A quick update on location changes...There will be a one-time change of location for next week's pub session, and we've added a few other updates as well.  

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Jan 19—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Moose McGuire's Pub and Grill. No, it's not a moostake, join us at Moose's for an afternoon of Cape Breton Celtic tunes. Yes, usually we are at the Barley Mow for this week, but the Barley Mow staff are having a well deserved staff party this Sunday so we've moved on over to this alternate location at 3320 McCarthy Road. Located in the Hunt Club area, in the same complex as the Metro grocery store there is plenty of parking.  Breakfast served until 1:30pm, lots of beers on tap and Sundays are half-prices nachos day! Pipers, fiddlers, box players, guitarists, singers and piano players, everyone welcome to come play some music with us. 

Jan 26—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm - Hazeldean Gardens - details will be provided directly to those who sign up.   The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on!  For more information contact Gary at BYOB SIGN UP SHEET 

Feb 2—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Gracie's Brew Pub and Music Hall (formerly Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub) 1151 Ogilvie Road  Google Map  Spend an afternoon with your friends and family and some great down home style socializing. 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.  

Feb 9—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm  - Hosted by Debbie and Gary at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata.  The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on! 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 on nearby streets. Watch out for the No Parking zones on one side of the street! 613-591-0919.  The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on!  For more information contact Gary at BYOB SIGN UP SHEET   

Barley Mow

Feb 16—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON. Pipers, fiddlers, box players, guitarists, singers and piano players, everyone welcome to come play some music with us.  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. Lots more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176. Website  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm. 

Feb 23—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm  - Hosted by  TBD. The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on! watch the website for location details.  The slow jams are popular so please sign up to make sure you get a seat to sit on!  For more information contact Gary at BYOB SIGN UP SHEET  

March 29 —Concert at Orchard Walk: 3pm-4pm Fiddlers needed! Please come out and help entertain the residents at Orchard Walk, it's always a rewarding experience and it brings so much joy to the residents. If you can come help out with this event please let us know at Those on the list will be in the loop about the set list and other arrangments. Orchard Walk is located at 1491 Manotick Station Road in Greely, ON.  We usually play for one hour, then visit a bit with the audience who always seem to thoroughly enjoy the upbeat music our group plays. It's important that we have some idea of who is coming so that the facility can plan how many chairs to set up. It's best to arrive 15 minutes ahead of concert time to get seated and tuned up.


Feb 6—Ceilidh with Còig: 7:30pm-9:30pm Horticulture Building 1525 Princess Patricia Way. A fundraiser for St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa, embrace the cold and good company, and enjoy great food, 2 complimentary beverages, and two lively sets by one of Cape Breton’s finest Celtic bands, Cὸig! The event will also showcase many of the local businesses and attractions that make Ottawa a great city, whatever the weather with a silent auction that features: winter getaways, snow sports, Ottawa’s incredible restaurants, the city’s best comfort food and spa services, and activities to keep the whole family busy. Tickets Online

Mar 12—House Concert: 7:30pm-9:30pm - Ben Miller|Anita MacDonald|Zakk Cormier hosted by Debbie and Gary in Kanata. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: contact Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Canada and further afield, for their synergistic approach to traditional Cape Breton and Scottish music on fiddle and Scottish Lowland pipes. Ben and Anita tour as a trio with Zakk Cormier, an Acadian multi-instrumentalist from Prince Edward Island. A dynamic musician with deep roots in his own Franco-Celtic tradition, Zakk brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythms of Acadian foot-percussion. Learn more about Ben, Anita and Zakk at

Apr 10-12—House Concert|Dance|Workshops: Dara Smith-MacDonald|Adam Young A weekend of activities including a house concert, a Cape Breton dance, workshops in fiddle and piano, and private lessons available. Info and reservations: Stay tuned for more details to come!

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 private 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
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