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.

2015-02-04

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Feb  6— Our OCBS community will celebrate the life of our good friend Allan Gillis. Bring your fiddles for the reception following the visitation and we'll share a few tunes in memory of Allan. Click for Details/Locations 

Feb  7—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Mill St. Brew Pub Avoid the cold February weather by  joining us in a nice warm pub with a cup of hot cocoa. Don't worry - the Superbowl Kickoff isn't until 6:30 EST so there is lots of time for tunes before the game begins! 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 hot beverages, and meet friends new and old. 

Feb 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Will you be our Valentine volunteer?

Feb 14 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Coleen and Luc Morisset in the southeast end of town, near the General Hospital, 727 Fairdale Avenue K1G 1X6 613-523-2470 The Reel Slooow Jam is aimed at those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar or mandolin) 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. BYOB and please RSVP by clicking this link: RSJ RSVP

Feb 14 —Kingston Cape Breton Session: 3pm-5pm  RCHA Standeasy  193 Ontario St.  @ Clarence.  Next to Diane's Fish Bar. Take elevator to third floor. Informal group of musicians, mostly fiddle, piano, smallpipes, and flute who meet twice a month to play Cape Breton, Scottish, and Glengarry tunes and sets.  Newcomers welcome! For more info: nmucklow@kingston.net

Feb 20—Concert: 7:30pm - 9pm St. James Anglican Church Carleton Place concert series presents an East Coast Kitchen Party evening with music and dancing provided by a group composed primarily of musicians from the Ottawa Cape Breton Session. This is a benefit concert for the Centre Vie Orphanage in St. Marc, Haiti. Following the concert there is a recepton in the parish hall where you can meet the musicians and learn more about the orphanage project.  225 Edmund St, Carleton Place, ON. Tickets are $20 at the door. Contact the Church Office at (613) 257-3178 or admin-stjamescp@bellnet.ca for more information.

Feb 21—Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald (www.benandanita.com) will be in Kingston on Sunday, February 21! If you’ve never heard Scottish Border pipes combined with Cape Breton fiddle (along with some Gaelic singing), then you’re in for a treat. There will be afternoon workshops on fiddle and smallpipes (2:30 – 4:30) and an evening show (7:30 – 9:30), both at the Kingston RCHA Club - The Standeasy at 193 Ontario Street, Kingston. Yes, there will be stepdancing and the RCHA has a dance floor, so bring out your dancing friends. All tickets/registrations will be sold in advance. Our suggested donation for the workshop is $25. (Please don’t hesitate to register for a lower donation if you need to. We’d like everyone in the group who’d like to participate to be able to come.) The tickets for the show are $15. All proceeds will go to the musicians, and we want them to do well in Kingston. So please invite all your friends to come out and enjoy this music. Let’s fill the room! Who might be interested? Fiddlers, pipers, stepdancers, session musicians, Gaelic language learners, east coast folkies, music teachers, Cape Bretoners, ethnomusicologists, Canadian music fans, and just about anybody else.

To purchase tickets and/or sign up for a workshop please contact Nancy Mucklow at 613-541-1890 or nmucklow@kingston.net. Pipers who want to sign up for the piping workshop please indicate what kind of pipes, and whether they are in D or A.

Feb 21—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm  Mill St. Brew Pub Play some Chewns! 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 hot beverages, and meet friends new and old. 

Feb 26 —Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald: 8pm Ben and Anita will be the guest performers at the Ottawa Traditional Fiddle and Folk Art Society monthly party. Come out and show the 'Fiddle Club' that you support Cape Breton style fiddling. Bring your fiddles and join in the opening jam sessions at 8pm, or sign up to perform a short set. Free for OTFFAS members and $8 for guests. Montgomery Legion 330 Kent Street (at MacLaren) ​on the Lower Level.

Feb 27—Cape Breton Ceilidh and Square Dance: 7:30pm Montgomery Legion 330 Kent Street (at MacLaren) ​on the Lower Level. Confirmation and details coming soon!

Feb 28 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Feb 28 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm  Hosted by Gary and Debbie 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. 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.  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

Feb 28 —Kingston Cape Breton Session: 3pm-5pm  RCHA Standeasy  193 Ontario St.  @ Clarence.  Next to Diane's Fish Bar. Take elevator to third floor. Informal group of musicians, mostly fiddle, piano, smallpipes, and flute who meet twice a month to play Cape Breton, Scottish, and Glengarry tunes and sets.  Newcomers welcome! For more info: nmucklow@kingston.net

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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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