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Happy Summer Everyone! House sessions will be taking a break over the summer,  stay tuned for summer fiddle parties to be announced in the coming weeks.  Pub sessions continue all summer long - alternating east and west end locations EXCEPT Canada Day. 

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SESSIONS

June 3 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road. 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.


June 10 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, we've decided to start the summer break from practice sessions a bit early this year. 

June 10 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- Hosted by Gary Palmer and Debbie Watson at 138 Chimo Dr. in 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 side street (McClure Cres.) No parking on 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 click on the DOODLE app to sign up for each event. Using this helps the hosts determine the amount of seating required. If you are uncomfortable or unsuccessful using the app,contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca. Also contact Gary if you are interested in hosting a future session.

June 17 —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.


June 24 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, we've decided to start the summer break from practice sessions a bit early this year. 

June 24 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- No session this week. Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca if you are interested in hosting a future session.

Note that on July 1 there will NOT be a session at the Barley Mow on Merivale!


                        
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 8 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, summer break! Contact cbsession@cbsession.com if you are interested in hosting a future house session. 

July 8 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- No session this week. Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca if you are interested in hosting a future session.


July 15 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Celebrate summer with us at  Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Join us under the dory (near the lobster traps) to play some music, or bring some friends to listen to down home music and meet old friends or maybe make some new friends!  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.


July 22 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -No house session, summer break! Contact cbsession@cbsession.com if you are interested in hosting a future house session. 

July 22 —Reel Slooow Jam: 2pm-5pm- No session this week. Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca if you are interested in hosting a future session.

July 29—Fifth Sunday: No session today.

OTHER EVENTS
July 7 —Music for Malcolm: 1pm-5pm - Maxville Arena Hall  If you like Fiddle, Step dance and Celtic song - you will not want to miss the 5th Annual Music for Malcolm! Malcom Dewar taught music, was a part of and led many groups in Ottawa and Glengarry. He continued to play, compete (and win) well into his years with Alzheimer’s. When he could barely remember anything else, he could still pick up his fiddle and play. Music plays the same role for many, this annual event is a tribute to Malcom which will raise funds for "The Malcolm Dewar Music Bursury  for the preservation of Old Time and Scottish Music. Bursaries are given each year to young fiddle students primarily in the Glengarry area to support their learning. In the last two years several students of Ian MacLeod and David McPhee have been recipients. This year’s event has rounded up some fine talent - old favourites, and new performers to brighten your Saturday afternoon.  All ages welcome| Variety of solo and group performances|Big open dance floor| Step Dancers|50/50 draw|Cash bar|Lunch served. Maxville Arena Hall (Google Map) Advance tickets $20.  For advance tickets: (613)859-7869 or dawn.kathleen@yahoo.com. 

Open Jam Sessions: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at locations as specified on the website. 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Session à domicile:  Session à vitesse moyennement accéléré où apprender de nouveau ‘sets’ des 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 des 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.

Session à domicile Lent: 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”).

                    **Un grand merci à Kay Small pour les services de traduction!**

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 send an email to cbsession@cbsession.com.
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