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!  We'll be back at the Mill St. Brew pub on Sep. 20, in the meantime check out the special summer events below.

August 23 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Ken and Nicole Roy at  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 bungalow three houses down. Lots of parking in the driveway or on the street if you prefer. Bring a bathing suit and come early for a swim, there is a safe waterfront area on Lac MacGregor for swimming and lots of outdoor play space if you want to bring your kids. There will be a BBQ at break time. BYOB. Please RSVP to or by phone. To avoid long distance charges call 613-237-7000, wait for a moment then dial 819-671-8379.

August 30 —Fifth Sunday: 2pm-5pm No Session Today - fifth Sunday.

Sep 6 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Today's session is cancelled for the Labour Day weekend.   
Sep 13  —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Bruce Strathern and Cindy Thompson at 6007 Martin Street North, Almonte 613-256-2457 BYOB  Directions from Ottawa:
Take the 417 towards Arnprior, past the Carp Road exit.
Take exit 155, March Road (not the March Road/Eagleson exit in Kanata)
Turn left onto County Road 49 (March Rd) to Almonte. When you reach Almonte, you'll come to a traffic circle. Take the 2nd exit off the traffic circle, as if to continue going straight into town. Go through three sets of traffic lights. Fourth set of traffic lights is Martin Street (there's a Milano Pizza at the far right of this intersection). Turn right on Martin Street. Our driveway is 3km from the lights, on the left side of the road.
From the West of Almonte:
From Hwy 7, take Townline Road (County Rd 29) into Carleton Place. Travel through Carleton Place up toward Almonte. There's only one set of lights at Almonte (Wolf Grove Rd on the Left, and Almonte Street on the Right). Turn right onto Almonte Street. Stay on Almonte Street until you come to a set of lights.  This is Martin Street (Milano Pizza to your left). Turn left onto Martin Street. Travel 3km to 6007 Martin Street, which is on the left side of the road.
The house is 300 feet back from the road, nestled amongst the trees.  Brown board-n-baton siding on the first level and white aluminum on the second level. Plenty of parking on-site.

Sep 20 —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.

Small Halls

Sep 26 —Special Event: Saturday, Sept. 26 – Westmeath Recreation Centre at 7:30PM– Bẹlach with The Donohue Enrights. Part of the Festival of Small Halls. Tickets and info:

Sep 27 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Sep 27 —Special Event: Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3:00PM [Matinee Concert]- Althorpe Bolingbroke Commmunity Hall – Bẹlach with Jessica Wedden. Part of the Festival of Small Halls. Tickets and info:

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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