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

Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren

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 Royal Oak Pub (318 Bank St. at MacLaren.) Sessions are led by Aylene her know if you have some tunes you'd like to share.





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August 10 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Party time! Aylene apologizes for the last minute notice on this one. This session will be hosted by Ken and Nicole Roy and will be a session and BBQ. Come early to swim or just relax by the water. There is a safe waterfront area on Lac MacGregor for swimming and lots of outdoor play space.  Bring your significant others and children along, and your swimsuits, and don't forget your instruments!  Please RSVP, especially if you are staying for the BBQ.  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.

August 17—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 

August 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - 

August 31 —Fifth Sunday: 2pm-5pm TBD

September 7—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 

September 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Volunteers needed!

September 10-14 —Ottawa Folk Festival Check out these great Cape Breton artists at the 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival:

CIG ("Ko-ig". Gaelic for '5') is one of Cape Breton’s most captivating young bands. They're an exciting ensemble consisting of five solo acts. Originally coming together for a promotional tour for the Celtic Colours Festival, the formation proved to be something special, and the group decided to continue to tour together as a band. Proving to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the traditional music scene with their driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Cig is a treat for the ears of every audience they meet.COIG are: Fiddlers Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis and Colin Grant; multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen; and Jason Roach on piano.

Chrissy Crowley is a Canadian fiddler with a firm foundation in the traditional music of Cape Breton. She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, the UK, as well as Ireland, France, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth. Her music explores a new direction; a path of fearless innovation that has earned Chrissy a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, a Top 20 Under 20 in Canada award, and numerous East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia nominations.Chrissy’s new release is titled “Last Night’s Fun.”

Sprag Session - Lingering somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of traditional Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk, Sprag Session has developed a unique style and repertoire of music with a dynamic and thoughtful mingling of beats and melodies from an extensive host of musical influences. Far from the awkward malaise of mohawked bagpipers and kilted punks, Sprag Session has created a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Bla Fleck and the Flecktones and Frank Zappa as it is Ashley MacIsaac


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 
available stations.

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Click below for the best source of musical information in Cape Breton. Listings for who is playing where and when - an indispensible vacation planner!

Music Cape Breton

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iTunes podcast of Nov. 17, 2013 show featuring Cape Breton music


Looking for something more Irish? Everything you need to find Irish music and culture as well as Ottawa Valley and other Celtic music in Ottawa is at

Listen to Irish/Celtic music from Ottawa online at the Gaelic Hour on CHIN 97.9fm-Ottawa

Both sites contain links to various Celtic happenings in the Ottawa area. Irish Music Ottawa also has links to genealogy resources, local music teachers, instrument sales/repair, also links to tune archives.


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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")