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

House Sessions - 
Second and Fourth Sundays 2pm-5pm

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Ottawa Cape Breton Session provides an opportunity to play tunes and sets that are part of the Cape Breton traditional repertoire. Sunday afternoon pub sessions are generally at a pretty fast pace. It is mostly group/session playing with the occasional song or solo. Anyone is welcome to join in and play with the group or share a song. Sessions  are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. Let her, or the pianist Ellen know if you have something special to share with the group.   

Sessions are primarily for the musicians to share the experience of traditional music, are open to anyone who can play a few of 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 house sessions every other Sunday from 2-5pm at various locations. Regular house sessions are pretty fast, new tunes are learned mostly from sheet music. The Reel Sloow Jam is a house session that is at a more moderate tempo for learning.

If you don't play, but love to hear Maritime and Cape Breton music live you're more than welcome to come down to the pub sessions and have some fun. It's always a big and friendly group of folks, a great place to meet old friends and make new ones too.

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Session Schedule
Oct 21 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON, K2G 5W1 Come chill with us, bring a friend or two and enjoy some down home hospitality. Singers, pipers, and squeezers of windy boxes all welcome! From the 416 take the Maitland Ave. exit southbound, you'll end up right on Merivale Rd. There is parking in front of the building, enter off Capilano Dr. or Merivale northbound. Tons more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176. Website  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm.

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Oct 27 —Workshops: Fiddler Martin Aucoin will be presenting workshops in Cape Breton (10am to noon) and Quebecois (1 pm to 3pm) fiddling on Saturday Oct. 27. Workshops are hosted  by Sherryl Fitizpatrick at 125 Prem Circle. These workshops are for Intermediate-Advanced players.  Space is limited.  To Register, please contact Sherryl at sherryl.fitzpatrick@rogers.com. Cost is $20 per session or $30 for both sessions. Born in Beresford (NB) into a musical family and now living in Lévis (QC), Martin Aucoin has been playing fiddle and guitar by ear since his teens. His influences are deeply rooted in French-Canadian music of Atlantic Canada. Well involved on the traditional music scene, he is active in two reputable non-profit cultural organizations as an administrator and project manager. Martin loves to pass on his tunes to anyone interested and he has been teaching his passion since 2012. His experience has led him to perform in concerts and dances in Canada and the U.S. with keynote musicians such as Rachel Aucoin, Sabin Jacques, Normand Legault, Paul Marchand, Guy Bouchard and many others. His authentic repertoire and natural style carries the music from heart to feet, from dusk until… dusk!

Oct 28 —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. Google Map Park in driveway or on nearby streets. 613-591-0919 BYOB Please RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session.  The Reel Slooow Jam is a gathering for those who are newish to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. The focus is on playing all the regular 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. 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”).

Oct 28  —House Session: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Aylene Gracie 925 Parkhaven 613-820-1535  BYOB This is 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.

Nov 4 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map A down home style social gathering, this session is a great place to meet up with friends over a pint or cup of tea while listening to a varied group of musicians play traditional Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish tunes. All players of fiddles, guitars, mandolins, whistles, accordions etc. welcome to join in. This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, 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.

Nov 10 —Workshops: Dara MacDonald and Adam Young Fiddle workshops:
    10am - 12 - Jigs and reels from OCBS tunes collection
    12 noon - Potuluck Lunch
    1:30 - 3:30 Marches and strathspeys from OCBS tunes collection

Sign up for workshops here.
For info on piano and private lessons please contact garypalmer@rogers.com.

Nov 11  —House Session: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Aylene Gracie 925 Parkhaven 613-820-1535  BYOB This is 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.

Nov 11 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Details TBD

Nov 18 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON, K2G 5W1 Come chill with us, bring a friend or two and enjoy some down home hospitality. Singers, pipers, and squeezers of windy boxes all welcome! From the 416 take the Maitland Ave. exit southbound, you'll end up right on Merivale Rd. There is parking in front of the building, enter off Capilano Dr. or Merivale northbound. Tons more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176. Website  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm.

Nov 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. Google Map Park in driveway or on nearby streets. 613-591-0919 BYOB Please RSVP Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information or if you are interested in hosting a future session.  The Reel Slooow Jam is a gathering for those who are newish to playing fiddle (or piano or guitar) and who would like to learn Cape Breton tunes. The focus is on playing all the regular 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.

Nov 25  —House Session: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Aylene Gracie 925 Parkhaven 613-820-1535  BYOB This is 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.

Other Cape Breton Cultural Events
Local events for those who enjoy the music and culture of Cape Breton Island. Events listed may be sponsored by a variety of different organizations, but all have at least some Cape Breton music, or Cape Breton artists performing.

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Nov 11  —House Concert: 7:30 pm Dara MacDonald and Adam Young A little bit of Celtic Colours comes to Kanata with Cape Breton music by Dara Smith-MacDonald (fiddle) and Adam Young (Piano). They play a cross-section of old and new tunes and styles, with an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary composers. Their most recent album, "The Lake Session", has been nominated for the Music Nova Scotia award in Traditional/Roots recording of the year. Seating is limited!! You must reserve in advance garypalmer@rogers.com. A suggested donation of $20, per person, goes directly to the musicians. BYOB and snacks. Doors open at 7:00. Bring a friend. 

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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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Looking for fiddle lessons? The following teachers are available to teach all levels, and include Cape Breton repertoire in their teaching. Most are also available to hire for various events.

Lessons-Fletcher Lessons-CindyThompson
Denis Lanctot

Open Jam Sessions: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.  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 les 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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