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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BREAKING NEWS!June 17 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Alex and his crew at the Barley Mow on Merivale Rd. have stepped in and offered to host our pub session on June 17 so we'll be having a session as usual, just in a different location. It's short notice but hopefully we'll still have a good crew to make merry with some Cape Breton/Scottish/Irish tunes! 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.
June 17 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub CANCELLED due to a scheduling problem. Don't worry though - we'll be back in the east end with lots of tunes on the fourth Sunday in August!
June 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, we've decided to start the summer break from practice sessions a bit early this year.
June 24 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656. Google Map There is limited parking on the street, and it is quite narrow. You may wish to drop off people or packages at the door and then proceed to park. There is plenty of parking just past Spyglass Ridge at the golf club parking lot. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also contact Gary if you are interested in hosting a future session.
Note that on July 1 there will NOT be a session at the Barley Mow on Merivale!
July 1 —Canada Day: 1pm to whenever! Potluck BBQ hosted by Ken and Nicole Roy. Celebrate Canada Day with some tunes and summer fun Cape Breton Style. This will be a combined jam session for both the OCBS regulars and the Reel Slooow Jam groups. CB Club members and supporters of OCBS are also invited to share in this musical family event. Bring your spouses and children along, and your swimsuits and lawnchairs too, and don't forget your instruments! There is a safe waterfront area on Lac MacGregor for swimming and lots of outdoor play space. Hamburgers and hotdogs, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bring either a salad or a dessert or a snack to share, and as always BYOB . For more information, or to RSVP email Ken at email@example.com or call Ken or Nicole by phone at 819-923-8153. If the weather is fine come early to swim and have outdoor fun. If the weather is not fine, there is lots of space to move indoors to play tunes. 53 Bourgade St. Val des Monts, PQ. Google Map . From Gatineau take Highway 50. Turn left (north) on QC-366/Boulevard Lorrain towards Val des Monts. Continue for 14km then turn left onto Chemin de la Bourgade. Keep right at the stop sign, look for a beige bungalow three houses down. Lots of parking in the driveway or on the street if you prefer.
July 8 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, summer break! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a future house session.
July 8 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- No session this week. Contact Gary at email@example.com if you are interested in hosting a future session.
July 15—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.
July 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, summer break! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a future house session.
July 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- No session this week. Contact Gary at email@example.com if you are interested in hosting a future session.
July 29—Fifth Sunday: No session today.
Other Cape Breton Cultural EventsLocal 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.
July 7—Music for Malcolm:If you like Fiddle, Step dance and Celtic song - you will not want to miss the 5th Annual Music for Malcolm! Malcom Dewar taught music, was a part of and led many groups in Ottawa and Glengarry. He continued to play, compete (and win) well into his years with Alzheimer’s. When he could barely remember anything else, he could still pick up his fiddle and play. Music plays the same role for many, this annual event is a tribute to Malcom which will raise funds for "The Malcolm Dewar Music Bursury for the preservation of Old Time and Scottish Music. Bursaries are given each year to young fiddle students primarily in the Glengarry area to support their learning. In the last two years several students of Ian MacLeod and David McPhee have been recipients. This year’s event has rounded up some fine talent - old favourites, and new performers to brighten your Saturday afternoon. All ages welcome| Variety of solo and group performances|Big open dance floor| Step Dancers|50/50 draw|Cash bar|Lunch served. Maxville Arena Hall (Google Map) Advance tickets $20. For advance tickets: (613)859-7869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Open Jam Sessions:
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
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instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez
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