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.
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.
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 8:30 PM.
Pass the Hat. A $7.50 donation to the band is suggested. See you there!!!
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.
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.
Patios!! A reminder that the patio is still our work environment for employees. There is NO SMOKING allowed on the patio area. No Alcohol can be removed from the patio.
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...
September 2018. The summer months bring festivals… With the fall, all of the groups that were hitting big and little festivals all summer go out across the country and play clubs. This is when the Townehouse gets all of the best shows is in the fall… the next few weeks sees concerts with Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Swollen Members, Dear Rouge, Oh Susanna, Tom Wilson, Soda Pony, Richard Inman.
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.
Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”
A devotee of pre-war blues and classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, Reddick formed his innovative band Paul Reddick & The Sidemen in Toronto in 1990, developing a cult-like following in the clubs and venues on the circuit at the time and spent the better part of a decade touring across Canada. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag won three Maple Blues Awards including Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the USA.
The evening is not over yet! Join us at The Townehouse Tavern for even more Jazz.
Tickets are available at the door ($10). Weekend and evening pass holders get in free of charge. Limited space is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Full Lineup: https://www.jazzsudbury.com/headliners/
Winner of the Stingray prize for best composition at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017. Jazzamboka is the coming together of ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala. Despite the name, the band, made up of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin, does not limit itself to conventional Jazz. They prefer instead to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds including Hip-Hop, Soukous, Be-Bop, Funk, Rock, Electronic and, above all, the music of Central Africa. Incorporating a variety of traditional and ancestral musical instruments namely the lokolé and the ngoma into the band’s core instrumentation helps create Jazzamboka’s unique, signature sound.
This show is in partnership with Sudbury Jazz Festival, so Jazz Weekend Pass holders can get a pass on the cover charge… Funky, Groovy with a dash of jazz and blues. Voice Thief is the newest band on the scene in Sudbury, but made up of some very experienced musicians. Check them out... This is the perfect night for the band to play since every one is already out for Jazz Sudbury, making Voice Thief the perfect party to cap your night.
“Soulful, honest, hilarious and smart” – Fingers on Blast
That’s Ottawa, Ontario’s Indie-Folk artist Pat Maloney. The happily independent singer-songwriter encapsulates the Canadian spirit of a humble, passionate storyteller, with an often self-defaming sense of humour. In a rich baritone, he sings heartfelt “story songs” based on his experiences on tour, his personal life and his place in the big blue world.
Three full-length albums deep since 2013, Pat’s catalogue is inclusive and free of pretention. However genre hopping, he draws cohesion from master storytelling at his live performances. It’s hard to pin down Pat’s musical influences. Although he considers himself akin to adult alternative songwriters like Father John Misty, Ryan Adams or Tom Waits, he refuses to betray the influence from his years as a drummer in punk & hip-hop outfits. Stepping away from full-length album efforts for now, he is poised to release two digital singles in 2018.
Twice the winner of the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA) Singer-Songwriter of the Year award, Pat Maloney is known in national folk music circles as a hard working road warrior on a never-ending tour. In a short four years since taking up music full-time, Pat has played a thousand shows all over Canada, The United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. He has had several songs hit #1 on a number of Canadian campus folk charts.
TESSA GOODEN was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. At the age of 13 she began to play the cello and train in classical music. Tessa has always been passionate about different genres, ranging in rock, hip hop, R&B, jazz and much more. After her university experience, Tessa moved onto acting and performing in musicals. Wanting to try something different, Tessa started creating more original work and joined a rock group; this decision allowed her to explore writing for different genres. After relocating to Toronto in 2013, Tessa returned back to her roots and created her own album. Tessa Gooden’s style is a unique blend of R&B and alternative rock, that transcends her free spirited personality. Through her music Tessa hopes to shift the consciousness of the world through art. She believes one thing that connects us universally is music and that we should all be united into a better and more aware society with the motto: Spread love through art.
Saturday, September 15th – 8:00pm doors – The Smokin’ Jackets 25th Anniversary
The Smoking' Jackets played their first of many shows right here at the Townehouse 25 years ago this month. Since then, Phil, Joe and the other members have gone on to many other bands, shindigs, events, festivals, schools and more, but they always come back to this fold of the Smoking' Jackets to have fun and play with long time collaborators. The music runs the gamut of Soul, Funk, Blues, R&B and Rock and Roll. The members have all played in numerous Jazz groups over the years, rock bands, blues bands, and more. Join with this crew of venerable Sudbury musicians to celebrate 25 years of the Smoking' Jackets.
Saturday, September 15th – The Late Show with Zaum and Firebreather - $5.00 advance, $10 at the door.
AFTER the Smokin’ Jackets show we are going to squeeze in a couple rock and roll bands to end the night. Playing after midnight until 2:00am in the morning… A night of sweeping, beautiful, continent-shifting heaviness. $10 door // $5 advance // 11PM
Advance tickets available at:
-the Townehouse Tavern
-Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium
-High Road Records
Mysterious, epic, and endless.
FIREBREATHER (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Catchy as hell riffs. If you like Mastodon and Priestess, you'll love this.
Elliott B ROOD is a three-piece, folk-rock/alt-country band based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Their brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for a captivating and frenetic live performance.
That energy has always translates to the band’s five acclaimed records. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music.
Fall 2017 saw the band release their sixth full-length studio album Ghost Gardens via Paper Bag Records. The album title alludes to a phenomenon whereby the perennial gardens of houses and buildings having been abandoned or forgotten for years or even decades, continue to grow and reappear year after year, despite their original caretakers' absence. Summer and Fall of 2018 sees EB play festivals and clubs all across the country.
The road to Ghost Gardens began with the rediscovery of lost demo songs from early in the band’s career, nearly a decade and a half ago. The misplaced hard drive had long been forgotten in a garage sitting dormant in an old suitcase. The rediscovered recordings were demos and rough sketches of song lyrics and melody ideas. On Ghost Gardens, Elliott BROOD get to relive their past through a lens that is wiser both musically and lyrically.
In 2013, Elliott BROOD won a Juno Award for their World War One inspired album Days Into Years. Over the course of their career they have been nominated for a total of five Juno awards. In 2009 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and in 2012 the band found themselves nominated for a Genie Award for their original song “West End Sky” that was featured in the film Grown Up Movie Star.
Elliott BROOD are Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin
SWOLLEN MEMBERS LIVE IN SUDBURY!!! Madchild, Prevail, Rob the Viking!
Swollen Members was founded in the mid-90s by Vancouverites Madchild (Shane Bunting), Prevail (Kiley Hendriks), and Moka Only (Daniel Denton). Having begun a solo career while living in San Francisco, California, Madchild returned to Vancouver to work. There he met Prevail and Moka Only, who had been working together. They joined together. The group had to decide on a name and Moka Only suggested Swollen Members as a joke and it stuck.
The group began testing the international hip-hop waters by releasing four 12-inch vinyl singles on Madchild's own indie label Battleaxe Records initially distributed by New York-based Fat Beats. More than 25 years on, Swollen Members remains one of Canada’s most influential hip hop acts.
special guests: Alpha Omega & Robbie G
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!! Buy Tickets Here: https://bit.ly/2KqXjTn
or at: https://bit.ly/2MdiyOa
opening performances by:
Crypt, Bobo, Jor'Del Downz, Ronin705, BHC
Friday, September 21st – The Gabba Heys, The Cover-ups - $10 at the door
HUGE Triple Bill as Toronto's GABBA HEYS! bring their RAMONES show to The Townehouse Tavern in Sudbury, Ontario. THE COVER UP (Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario) do Green Day, NOFX, Social D, Replacements, Rancid + Amy Gabba (Toronto, Ontario) does JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS!
1,2,3,4 $10 at the door.
A Scar For The Wicked - Ottawa Ontario Death Metal first appearance at the Townehouse. https://asftwband.bandcamp.com/track/malformed
Kylyk - Progressive Metalcore from North Bay Ontario making their first appearance in Sudbury Ontario. https://kylyk.ca
God Helmet - Metal/Rock power trio from Oshawa Ontario Canada fronted by Sudburys Hank Bielanski. https://godhelmetmusic.bandcamp.com/releases Archelon - Thrash metal meets melodic death metal return to the Townehouse for the first time since opening for Soulfly.
All 3 bands are confirmed and an opening act may be added to the line up. $5.00 at the door to see 3 unique metal bands.
Human oddities… heavy music. Gully shines his shining on stage for the evening.
Combining influences from the roots of jazz, bluegrass, blues, funk, and rock, Road Waves is constantly pushing new boundaries, and is an up and coming improvisational act with a huge dose of energy.
With fresh sounding originals inspired by the likes of The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and more, they are sure to invigorate and liven up any audience, and with their 2nd album released on May 11th - Road Waves will have you thinking about them long after they play.
Music Starts 10PM/$10 cover!
Canadian folk mainstays Great Lake Swimmers have revealed plans for their next full-length album. The Waves, The Wake will arrive on August 17 via Nettwerk.
The band returns to Sudbury on Saturday, September 29th at The Townehouse Tavern. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13th, 10am.
The new LP was recorded in a 145-year-old church in London, ON, and hears frontman Tony Dekker abandoning his usual instrument of choice. He ditched the acoustic guitar this time around — even on songs that were initially written on six strings, like "The Talking Wind," he transposed the notes into woodwind arrangements.
"Over the process of writing and recording The Waves, The Wake I became somewhat disenchanted with the sound of the standard acoustic guitar and typical folk-rock lineup," Dekker said in a statement. "So with the help of co-producer Chris Stringer we tried to find ways to expand the palette of acoustic instrumentation to include woodwinds, harp, congas, marimba, vibraphone, piano and lute. The focus was to find musicians and arrangers that would suit the songs, rather than have a regular backing band as we have done in the past, and that resulted in a more minimalist, scaled back approach."
He also called the upcoming album the most "varied" record the band have ever made, which he hopes will be reflected in their live set-up, as well. In addition to upcoming shows throughout the spring, Great Lake Swimmers will embark on a tour of western Canada this fall. See the upcoming dates below.
Furthermore, the band has teased the new record with a video for "The Talking Wind." The opening track will also appear on a teaser EP dubbed Side Effects, which features three songs from the upcoming full-length. That release is due out April 13.
Tickets - https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/ dear-rouge-tickets-45724939 525
Video - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/akq0f9qanh1enbc/AAB6NuizHwWZZCK0fJWajo42a?dl=0
Since putting out their debut EP in 2012, Drew and Danielle McTaggart have been on a somewhat breathtaking upward trajectory. That independent release led to another one, and the accolades began to flood in: a B.C.–based radio award, songwriting prizes, a sweet record deal, charting singles, and a 2016 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year followed in short order.
For all intents and purposes, says Drew, it was the most ecstatic period of their lives. He and Danielle—partners in life and art—had quit their day jobs to focus on music full-time; they’d wholly channeled their energies into honing their sinewy, hook-driven indie rock. “It was the highest time of our lives,” he says now. “But we realized that, at the same time, a lot of our friends back home in Vancouver were going through incredibly hard experiences.” The contrast was jarring. While the McTaggarts were gearing up to work on their sophomore LP, Drew’s cousin passed away; other friends were in the midst of harrowing life transitions. Before long, they realized that the contrast between those emotional extremes had provided a psychological backdrop for Dear Rouge’s creative process. “It really got us thinking,” says Danielle, “half the album became about the joys we were experiencing, while half the album was about pain and hardships.”
With writing and recording came clarity, and what Dear Rouge realized was this: regardless of what you’re going through at a given moment, that reality is always in flux. Equal parts hopeful and harrowing, that epiphany is at the heart of what became Phases, the pair’s stellar, stadium-sized revelation of an album. Created through sessions with carefully chosen collaborators—including aces Tawgs Salter and Mike Wise, West Coast stalwart Steve Bays, producer Ryan Worsley, Canadian indie visionary Dan Mangan, pop savant Sterling Fox, and others, Phases captures a massive stride forward in the band’s evolution.
The ethos of the album title is encapsulated in the songs themselves, which neatly map out the all-too-human experience of being ferried through constantly changing states of mood and mind. On tracks like “Wicked Thing” and “Live Through the Night,” Danielle explores darker psychic recesses, homing in on how affection can veer toward obsession, and how past demons can thwart forgiveness. She shifts gears for the exuberant fizz of “Boys and Blondes,” offering up a sly anthem of feminist empowerment, and taps into a kind of epic grace for “Stolen Days,” a gorgeous tribute to Drew’s late cousin.
If Dear Rouge’s approach to Phases could be summed up in a phrase, it would be this: “grit and gloss.” It’s a mantra that sums up the balance of sheen (pristine synths, Danielle’s laser-focused vocals) and punchy grime (unfettered guitars, propulsive percussion)—and, says Drew, it speaks to “who we are as people.” That yearning for equilibrium and authenticity was enhanced by their decision to produce Phases in studios across North America: they did stints in Toronto, Montreal, and Nashville, as well as back home in Vancouver, and spent time polishing and perfecting the songs in New York City. Being away from home, the McTaggarts explain, was liberating, daunting, and wholly necessary. Being immersed in NYC culture—from indie bands at the Knitting Factory to art exhibitions at the MOMA, from Broadway shows to the neon dazzle and hectic bustle of Times Square—provided ample inspiration. And outside their familiar bubble, they felt compelled to work harder and strive for higher standards of excellence.
The results speak for themselves. In its open embrace of life’s unpredictability and its dedication to clearheaded songwriting that resonates long after the last hook, the last beat, the last note has died out, Phases marks…well, a new phase in Dear Rouge’s development. It’s a document of both the emotional depths Drew and Danielle McTaggart plumbed to come up with unflinchingly personal, honest material, and the ground they covered in their efforts to push themselves sonically and aesthetically. More importantly, it’s a truly awesome listen, whether you opt for a choose-your-own-adventure tour through individual tracks or an immersive emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end.
Coming through in September and returning tonight… "subtly brilliant…highly recommended" - Winnipeg Free Press
"Coming on like a rocking, later day Townes Van Zandt, Savage colors outside the lines with tales of those living beyond the margins. Every generation needs one who holds up the fun house mirror to the absurdities and this is a cult hero for our times"- Midwest Record Review
"we are dealing with a brilliant poet and troubadour" - Country Jukebox
"Recommended to those who still believe in Roots Rock power and poetry" - Lonestar Time
Come on out and get your Reggae on!
Peter Tosh was the musical partner of Bob Marley for the early years of their lives... together they create the blueprint of Reggae music for the next 40 years. Bob was the Mysticism of Rasta and reggae, but Peter Tosh was the Soul and Energy.
Throughout their career, House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock reggae sound, which pays homage to the classic 70's & 80's Jamaican sound mixed with a modern rootsy Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an afterhours spot on Queen Street West in Toronto that was a Rasta hotspot for reasoning, dancing and reggae music from the late 80s until the mid 90s.
Tommy and the Commies are about to release our first LP internationally and we are going to tour Europe a couple days after this show. Help send us off in good spirits and with a couple bucks in our pockets.
You can pre-order our record here:
Also on the bill... Very first show for SLOW EATERS ( members of Ape-ettes, Skin Condish). You won't want to miss them.. + 2 other locals tbd.
Stay tuned for more details...
Cold Tea Records Presents:
Nick Ferrio - http://nickferrio.bandcamp.com
with special guests:
$10 / 9:00 pm
This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. These are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts.
Performing since 1996, Oh Susanna has released eight critically acclaimed albums. She is the recipient of a Genie Award for Best Original Song and a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. She has also been nominated for two Juno Awards each for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Solo Performer and for Best Contemporary Singer of the Year. This year she released A Girl in Teen City, an album of songs set in 1980s Vancouver starring a teenage punk girl named Suzie. The album has been met with high critical acclaim and has earned three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations: English Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year, and Producer of the Year. Oh Susanna lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Oh Susanna and Slow Leaves share their songs and stories.
Richard Inman is a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a butter-rich voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh. Whether solo, with his trusty sideman Jesse or with his full band, The MadTrappers, Richard is a powerful presence on stage. Gentle but captivating.
After making a deep impression on the city with his performance at Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Richard is back with full band and a new album.
Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem. Catch him at his next show and he’ll make you a believer; listen to the new album “30 Days” and he’ll bury his gentle soul in your mind’s ear for a month.
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
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.
Tickets on sale September 14th, 3pm. Eventbrite.com and at the bar... and probably a few locations around town... stay tuned.
First band on 9:00pm
tix $40 advance/ $50 at the door