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

Mar 24—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Dr. in Kanata.  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.

Mar 31—Concert for Residents: 3pm-4pm It seems that the residents at Orchard Walk really love our Cape Breton music, we've been asked to come back and play some tunes on Sunday March 31. We are looking for a few more fiddlers to help spread the cheer, if you can join us get the details and sign up here

Apr 7—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Gracie's Brew Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road, near St. Laurent. Google Map   Website  Celebrate Tartan Day by wearing your best Cape Breton tartan outfit! Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. We'll be celebrating Scottish and Cape Breton music, hope you can join us for this down home style social gathering.  All players of fiddles, guitars, mandolins, whistles, accordions etc. welcome to join in. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, and songs, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace.


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Apr 14—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm
- Hosted by Linda Dacre at 303 Farincourt Cres. in Orleans. 613-824-2815.  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. 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”).



Apr 20—Workshops: Dara MacDonald with Adam Young
Dara is an excellent teacher of both tunes and Cape Breton fiddle technique. It's impossible to leave a lesson with Dara and not be a better fiddler than you were before your session with her! Dara will be in Ottawa and presenting two workshops on Saturday April 20. Workshops will be hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Drive in Kanata. For more information or to sign up for a workshop contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca. Adam may also be available for private lessons on Cape Breton piano accompaniment, contact Gary for schedule and cost.

10am - noon: Jigs and Reels workshop, primarily for slow jammers. Tunes from the OCBS collection as well as tips to improve your playing quality and speed.

1:30pm - 3:30pm: Advanced level techniques and tunes. The group will choose tunes from the OCBS collection to analyse in detail, learn where to put which ornaments and how to adjust your bowing to improve tone and add a Cape Breton flavour to your fiddling style.

All workshops are $25 each, payable in cash at the door. Please register in advance as space may be limited. 

Apr 21—Easter Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON, K2G 5W1 Join us for some joyous music on Easter Sunday afternoon. If you're not going home to Cape Breton for Easter, gather together with our musical family for some fellowship, fun and of course lots of music. Bring your friends and family along to play or to enjoy the music. 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.

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Apr 28—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Dr. in Kanata.  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.
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.

Apr 19—House Concert: Dara MacDonald|Adam Young Hosted by Gary and Debbie in Kanata, ON. Always a great time with lovely hosts and lively music. Dara's strong fiddle is nicely complemented by the solid piano accompaniment Adam brings to this dynamic duo. Popular performers on the east coast, they'll be in Ottawa to share their down-home spirit in a series of events. Doors open 6:30pm, concert 7-9pm. Suggested donation $20. To reserve seats or for more information: gary.palmer@unb.ca

Apr 20
Square Dance: Mongomery Legion with Dara MacDonald and Adam Young. Cash bar. Accessible for mobility impaired. The ceilidh/dance will have tickets available at the door, but you can get them at a lower price if you purchase online in advance. It also helps the organizers be better prepared for the event, and musicians more relaxed knowing that they'll have a good turnout. $15 in advance online or $20 cash at the door. Online sales end at midnight on Friday. Online tickets available starting in early March. All ages, bring the whole family for some fun! Not sure how to dance - don't worry - there will be lots of help and instruction if you need it.

Apr 27—House Concert: Anna Ludlow|Tyson Chen Fresh off a year-long run as principal fiddler in the wildly successful Toronto production of Come from Away Anna is back in Ottawa and teaming up with her regular piano man, the very talented Tyson Chen. This will be a lively show and sure to have you out of your seat and dancing before the end of the night! Located in ORLEANS, reservations will be open soon.

May 11—House Concert: Anna Ludlow|Tyson Chen Fresh off a year-long run as principal fiddler in the wildly successful Toronto production of Come from Away Anna is back in Ottawa and teaming up with her regular piano man, the very talented Tyson Chen. This will be a lively show and sure to have you out of your seat and dancing before the end of the night! Located in KANATA, reservations will be open soon.


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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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