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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BREAKING NEWS  - We're moving! Yes, we finally listened to the many emails, notes and comments from both musicians and those who enjoy just listening to the session. After 8 or so years at the Royal Oak, we have outgrown the space available. We have a new home at the Mill St. Brew Pub. There is lots of free parking, lots of room for musicians, and even room for a square set! We hope you'll join us for our first regular session at our new location on Sunday April 19.

Apr 4 —Music for Malcom: 1pm-5pm A fiddle extravaganza in memory of Malcolm Dewar. Includes: catered lunch; cash bar; old time square dancing with caller; Cape Breton square sets; step dancers; big open dance floor for waltzing and two-stepping; fabulous entertainment. TROY MACGILLIVRAY-ANDREA BEATON-KyleFelhaver-Eric Provencher-The MacLeod Fiddlers-Glengarry Pipe Band- MC Cheryl Cooper. Maxville, ON fairgrounds, Metcalfe Centre (old Angus Grey Hall). Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets and information: Dawn Dewar or 613-859-7869. Fundraising: in the past this event raised funds or Alzheimer’s research, this year part of the proceeds will be used for a bursary in Malcolm’s name to support youth fiddlers in Glengarry – Beverly, Laura and Dawn Dewar.

Apr 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm EASTER SUNDAY - NO SESSION TODAY - Go find a bunny to hug instead. (Or, if you're from Saskatchewan, find a bunnyhug instead.)

Apr 6 —National Tartan Day: On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day. Tartan Day is celebrated on April 6 because it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. Each province and territory with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador have proclaimed April 6 as Tartan Day. Most provinces and territories in Canada have adopted an official tartan, with the exception of Nunavut, and Quebec, which has an unofficial tartan. Tartan Day recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Scots and their descendants to the fabric of our society. Tartan Day is also a special day for Canadians to celebrate their national, provincial, territorial or personal tartans.
Apr 12 —House Session: 2pm-5pm  Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Apr 12 —Glengarry Workshop: 1:30 pm-6pm All fiddlers are invited to our annual workshop on Sunday, April 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Curling Club, 138 Main St. N, Alexandria, Ontario. Thanks to the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame, we are in the midst of planning the release of the Glengarry Fiddlers’ CD; therefore, our workshop will be devoted to that project. The recording date has been set for Sunday, May 3, a date which will be on us before we know it. The bulk of the afternoon will be devoted to polishing the tunes for the CD, but of course we will also welcome individuals or groups who would like to perform. Even if you are not taking part in the CD, we invite you to join in an afternoon of fiddling. A light lunch will be served and there will be a free will offering to help cover the cost of the afternoon. Sheet music for all sets will be available at the workshop or can be downloaded from the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame web site by clicking on the following and looking under “Media” and “Massed Fiddlers’ CD.”
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Apr 19 —Welcome to the Mill St. Brew 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.  This will be our first regular session in our new home, for the first few sessions we'll by trying out different arrangements of chairs and piano until we figure out what works best. Celebrate spring down by the riverside - with toe tappin' tunes.

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

Apr 26 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by TBD

May 3 —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.

May 10 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

May 17 —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.

May 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

May 24 —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  Phone: 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.

May 28 —J.P.Cormier: 8pm At The Branch Restaurant, Kemptville, ON. $25 More Info:

May 31 —Fifth Sunday: 2pm-5pm Concert/Jam Session at Maxville Manor  80 Mechanic Street West, Maxville, ON  Google Map Be there by 1:45 to tune up, we start the concert at 2pm sharp. Following the one hour concert the party will continue in the multipurpose room with an open jam session for musicians and residents. Please let us know that you are coming by sending a quick email to so that refreshments can be planned. RSVP must be received by March 15. Set list will be sent directly to confirmed participants. Here's a link to the extra set: Loch Garry Breezes

June 5-7 —Ottawa Valley Fiddle Camp RCMP Campsite, Long Island Lock, Manotick, ON.  Register now! Skip Holmes-guitar; Kimberley Holmes-piano; Cape Breton's Wendy MacIsaac, Shane Cook, Stephanie Lepine and Gordon Stobbe-fiddle. COST: 1. Room & Board, Tuition, Meals $380 2. Tuition including meals $280 3. Chaperone: Resident (overnight) – $185.00/Non-resident (day only) – $150.00 For those wishing to register, a non-refundable deposit of $80.00 is required. Send cheque to: Sherryl Fitzpatrick, 125 Prem Circle, Nepean, ON, K2J 0C5 *Full registration fee will not be refunded past May 1, 2015

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 

The Gaelic Hour Music from the Glen

K-LEE Radio, like it's name suggests, plays the sort of music you'd hear in the kitchen. The vast majority of the artists are Cape Bretoners—about the only place on the Internet where one can find nearly non-stop mostly traditional music from Cape Breton. More about it here. Listen to it at

MISSING HOME? There are several Cape Breton radio stations that stream to the Internet so you can listen just as if you were home! "The Giant" FM (Sydney River); "The Hawk" (Port Hawkesbury); "Max FM" (Sydney); CJCB 1270AM; "X-FM" (Antigonish and Inverness); "The Eagle" (Sydney) as well as good ole' CBC radio all broadcast over the Internet so you can stay in touch wherever you are. Check HERE for a listing of all 
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The Cape Breton Club of Ottawa invites you to make a membership commitment to keep our club vibrant, so that we can enjoy the many aspects of the unique Cape Breton way of life, a home away from home.  Our club is a place to enjoy, share, and promote the best that Cape Breton Island has to offer: lively gatherings; traditional music; down-home food; delightful stories; and friendly people having lots and lots of good times together.    Want to join in the Cape Breton fun? Candidates for new membership may fall into one or more of the following categories: Born on “the home of our hearts” Cape Breton Island; married or (friends with) a Cape Bretoner; or having a burning desire to be a Cape Bretoner  (A Cape Bretoner in “spirit")