First and Third Sunday of every month 2pm-5pm

Mill St. Brew Pub 555 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON

Join us for a little taste of Cape Breton in the heart of the Nation's Capital!

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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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There will be some changes to the summer schedule coming up, so keep an eye on this website for the latest information!

June 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Cancelled for today

June 21 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Cancelled for today as part of our  reduced summer schedule.

June 28 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Gary Palmer at 138 Chimo Dr. 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. Park in driveway or next door at 140 Chimo. Google Map  Please RSVP to Gary by phone: 613-591-0919 or email: BYOB   If the weather is nice we'll play outside on the deck, and get practiced up for the Canada Day ceilidh at the lake.

July 1 —Canada Day Ceilidh:  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 or call Ken or Nicole by phone. To avoid long distance charges call 613-237-7000, wait for a moment then dial 819-671-8379. 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 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Today's session is/was moved ahead to July 1, for our annual Canada Day  great big jam session at the lake.

July 12 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by  Millicent Toombs at 1674 Locksley Lane in Beacon Hill, 613-742-3479. Google Map Make your way to the corner of Montreal Road and Ogilvie Road, then north on Ogilvie, take 2nd left onto Lassiter Terrace, right onto Locksley Lane. 1674 is at the end closest to the shopping centre and high-rise. BYOB

July 19 —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 tunes and meet friends new and old. 

July 26 House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

July 31-Aug 1 Glengarry Highland Games: This year's guest fiddler is Cape Breton's Wendy MacIsaac The show starts at 2:00 pm and will feature youth fiddlers from Glengarry and surrounding area. Following this there will be a performance by this year's guest fiddler Wendy MacIssac. The afternoon will conclude with a performance by the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers at 5:30 pm as they warm-up before taking to the main stage where they will perform at 6:30 pm as part of the Friday night Concert.

Aug 2 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Today's session is cancelled both because it's a long weekend and because we'll all be exhausted after two days of fiddling at the Glengarry Highland Games.  

August 9 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

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 

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