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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 7:00pm. 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
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 7:00 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.

The Long Winter

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, 2018, The Cannabis Act rolled 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

Nickel City Trivia will run here at 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...

Plan to get in around 7:30pm to get your seat, order some food and a drink and get ready to tease your brain.



            The Townehouse Tavern has, for the last 28 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.

Earlier shows and Late night DJ's!!

We have been edging toward this for a few years... first we said ALL the weeknight ticket concerts would start at 8pm... They have been working great... last fall we had great bands like Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Tom Wilson, Stiff Little Fingers and The Mahones all with the doors opening at 8pm. Doors open at 8pm, first act will come on at 9:00pm or maybe 8:30pm. Headliner will come on around 10:30pm... we wrap up by midnight... and a DJ comes on and spins for a couple hours to the late night folks. It's the trend in the music business all over the country. Early doors, early shows, late night DJ's.

Every Friday and Saturday. Doors 8:00pm. Bands from 8:30pm to 12:00am. DJ after party... STARTING MARCH 1ST.

Maybe we will even try something on the Thursdays and Sundays too for all you hard workers around the city that only get to come out after the weekend is over or before the weekend begins.

This is the call I put out for DJ's... people who can spin a wide range of music from Classic R&B/ soul/ funk... early to mid-history hip hop... Gmaster Flash, Run DMC, Wu-Tang, a bit of Punk, proto-punk, new wave, modern garage (from Television to TV on the Radio, from Stooges to Pixies)... a splash of modern dance... maybe Bruno Mars and stuff that Ronson does, but not necessarily JayZ stuff... Someone who can make sense of spinning 50's doo-wop in between Missy Elliott and Curtis Mayfield... a little Blue-Eyed Soul and British Invasion, with a knowledge of Canadian and local music... to encourage and provide soundtrack to a safe and positive space, gender balanced and diverse ages.

EXCEPTIONS: Sometimes WE ARE the afterparty to another event... NLFB Bloom 19... March 8-10, La Nuit Sur L'etang - March 22, Stack Microbrew Festival - March 23rd, Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards - May 25th, Nickel Pop Festival - June 21, 22, Northern Lights Festival Boreal - July 4-7, Elgin Street Craft Beer Fest - Aug 9-10, UP HERE Festival - August 16-17... so there will be times that we run bands right until 2:00am... but for the most part... book your babysitter for 8-12!!



Friday, April 5th - Elijah and the Backburners - $7.00 at the door

Elijah returns with Piano and Guitar to play the great favourites of Rockabilly, R&B, Blues and 50's rock and roll. He nails Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis. Usually a trio, sometimes a quartet and sometimes a duo, The Backburners were raised by the sound of rhythm and blues to gin soaked country, delivering a glimpse of pure Rock and Roll when excited.

When we play, we burrrrrn!


Saturday, April 6th - Save the Strange, Drugwolf, Ship of Fools, Drop Out - $7.00 at the door, doors at 8:00pm

A Paws for Celebration
Winter is melting away, it's a Sudbury Saturday night, and it's Steve Smith's birthday or something like that...

Save the Strange
(Sudbury, ON)
A stripped down acoustic lineup of the alternative rock outfit, Save the Strange. Great tunes, cool dudes. Let's just hope they don't strip down any further.

(Sudbury, ON)
Rock n Roll punk boys from Sudbury Ontario, the loudest riffs this side of the French River

(Sudbury, ON)
A proper release for their new EP, "Bloodmoon". DrugWolf are Sudbury's newest metal-shreading, rock and rollin' party animals. Be sure to bring your moshing shoes.

Ship of Fools
(Newmarket, ON)
Gruff, thrashy, beer-soaked punk rock in the southern Ontario tradition.
Doors @ 8:00 PM
The Townehouse Tavern

Friday, April 12th - The Sadies - doors 8:00pm - $20 + tax adv. $25 at the door

With guests....

Shaky Stars - 8:30pm

Kinfolk - 9:30pm (Featuring Bruce and Margaret Good)

The Sadies bring their signature blend of country, psychedelic, rock and surf into rifle-scope focus on Internal Sounds, further underscoring their reputations as musicians’ musicians. Always at the top of the list when discussing musical chops and live intensity, The Sadies are now more intent than ever on making their mark as songwriters. In one turn as heavy as a sledge, and on the other flitting across melodies with the ease of so many sparrows, The Sadies prove once again that denying them now is simply prolonging your conversion. So go on, pull up that screeching wooden chair that bows with your weight. Slide it up next to the turntable and drop the needle, The Sadies are a sure thing…tomorrow isn’t.

The Sadies have been playing at the Townehouse Tavern since before they were a band... We first met Dallas Good as part of Phono-Comb in 1996 and met Travis around the same time with Neko Case. It is always a thrill to have them back as one of North America's premier live acts. They recently wrapped a bunch of shows with Kurt Vile and continue to spend a piece of their year backing up the world's greatest artists while spending the rest of their time blazing their own trail.

Saturday, April 13th - Tommy and the Commies, Les Lullies, The Ape-Ettes - Doors 8:00pm - $10.00 at the door





+ 1 TBA


"The slogan “Punk is dead” is nothing more than a cop-out. Tommy and the Commies — from Sudbury, Ontario, CA — prove that the genre is timeless. The trio unleashes a time-warp of blistering, classic punk rock on their 8-song debut album Here Come Tommy and the Commies. Prior to forming, Jeff Houle was the mastermind behind garage punk band Strange Attractor. The trio’s frontman, Tommy Commy, convinced Houle to start a band by dragging him into a bathroom stall during a punk show and playing some demo recordings.

Here Come Tommy and the Commies is packed with prolific hooks and 77-era punk swagger. The opening track “Devices” needs no introduction. The trio jumps in feet first with simple, raw, and catchy hooks. “Permanent Fixture” and “Suckin’ In Your 20’s” comprise of potent, repeat melodies — yet the songs are short enough not to become tedious." - Dillon Price via

Sunday, April 14th - Richard Inman - Doors 8:00pm

Relive a highlight from last summer's Northern Lights Festival...

Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Canada’s folk and country scene. With a rich baritone voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

Suggested donation of $10 at the door

Friday, April 19th - Ace & the Cobras - $7.00 at the door 8:00pm doors, 9:00pm showtime.

Don Kunto gets groovy tonight with Ace & the Cobras. The band started out several years ago with a motive of honouring the great music of Motown Records and has continued to evolve into a groove machine. Zach Weill on keys brings a great funk and soul to the band... put your dancing shoes on and come out early. the band plays from 9:00pm on... We will finish the night with some Motown and Stax DJ work.

Saturday, April 20th - Ragnarock, Prodigal Scum, Desert Therapy - $8.00 at the door. 8:00pm doors.

(Sudbury Rock/Punk Covers)

Desert Therapy
(Sudbury Hard Rock)

Prodigal Scum
(Sudbury/Manitoulin Punk/Thrash)

$8 @ the door
8pm doors
9pm music starts

Let's Party

Friday, April 26th - The Terminators - $7.00 at the door. 8:00pm doors

Friday, April 26th - The Terminators - $7.00 at the door, 10pm
Great rock and roll, Rhythm and Blues and Soul music power trio. Paul DiSalle has been leading The Terminators for over 10 years. One of the city's most explosive guitarists. The DiSalle family name has been synonymous with great music in this city going back 3 generations... more than 70 years.

Whether they are doing a spot on take on Stevie Ray Vaughan or a great interpretation of classic soul and Motown, the Terminators rock it with energy. Like Vanilla Fudge covering Stevie Wonder... this is a powerhouse trio that keeps it lean and keeps you dancing.

This is the last day of exams at the university and the college... so for a lot of people this is the kick-off to your summer!!

Saturday, April 27th - The Metis, Jailbirds - $7.00 at the door. 8:00pm doors