Music at Sundown
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.
April 30th - Gord Este - Gord hails from Lively and has been playing around Sudbury for more than 20 years. A smooth voice and great guitar skills makes him great Sundown music. Old favourites and with a little digging, Gord will bring back a few songs that you have even forgotten about.
May 7th - Marc Savard and Dan Bedard – Marc and Dan take us through the best in Ryhtm and Blues, some old Jazz pop tunes, a little funk and a little straight up rock and roll. Dan is really counting on this being their big break...
May 14th - Spencer Jose - As a guitar slinger for Willett, Velcro Kids, Lawnmower Scene and front man for Carden Cove as well as the Strokes night... Spencer has proven himself a forceful singer and axeman. What he really wants to do is sing songs with heart by the likes of Daniel Romano. This is Spencer, the thoughtful and melodic songwriter with the voice of angels... you want the rough stuff... come and see the next Carden Cove show.
May… the first month of summer for all of our College and University folks… A brisk month on the picket lines for all of our brothers and sisters in the OSSTF… and we’ll see what other teachers unions go out on strike this month. Our thoughts go out to the members of those unions and their families. In stranger political waters… I hope that a lot of people are watching closely the Alberta Election and how Rachel Notley of the Alberta NDP may be premier in a few days. Anyway you look at it, Conservatism is taking a tumble in the ratings in exchange for a true progressive, social democratic choice that is ONLY being provided by the Orange… and NOT by Red. Most likely a sign of things to come when you think about Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau squaring off this year for the PM chair. Notley is the clear leader in Alberta… Mulcair will be the clear leader as soon as we have some national debates leading into the election on October 19th.
May is also patio time. 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.
With the administrative stuff out of the way… let’s get down to having a good time this month. Lots of music for everyone. The Bluegrass Brunches continue on Sunday afternoons. 2-5pm. We’ll take a few weeks off when it gets close to festival time, and most of July… but for now… we’re still at it on Sundays… bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your instruments.
Check out the little sidebar here for the Thursday dinner shows… Music at Sundown. After the long weekend in May, we’re trying to figure out what to do with them for the summer… Patio music? We haven’t figured out how to do this outside yet… so be patient. Either we’ll take a break for a few weeks of Dinner concerts… or we won’t. Stay tuned.
Friday, May 1st – Carden Cove, Isobel Trigger, Summering, McLean - $7.00 at the door
"These Northern Ontario folk-rockers recently became a personal favorite of mine after listening to the debut LP Grown Slow, dynamically-charged songcraft that evokes some of the genre’s iconic best, such as Jeff Tweedy(Wilco) and Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown) – embodying an impassioned intensity that can shift gears effortlessly between punk-rock fury, alt-rock melancholy, and roots-based rock and roll that delivers a hearty punch to the mainstream jugular. The album has been sitting firmly in the Top 10 on Campus Radio album charts, and title-track Grown Slow is the kind of single you’d expect to hear blasting over a lot more airwaves, but here’s hoping there are some music festival appearances in the summer
Isobel Trigger strikes you with their synth-driven style and high-energy performances. With exotic vocals, driving lead lines, and heart-thumping grooves, the band weaves a musical web that draws you to the dance floor. Isobel Trigger is about delicate innocence meeting howling distortion; soft in one moment then crashing into powerful crescendos the next. It’s little red riding hood and the big bad wolf all in one.
The band is Felicia Harding (vocals, synth), Brett Faulkner (guitar), Ariel Tseng (drums), and Ryan Salmond (bass). Each member takes command of their own elements and breathes life into each song.
Saturday, May 2nd – The Weber Brothers - $10.00 at the door
There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life. To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block.
Ryan and Sam Weber left their Baltimore, MD home one night as teenagers, with the aim of meeting their idol, rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, and ten hours later showed up at his doorstep. “The Hawk”, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, et al.) went on to reshape music history as “The Band”, was duly impressed by the pair's immense raw talent, and promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. Mere months later, after surviving the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” they were in: full-blooded Hawks. By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and David Wilcox to name a few.
In the ensuing years, they have issued many albums, played thousands of shows, still get to jam with the Hawk once in awhile. They are truly one of the best nights of music that we get to see... period.
Tuesday, May 5th – The River and the Road, Paul Cournoyer, Sean Barrette, Hyland Drive - $7.00 at the door – 8:00pm
Another early show great line-up… Beats cheap night at the movies AND we've got beer and the best burgers in town - make it dinner and a show.
The River and The Road http://theriverandtheroad.com/
Folk rock/roots rock band
Paul Cournoyer http://paulcournoyer.ca/
4-piece francophone pop/rock band
Sean Barrette - Music and Words www.seanbarrette.ca
Solo acoustic folk
Hyland Drive http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Hyland-Drive
Wednesday, May 6th – Van Damsel, Windmills, Devon Cox - $7.00 at the door. 8:00pm
Fresh off the release of their latest single, "Best of Everything," Kamloops, BC's Van Damsel are bringing their brand of indie-pop to cities across Canada this May with support from the devilishly handsome solo loop artist Windmills.
Devon Coxoxox will be kicking the night off.
Thursday, May 7th – Power Buddies, Racket, Dunes, Magic Pelvis - $7.00 at the door 10pm.The Racket has been together since early 2010 and is gaining fan base all over the Lower Mainland. We love to play live shows and always get crowds on their feet. Our contrasting male and female vocals, sweet synth, rocking guitar, bass and solid drums all come together as a synth rock/pop feel. Valerie Miller (synth/lead vocals) who, being the only girl of four members, often feels she has not one boyfriend but three. Jackson Hilts (bass/lead vocals), Mark Edwards (guitar/backing vocals) and James Sleightholme (drums) are the lucky gentlemen who also take to the stage. The Racket has played multiple venues around the lower mainland, favorites being "The Vogue", "Joe's Apartment" and "The Railway Club" in Vancouver. Over the past few months, we have been inspired to push ourselves harder, and plan to do whatever it takes to be the best we can be and get our music out there. We love performing, writing original songs, and most of all our love and passion for music carries us forward. .
Friday, May 8th – The Pink Floyd Night - $7.00 at the door
Here we go again for one of the most highly regarded evenings on our calendar. Returning for the first time in a year... The Pink Floyd Night. Dan, Pepper, Joey and John are joined by the occasional guest singer, like Anita Ansamaa and they tackle the most loved of all psyche rock bands in history. Pink Floyd was formed in the mid 1960's and their recorded output has continued in one form or another for 50 years (recently... Gilmore and Mason were working on some demos that had been recorded by Wright before he passed).
The band was recording their debut full length record at Abbey Road studios when The Beatles were in recording Sgt. Pepper. They continued through the 70's and early 80's with Roger Waters at the helm, creating masterpiece after masterpiece. The band tonight will guide us on an educated journey through the important chapters of Pink Floyd.
Thursday, May 14th – Whitney Rose, Jennifer Holub, Jessy Brunette - $7.00 at the door 10PM
Whitney Rose- Toronto-based Whitney Rose describes her music as "vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country," and her new album, Heartbreaker of the Year, is simply that. Her genuine, no-frills approach to making true to the soul, honest, roots music has earned critically acclaimed reviews thus far.
Jennifer Holub Music w/ ALEXANDRA LEE (cello) - Jennifer’s songs tell the story of the haunted north. While she is a skilled purveyor of gloom, you’ll want to nestle in to the places and spaces you never thought would be unraveled by a voice and a guitar with down-home Americana-inspired songwriting.
JESSY BRUNETTE - This songstress digs right down to the bottom of her heart. This little country sweetheart brings life and love to the stage with tales of love and lust into songs to help soothe her soul. This young upcomer is close to being the next Northern Patsy Cline.
Friday, May 15th – Maps, Edouard Landry, Therapists, Obsidian - $7.00 at the door
This show's a bit of a mixed bag, with the night starting off with some heavy rock music, before transitioning into franco-pop, then wrapping up with some arena rock.
Maps (Barrie) - Impossibly tight, nuanced rock music reminiscent of U2 and Wintersleep.
Edouard Landry - Absolutely charming francophone pop/rock.
Therapists - Rollicking, fun, depraved, and falling down drunk. They might weird you out but it's only because they're trying to do it.
Obsidian - Melodic Stoner Rock
Saturday, May 16th – The Stax Night - $7.00 at the door
STAX Records spent 50 years putting out the best of soul and R&B. Booker T and the MG's, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, The Staples, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, William Bell and many more anchored this label through it's glory years from 1959 through the mid 70's.
Tonight we, in Sudbury, take the next step in this Soul music. In our lifetimes, tributes have been done to this music... The Blues Brothers, The Commitments. Tonight, under the superstack comes the Soulsville Sudbury Revue... SuperSTAX... The Sudbury Soul All Stars.... Jenn Holub, Anne Boulton, Ryan Levecque will be singing and moving around between pianos and guitar... Darcy Peters, Mel Grillanda and Nick Ross will be playing the Memphis Horns... the rest of the MG's will be Matt Foy, Dan Levecque, Pepper and Paul Loewenberg. We will move around on instruments a little as Dan steps up to sing a couple, Paul and Pepper will switch... but mostly, this 10 piece band is going to knock your socks off with all of the greatest soul songs ever created.
I don’t want to blow too much of the set list before the night comes… but I do want to assure you of a few things… Try a Little Tenderness will make you cry and love all of the people around you… The Staples Singers songs will make you march for equality and the Linda Lyndell’s 1968 soul classic, ‘What a Man’ was stolen by Salt n Pepa and En Vogue… on May 16th, Anne Boulton and Jenn Holub are stealing it back.
Dancing shoes are required.
Thursday, May 21st – The Pistolwhips, Echoes the Lion, Patrick Wright et Les Gauchistes - $7.00 at the door
The Pistolwhips (Saskatoon) - Massive songs pitched to the rafters. The Pistolwhips are trying to save your life;
Echoes the Lion - Propulsive rock music carried by intricate dual guitar work and tag-teamed vocals.
Patrick Wright et Les Gauchistes - Definitely one of the tightest bands in town. Recently, Les Gauchistes have been pursuing a more potent rock sound and it suits them very well!
Friday, May 22nd – Sea Perry, Chambers, The Metis - $7.00 at the door
Sea Perry (Tour Kickoff) - Sudbury's indie rock darlings. Sea Perry have been getting some play on CBC Radio 2, and are heading out on a cross-Canada tour after this show. Come out and support our local boys as they head out on a long voyage from Sea to shining Perry in support of their new record Do What you Do. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see a showing of Sea Perry’s new video… partially filmed at The Townehouse!
Chambers (Waterloo) - This will be Chambers' third time playing the Townehouse. Their slick, muscular sound encompasses a decades-long history of psychedelic and experimental rock. You'll hear elements of classic bands like Pink Floyd and Santana as well as more modern torch-bearers like Muse and the Mars Volta.
The Métis - Blues rock collides with hardcore and it turns out they get along pretty good!
Saturday, May 23rd – Weatherly, The Lifts, OL’CD - $7.00 at the door
The Lifts (Toronto) - Slinky, slick, sexy and seductive rock music.
OL'CD (Toronto/London) - A raucous party rock band that's gonna blow the doors clean off the place.
Weatherly - These local boys are reaching for the sky with their world-beating anthems.
Wednesday, May 27th – Swan Song, Lanorme - $7.00 at the door
It’s Chelsea’s birthday. We gather to wish her the best on turning one year older… one year wiser… and one year louder as she thunders across stages with her bass in the post punk nihilism of Swan Song. Happy birthday…
Thursday, May 28th – Dany Laj and The Looks, The Apettes, Howie Moonlight - $7.00 at the door
Come celebrate the release of Dany Laj and the Looks new full-length LP, 'Word On The Street', with special guests The Ape-ettes and Howie Moonlight!!
A long, long time ago (2012) in a land far, far away (the fabled wilds of Canada), there lived a band of intrepid musical warriors. After journeying far and wide (in Canada), and spreading the good word of their minstrelsy (hook-laden power pop), collecting and crafting stories alike, our heroes conspired to create an aural memoir of their past, through the eyes of Dany Laj. This is that memoir.
Word On The Street is the first full-length album by Montreal's Dany Laj and the Looks, following up 2010's the Match EP and 2012's Telepathic Voices EP, and is a collection of stories of day-to-day life experienced by Laj through his travels and erstwhile (mis)fortunes. The album was captured live-off-the-floor onto tape over a frigid February week in 2014 in Toronto, ON, at Stu-Stu-Studio by engineer Brendan Howlett. Aided with the power of Laj's diaries, old set lists, and his Timmins tuxedo, Laj takes you through a voyage that starts in his hometown of Kirkland Lake that rolls you through the dive bars and alleyways from Northern Ontario to Southern, along the 401 and into Quebec. Word On The Street is densely packed with driven melodic hooks and enough power pop jangle to make the 70s British pubrock scene blush, nevertheless, the meticulously crafted songs are timeless.
The trio at the core of Word On The Street (Laj, guitar, lead vocals; Jeanette Dowling, bass, vocals; Lewis Handford, drums) are augmented by a cast of characters hand-picked by Laj. Backing vocals are provided by Laura Hermison (BB Guns, Twist), Samantha Martin, Heather Mazhar (Beams), Anna Mernieks (Beams), and Zero (Zro4); percussion and backing vocals by Sean Dignan (Suckerpunch, Dodge Fiasco) and keyboards by Jay Lemak (Action Makes). The record was mixed in Montreal in August 2014 by Samuel Gemme and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel in February 2015.
Dany Laj and the Looks soundcloud:
The Ape-ettes bandcamp: https://theape-ettes.bandcamp.com/releases
Howie Moonlight bandcamp: https://howiemoonlight.bandcamp.com/
Howie Moonlight soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/howie-moonlight
Friday, May 29th – The Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards Concert evening – Tickets at the door
As we have been proud to do in the past… The Townehouse will host a concert on Friday night (awards at a theatre on Saturday the 30th) to showcase many of the music nominees. The conference will again showcase workshops in the music and film industry, starting on Wednesday the 27th. 2015 marks the return of the Northern Ontario Music & Film Awards to Sudbury, Ontario.
Come celebrate the achievements and talent in Northern Ontario with a series of industry panels and workshops, music and film showcases, culminating with the Awards ceremony the evening of Saturday May 30, 2015.
We will be announcing specific programming, special guests and the nominees leading up to the event.
Saturday, May 30th – Will Gillespie, Deeps, Night Terrors - $7.00 at the door
Will is a consummate songwriter… he has been at it for years and has many records released under his and various names. He’s a little bit Tom Waits… but smoother. He’s a little bit Nick Drake, but happier… He’ll play with a cross of local and traveling musicians… it’s Swinging Folk Blues.
Steve "Deeps" De Piante is a multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter based out of Hamilton Ontario.
Night Terrors is the music project of Matt Beech, who is getting ready to issue his full length debut album. This is a dry run for Matt in getting a large music project down to its essence
Sunday, May 31st – Nekromantix, The Brains, Suicide Drifters – Tickets $20.00. On Sale May 5th. Doors 8pm.
The Nekromantix are a Danish-American psychobilly band formed in 1989 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their music is generally structured around monster and horror themes. A central icon of the band's image is founder and frontman Kim Nekroman's "coffinbass", a custom-built double bass with a body in the shape of a coffin and a headstock the shape of a cross. Nekroman has been the sole constant member of the band, the rest of the current lineup consisting of guitarist Franc and drummer Adam.
The Nekromantix released five albums on various European record labels during their first decade, then crossed over to American audiences in the early 2000s by signing to Los Angeles-based Hellcat Records, through which they have released three albums since 2002. Their eighth studio album, What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell, was released in August 2011.
Canada’s most insanest, undeadest and bestest psychobilly horror-punks are back with with their latest, greatest album to date. The Brains has never been a band to follow the rules…in fact they’ve made it a point to utterly and completely destroy every single one of them with each album they release and every show they play. These hardworking road-warriors have brought their eye-popping live show to the four corners of the world; playing packed houses throughout Europe, Canada and the US alongside acts like Mad Sin, The Offspring, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Real McKenzies, The Creepshow and many more.