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

May 13 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -
No house session, we've decided to start the summer break from practice sessions a bit early this year.

May 13 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Gary Palmer and Debbie Watson at 138 Chimo Dr. in 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 side street (McClure Cres.) No parking on 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 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.

May 20 —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.

Gracies

May 27 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, we've decided to start the summer break from practice sessions a bit early this year.

May 27 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Gary Palmer and Debbie Watson at 138 Chimo Dr. in 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 side street (McClure Cres.) No parking on 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 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.

June 3 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 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.

Barley Mow

June 10 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -
No house session, we've decided to start the summer break from practice sessions a bit early this year.

June 10 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Gary Palmer and Debbie Watson at 138 Chimo Dr. in 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 side street (McClure Cres.) No parking on 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 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.

June 17 —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.


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.

BenAndAnita

May 18 —CD Release House Concert: 7:30pm  Join Ben, Anita and Zakk for the Ottawa release of their new album "South Haven" at an intimate house concert in Kanata. Hosted by Gary Palmer and Debbie Watson the evening will be filled with the signature sounds of this trio, and you can get your copy of their new album SOUTHHAVEN.  Recorded LIVE in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - A dynamic and powerful album that transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions - “One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today.” (CBC Mainstreet). Doors open at 7:00, to reserve a seat email gary.palmer@unb.ca. Suggested donation $20. Light refreshements served during intermission BYOB

June 2 —Lobster Dinner & Dance: 6:30pm Cape Breton Club of Ottawa annual lobster dinner - Montgomery Legion 330 Kent Street, Ottawa. Cocktails 6:30PM (Cash Bar); Dinner 7:00PM. Music by DJ Doug MacDonald Cost: CBC Member (2 lobsters): $55 per person - Guests (2 lobsters): $60 pp CBC Member (chicken breast): $25 per person Guests (chicken breast): $30 pp Tickets available on a first-come-basis: Ann Lemieux (East) 613-824-4707
Evelyn Garnier (West) 613-728-9098 Brent MacDonald (Central) 613-233-3047 Tickets must be purchased on or before May 25th, 2018.
 

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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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