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

Nov 9 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Millicent Toombs at 1674 Locksley Lane in Beacon Hill, 613-742-3479. BYOB

Nov 9 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Helen Barkley at 1143 Agincourt Road, Ottawa. 613-723-0262. Queensway to Maitland southbound, right on Agincourt Rd.  Please RSVP by email or phone.

Nov 14—House Concert: Kenneth and Calum MacKenzie (fiddle, pipes and piano) Hosted by Graham and Suzanne at145 Central Park Drive, Ottawa $20 -- Seating is limited – All proceeds go directly to the artists. To reserve your seats, email Graham at Light refreshment will be available during intermission BYOB.

Nov 15—Fiddle, Piano and Piping Workshops:
Register Online with credit card, or by Interac email transfer to,  or print and submit registration form in person or by mail. Registration form here. More information here

9am-12noon Cape Breton Fiddle with Kenneth and Calum MacKenzie Intended for those who already play but who would like to learn the tunes and styling unique to Cape Breton fiddling.

9am-12noon Cape Breton Stepdance with Jenny MacKenzie Learn some Cape Breton, close to the floor jig, reel and strathspey steps, then show off your new steps at the dance later in the evening.

1pm-4:30pm Gaelic Piping with Kenneth MacKenzie Explore this rich style of playing with a strong focus on rhythm and musicality and an inherent link with the song and dance traditions of Gaelic culture. This course is suitable for highland pipes, small pipes or border pipes. Students are encouraged to bring both highland and small pipes if they have them.

1pm-4pm Cape Breton Piano Accompaniment with Calum MacKenzie Intended for those who already have some experience playing piano accompaniment this will be an intermediate/advanced level course on rhythms and choosing chords for common Cape Breton fiddle tunes.

Nov 15
 Ceilidh and Square Dance: 7:30pm  Kenneth and Calum MacKenzie of Mabou. Montgomery Legion Hall 330 Kent St. at MacLaren.  Square set instruction 7:30pm, dancing and other entertainment 8pm to midnight. Join us for a wonderful evening of Cape Breton fun with the Cape Breton Club of Ottawa. Tickets  $10 advance or $15 at the door. Available at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, from Brent MacDonald 613-233-3047 or Beth MacGillivray or at any Sunday pub or house session. Online with credit card at Brown Paper Tickets or via Interac email money transfer to


Nov 16—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 

Nov 23 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Volunteers needed!

Nov 30—House Session: 2pm-5pm - Grey Cup Day!

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

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

Dec  21—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 

Dec 28 —House Session: 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


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

Cape Breton Post


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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Application Form

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")