First and Third Sunday
of every month
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. 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.
Join the Club!
Both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Sunday this year, so there
won't be any sessions those days. On Dec. 4 we'll be having a special
Cape Breton Celtic Christmas session at St. Patrick's Basilica - we
hope that lots of musicians and listeners are able to join us in
sharing some Christmas cheer. It's open to everyone so come on out!
Dec 3 —Cape Breton Club Christmas
Dinner: 6pm - Join the Cape Breton Club of Ottawa
for a Christmas dinner and dance evening at the Vanier Knights of
Columbus Hall at 260 McArthur Road, Ottawa. Cocktails at 6pm, Dinner at
7:15 followed by dancing with music by DJ Doug MacDonald. Members $33,
guests $42. Tickets available from: Brent MacDonald (613)
233-3047 (Central) email@example.com | Gord Reid 613-830-5956
(East End) firstname.lastname@example.org | Evelyn Garnier (613) 728-9098 (West
Dec 9 —The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas: 7:30pm A musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites. Presented by Shantero Productions. Tickets $55. More...
Dec 11 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Brian and Aylene Gracie at 925 Parkhaven Ave. Queensway to Woodroffe Ave. North, left on Georgina then left on Parkhaven. Google Map. Park in driveway, on street or at the school across the street. BYOB. Time to play some more Christmas music! Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells.....We may also take a bit of time to check out a couple of possible venues that are very nearby.
Dec 11 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm Today's session has been cancelled as most of the group has tickets to see Gary Palmer's choir production this afternoon.
Dec 18 —Pub Session: There won't be a session today because many of our musicians will be playing the day before at a private event, and because we really want to encourage folks to go see a couple of other musical events (details below). You can make it a full day of Cape Breton/Celtic music by going to see MacKenzie and MacIsaac from 1-3 at Strathcona Legion and Anna and Tyson from 3-5 at Fallowfield St. Patrick's Church.
Dec 18 —A Celtic Christmas: 3pm Celebrate St. Patrick's Parish (Fallowfield) 150th anniversary with Anna Ludlow|Tyson Chen|Graham Lindsey. St Patrick's invites everyone to join them in welcoming three very talented, local artists to lead us in a joyful afternoon for sing-along Christmas carols, as well as lively jigs and reels, on fiddle, piano, mandolin, flute, and more!15 Steeple Hill Crescent Ottawa (Fallowfield), ON Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Buy Tickets
Dec 18 —MacKenzie and MacIsaac 1pm-3pm - Since the 4th Sunday for December is Christmas Day, the Celtic Kitchen Ceilidh has been moved to December 18 at the Strathcona Legion at 1940 Bank Street. Featured performers are Alexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie (Mabou). There will be a Turkey luncheon served with all of the trimmings from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a price of $10.00. The luncheon is open to everyone, but you must reserve a ticket by calling the Branch at 613-236-1575.
Dec 21 —A Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas: 8pm NAC Southam Hall. Presented by the National Arts Centre. Tickets starting at $49. More...
Jan 8 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Brian and Aylene Gracie at 925 Parkhaven Ave. Queensway OR we might go pub crawling again. Stay tuned....
Jan 8 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Helen Barkley at 1143 Agincourt Road, off Maitland. Google Map BYOB
Jan 8 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBA. Hopefully in our new permanent home.
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
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
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