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

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


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About the Music

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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May 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Carole Ann Bennet at 701 Long Point Circle, Ottawa Ont K1T4E9 (613-983-6148 or at 613-822-2208). BYOB  Bank St. south past Leitrim Rd. to Findlay Creek Dr. Turn right on Long Point Circle, then right again to get to #70. It's a circle, so if you miss the turn you'll still end up in the right place! Google Map

May 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - NO SLOW JAM TODAY

May 29 —Atlantic Voices Concert 3pm - Songs of Home: A Celebration of Allister MacGillivray 
Atlantic Voices celebrates a giant among Canadian songwriters, Cape Breton's own Allister MacGillivray. One of Cape Breton's true artistic treasures, MacGillivray is the composer of Maritime classics such as Song for the Mira, Coaltown Road, Song for Peace and Away From the Roll of the Sea. We are pleased to present a selection of his most popular songs, as well as other treasures from the MacGillivray songbook, newly arranged especially for this concert. We are also thrilled to be presenting special guest Ciarán MacGillivray, Allister's son and member of The Cottars. Doors open at 2pm and the concert starts at 3 pm at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street. Pre-show entertainment with our resident house band Fumblin' Fingers starting at 2:15. Silent auction and refreshments afterward. Tickets are $15 in advance until May 27/$20 @ the door, free for children 12 and under. For tickets: visit The Leading Note (370 Elgin St.), or call Hannie at 613-722-9240

29 Mai- Concert Chorale par “The Atlantic Voices”- 3pm- “Songs of Home”: Une celebration d’Allister MacGillivray. Le Coeur “Atlantic Voices” célèbre un géant parmi les écrivains-compositeurs canadiens, un fils natif de l”Ile du Cap Breton. Allister MacGillivray est un des vrais trésors artistiques canadiens. Compositeur de multiples classiques maritimes, tel “The Song Of The Mira”, “Coaltown Road”. L’invité spéciale sera null autre que le fils de Allister; Cieran MacGillivray. Les portes au Centretown United Church, 507, rue Bank: ouvrent à 2 hrs pm et le concert débutera à 3 hrs pm : La première partie du spectacle sera ouverte par le groupe, “Fumblin Fingers” qui commencera a jouer à 2;15. Un encan silencieux  et des rafraichissements suiverons. Les billets à l’avance: $15.00 jusqu’au 27 mai: $20.00 à la porte: enfants 12 ans et moins,/ gratuits. Pour des billets, visiter “The Leading Note”, 370 Elgin Street ou contacter: Hannie à 613-722 9240

June 5—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 music and fun. You never know who's going to be there but it's always a big friendly and fun group to spend an afternoon with. 

June 5—Delta United Church Fiddle Service: 11am Glengarry's Macleod Fiddlers will play and take part in the church service at 11 am. Surrounding a service with Scottish fiddle music is a long standing tradition at Delta United.  Delta is just 13 minutes west of Athens and 30 minutes east of Westport and is in the centre of a triangle between Kingston, Brockville and Smiths Falls. The Church is right beside the Post Office.

June 12 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Pat and Russ Graham at 120 Post Road. 417 West to Eagleson South; follow Eagleson past Hazeldean Mall; turn right on Abbeyhill, follow to Old Colony Rd., turn left, go one block, turn right onto Paddock Way, left on Post Road. 120 is first house on left. 613-836-4577 Google Map BYOB as usual!

June 12 —
Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -  Hosted by Mary Nash at 18 Spyglass Ridge in Stittsville, ON K2S 1R6 Phone: 613-831-1656.  NOTE: There is limited parking on the street, and it is quite narrow. You may wish to drop off people or packages at the door and then proceed to park. There is plenty of parking just past Spyglass Ridge at the golf club parking lot. You may park there and walk back to Spyglass Ridge. Google Map   BYOB  Please RSVP by clicking this link: RSJ RSVP

June 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 music and fun. You never know who's going to be there but it's always a big friendly and fun group to spend an afternoon with. 

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

June 12 —
Reel Slooow Jam: 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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