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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It's that time of year again - if you are a member of the Cape Breton Fiddler's Association (member form) or the Cape Breton Club of Ottawa your annual membership fees are due now!

Looking for helpers: Ottawa City Ceilidh on April 29 is looking for some volunteers to help out with bartending, contact Janine at changeofstep@gmail.com if you are able to contribute a bit of time to this event in exchange for free entry.

Apr 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Millicent Toombs at 1674 Locksley Lane in Beacon Hill, 613-742-3479  Google Map BYOB

Apr 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Helen Barkley  at 1143 Agincourt Road, Ottawa. 613-723-0262. Queensway to Maitland southbound, right on Agincourt Rd.  Please RSVP if possible by clicking this link: RSJ RSVP OR by email helenbarkley@rogers.com or phone. Google Map BYOB

Apr 29 —Ottawa City Ceilidh Dom Polski Hall  379 Waverley Street, Ottawa, (MAP)  doors open 7:30pm - show 8pm - after-party ~10:00pm. A night of traditional music and dance that will entertain and inspire you. Fiddles, pipes, dancers... all the good stuff! A group of highly accomplished artists have collaborated to host a unique evening to bring together members of Ottawa's Scottish/Celtic/Maritimer-in-exile community. The performance will be followed by an after-party reception where you will have the chance to meet the performers, and chat with friends old and new. Support us in keeping traditional culture alive in our city! Performers: Fiddler Anna Ludlow, lead fiddler in the acclaimed Nova Scotian production DRUM!, with Tyson Chen, Celtic pianist |Alexis MacIsaac, former fiddler in Riverdance, with Calum MacKenzie, Gaelic speaker, piano player, and fiddler originally of Mabou, Cape Breton |Change of Stephighland dance company: 4-time World Highland Dance Champion Marielle Lespérance, along with champion dancers Kayleigh Jean Armstrong and Janine Lespérance, performing original choreography| Ian Clark, guitarist and accompanist well-known in the local trad scene |Ross Davison, highland bagpiper with the Ottawa Police Service Grade 1 Pipes and Drums. Come for the show, stay for the party... and maybe share a step or a tune yourself, under the shimmering light of the disco ball (yes, there's a disco ball). Limited tickets available: $20 advance, $25 door | cash bar | Thanks to St-Ambroise- McAuslan Brewery, the Scottish Society of Ottawa, the Cape Breton Club of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Cape Breton Session for their support of this event. Tickets Online

May 1—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Mill St. Brew Pub   It's May Day!  Come celebrate Spring with music. 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. 

May 8 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Mother's Day house session hosted by Brian and Aylene Gracie at 925 Parkhaven Ave. 613-220-1535.  BYOB

May 8 —
Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656.  NOTE: 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. You may park there and walk back to Spyglass Ridge. Google Map   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 if possible by clicking this link: RSJ RSVP

May 15—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Mill St. Brew Pub  Tulip Time! Come downtown and view the tulips along the canal, then stop in for some tunes and refreshment along the riverside. 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. 

May 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed

May 22 —
Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Jenny Dutchak, details TBA

May 29 —Atlantic Voices Concert 3pm - Songs of Home: A Celebration of Allister MacGillivray 
Atlantic Voices celebrates a giant among Canadian songwriters, Cape Breton's own Allister MacGillivray. One of Cape Breton's true artistic treasures, MacGillivray is the composer of Maritime classics such as Song for the Mira, Coaltown Road, Song for Peace and Away From the Roll of the Sea. We are pleased to present a selection of his most popular songs, as well as other treasures from the MacGillivray songbook, newly arranged especially for this concert. We are also thrilled to be presenting special guest Ciarán MacGillivray, Aliister's son and member of The Cottars. Doors open at 2pm and the concert starts at 3 pm at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street. Pre-show entertainment with our resident house band Fumblin' Fingers starting at 2:15. Silent auction and refreshments afterward. Tickets are $15 in advance until May 27/$20 @ the door, free for children 12 and under. For tickets: visit The Leading Note (370 Elgin St.), or call Hannie at 613-722-9240

June 5—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. 

June 12 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by volunteers needed

June 12 —
Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -  Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656.  NOTE: 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. You may park there and walk back to Spyglass Ridge. Google Map   BYOB  Please RSVP by clicking this link: RSJ RSVP

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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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