This is the Monthly calendar for The Townehouse Tavern, Sudbury's long time venerable home of live music. Can we sum it up? We love to present Rock, Indie Rock, Punk, Heavy, Soul, Jazz, Blues, World, Folk, Bluegrass and more. It's got to be something interesting and we'll try and present it. We do full bands mostly on the weekends and mostly solo acoustic acts during the week. We were the starting point for hundreds of bands since 1991... from The Tea Party to Nickelback... the Hopping Penguins, Bourbon Tabernacle Choir... to Born Ruffians, Yukon Blonde... Those who might be the biggest music stars of tomorrow, might be playing here tonight.


Our kitchen cranks out the finest Burgers in the north. Made from local, fresh, never frozen, steroid free ground beef, our Burgers are hand made fresh every day. We are proud to use local potatoes for our handcut Fries, along with any other items on our menu that can be sourced locally. We have the best hand made Veggie Burger around... The Beet and Hemp Burger... hearty salads... soul satisfying appetizers ... mmm... Deep Fried Oreos... We love to cook from when we open at 11:00am (12:00pm Sundays) until 2:00am each day.


We love to entertain groups for everyday and special events... Business, Family or Friends. We love to help out community organizations with Fundraisers. We love to provide great entertainment and food in a safe environment. We love families but we do ask for Age of Majority after 9:00pm. We love Craft Beer and fine libations but if you look under 25, we need to see your ID when you order, and we do ask that if you do consume alcohol, please drink responsibly.

For Catering Information... contact Veronica Desjardins

For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883

For Band Booking, Special Events information... contact Paul Loewenberg










Ask any musician in Canada what defines Sudbury and they will most likely say, The Townehouse Tavern.  As a mid sized venue, this room has seen almost every popular band in the country over the last 30 years.

From Nickelback to Bedouin Soundclash, The Tea Party to The Weakerthans.  Feist and Sarah Harmer.  Our Lady Peace to Alexisonfire.  The Townehouse is known for it’s diverse music from Rock to Funk, African Traditional, Folk, Klezmer, Metal, Ska, Reggae, Soul, Punk, Garage, Jazz, Blues and Bluegrass and Outlaw Country.  The Townehouse is one of the few incubators of live music to have lasted 30 years in this country.

When The Townehouse began to bring in interesting music, it tapped into the cultural vein of the country.  Everything else in this generation of the Arts community blossomed from this corner.  The Townehouse was the start of the change that transformed Elgin Street and steered downtown back towards a centre of cultural capital.


MUSIC AT SUNDOWN ALL Through the Winter

Continuing on Thursdays ... we are having more dinner music!! Every Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Don't wait for the weekend to fill your life with music... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to finish your work day with a little play. Enjoy the music with dinner. Come and see the fantastic talent we have in the north on a weekly basis. Great dinner, Great music. Thursdays - 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.

Hugh Jazz - Wednesday Nights at 7:30pm. New Early Start!

Starting October 17th... Hugh Jazz will be starting earlier... we will kick off the Gypsy Jazz portion just after dinner and then get rowdier after 9pm. Enjoy a flashback through time every Wednesday night at THE TOWNEHOUSE with HUGH JAZZ!

The amazing sounds of live gypsy jazz, delicious delicious food and beer will transport you to the romantic period of the early 20th century. HUGH JAZZ performs live gypsy jazz in the Paris "LE JAZZ HOT" style playing jazz standards made famous by artists such as Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Relive the golden period of jazz through the post-prohibition era deftly executed by:

J.P. Gignac - Fiddle, Percussion, Jigs and Reels
Eric Plangger - Guitar
Christopher Garlic - Drums
Also fronting the band is amazing vocalist Will Himsl.

Will brings many years of Sinatraesque swing and latin jazz experience to the band covering everything from Fly me to the Moon to killer classics from Stevie Wonder. Not to be missed!

Music starts at 7:30 PM.

Pass the Hat. A $7.50 donation to the band is suggested. See you there!!!

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are continuing ...

Another new season of bands, food, good times to be found at The Townehouse Tavern and our sister restaurant, The Laughing Buddha. Some of us are students, some are teachers. Many of us just work regular jobs from Engineers to Baristas and we just want to hang out in a place that has a laid back atmosphere, good food and good music. Take in the Elgin Street Scene and see where the arts live in Sudbury. From the guitar store at the top of the street (Cosmic Dave’s, 420 Elgin) through the School of Architecture and beyond, Elgin Street is full of the restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, a tattoo parlor and music stores that breathe life into this city. Add to that the Theatre Centre, Book Stores, Clothing Stores, and Craft Galleries. Smack dab in the centre… ground zero if you will… is the place where it all started, The Townehouse Tavern.

We have been your hosts of the best live entertainment for decades… on our stage you saw Sudbury’s first appearances of Nickelback, Our Lady Peace, Sloan, D.O.A., SNFU, Bedouin Soundclash, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, Alexisonfire, The Constantines, The Planet Smashers, The Salads, The Trews, Finger 11, Swollen Members, Philosopher Kings, Kardinall Ofishall, Choclair, Snow, The Tea Party, The Headstones, The Rheostatics, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Corb Lund, Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Slean, Oh Susanna, Damnhait Doyle, Yukon Blonde, The Wooden Sky, Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Jenn Grant… classic acts like Razor, Anvil, Nash the Slash, The Paul Collins Band, The Fleshtones, The Viletones, Jad Fair, Fishbone… We’ve had the members of Joe Strummer’s Mescalaros come and pay tribute to Joe after he passed… Jon Spencer came around with Heavy Trash, his post Blues Explosion band with The Sadies. Our house musicians put together several shows each year to pay tribute to the great moments in music… The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kinks, Memphis Soul, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Prince and more. We present Blues, Rock, Jazz, Indie, Underground, Funk, Outlaw Spacerock, Darkwave, Ska, Reggae, Punk, Noise, Folk, Bluegrass… anything!! We do it because filling your life with music is a good life.

The Townehouse Tavern is pleased to add a Vegan Menu to our regular restaurant items

Yes, we've got the best Burgers in the north. Did you know that now we can do most of our sauces as Vegan? We hunted down some great Vegan Hotdogs so now we can make fresh Vegan Corndogs for you, anytime of day... We have a selection of Vegan Cheeses... some from Daiya and some from the Kind Choice Food Co. in North Bay. We are making our Vegan Chili around the clock and giving you lots of Vegan options for Burgers, Salads, Appetizers... and even our desserts. Peruse... ask your server for the Vegan Menu. The food is not just kind to your insides... it's kind to the planet.

Farewell to summer

The patio is going away for the winter... sad but true. A reminder that Alcohol can no longer go outside on the sidewalk. Leave it inside if you must go outside to smoke.

Legalization of Cannabis

As of October 17th, The Caanbis Act will start to roll out across the country. Inside the restaurant, in this licensed establishment, it changes nothing. You still have to go outside to smoke. You still have to go outside to vape.

Tuesday Night Trivia

Starting May 22nd, Nickel City Trivia will run out of the Townehouse Tavern every Tuesday night at 8pm. This trivia night includes multiple choice, picture, music, general, and local trivia questions as well as weekly prizes and specials.

We will be doing $6.00 Stack pints on Tuesdays plus you will still get treated to live music right after the Trivia is done...



            The Townehouse Tavern has, for the last 27 years been the home of live music here in Sudbury.  A proud tradition of live music clubs across the country, like The Horseshoe Tavern and Call the Office… that are keeping the music alive at the roots level.  We join a lively community of promoters and musicians who keep the music scene alive in this city… It takes a village to keep it all together… Together with Northern Lights, River and Sky, Up Here, the Houles, the Drakes, Shawn Kosmo, all the guys from Murder Murder, Cosmic Dave’s, Jenn McKerral, Jenn Holub and about 50 other people, we work full time around the clock year in and year out… For some it is the family business… our sound tech Dunstan is 3rd generation Sudbury artist… Paul DiSalle is 4th generation Sudbury artist.  We want people to go out and support live music throughout the year.  We want people to be inspired to pick up guitars and brass and keyboards and drums and challenge themselves and challenge the community with new music.  Sing your own song, paint your own picture, write your own book… I should add more… cook your own meal.  Build your own instruments.  Carve your own niche.

Friday, November 2nd - The Lost Friday - $5.00 adv - $10 at the door - Doors 8pm.

Tix available at:
The Townehouse Tavern
Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium
High Road Records and Glass
The Outside Store
Good Luck General Store
The Refinery

In the tradition of the Lost Weekend, comes the Lost Friday, a one-night only showcase of some of the hottest up and coming talent in Canada. Music starts at 8PM and goes til 2AM, with a lil dance break courtesy of DJ Wesley at 11PM to break up the action, there's a good chance you'll discover your favourite new band. Come and chill for a while.

Ace of Wands (Toronto, Alt Rock)
Rival Boys' Lee Rose has a new band, and it's got a melancholy darkness to it punctuated by a keen ear for melody.

Beams (Toronto, Psychedelic Folk)
This large ensemble's been lording it over the Toronto scene for a while now, and it's easy to see why. Their melding of the Flying Burrito Brothers/the Byrds' psych-folk with more modern pop sensibilities is easy to take a shine to.

Goosebump (Toronto, Art Pop)
Formerly Germaphobes, this band knows it's way around a hook and a melody, but isn't afraid to take some risks and throw some filth in there to keep things interesting.

The Ashley Hundred (Winnipeg, Psych Rock)
Armed with a heavy groove and a willingness to experiment with sound and genre, these fellas will have you moving your body and spacing out at the same time.

White Hot (Sudbury, Pop Rock)
Fresh off the release of their latest single, Shades, White Hot continues to establish themselves as one of the North's premier pop bands.

Dj Wesley (Sudbury)
Spinning a mish mash of tunes to keep the party moving. Just gonna be feeling the vibe.


Saturday, November 3rd – Tom Wilson – Literary and Music performance - $35 advance tickets.  In Partnership with Wordstock.  8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show.

This Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival event is a special co-presents of The Townehouse and Northern Lights Festival. Tom Wilson has had amazing standing ovation shows with Lee Harvey Osmond at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal. We saw a glimpse of the literary performance this past summer when Tom took the Main Stage and read from his book to musical accompaniment. You know Tom and you know that every time he gets on a stage he commands the whole room. Tickets will be on sale here and at the bar

My Name Is/How Does It Feel (Massey Hall, Toronto)

Tom Wilson Website

TOM WILSON is the best selling author of Beautiful Scars as well as a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family to name a few.. His band Junkhouse scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush’s iPod. Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, The National Gallery in Ottawa. The author lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

“I have unchained all the prisoners from my basement and freed the ghosts from my attic.
I was the guy who ended up holding the keys to their freedom.
It was me who let them out.
It’s a job that no one else could do and one that comes with great consequence because these ghosts and prisoners are standing around me now all day, all night long.

I told my truth the way I heard it and the way I remembered it and that’s all I have. Everything else is bullshit.” Tom Wilson

Saturday, November 3rd - Kings of our Kin, Les Gauchistes - 10pm - $7.00 at the door

Emerging from their not-so-dusty basement in not-so-suburban Sudbury, Les Gauchistes are finally back on the Townehouse stage with their ambient rock tunes.

Joining them, Kings of Our Kin from Toronto are no strangers to the Townehouse. They're bringing their poppy alt-rock vibes to help you dance your Saturday night away.

NOVEMBER 3rd after the Tom Wilson event
$7 at the door

Toronto-based Kings of Our Kin is a four-piece rock band consisting of singer Tom Andrews, guitarist Isaac Bender, bassist Jess Roveda, and drummer Gab.  

Originally established in North Bay, Ontario in 2014 as a folk act, the band took a brief hiatus from 2015 to 2017, revamping their sound to the poppier, alt-rock combination they are known for today. Since reuniting, the band released their debut self-titled EP in January 2018, which includes the single “My Man”. Their live act has been compared to the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and The Killers. 

The next major venture for Kings is the recording of their first full-length album which the band hopes to release in 2019.  

Les Gauchistes hail from various dusty basements and empty conference rooms in Sudbury. They've graced the stages of anyone who will give them the time of day, really. Their lyrics are kinda okay and they sing in French (on s'en excusera pas trop cette fois-ci).

With influences all over the map, from folk, jazz, prog or anime soundtracks. Your burger with fall out of your awe-gaped mouth at the vocal acrobatics, attempted vocal acrobatics, soaring guitars, and navel vibrating keyboard sounds coming from the stage.

It's their first gig in a long time... and yeah, they're still working on that EP they're always talking about. 

P.S. It's Pat's birthday and we're playing Avions de papier whether he likes it or not. Let's jam, k?

Sunday, November 4th - Nino Bless - 8pm doors, $15.00 adv tickets

--> Nino Bless <---
live in Sudbury - November 4th
at The Townehouse Tavern (206 Elgin st.)

with special guest: Robbie G
Hosted By: CG Entertainment 
Music By : Dj Soundfreq

opening performances by:

Bigg Ceaser Music
Jordel Downz
Danny Thomas

$15 GA
$30 V.I.P. Meet & Greet (only available online)

get tickets online at:

19+ event
i.d. required

doors open 8pm
show starts 9pm

Presented by: R-Evolution Media Studio & CG Entertainment

Thursday, November 8th - Mulligrub - $7.00 at the door

Mulligrub from Winnipeg MB will be in Sudbury at the Townehouse Tavern!

Locals TBA
Mulligrub play scrappy pop-punk

Mulligrub is two Cancers and an Aquarius writing upbeat emo garage pop to have Way Too Many Feelings to. Angry on the outside and tender on the inside, like a burnt marshmallow. Saying no to bros and all white shows since 2013!!

We are settlers living in Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 territory, on the lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and in the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Friday, November 9th - Jo*Po and the RiZe - $7.00 at the door

JoPo & The RiZe are a soulful rock band with roots extending deep into blues, country and rockabilly. JoPo has been traveling a lot around the north and to Toronto and back this season... She also gets to head down to Tennessee here and there to work with Crystal Shawanda and Dewayne Strobel.

Always a blast to have back at the Townehouse. JoPo and the RiZe play all over but this is always a welcoming home for them to return to.

Saturday, November 10th - The Dazed, Elijah and the Backburners - $5.00 at the door - 8:00pm show... $7.00 at the door after 9:30pm

The Dazed have been working hard on their debut album and are now unleashing it to the world.

Here's the schedule for our album release party: 

8pm-9pm : The Dazed & friends (we will be playing a set for people that are under 19!!)

9:30-10:45pm : Elijah & The Backburners 

11:45pm - 1:15am : The Dazed & friends

There will be a cover at the door. 

We will be selling CD's and merch during the event. We're expecting an awesome party!

BIG thanks to Julianne Gagnon, Meagan Bigras, Zachary Clement and Michel Roux. 

We hope to see you there!!

Thursday, November 15th - Mitchell Smith's Open Stage - $7.00 at the door

Hello!!! I will be hosting an open stage night for music and acts of all sorts! If you have some poetry, ukulele skills, or a couple songs your band has been working on come on out to the open stage and crush some tunes! There will be a 7$ cover upon entry for those coming to enjoy the many varieties of entertainment so come on out and get your Thursday night on right! If you want to get your spot saved on stage... message me here...

Friday, November 16th - Perpetual War Machine and guests - $7.00 at the door - 10pm

One of Sudbury's leaders in the heavy band field take a Friday night here. PWM is one of Sudbury's groups that have written their own chapter of Desert Rock. Like those bands... QOTSA, Kyuss, Brant Bjork and others, they straddle the lines between Heavy, Rock, rhythmic, heavy drum pounding groove rock. As of this writing they are still pulling the bill together but will have announcements as soon as possible through all the regular newsjoints and social media.

You can purchase Perpetual War Machine's first proper recording through Bandcamp, iTunes etc. Visit their digital stuff here...


Saturday, November 17 - Stiff Little Fingers -

doors 8pm

with The Mahones and Tommy and The Commies - Tickets on Sale here, at the bar, Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium, High Road Records - $40 tax in.

Formed in Belfast in 1977, Stiff Little Fingers are one of the most beloved punk bands from the original class of UK punk. They have released tons of albums and with a few changes over time have pretty much stayed together for most of their 41 years as a band. Writing some of the most important songs of their time... Suspect Device, Alternative Ulster... Stiff Little Fingers became contemporaries of The Clash, The Damned and The Buzzcocks. Jake Burns and crew have continued on writing important music... touring often and releasing great records.

This is going to be amazing.

Canadian Celt-Punk legends, The Mahones are opening the whole tour. Tommy and the Commies open up the Sudbury show.

Tickets on sale September 14th, 3pm. and at the bar... and a few locations around town... stay tuned.

Doors 8pm
First band on 9:00pm
tix $40 advance/ $50 at the door

Friday, November 23rd - Shaky Stars, Run the Program, Tanner Reinhardt - $10.00 at the door - 10pm

Shaky Stars from Sudbury, Ontario play Indie rock with influences that span punk to noise rock to cinematic scores. The songs, while all different, are threaded together by an underlying tone and sonic texture. As you listen to the band you will make the inevitable comparisons to The Replacements and other misfit ragged rock bands spanning the 70's through now... a touch of Crazy Horse, a splash of The Pixies, a hair of The Who, a dash of Lowest of the Low and the great Canadian bands of the rock revolution of the early 90's. The members of the band have played in many different formats over the years... the most common being The Wharf Rats, but here they continue under the new name as these are all songs Marc has written. They've got 1 recording out there... grab it... it's great.

Run the Program emerged out of The Twentiest last year. These three musicians have also been playing in bands together or in overlapping circles since the heyday of the Sudbury punk scene in the late 90's. Now they still have punk roots showing but it is mixed in with Green Day-ish power pop and melodic pop punk hearking to the late 90's sk8 punk.

Tanner Reinhardt spent quite a few years making albums with Life Blown Open, a project with Justin Ross and a few different Bass Players and rotating 2nd guitarists that spanned melodic to heavy prog rock... heavily composed, yet loose enough to feel the jam and with enough tricks in the groove that sometimes you had to do math at the same time as you were dancing. Tanner's solo work is melodic and intricate... balanced between the young years of a new family and the restlessness that comes with always having music in your head.

Saturday, November 24th - The Almighty Rhombus, Big Lonely, Wine Lips - $10.00 at the door

more details coming.


Friday, November 30th - Voice Thief - $7.00 at the door

Still a relatively new band on the scene, but Voice Thief has made a regular impression on the downtown in the last couple of months. You can catch them every couple of weeks at one of Downtown's favourites... Tonight, we snag them for a couple sets of "Butter Funk". Check out this little clip here...


The members are great players and scene makers... Butter Funk Grooves 
Kelly Perras - Vocals
Benjamin Guido -Keys
Andre Plante - Guitars
John McDonald - Basses
Drew Vendetti - Drums

Saturday, December 1st - Carden Cove, Jon Danyliw, Matt Foy - $7.00 at the door

Carden Cove finally makes their way back to the Townehouse stage! After a lengthy hiatus, the band looks to continue what they started (now over 4 years ago) with the release of "Grown Slow". The set will be comprised of tracks from their debut album, and will also include a handful of unreleased songs.

Jonathan S. Danyliw comes out of retirement to grace us with an intimate acoustic performance. With a strong artistic focus and a blue collar work ethic, Jon has made waves with many groups over the years including Meadowlark Five, Pistol George Warren, Supertoke and most recently Murder Murder. He's toured the world with his songs, and we are lucky to have snagged him for a rare performance. So far we are unsure what to expect from his set, and that's how we like it.

Matt Foy is one of the best dudes around. He also makes a variety of noises with his guitar. It's fun, it's interesting, it's strange, it's smart... It's Foyzee.

Friday, December 7th - Tom Waits Birthday Tribute - $7.00 at the door - 10pm

Saturday, December 8th - Newcastle - $7.00 at the door - 10pm

Friday, December 14th - The Beatles Night - $10.00 at the door - 9pm

Thursday, December 27th - 10pm - $10.00 at the door - The Dirty Princes

Stay tuned for a complete line-up announcement as time moves along. We welcome the Dirty Princes back to Sudbury along with the one and only Shawn Kozmo. He has been making a name for himself in Toronto this past year annd a bit. Check out the latest video he has directed for Here Kitty Productions.

Stay tuned for announcements on full line-up for the evening.

Saturday, December 29th - 7:00pm - 10:00pm - The Smokin' Jackets - $10.00 at the door

Phil May, Tony Simpkin, Mark Savard and Joe Reda return for a holiday show. The doors open at 7:00pm and the band will play from around 8:00pm to 10:00pm. As the holidays go, we will clear up for a 2nd show tonight of more great local bands celebrating the holidays. The Smokin' Jackets just celebrated their 25th anniversary and continue to roll ahead playing the best in Rhythm and Blues, with splashes of Soul, Funk and Rock and Roll. Much of their music comes from the era of the best period in history... 1968-1974... celebrating the greats like Grand Funk Railroad, Santana, Commodores, Doobie Brothers and more.

Sunday, December 30th - Hotdog - $7.00 at the door - 10pm

Spencer can be seen on stage playing his own great songs from Carden Cove and Tofino, but every now and then you just want to rock the house with your favourite songs. HotDog is a band made of local players just looking for a fun night out. It's party music... here we go.

New Year's Eve - The Northern Memphis Revival - $25.00 tickets + tax.

Doors open at 8:00pm.

Band plays from 9:00pm through midnight, we have party favours and dinner... Then the band goes back on and plays until you can dance no more.

Formed a couple years ago, the Revival plays Memphis Soul... We cover some songs from the following artists: Otis Redding, the Bar-keys, Wendy Rene, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke, William Bell, Linda Lyndell, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Eddie Floyd, Etta James, Joe Tex, The Staple Singers, Jean Knight, The Mar-Keys, Booker T & the MGs, and many more... Now who doesn't love Soul! It's a great tradition of danceable music from a stable of artists that often tackled important human social issues at the same time as creating the soundtrack to the heaviest dance party on the planet.

Tickets will be available through The Townehouse,, Cosmic Daves Vinyl Emporium, High Road Records and from members of the band.