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.

 
2014-12-17

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Dec  21—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. Take a break from your last minute Christmas shopping - drop by for tea and tunes to warm up from the cold December weather. Or have a pint if you prefer, although that won't warm you up the way a nice hot cuppa tea would.....Bring your singing voice along as today's repertoire will likely lean heavily in the direction of Christmas carols.

Dec 28 —House Session/Slooow Jam:
1pm-4pm - Hosted by Beth and Joe MacGillivray at 7661 Settlers Way, north of Kemptville and south of North Gower. Hwy 416 to Dilworth Road exit 42. Turn right at end of off ramp, then left onto Donnelly Dr. Continue past Rideau River Prov. Park, keep RIGHT at the fork or you'll end up in Kemptville. Continue past the fork to Harnett Rd, turn right, then left on Paden and left on Settlers Way.

Note the earlier time for todays's session. Since it's holiday season this will be an informal gathering to play tunes and celebrate the coming New Year. Time to brush the cobwebs off of Auld Lang Syne, and a last chance to play some holiday favourites. BYOB Come ahead of time (12:15-12:30) to have a bit of lunch to fortify yourself to play tunes. RSVP to cbsession@cbsession.com. 
Jan 4 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 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.

Jan 11 —House Session: 2pm-5pm  Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Jan 11 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Harry and Bea Grant at 348 Quartz Ave. Rockland, ON. Take 417 East to 174 East to Rockland. Pss Canadian Tire on the left, turn right on Edwards St. Turn left onto Laurier St. (lights), right onto St. Joseph's St (lights), then left onto Silver Lane. At the stop sigh turn right onto Emerald. At the first stop sign turn left onto Quartz Ave. 348 is the third house on the right. Parking on the street and in the driveway. BYOB, please RSVP to bealgrant@sympatico.ca Google Map

Jan 18 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 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.

Jan 25 —House Session: 2pm-5pm  Hosted by Parker and Carole Duchemin at 39 Woodlawn Avenue, Ottawa K1S 2S8 located near Lansdowne Park in the Glebe.  Parking is on the street in front, plan to come a little early to ensure a parking space, as we are quite near Lansdowne Park and the canal. The parking situation is sometimes quite crowded with skaters and shoppers, even on a Sunday. There is one parking space at the back of the house, we can arrange for other parking as well, call us at 613-232-0418 if you encounter problems. BYOB Google Map

Jan 25 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Gary 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. Google Map  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.

Feb 1 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 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.

Feb 8 —House Session: 2pm-5pm  Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Feb 15 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 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.

Feb 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Feb 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Gary 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. Google Map  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.

Mar 1 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 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.

Mar 8 —House Session: 2pm-5pm  Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Mar 15 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren. 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.

Mar 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Volunteers Needed!

Mar 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm Hosted by Gary 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. Google Map  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.

Mar 29 —Fifth Sunday: 2pm-5pm Activities TBD - let us know if you would like to arrange for a concert at a retirement residence or long-term care facility for this day.
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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 http://kleeradio.com/.

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 
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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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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")