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

Slow Jams - 
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 24—Celtic Jam Session and Open Mic: 2pm-4pm - Vibration Studios 5488 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode, ON. MAP Part of the Sunday Coffeehouse Series, following a concert by featured performers (2 noon to 2 pm) the  floor opens up for a an open mic and/or jam session. Sign up to play solo or play along with the group. This lovely venue is perfectly suited for sessions, with a low rise stage, all the sound gear you could want and great acoustics. There is lots of space for audiences and jammers, with a variety of seating configurations. Bring your instruments to play with the group, or sign up to play on your own. This week's coffee house will have a Celtic/East Coast theme, with featured performer Anna Ludlow who usually ends her shows by inviting the audience up to play in the finale. Look at the concert listing below for more venue information. Not worry, things will be finished up in plenty of time to get home before kickoff!

Nov 24—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Debbie and Gary at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata.  The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on!  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. Watch out for the No Parking zones on one side of the street! 613-591-0919  For more information contact Gary at garypalmer@rogers.com. BYOB SIGN UP SHEET  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.  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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Dec 1—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Gracie's Brew Pub and Music Hall (formerly Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub) 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Spend an afternoon with your friends and family and some great down home style socializing. 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 8—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Debbie and Gary at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata.  The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on!  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. Watch out for the No Parking zones on one side of the street! 613-591-0919 BONUS-POTLUCK SUPPER for those who are also attending the house concert that evening.  For more information contact Gary at garypalmer@rogers.com. BYOB SIGN UP SHEET

Dec 15—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON. Pipers, fiddlers, box players, guitarists, singers and piano players, everyone welcome to come play some music with us.  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. Lots more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176. Website  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm. 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.

Special 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—Anna Ludlow @ Vibration Studios Sunday Coffee House: 12pm-2pm Anna, accompanied by Tyson Chen, will bring her special brand of Celtic folk to the village of Osgoode, ON MAP . The Coffee House is a Pay What You Can/Tip Jar event - drop your contribution into the top hat (yes, it really is a top hat!) and enjoy the performance, then stay after for the open mic and jam session music.  Vibration Studios is a warm and welcoming place where you can have a great cup of coffee (or wine/beer) surrounded by lovely works of art while listening to (or playing) wonderful music. Try one of their tempting baked treats, bring in your own home cooked picnic meal,  or enjoy something from one of the nearby restaurants such as the highly acclaimed Red Dot Cafe or Milano's Pizzeria. The Grey Cup game doesn't start until 6pm, so you'll be back home in time for kickoff!

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Nov 30—St. Andrew's Day Ceilidh Dinner and Dance:
Scottish stew, salad and dessert - complete with toast to the Haggis. Concert, sing-along and dancing with music by Cairdean in the Celtic music tradition of Scotland and Cape Breton, Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, Uillean pipes with Ross Davison,  Highland dance with the Celtic Cross Dancers, a sing-along with Alana and Cleary Morris and Cape Breton square sets with calling by Beth MacGillivray. Tickets $35 available online. 

Dec 6—Còig: Festival of Small Halls -Delta Old Town Hall Tickets

Dec 7—Còig: Festival of Small Halls - Manotick United Church Tickets

Nov 30—House Concert: ANNA LUDLOW with TYSON CHEN in Kanata.  Suggested donation of $20 per person. Advance payment via e-transfer gratefully accepted. Location and parking information provided once you confirm your attendance. BYOB. If you want to bring a snack to share, that would be welcome! Invite all your friends and reserve early. Bring your voices and instruments for a blast of tunes at the end of the show. For reservations or more information contact Gary at garypalmer@rogers.com.

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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 LiveRoots

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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St. AndrewNov 30—St. Andrew's Day Ceilidh Dinner and Dance: Scottish stew, salad and dessert - complete with toast to the Haggis. Concert, sing-along and dancing with music by Cairdean in the Celtic music tradition of Scotland and Cape Breton, Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, Uillean pipes with Ross Davison Highland dance with the Celtic Cross Dancers, a sing-along with Alana and Cleary Morris and Cape Breton square sets with calling by Beth MacGillivray. Tickets $35 available online.


 
 
 
 
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