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Cape Breton Ceilidh|Dance|Workshops
Montgomery Legion Hall Third Floor
Ottawa, ON
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An evening of Cape Breton-style fun for everyone. Fiddles, pianos; square dancing and stepdancing all in one big blast. If you've been to Celtic Colours before and are missing all the fun this year you'll enjoy this evening that lets you relive the music, dance, fun and friendliness of Cape Breton.

Adult: $15 in advance. Same day tickets $20.
Youth: (16 and under accompanied by an adult) $10

If you prefer to avoid online purchasing advance tickets will be available at Ottawa Cape Breton Sunday Sessions. Check the website cbsession.com for dates/times/locations.

DARA SMITH-MACDONALD, was born and raised in Antigonish, but has strong family roots in Inverness. She now resides in Port Hawkesbury. She has been playing the fiddle for over 20 years with a style that is strong, lively and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the United States. She has performed for the Antigonish Highland Games, the Acoustic Roots Festival, Kitchenfest and Celtic Colours. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Anns Gaelic College, as well as to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is a musical director and a board member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association.

ADAM YOUNG is a sought-after pianist from the community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music. He created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouses popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen over 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States. He can also be heard on recordings by Dara Smith-MacDonald, Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Eric Angus Whyte, Jason MacDonald and Marilyn MacDonald-MacKinnon.

"THE LAKE SESSIONS - a new album of Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano music" was released in June of 2017 and Dara and Adam are touring to support the album which will be available for sale at this event. https://thelakesessions.com/

If you're planning to visit Cape Breton this event will give you a good taste of the culture you can expect to see. If you've already been there and love the island this will warm your heart. If you are from Cape Breton this will be a taste of home, bring your children/grandchildren to connect with their Cape Breton roots. All ages welcome, cash bar.

Wondering about the square dancing? Cape Breton square sets aren't actually square and they're not complicated. As long as you know your right hand from your left and can count as high as four you'll do just fine! There will also be callers in each set to guide you through the motions and make sure you stay on course. In addition to square sets there will also be waltzes for round dancing and some step dancing too. And of course you can always just sit back and enjoy the music too.

Nov 11 Fiddle Workshop Int/Adv: 2pm-4pm with Dara Smith-MacDonald. A popular instructor, Dara has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Anns Colaisde na GĂ idhlig|Gaelic College for 15 years and teaches fiddle to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is also a musical director and a member of the Board of Directors with the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association  and has guided that group through many successful performances. This workshop will focus on tunes, styles and rhythms that are characteristic of Cape Breton traditional fiddle music. Intended for those who are already comfortable with their instruments and have some experience playing. $25 Advance registration strongly recommended, onsite registration available space permitting.

***SOLD OUT*** Nov 11 Piano Workshop Int/Adv: 2pm-4pm with Adam Young. Adam is a sought-after pianist from the tiny community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music, and a certain joy is evident on his face. Adam created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouses popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen more than 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. This workshop is intended for those who already have a bit of experience accompanying traditional music and who are familar with basic chords. It will focus on chord selection, rhythms and styles of Cape Breton style piano accompaniment. Participants must bring their own keyboard. $25 Advance registration required as space is limited.

Nov 11 Steps and Squares Workshop: 2:15pm-3:45pm A beginner-level workshop to help you get the most out of Cape Breton square dances, this session will show you the basic jig step and a couple of variations and the basic reel step and a variation. We will also review the square set patterns that are typical of the west side of Cape Breton (Mabou set, with a variation). Everything you need to look like a pro during your next vacation in Cape Breton. Comfortable hard sole shoes recommended. 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult registration (one child per adult). $20 Advance registration recommended, onsite registration available if space permits.

All November 11 workshops will be held at Faith Lutheran Church 43 Meadowlands Dr. between Merivale and Woodroffe. Parking is at the back, off Harris place. Piano class will be on the upper level. Fiddle class on the lower level which is down a set of stairs, there is a lower level entrance off Meadowlands for those who have difficulty with stairs.  Register online with credit card, in person at any OCBS event, or by email and e-transfer to cbsession@cbsession.com.

**SOLD OUT** Nov 12 Reel Slooow Jam Workshop: 2pm-4pm - $25 A slower, more relaxed pace workshop for novice players or those who appreciate having a bit more time for learning by ear. Mainly for fiddlers, limited space for piano students. This session will focus on your choice of tunes from the OCBS collection.  Advance Registration Required! Space is limited for this workshop, please register in advance with credit card online (ocbs.brownpapertickets.com) or by email/e-transfer to cbsession@cbsession.com or in person (cash) with Gary Palmer 613-591-0919 BYOB. Contact Gary at gary.palmer@unb.ca for more information.

Dara and Adam will be performing at two house concerts in Ottawa. Saturday evening in the east/central part of Ottawa and Sunday evening in west/Kanata area. As these are presented in private homes and seating is limited you MUST reserve in advance with the hosts or at cbsession@cbsession.com. Bring your libation of choice, $20 per person donation to the musicians, and a snack to share (optional). Payment in advance by e-transfer to cbsession@cbsession.com is much appreciated! Details of the locations will be given at the time your reservation is confirmed, to preserve the privacy of our concert hosts.
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Montgomery Legion Hall Third Floor (View)
330 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H3


Arts > Dance
Music > All Ages
Music > Celtic
Music > Folk
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Ottawa Cape Breton Session
On BPT Since: Oct 11, 2014
Ottawa Cape Breton Session

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