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

Mill St. Brew Pub 555 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON

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The aim of Ottawa Cape Breton Session is to share the music and culture of Cape Breton Island with the National Capital area. The Sunday Pub sessions are open to anyone who enjoys the music. Sessions are primarily for the musicians to share the experience of traditional music, are open to anyone who can play 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 practice sessions every other Sunday from 2-5pm at various locations. If you already know some of the tunes join in the first and third Sunday of each month at the Mill St. Brew Pub (555 Wellington St.) Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometime 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.

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Call for volunteers: Help us support live Cape Breton music in Ottawa by volunteering at the Concert/Dance on Fri. Oct. 21. We are looking for two or three people to help at the door and one or two who don't mind carrying equipment to help with stage/sound setup and teardown. Contact cbsession@cbsession.com. In return you get free admission to the event and our undying gratitude!

Oct 1—Concert: 7pm Music for the Future presents the 2nd annual Ottawa Concert Fundraiser and Instrument Drive  Loyalist Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa, ON. Greg Simm, and Kim De LaForest are back to entertain you and bring a little of Canada's Northern music culture to your ears, all while increasing awareness of the TSA's mission in Canada's North. This year, they are joined by traditional Inuit Drum maker and Dancer, David Serkoak.  Students who have graduated from the TSA program and who are now studying in Ottawa will also perform in the show. Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association, which from Inuktitut translates to "Music for the Future," has been sending music instructors, to communities on Baffin Island since 2009. The TSA's mission is to, on a volunteer and non-profit basis, seek to promote music among youth in the North in order to increase self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and a healthy and positive lifestyle. All funds raised will go towards music workshops in Nunavut allowing us to meet the growing interest in our program.
Buy Tickets In Advance Adult:  $20 Child (16 or under):  $10 A small service fee will apply. Buy Tickets At the Door: (if available) Adult: $25 Child: $15 Make a Financial Donation: http://www.musicforthefuture.ca/how-to-help.html  (Tax receipts available)
Donate an Instrument: Contact local Ottawa organizer Graham Crate at gcrate@rogers.com
Fiddles will be set up and distributed to students where the TSA teaches. Other instruments will be auctioned to raise funds to purchase new fiddles

Oct 2—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Mill St. Brew Pub   Open jam session focusing on Cape Breton, Scottish and Glengarry tunes. Bring an instrument, or come and share a song with us. Or just come and enjoy the music and fun. You never know who's going to be there but it's always a big friendly and fun group to spend an afternoon with. Tickets for the Oct. 21 concert/dance will be available for sale.  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.

Oct 8 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2:00pm-3:30pm -  Led by Gary Palmer at  RCMP Campsite, Long Island Locks, Manotick, ON. Google Map  Stay and join in the faster jam to follow, and for supper afterwards! (details below)

Oct 8 —House Session: 3:30pm-5:30pm - Led by Aylene Gracie at  RCMP Campsite, Long Island Locks, Manotick, ON. Google Map Note that instead of the traditional Thanksgiving day session and potluck at the Gracie's, this year the session and supper will be on Saturday and in conjunction with the boiled dinner. 

Bring fiddles, whistles, guitars, mandolins - we'll even tolerate a kazoo if that's all you've got! Don't forget to bring your spouse/significant other as well. Come play some tunes down by the riverside, down by the riverside.....Stay for the supper afterwards (details below).

Oct 8 —Cape Breton Club of Ottawa Ceilidh and Boiled Dinner: 1pm-10pm RCMP Campsite, Long Island Locks, Manotick, ON. Google Map A full day of Cape Breton activity! Jam sessions in the afternoon, ceilidh in the evening. Bring your dancing shoes for some square sets and cards and crib boards for afternoon entertainment. BYOB. Plastic cups available or bring your own crystal stemware if you prefer! Volunteers needed to help with preparing the supper, and cleaning up afterwards. The facility is open all afternoon and evening so come down with your family anytime and enjoy the lovely riverside setting with lots of outdoor playspace. Contact Brent MacDonald to reserve your supper, to volunteer, or for more information. brent.macdonald@rogers.com or 613-327-8339. 

Oct 16—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Mill St. Brew Pub   Open jam session focusing on Cape Breton, Scottish and Glengarry tunes. Bring an instrument, or come and share a song with us. Or just come and enjoy the music and fun. You never know who's going to be there but it's always a big friendly and fun group to spend an afternoon with. Last chance to get tickets for the dance at the advance rate!

Oct 21 —Concert/Dance: 8pm-11pm - Ceilidh Concert and Square Dance with Anna Ludlow, Calum MacKenzie and The Trousers.  Montgomery Legion Hall 330 Kent St. Top floor. Google Map Doors open 7:30pm. Concert at 8pm with dance to follow at 9pm. 



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Oct 23 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com for more information or if you are interested in hosting.

Oct 23 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Concert at Park Place Retirement Residence Google Map      Click Here to add your name to the attendee list so that the hosts can plan seating requirements. Instructions: Enter your name in the next available slot, select [Yes/No] for each listed date. If you are unsure select [Yes] and update it closer to the date. Press [Save] in the lower left corner to confirm your responses. To edit, click on your [name] and then on the stubby [pencil] icon. Press [Save] when completed. To delete your name, click the name and then on the [trash can] icon. 

Oct 29—Cape Breton Music Workshops Ottawa: 9am-4pm - Ben Miller, Anita MacDonald, Tyson Chen, Zakk Cormier. St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church 2345 Alta Vista Dr. (next to fire station). A series of two hour sessions - mix and match sessions to fill your day for a mini-Gaelic College experience! Students are expected to bring their own instrument, and may also bring music stands and recording devices if desired. Each session is $25, with a discount for those registering for two or more sessions. All sessions are open to any age, however students 10 and under must have a parent or guardian stay onsite during the entire class. Advance registration preferred, onsite registration will be available space permitting. 
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9am-11am:    Fiddle Beg/Int ----Piano Int/Adv

11am-1pm:    Fiddle Int/Adv ----Smallpipes (A)

2pm-4pm:    Guitar Int/Adv ----Stepdance/Square Sets

Oct. 30—Cape Breton Music Workshops McDonald's Corners: 2pm-4pm - Ben Miller, Anita MacDonald, Tyson Chen, Zakk Cormier. Accompaniment styles from strong beginner to advanced player on keyboard, guitar or other stringed instrument (bring your own). Fiddle and pipe tune playing, Cape Breton style (combined group), intermediate to advanced level. Registration is $32, or $49 for a workshop/concert package. For more information: bill.martino18@gmail.com.  Register online at http://www.ticketsplease.ca/MERA.html

Oct. 30—Concert- 7pm Ben Miller, Anita MacDonald, Tyson Chen, Zakk Cormier. Cape Breton fiddler Anita MacDonald and piper Ben Miller make a musically explosive combination which might just be the next big thing from that storied island. Their four-piece band, which includes Tyson Chen on piano and Zakk Cormier on guitar will be in concert at MERA Schoolhouse. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information: bill.martino18@gmail.com.  Tickets online at http://www.ticketsplease.ca/MERA.html

Nov 6—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Mill St. Brew Pub   Open jam session focusing on Cape Breton, Scottish and Glengarry tunes. Bring an instrument, or come and share a song with us. Or just come and enjoy the music and fun. You never know who's going to be there but it's always a big friendly and fun group to spend an afternoon with. Note that we are off daylight savings time now - don't be late! 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 13 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com  if you are interested in hosting.

Nov 13 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656. Google Map BYOB  Click Here to add your name to the attendee list so that the hosts can plan seating requirements. Instructions: Enter your name in the next available slot, select [Yes/No] for each listed date. If you are unsure select [Yes] and update it closer to the date. Press [Save] in the lower left corner to confirm your responses. To edit, click on your [name] and then on the stubby [pencil] icon. Press [Save] when completed. To delete your name, click the name and then on the [trash can] icon. 

Nov 16 to Nov 19 —Marion Bridge (Live Theatre) 7:30pm Russell High School, 982 North Russell Road in Russell, ON Cost: $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors. Tickets Online at www.rapa.ca or at Pronto and Village Paws (Russell) and Pierre et Fils and Village Bakery (Embrun). Marion Bridge is a humorous and touching story by Daniel MacIvor of three sisters who return home to Cape Breton to be with their dying mother. The sisters grapple with relationships with past lovers, with each other and with the lives they have come to lead. Each in her own way attempts to sort out the loneliness that has come to rule her day-to-day life. Marion Bridge combines drama, music, and pointed Cape Breton humour that tugs tenderly at the heartstrings. A production of the Russell Association for the Performing Arts. 

Nov 27 —Reel Sloow 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. Park in driveway or next door at 140 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 RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session. 

Dec 11 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656. Google Map BYOB  Click Here to add your name to the attendee list so that the hosts can plan seating requirements. Instructions: Enter your name in the next available slot, select [Yes/No] for each listed date. If you are unsure select [Yes] and update it closer to the date. Press [Save] in the lower left corner to confirm your responses. To edit, click on your [name] and then on the stubby [pencil] icon. Press [Save] when completed. To delete your name, click the name and then on the [trash can] icon. 

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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 at the  Mill St. Brew Pub (555 Wellington St.) 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 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.

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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