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.

 
2015-08-26

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Aug 27-28 —House Sessions on the Lake: Annual weekend at the lake session hosted by Raye Thomas and Alexa Pritchard at their cottage/cabin on Lake McConnell at 25 Danford Lake West Road in Kazabazua, Quebec. Come on Friday night or Saturday and stay over until the fun is done on Sunday evening. The schedule includes a Saturday evening ceilidh and supper, Sunday breakfast and lunch will be served before the afternoon jam session. Contributions for the meals and refreshments are very welcome. There is space for 16 overnight guests, first come first served. Please email in advance if you plan to stay overnight. Lots of time for swimming and other watersports, or exploring the forest - don't forget to pack a bathing suit along with your instruments! Contact Raye Thomas (rayethomas065@yahoo.ca) or Alexa Pritchard (alexapritchard@hotmail.com) for more information or to RSVP. 613-238-4064 or at the cottage 819-467-2936. Google Map Highway 105 to Kazabazua and turn left onto Highway 301. About 7 km or so you will see first Danford Lake East, then a short distance later, Danford Lake West. Turn right and then take the first left - you will see a log cabin. This cabin is over 200 years old. It was the original cabin built on John McPhee's Homstead in Lochiel (relatives of Alexa's), and it has been disassembled and restored on MacConnell Lake as an addition to the cottage that was built by Alexa's father many years ago. It is called Bruichladdich after Alexa's favourite scotch. It's a great place that has seen many ceilidhs in the past. Download a printable map

Sep 4—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. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Sep 11 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com for more information or if you are interested in hosting. 

Sep 11—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hosted by Helen Barkley at 1143 Agincourt Road, off Maitland. Google Map BYOB Click Here to add your name to the attendee list so that the hosts can plan seating requirements. Instructions: Enter your name in the next available slot, select [Yes/No] for each listed date. If you are unsure select [Yes] and update it closer to the date. Press [Save] in the lower left corner to confirm your responses. To edit, click on your [name] and then on the stubby [pencil] icon. Press [Save] when completed. To delete your name, click the name and then on the [trash can] icon. 

Sep 16 —House Concert: 7pm — Kelli Trottier with Jim Hunter hosted by David Hauraney in Carleton Place. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to the musicians. BYOB and feel free to contribute to the snack table. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Please RSVP 613-257-5594 or davidh@rogers.com to reserve your seat(s). There will be a short session following the concert so musicians please bring your instruments. Kelli Trottier is a triple threat with her angelic voice, crisp fiddling and fiery step dance. She has performed for Sean Connery, for our Canadian Military and has toured North America and beyond as a featured soloist with Bowfire for nine years. Jim is an exceptional keyboard player who is well known around the Ottawa Valley where he performs with several fiddlers and ensembles. He is very involved in the traditional music scene, and is on the executive of both the Ottawa Traditional Fiddle and Folk Art Societys and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Association.

Sep 18—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. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Sep 23 —House Concert: 7pm — Anna Ludlow will perform with Tyson Chen in an intimate setting in rural Ottawa South. Hosted by Beth MacGillivray and Jennifer Hood. Limited seating - reserve your seat by email to cbsession@cbsession.com. ANNA LUDLOW has been captivating audiences across North America ever since her performance debut as a teenager in rural Nova Scotia in the late 1990s. Anna's talent has taken her beyond Nova Scotia's rich music scene, to share stages with the likes of The Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Charlie A'Court, Lennie Gallant, Matt Mays, and Ron Hynes. As the principle fiddler for the Halifax, NS based hit show DRUM! Anna has performed in Dollywood, at the 2010 Winter Olympics, twice on Parliament Hill for Canada Day, and even for Queen Elizabeth II. But her local fans don't really care about all that stuff. they just know they want to hear Anna because hearing her will make them feel good! Anna puts on a high-energy show, fusing the style of the traditional Maritime Kitchen Party with a contemporary flare that will have you on your feet. Originally instructed by acclaimed fiddler Kendra McGillivray from Anna's hometown of Antigonish, NS, Anna's playing is strongly influenced by nearby Celtic-music haven, Cape Breton. Following her instruction with Kendra, Anna played at local pubs and parties, and in bands including Jug in Hand, KILT, Barnacle, and Banshee. Anna's recording Reel to Reel, released in 2009, was mixed and mastered at ECMA-winning Lakewind Sound Studios. Featuring the talents of Fred Lavery, Scott Macmillan, Dave MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac, David Burton and Jamie Gatti, the album received multiple award nominations. The CD showcases Anna's talent as both fiddler and singer.

Sep 25 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com for more information or if you are interested in hosting. 

Sep 25 —Reel Sloow 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. 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

Oct 2—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. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Oct 8 —Cape Breton Club of Ottawa Ceilidh and Boiled Dinner: 1pm-10pm RCMP Campsite, Long Island Locks, Manotick, ON. Google Map A full day of Cape Breton activity! Jam sessions in the afternoon, ceilidh in the evening. Bring your dancing shoes for some square sets and cards and crib boards for afternoon entertainment. BYOB. Plastic cups available or bring your own crystal stemware if you prefer! Volunteers needed to help with preparing the supper, and cleaning up afterwards. The facility is open all afternoon and evening so come down with your family anytime and enjoy the lovely riverside setting with lots of outdoor playspace. Contact Brent MacDonald to reserve your supper, to volunteer, or for more information. brent.macdonald@rogers.com. More details coming soon!

Oct 9 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com for more information or if you are interested in hosting. 

Oct 9 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting.

Oct 16—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.

Oct 21 —Concert/Dance: 8pm-11pm - Ceilidh Concert and Square Dance with Anna Ludlow, Calum MacKenzie and friends. Advance tickets available soon! Mongomery Legion Hall 330 Kent St. Top floor. Doors open 7:30pm. 

Oct 23 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com for more information or if you are interested in hosting. 

Oct 23 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Concert at Park Place Retirement Home Google Map      Click Here to add your name to the attendee list so that the hosts can plan seating requirements. Instructions: Enter your name in the next available slot, select [Yes/No] for each listed date. If you are unsure select [Yes] and update it closer to the date. Press [Save] in the lower left corner to confirm your responses. To edit, click on your [name] and then on the stubby [pencil] icon. Press [Save] when completed. To delete your name, click the name and then on the [trash can] icon. 

Nov 6—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. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

Nov 13 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Aylene at aylene@cbsession.com  if you are interested in hosting.

Nov 13 —Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed! Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting.

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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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Open Jam Sessions: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at the  Mill St. Brew Pub (555 Wellington St.) Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes 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. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.

House Sessions: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month 2pm-5pm various locations. More of a practice session, slower pace for learning new tunes. Mainly aimed at those who read music or learn by ear quickly. For intermediate/advanced players. Session à domicile:  Session à vitesse moyennement accéléré où apprender de nouveau ‘sets’ de pieces, généralement  à partir de feuilles de musique mais aussi ‘à l’oreil’. Lieu idéal pour faire l’essaie d’une  nouvelle chanson, ou pratiquer de nouvelles pieces avant de les jouer à la session au pub. C’est aussi un bon temps pour faire du ‘social’ avec des gens forts sympatiques et pour savourer des grignotines délicieuses.

Reel Slooow Jams: The Reel Slooow Jam is an occasional and irregular gathering for those who are new to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. The focus is on tunes such as airs and waltzes, as well as playing jigs and reels from the session repertoire but at a slow learning pace with more time for those who don't read music to learn by ear. On vise les débutant(e)s au violon (ou piano ou guitar) qui désirent apprendre le pieces de l’Isle du Cap Breton dans un millieux amical et sans pression. Plusieurs aires et valses lentes ainsi que des jigues et des reels à partir du repertoire régulier, mais à une vitesse plus lente; ceci donnera plus de temps à ceux et celles qui ne savent pas lire la musique a apprendre à l’oreil. Vérifier la page “Tunes” pour la liste le plus souvent joué au Slow Jam (“jam lent”).

 
 
 
 

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