healthcare professionals providing medical assistance in Haiti and around the world. Come enjoy Cape Breton and other Celtic music, Irish dancers, step dancers and support a good cause at the same time. Admission is by donation, suggested $15. There will be 50/draws as well. If you can't make it out that day but want to support the cause you can donate here. Music is always fun, but it's even better when it's for a good cause!
Team Broken Earth
Over the last year, more and more members of the Ottawa medical community have been hearing about Team Broken Earth's great work and the incredible value that the team members feel in participating in missions. This has led to the creation of a second Ottawa team that is set to visit Port-au-Prince Haiti next January. This new team is excited to have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the Haitian people, as well as to help build the experience of the local Haitian medical professionals through knowledge sharing and training sessions. All donations to Team Ottawa will go to support the upcoming mission.


Nov 25 —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 nearby streets. 613-591-0919 BYOB Please RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session.  The Reel Slooow Jam is a gathering for those who are newish to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. The focus is on playing all the regular 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. 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”).

Dec 2 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Time to start playing some Christmas music! Here is some of what we've played in the past: Christmas Tunes. 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.

Dec 16 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON, K2G 5W1 Come chill with us, bring a friend or two and enjoy some down home hospitality. This week we'll be pulling out all the stops on Christmas music so bring along your singing voice and a few friends and get ready for some Christmas cheer. 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 6 —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 20 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON, K2G 5W1 Come chill with us, bring a friend or two and enjoy some down home hospitality. This week we'll be pulling out all the stops on Christmas music so bring along your singing voice and a few friends and get ready for some Christmas cheer. 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.
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 24 —St. Andrew's Day Dinner/Dance:
Celebrate all things Scottish with a Cape Breton flair at St. Patrick's Basilica.  Featuring Celtic and maritime music from Fraser (Ernie, Diane and Marietta) and Cape Breton square sets led by Beth MacGillivray as well as highland dancers and Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, haggis and the whole nine yards. Early bird tickets $30 until Nov. 11, available online or in the basilica gift shop (cash only). Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus St Patrick's Basilica Council 12158 Ottawa., the evening includes Scottish stew (meat and vegetarian), salad and dessert - complete with toast to the Haggis ceremony.

 

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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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Looking for fiddle lessons? The following teachers are available to teach all levels, and include Cape Breton repertoire in their teaching. Most are also available to hire for various events.

Lessons-Fletcher Lessons-CindyThompson
Denis Lanctot

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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