For Booking information... contact Paul Loewenberg and Clayton Drake
Every Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
By the time Thursday rolls around... most folk are ready to roll off the week... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to kick the weekend into gear and finish your week on a positive note. Great dinner, Great music. 5:30pm to 8:00pm
September 3rd - Alex Leggett : Alex's songs run the gamut from weird and lighthearted to heart-rending and soul-searching. He's a talented singer, guitarist and songwriter with a ton of road experience under his belt. Don't miss this singular talent!
September 10th - Marc and Dan - genetically modified to stand the test of time! Marc and Dan easily conquer old R&B favourites, a few blues tunes and a couple from The Great American Songbook... they don't write songs like this anymore, but thanks to Dan and Marc, we'll never forget them.
September 17th - Brooke Bruce - our chanteuse puts down the serving tray and serves music with guitar and a sublime voice. A mix of her own songs, a few favourites, and a few unexpected gems.
September 24th - Lori & Jesse - The front of Sulfur City return with their stripped down evening of blues, a few folky numbers, the occasional old time gospel tune and some of their own material. Sulfur City has spent a lot of time on the road this year with festivals and tours.
October 1st - Marc Savard and Dan Bedard - return for another round of great songs and jabs. With the amount of inside deprecetive humour on stage when Marc and Dan play, I imagine this to be what the old Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhie shows were like. You'll laugh and your toes will tap right through dinner.
October 8th - Jessy Brunette with Josh Turnbull - Jessy returns and this time brings along Josh... a multi-instrumentalist, multi-faceted performer. Jessy sings a collection of her own foot stomping heart breaking songs along with a few classic country and pop tunes.
October 15th - Kristen Brutto & Paul Loewenberg - it's a birthday gig! Paul will play some old folk, acoustic punk songs, ragged soul, blues, some rock and roll... doo wop, probably some old Reggae and Ska music, maybe even some of his own. Kristen shares the 15th as a birthday, so we share the night in music. She has been turning heads this year with her new band Sex and Summer
October 22nd - Rosie and the Riveters - this is going to be a special presentation. This show will have it's own event page as well as tickets for sale. We're asking $30 a piece for dinner and the show... ie, after your dinner, the rest of the price goes to the artists. They were fan favourites at NLFB 2 summers ago and we are proud to have them back in Sudbury... think Andrews Sisters meets Sweet Honey On The Rock.
October 29th - Dan Bedard and Marc Savard - our stalwart music ambassadors return for another trip down the lanes of fuzzy memories. Favourite old R&B, some Blues and a few nuggets from the Great American Songbook.
The Bluegrass Brunches were off for the month of July and part of August. We will continue on Sunday afternoons. 2-5pm on September 6th. Thank-you all for your support through the season and we'll see you after we get all of these festivals out of the way.… bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your instruments. The core of Jim Webb, Richard Mende and Paul Loewenberg continues to bring new songs to the table but don't forget that if you are a player... you better get down to the Townehouse on the occasional Sunday, not just with the kids and parents, but with your instruments as well.
As of May 1st, the patios are allowed to roll out along the sidewalks of the city. Please… NO Smoking is allowed on the patio this year. This means you CANNOT take your beer with you to smoke. Those days are over. We’ll find a system that is easy and you won’t even notice that things have changed. In the meantime, please refrain from smoking at the entrance to the patio. You’ll have to walk a few steps down the street. And let’s be clear on one thing… you can’t stand outside the patio, reach in and have a swig of your drink. No climbing the fences… in or out.
Welcome to Ocotber. This is the 242nd calendar…Volume 21, Issue 2... if you are going by the paper model. Every month bringing the news. It has been a great summer... Northern Lights Festival Boreal, The Craft Beer Festival and UpFEST provided many amazing highlights to the summer. So too have Blues for Food, The Garlic Festival and pretty soon Ribfest will be another notch on the belt. We also have the fledgling Budweiser New Music Festival at Bell Park this summer for those fans of modern radio rock. Of course, before we head inside to hibernate for the winter we have 3 more big festivals for the city of Sudbury...
Jazz Sudbury - Annual Jazz Festival at Bell Park and many venues downtown, including The Townehouse Tavern and the Laughing Buddha - September 9-12.
Sudbury Cinefest - September 19-27 - annual International Film Festival out at the big theatres at Silver Hills... we don't have any movies but we certainly look forward to feeding you before and after all of your film week activities!!
Northern Lights Oktoberfest - October 2, 3 - Bell Park - call it an Autumn Craft Beer and Food Fair with an awesome line-up of party bands... don't miss this 2nd edition of the great harvest celebration!! Join us at the Townehouse after the party at Bell Park for more incredible music each night.
September always sees a brand new crop of students in the city... most of you are under the age of majority... Our 2 restaurants, The Laughing Buddha and the Townehouse Tavern are both very welcoming to all until 9pm. House rule is 19 after 9pm.
Please enjoy both restaurants free WiFi and great foods. The Townehouse Tavern also has free Pool Tables from noon-7pm each day, so you can join us for a study session AND have something to do when you need a break. Keep an eye on the calendar as we do have live music on Thursdays at Dinner time, plus the occasional all age Indie Rock show will happen when bands are passing through town. If you are a new musician in the city and want to pick up a few gigs while in town, or want to meet other people to form a band with... watch for our Open Stage nights... the Townehouse Variety Hour... it's an open stage, talk show, game show kind of fun night...
If you want to see the great indie, punk, rock, soul, funk, party, hardcore, metal, post-rock, folk, bluegrass, country, reggae, ska shows that we have at the Townehouse and have always been famous for... you'll just have to wait until that clock says you are 19 years old.
If you are of the age of majority and you do consume alcohol, always do so responsibly. The Townehouse Tavern has long enjoyed the reputation of being the laid back easy going place in Sudbury... and we aim to keep it that way.
Many thanks to Clayton Drake who has been spending a lot of time this year helping me out and getting to know the ropes of the presenting game with me. You’ll see a few changes to the format here in the writings and the layout as Clayton learns how to do more of these items that have been solely on my plate for the last 22 years. In the event that I move on from this job… we’ve got a plan that is ready to be put in place.
Thursday, October 1st - Van Damsel, The Tourist Company, Sex & Summer, Therapists - 10PM, $7 at the door
Van Damsel (Kamloops, New Wave/Pop)
Effortlessly combining electronic, electric and acoustic instrumentation, Van Damsel has one purpose: to get the dance floor moving and to convince you to shout along. If you liked the Drive soundtrack, you’ll probably like Van Damsel.
Best of Everything Official Video: https://youtu.be/qbE1sl-gRq0
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/vandamselmusic/
The Tourist Company (Vancouver, Indie)
Smooth, tight, upbeat and melodic. The Tourist Company will appeal to fans of bands like Rah Rah, Vampire Weekend, Hey Rosetta! and fun.
Irrepressable Future Official Video: https://youtu.be/_UKgwjA_J5E
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thetouristcompany/
Sex & Summer (Sudbury, indie rock)
Kristen Brutto of My Cousin Karma is back in action! S&S combines Kristen’s coquettish yet confident vocals with lush synths and propulsive grooves. The tunes themselves are tongue-in-cheek odes to 20-something ennui.
We Can Float Live Video: https://youtu.be/GVGLpv53j98
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sexandsummer/
Therapists (Sudbury, Demented Party Metal)
What the heck are Therapists doing on this show? It’s the 1-year anniversary since they re-formed. Believe it or not, they are actually better than ever!
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/partyviolence
Friday, October 2nd – Les Poules et Colin, Allison & Dan – Northern Lights Oktoberfest!! - $7.00 at the door
Le groupe, Les Poules à Colin, est composé de cinq jeunes musiciens de la relève en musique traditionnelle : Béatrix Méthé, Sarah Marchand, Éléonore Pitre, Marie et Colin Savoie-Levac. All members of this group are the children of very active musicians in the world of traditional music, so they have been playing since they could walk.L’idée de former un groupe a germé lors de la 13e édition du Festival Mémoire & Racines en 2007. C’est seulement en 2008 que les cinq membres se réunissent et travaillent sérieusement. En 2009, tout se bouscule. L’année commence par une session d’enregistrement, suivie d’une autre en juin qui permettra de mettre au monde le démo « Annabel ». Ces jeunes musiciens participent au concours « Young Tradition » à Burlington au Vermont et remportent le premier prix. Les Poules à Colin font preuve d’une très grande maturité et jumellent l’interprétation de répertoire existant avec la création de nouvelles œuvres. Celles-ci sont imprégnées de leurs diverses personnalités. With their rich and diverse backgrounds, this group infuses the world into their traditions and the energy of their youth.
Allison Brown & Uncle Dan. Allison Brown’s sweet, powerful singing offers a captivating invitation to follow her down lonesome railroad lines, into abandoned buildings, back in time, to high above the stratosphere as she illustrates landscapes both strange and familiar with her newest collection of songs.
Allison’s voice is experiencing an intense new elasticity as her instrument’s distinct tune and tone evolve with over twenty years of performance experience.
“the complete elixir I needed to feel many troubles melt away” ~ Roots Music Canada
With raw honesty, playful humor and a pinch of bitterness, Allison explores leaps of faith, toils of the road, bad luck, bad weather, heroes, villains and longing for love and meaning with her crafted originals alongside classic roots repertoire including roots, country, gospel, blues and bluegrass.
Saturday, October 3rd – Taylor Knox, Red Moon Road, Will Gillespie – NLFB Oktoberfest! - $7.00 at the door
Ever since Pete Townshend coined the term “power pop” in 1967, fans, critics and musicians alike have clung to its principles of crunchy guitars, smooth harmonies and tales of tragic young love, in the never-ending battle to keep rock and roll’s flame burning brightly.
Taylor Knox is poised to make a significant contribution to the cause when his debut solo EP, ‘Lines,’ is released March 31 on MapleMusic Recordings. With six tracks, each consistently clocking in at around three minutes, ‘Lines’ is the perfect taste to get the unsuspecting listener permanently hooked on Knox’s irresistible sugar high. From opening track “My Backyard” to meditative closer “Good Enough,” the Toronto native displays songwriting prowess far beyond his years, conjuring the magic of Big Star and Revolver-era Beatles.
A great pleasure to have Red Moon Road return! They were through last summer as part of Northern Lights Festival Boreal and really wowed the crowd that whole weekend. In the four years the band has existed, audiences have come to expect something beyond your usual concert. Red Moon Road shows treat audiences to an impressive instrumental presentation; the sonic evolution born of the collaboration between three insatiably creative musical forces. A roots drum kit cunningly split between two band members, an acoustic guitar that also sounds its two lowest strings as a bass, powerhouse lead female vocalists, a moustached man playing Mandolin, Lap Steel, Banjo and Organ (often at the same time) and impeccably timed immaculate three part harmonies. As always though, it's the way the music is brought into sharper focus by the band’s signature and captivating storytelling ability, and how these multi-talented and disarmingly endearing personalities are fully present that elevates a concert with Red Moon Road into a collective experience, bridging gap between performer and audience, leaving your heart a little fuller and the world seeming a little more wonderful.
Will Gillespie is a one-of-a-kind Folk-Rock Crooner with a diverse catalogue of original songs spanning back over a decade. His aim is simple: real songs played really well. He refers to his sound as "Jazzed-Up Folk-Rock." Genuine songs. Original Rock & Roll with an air of Old-World Romance. Taking Folk-Rock from the barn to the ballroom.
Thurs. Oct. 8th - An evening of instrumental post-rock, prog rock and garage - $7.00 at the door, 10pm
Don’t You (,) Mean People? (Thunder Bay, Instrumental Rock)
This is the second totally sweet instrumental rock band from Thunder Bay to play the Townehouse in the past 2 months. You can tell these guys just locked themselves in a room and kept making their songs harder and harder to play until they were totally mind-bending.
Live Performance Video: https://youtu.be/bPnOLKzkUzI
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DontYouMeanPeople
Blueshift (Sudbury, Prog Rock)
Ambitious song suites and wild tunes.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBlueshift?fref=ts
Odyssey (Sudbury, Rock)
Brand new local 2-piece rock band straight outta the garage.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/odysseybandmusic
Friday, October 9th – The Beatles Night – John Lennon’s 75th Birthday - $10.00 at the door 10pm.
As the marquee suggests… today would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. The house musicians who have been playing an evening of this, pop music’s greatest catalog, for 10 years now… will come together to celebrate John. We are going to do do the Help album… to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary… and we’ll do a more John-centric night than we usually do when we tip more towards the Wings on the solo years. Favourites… obscurities… stompers and tear jerkers… finally we’ll do It’s Only Love with the full band! Matt Foy, Nick Krawczuk, Dan Levecque, Ryan Levecque, Paul Loewenberg, P. Rheal.
Saturday, October 10th – House of David Gang Reggae Band - $10.00 at the door.
Fill up this weekend on revolutionary songwriters. The House of David Gang returns, and since it is the second weekend in November… we might as well have them do the Peter Tosh Celebration that they did here a couple years ago. Many people think that Bob Marley was the voice of the Wailers… Peter Tosh was it’s Soul while Bob was the Dreams and Bunny was the Conscience. Peter Tosh was the voice of Social Justice in the band… gunned down in his prime before he could see the change in the world.
Thursday Oct. 15th - Inside the Songs with Shawn Kosmo - 10:00PM, $7 at the door
Shawn Kosmo hosts this local songwriter’s circle featuring the truly fine songwriting talents of Kristen Brutto (of Sex & Summer), Eric Clancy, and Josh Turnbull. Shawn will dig deep into the roots of these songs. There’ll likely be some laughs, some serious moments, and some really great songs!
Friday, October 16th – Grey Lands, Windigo, Howie Moonlight - $7.00 at the door. 10pm
An evening of garage rock, psychedelic and new wave
Grey Lands (Toronto, Garage Rock/Pop Rock)
This is Wayne Petti from Cuff the Duke’s new band. The tunes are rockin, melodic and fuzzy. Get into it! For his first album as Grey Lands, Wayne Petti returned to the musical country he came from. Songs By Other People is a solo album that isn't solo - Cuff the Duke's frontman reimagining the songs of others, with the help of others, everyone gathered in a warm, electric sound.
"I wanted to acknowledge where I had been, musically," Petti says. So there are songs by Bob Dylan and Buffy Ste-Marie, by Sloan and M Ward, all filtered through Petti's prism. The music is burred and confident, far noisier than Petti's previous work. And his choice of pals gives the material a scrappy quality: Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, shouting beside Petti on Dylan's "My Back Pages"; Sarah Harmer, coyly duetting on Lee Hazlewood's "Sand". All of these guests, from Keelor and Harmer to Joel Plaskett, Hayden and Randy Bachman, are musicians Petti has supped with or toured with or meandered alongside, over kind grey lands.
Windigo (Calgary, Psychedelic)
Winding guitar licks, awesome melodic sensibilities.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WindigoMusic
Howie Moonlight (Sudbury, New Wave)
Howie touches his interstellar cruiser down on the Townehouse stage to report on his rock & roll adventures from beyond the milky way.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/howiemoonlight
Saturday, October 17th – Big Lonely, Ol’ CD, The Folk, The Twentiest – 10pm, $7.00 at the door
An evening of punk, psych, indie rock and rock & roll
Big Lonely (Burlington, indie rock)
Swirling guitar work, and powerful, tight live performance with some unexpected musical twists & turns. Sounds like the Strokes on acid, but the Strokes were probably already doing acid and I’m pretty sure these guys don’t, so maybe it sounds like the Strokes but NOT on acid?
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/biglonelyband
OL’CD (Toronto, Rock)
Just rippin it. Blazing, howling, balls-to-the-wall rock music.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OLCDmusic
The Folk (Guelph, Psych Rock)
Amitious, groovy tunes, wild jams, with a sincere core.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheFolkFolk
The Twentiest (Sudbury, Punk Rock)
A sound that touches on bands like Bad Religion and NOFX, performed with a veteran tightness.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thetwentiest
Thursday, October 22nd – 7pm… Rosie and the Riveters - $30.00 … Dinner and show $30
Rosie & the Riveters are four sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting music with a retro 1940’s flare! Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, inviting humour and just enough ooh-la-la to charm your socks off!
Video links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y86Vu-O0pgI
Show is at 7:00pm and $30 includes dinner AND a show. If you are just coming for the show or just coming for dinner… make sure you talk to us about a deal. We’ll start sitting people for dinner as early as 6:00pm so if you want to be finished in time to just enjoy the show, come in early. Of course, holding the show at 7pm also means that kids are also welcome.
Tickets can be purchased from The Townehouse: www.thetownehouse.com or (705) 674-6883
Thursday, October 22nd - The Underdog Headquarters Presents the Sik Rik tape release party. Featuring giveaways from the Underdog Headquarters! – 10pm, $7.00 at the door
Sik Rik (Sudbury, Punk)
Sik Rik pukes up a new tape tonight. Eric Hoop leads his band through numbers about eating fast food and getting stoned.
Hollow Heads (Sudbury, Punk)
These hot shots have everything they need to be a great punk band: passable musicianship and a desire to play as fast and loud as possible.
The Ape-ettes (Sudbury, psych pop)
Dreamy, fun and super catchy. The Ape-ettes have a gritty sound and a great sense of melody. There’s some weirdness in there too to keep things spicy. They just put some new songs on their bandcamp!
Shawn Kosmo and the Dirty Princes (Sudbury, Powerpop)
Kosmo brings his band of wildmen back to throw candy into the crowd and play weird games. Oh, and to play awesome hooky-laden music too. Soon, everything will be Kosmo.
Saturday, October 24th – B.A. Johnston, Magic Pelvis, BBBRTHR – 10pm, $10 at the door
Stack Brewing Presents: The STACKED lineup. Featuring $5 pints and Stack Brewing Giveaways!
BA Johnston (Hamilton, post-modern troubadour)
BA Johnston’s stage show has solidified into a tightly-sequenced, jam-packed display of self-flagellation and utter pathos. BA Johnston’s dignity died for your sins.
Magic Pelvis (Hamilton, Post-Folk)
A wild, possessed man screaming about the future, the past and things outside of time. A Tom Waits for the digital age.
Live on Southern Souls: https://youtu.be/X397uObpGUI
BBBRTHR (Sudbury, Dark Futuristic Pop)
It’s a seedy, materialistic world and BBBRTHR’s swimming around in the muck of it. Doesn’t mean we can’t have a dance party while the world burns.
Bandcamp Page: https://bbbrthr.bandcamp.com/
Thursday, October 29th - Gully Night! - 10:00, $7.00 at the door
Regrettably, we missed Gully’s birthday last month due to a scheduling error. We’re rectifying it by celebrating with Gully tonight! Come help the Townehouse’s bald, avenging spirit of mayhem celebrate another year of infamy with the following bands:
Satan’s Sugar Band (Sudbury, Groove Metal)
Gully’s playing drums for these guys now. They’re a party-rockin’, funky, heavy band in the vein of early RHCP.
Garson (Garson, Rock)
I have no idea what these guys sound like, but their name is Garson, so they could sound like a sled topped out over lake Wahnapitae with 2 tall cans of Coors Light rattling around in the tiny little snowmachine trunk. Of course, we anticipate that they will be a great rock and roll band.
Sex Toy Video (Sudbury, ?) ... And I thought Garson was a ridiculous name for a band!
Fri. Oct. 30
Punk, Rock, and hardcore
Say Yes (Burlington, Rock)
This is Jordan from Alexisonfire’s band, featuring Adam Michael of Saint Alvia. They play hook-filled riffy rock tunes.
Live Video: https://youtu.be/3d64bRiLwd8
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sayyesofficial
The Standstills (Oshawa, Blues Rock)
Filthy, groovin blues rock.
Official Video: https://youtu.be/NDxMwR9nSGY
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheStandstills
The Métis (Sudbury, Post-hardcore)
Barrelling, throttle-open post-hardcore.
Live Video: https://youtu.be/1-YbJBafrdE
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/themetis
Dead Friends (Sudbury, Riffy Hardcore)
Rock and roll meets hardcore in a collision of riffs and heaviness. There’s a solid melodic foundation too. These fellas have been playing in bands for years and it shows.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Deadfriendssudbury
Saturday, October 31st - Hallowe-en Party with Northern Memphis Revival - Memphis Soul Party Band - $10.00 at the door
Originally launched as The Stax Revolt… now the band has rebranded as Northern Memphis Revival. It is music that provided an incendiary soundtrack to a cultural revolution of the late 60’s and early 70’s. The band plays with respect to the original recordings and has a great time doing it. It’s a total soul and funk party that will keep you dancing all night long. You can win a prize of free cover for the year... plus a bunch of other give-aways. Best Costumes get the prizes... be imaginative... be obscure... (be able to show us your face for identification purposes)...