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.

 
2015-06-30

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Summer is here, and that means the regular schedule is a bit more volatile than usual! We'll be arranging some summer lakeside jam sessions, and events at the Mill St. Brew Pub may cause changes in the schedule. The Reel Slooow Jam group will be taking a break over the summer. Please keep an eye on the website and/or Facebook group page or follow @cbsession on Twitter for the latest information on where and when to find great Cape Breton music!

For musicians who often attend the Sunday sessions, keep in mind that the group will be performing in Maxville on July 30 at the Glengarry Highland Games, and again on August 13 as part of the Music for Malcom event. Details for both events are in the listings below. We hope you can join us for either or both of these events!  

July 1 —Canada Day Ceilidh:  1pm to whenever. Potluck BBQ hosted by Ken and Nicole Roy.  Celebrate Canada Day with some tunes and summer fun Cape Breton Style. This will be a combined jam session for both the OCBS regulars and the Reel Slooow Jam groups. CB Club members and supporters of OCBS are also invited to share in this musical family event. Bring your spouses and children along, and your swimsuits and lawnchairs too, and don't forget your instruments! There is a safe waterfront area on Lac MacGregor for swimming and lots of outdoor play space. Hamburgers and hotdogs, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bring either a salad or a dessert or a snack to share, and as always  BYOB . For more information, or to  RSVP  email Ken at kenneth@ncf.ca or call Ken or Nicole by phone at 819-503-8153. If the weather is fine come early to swim and have outdoor fun. If the weather is not fine, there is lots of space to move indoors to play tunes. 53 Bourgade St. Val des Monts, PQ.  Google Map . From Gatineau take Highway 50. Turn left (north) on QC-366/Boulevard Lorrain towards Val des Monts. Continue for 14km then turn left onto Chemin de la Bourgade. Keep right at the stop sign, look for a beige bungalow three houses down. Lots of parking in the driveway or on the street if you prefer. 

July 3—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.

July 10 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - No house session - summer break and Celtfest

July 8-10 —Almonte Celtfest - Gemmil Park, Almonte, ON. Amazing line up of performers including our own Cindy Thompson; Cape Breton group Coig, and Vishten and Le Vent du Nord. There are also workshops in fiddle (Crissy Crowly, Cindy Thompson), Mandolin (Daren McMullen), Cape Breton stepdance (Rachel Davis) and Cape Breton piano accompaniment with Jason Roach. Celtfest Website

July 15-16 Stewart Park Festival - Perth, ON Coig will be among the performers at this music festival in lovely Perth. 

July 17—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.

July 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Hosted by Volunteers Needed 

July 29-30 Glengarry Highland Games - Maxville, ON Coig will be headlining this year's Tattoo and concert.  CIG (Ko-ig) is an exciting ensemble of East Coast musicians, and is one of Cape Breton's most captivating young bands. Originally coming together for a promotional tour for the Celtic Colours International Festival, the formation proved to be something special, and the group decided to continue to tour together as a band. More info...

July 30 -  OCBS will be playing sets  #33 (Scotty's Favourite) and #26 (Molly Rankin's) at the Saturday afternoon during the fiddle ceilidh - contact Brian McLean at fiddlebear16@gmail.com for more information. The ceilidh starts at at 2pm, but it fills to capacity very quickly so try to get there early. 

FIDDLE EVENTS at Glengarry Highland Games:

Friday 2:00-5:00 pm Arena Hall "Youth Fiddlers' Showcase
Friday 4:10-4:30 pm Metcalfe Centre Kelli Trottier
Friday 5:00-5:20 pm Arena Hall Kelli Trottier
Friday 5:30-6:00 pm Arena Hall Glengarry Massed Fiddlers warm up
Friday 6:30 pm On main stage Glengarry Massed Fiddlers
Saturday 9:30 am Arena Hall Fiddle Workshop with Kelli Trottier
Saturday 10:30 am Arena Hall Fiddle Workshop with Kelli Trottier
Saturday 2:00-4:30 pm Arena Hall Fiddle Ceilidh with Kelli Trottier
Saturday 4:30-5:00 pm Arena Hall Glengarry Massed Fiddlers

Aug 7—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. Today's session leader will be Brian McLean. 

Aug 13 —4th Annual Music for Malcolm: 1pm-5pm  Fundraising event for the Malcolm Dewar Music Bursary to support youth fiddlers in Glengarry. **Advance tickets now available**  $20 in advance, $25 at the door. A fiddle extravaganza in memory of  Malcolm Dewar. Includes: catered lunch; cash bar; step dancers, big open dance floor for waltzing and two-stepping; variety of fiddle, dance and Celtic song performances. MC Cheryl Cooper. Maxville, ON fairgrounds, Metcalfe Centre (old Angus Gray Hall).  Tickets and information: Dawn Dewar -dawn.kathleen@yahoo.com or 613-859-7876. 

OCBS will be playing CBFA sets #3 (Over the Cabot Trail) and and set #1 (Herbie MacLeod) at this concert, hope you can join us that day. 

Aug 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - No session today, instead we are playing Sat. Aug. 13 at Music for Malcom. (see above for details).

Aug 14 —
Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm -  Hosted by Volunteers Needed

Aug 21—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.

Aug 28 —House Session: 2pm-5pm - Volunteers Needed

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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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