October is touring time for a lot of bands… summer is done, every town with a college and a university is filled to the brim with students looking to expand their lives.  My advice… it’s a big world of music out there and you should dabble in it all.  Rock, blues, funk, reggae, ska, outlaw roots, zydeco, jazz, folk, punk, metal… take it all in.  Life is long, you’ll have lots of time to listen to lots of different music.
                  There is a lot to see this month and coming through until Christmas, so take part.  There are concerts that start at 7pm, so you can make it out if your life gets you up early in the morning.  We’ve got stuff that you can bring your kids to… and stuff you should bring your parents to.  A generation ago, Elgin Street was the type of place where you could go looking for trouble… not much of that left now with live music venues, cool restaurants, galleries, art stores, artist collectives, guitar stores, fresh roast coffee joints, the Market, an antique store, our festival office, The School of Architecture, etc.  We host the annual Craft Beer Festival every August, and just down the street we have Ribfest, Blues for Food each summer.  Next year will see the City of Greater Sudbury make a great investment into our infrastructure with a greening project that will stretch from The School of Architecture right to the Footbridge leading to Bell Park.  It’s an exciting time, and there is lots of music heading this way to keep you dancing all the while.

Sloan - October 7th

The Beatles Night - October 24th

24th Street Wailers - October 31st

Oh Susanna - Watch for an announcement in the coming weeks...

Supertoke - November 14th!

drumHAND - November 28th.

White Cowbell Oklahoma - December 13th

The Burgers are juicy, the music is great... watch for more special matinee shows to happen... we're looking to host a Tuesday night Record Fair... a kind of Vinyl Tap if you will... the gathering of Audiophiles to listen, swap, argue about the greatest music of all time... from 6-8pm... a Thursday post work jam - 5:30-8pm... plus the return of our Sunday Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch... it gives you lots to do in this week and really it is something for everyone... of pretty much all ages and stripes.

The Townehouse has been your proud host of live music in this city for 27 years. You have seen all the greats here... The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Dread Zeppelin, The Hopping Penguins, Me, Mom and Morgantaler, King Apparatus, The Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, DOA, NoMeansNo, SNFU, the Dayglo Abortions, Nickelback, Len, Bedouin Soundclash, Thrush Hermit, The Weakerthans, Plumtree, Joel Plaskett, Sloan, The Headstones, The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, The Constantines, Cuff the Duke, Yukon Blonde and many hundreds more.

We are proud to host almost every kind of music that is out there… you have to get to know it and we really hope that you love it all… now I’m not saying that top 40 hit parade music is bad… I think what we are saying here is that there are so many flavours to savour, why stop at Chocolate and Vanilla.  There are so many colours, why stop at Black and White.  The same can be said for types of Beer… with our palette being able to perceive so many flavours and our nose multiplying that by the number of smells… why would you only ever drink one or two types of beer?  Discover the world of Ales, Lagers, Stouts, Imperial Stout, IPA, American Pale Ale, Farmhouse Ales, Saisons, Trappist Ales, Porters, German Ale, Bock, Doppelbocks, Sours, Hefeweissen and many more.
For your music selection… you need to develop the vernacular. So here’s a short dictionary to guide you through your Townehouse Monthly Calendar.  Rock – When you see this in print here it will most likely have a connotation of your basic rock and roll bands drawing a direct line through The Rolling Stones, CCR, 70’s Who and The Replacements. Roots Rock – This will encompass the electric Dylan era, The Band, etc.  Country Rock – Flying Burrito Brothers/ The Byrds.  Alt-Country Psyche Rock – The Sadies, Flying Burrito Brothers.  Hard Rock – mostly Sabbath and Deep Purple is ground zero here.  Garage Rock – a wide open area that will usually include all house in the zip code surrounded by The Sonics, Link Wray, Kinks, MC5, The Stooges, Billy Childish, etc.  Punk – When I write punk… it will usually have roots to The Ramones, Descendents, DOA, Black Flag.  Roots Reggae – anything from mid 1968 until Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston left the Wailers in 1973, leaving Bob Marley on his own.  Reggae – Tosh, Marley, Toots.  Ska and Rocksteady – Toots until 1968, The Ethiopians, Desmond Dekker, The Melodians.  2nd Wave Ska – the Specials, The Selector, English Beat.  Third Wave – The Toasters, King Apparatus, The Planet Smashers.  Bluegrass – roots music descended from Flatt and Scruggs, banjo and fiddle driven.  Mountain Music – Frailed banjo Appalachan tunes.  Outlaw Country – Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Willie, George Jones.  Hardcore – in the Townehouse calendar this will always refer to Minor Threat, SOA, 7 seconds, Gorilla Biscuits. 
The toughest thing about genre labeling is that there is so much music now that has bent the rules from where they started that we would have to have a list of genres like Netflix with their 10000 subgroups.  That’s where you see the descriptions like Indie Garage Rock, Post Hardcore, Post Reggae Dancehall, Outlaw Psyche Country… etc.  It goes on forever.  One of the closer descriptions I’ve heard to what we do is Steven Van Zandt talking about his radio station Little Steven’s Underground Garage… he says that they play everything that influenced the creation of The Ramones, and everything The Ramones subsequently influenced.  That encompasses everything from Elvis, Howlin’ Wolf and Leadbelly to The White Stripes, Black Keys and Pink Mountaintops… music with soul.  Music that makes you dance. 

Our house musicians have issuad a great number of records over the years in addition to taking over the stage for fun nights of music for the love of music... such as the annual Beatles Night... Exile on Elgin Street - The Rolling Stones Night, The Lost Waltz - The Band and Bob Dylan... the Tom Waits Birthday Party, The Bob Marley Birthday Party, the Peter Tosh Birthday party... The Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch... the Motown Night... the occasional OX and Bandit tribute to Black Sabbath... Clayton's Guilty Pleasures night... all amazing parts of our community from a dedicated music community that has grown steadily over the years from the days of Mike Holler, Trevor Haapamaki and Rob Gregorini founding the first interesting bands of this generation through a gradual build and critical mass and quiet acclaim for our scene across the country. Statues, OX and Kate Maki made great roads through Europe... Strange Attractor still building an audience in major cities and through Europe...

Don't worry if you missed something that was great... I'll let you in on a secret... you did. There will never be another Constantines. But don't worry because there will always be another high water point. I never got to see Oscar Peterson play... but I saw The Beastie Boys. We loved the Constantines... the next generation will love another band and get their religious healing from the music. I promise.

Sift through this calendar and see what you like... make a note and come out!! There's lots to see... lots to do... Thank-you for supporting live music in our community.


Thursday, October 2nd - Everytime I Die - $20.00 advance, $25.00 at the door

Presented by by Sulfur, Frank Chartrand, Nick Taillefer, Epitaph records, Victory Records.





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Friday, October 3rd - Murder Murder - $7.00 at the door

Stay tuned for the whole bill to be announced as Murder Murder is away on tour for a couple weeks so communication is sporadic as they make their way through the Pokinos and into the Ozarks.

Saturday, October 4th - The Beastie Boys Night - $10.00 at the door

yes, you read that right... Several acts from across the city and beyond will be joining in to perform a night of the music of The Beastie Boys... from old punk stuff to the brat rock of License to Ill through the finest trio of Hip Hop albums in anybody's repertoire... Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication through the Instrumental funk albums and more... tonight's line-up of musicians will cover a bit of each ground. This will be a night to remember. Let us celebrate one of music's most interesting catalogs from some of it's most interesting characters.

Are you going to wear a fake cop moustache? I'll bet that we see a few of those. Dress to impress folks... it's a night to remember. Happy Birthday Lisa.

Sunday, October 5th – Tom Savage – no cover – pay what you can

Tom Savage crossed this country back and forth for five years with the Tom Savage Trio.  This year he has released his first solo album since 2006 and is undertaking a solo tour.  This country roots rock songwriter hangs his hat with the outlaws, John Prine, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Willie P Bennett.  Always a pleasure to have Tom back in the room.

Tuesday, October 7th - Sloan - Doors 8:00pm TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT -

Bring your EVENTbrite ticket printout with you so we can scan you in at the door. You must also present valid ID and act responsibly if consuming alcohol.

No openers... this is being described by the band as An Evening With Sloan. Their new album is hitting shelves this month and Canada's first and favourite indie rock band hits the road to bring their music to everyone across the country. Thankfully, they like playing a small club like The Townehouse once in a while so we still get to have Sloan come through every couple of tours. Tickets will be sold out in advance... check online and/or at the bar for ticket availability.

Thursday, October 9th – Dead Soft, Bad Policy - $7.00 at the door

Dead Soft is a heavy pop band from Vancouver, BC.  You can listen to some samples of their music at   Bad Policy is one of the best Garage Punk bands to emerge from Sudbury in the last few years.  Guitars like buzzsaws, vocals like hammers.  Just the way we like it.


Friday, October 10th - Jeremy Fisher w/ Joe Nolan - $10 at the door

10pm doors

His Sixth Album is breaking through barriers. Don’t let the title fool you. There isn’t a single sour note on The Lemon Squeeze, the latest from beloved Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher.

After developing a devoted fan base through five folk-influenced releases, Jeremy boldly ventures in a new direction with The Lemon Squeeze. This is clear from the opening track, "I Love You...So"; a tight pop tune owing more to Ben Folds than to any folk artist.

The decision to make a pure pop record was solidified after a discussion with producers Gus Van Go and Werner F. "When we first sat down, we batted around the idea of a pop record that would stay true to my typical, acoustic guitar-driven solo show. But when I started to write, the songs just weren’t coming on guitar."

Year 2012 was a landmark year in the career of rising roots music artist, Joe Nolan. This Alberta based artist, just 22 years old, had released his album “Goodbye Cinderella”, in the fall of 2011. A trip to the Americana Music convention in Nashville secured a European licensing and distribution deal, and, he was also signed to the prestigious American booking agency, Mongrel Music.

In 2012, Joe Nolan played 170 shows, including a very well received 24 show European tour. The “Goodbye Cinderella” disc garnered Joe a nomination as Best New / Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and received banner reviews in Canada, Europe and the US. Joe toured extensively, playing clubs, festivals and theatres from coast to coast in Canada, the aforementioned European tour, and a handful of prestigious showcase dates in the US. He shared stages with Whitehorse, Deep Dark Woods, Amelia Curran, Kevin Breit, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Tom Wilson, Dan Mangan and more.

Joe Nolan is back in the studio as of February, 2013 to record the follow up to “Goodbye Cinderella”. Once again, Juno award winning producer Colin Linden will be at the helm, with fellow Blackie and the Rodeo Kings members Tom Wilson, Gary Craig and John Dymond on board, as well as Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Norah Jones) and John Whynot (engineer and keyboards) contributing as well. The new record will be on the streets by early July and Joe will be touring non-stop in support of the new recording.

Joe Nolan is on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The last recording put Joe on everyone’s radar and the new recording will put him in a leading role in the burgeoning roots music scene.

Saturday, October 11th - Pistol George Warren, Beams, Carden Cove - $10 at the door

Pistol George Warren:


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Sunday, October 12th – Will Gillespie - $5.00 at the door

"Will Gillespie is a one-of-a-kind finger-picking, old-time crooning, genuine songwriter you absolutely MUST see perform," writes one reviewer (Matt Thompson). Classic, honest, sometimes theatrical songs and a charming stage persona, Will Gillespie is one of those Artists that really has his own voice both as a writer and guitarist. and showman. 

Thursday, October 16th 7pm – Steve Hill – 7pm  $15.00 at the door

Montreal’s Steve Hill is hands-down the meanest guitar player in Canada.   Over the years he has shared the stage with other guitar gods, like Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and Carlos Santana. Then back in 2012, Hill returned to his blues roots on Solo Recordings – Volume 1, his terrific 12-track solo album that won Best Self-Produced CD at the Memphis International Blues Challenge, 5 trophies at the 11th annual Lys Blues gala – including Blues Album of the Year – and a Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year.
Hill also brought his one-man-band to 168 stages across Canada, the United States and Europe, and the bluesman begins the cycle all over again for his brand–new 11-song album Solo Recordings Volume 2Solo Recordings Volume 2 infuses the blues with a good dose of rock, folk and country.

Thursday, October 16th 10pm – Open Stage – 10pm  $5.00 at the door

Friday, October 17th – The Gabes – 10pm - $7.00 at the door

Don Kunto and a little more stripped down version of Snotown Revival take the stage tonight.  Solid party music as always.  Don will continue to crank out the sets of great rock and roll, soul and party music.  Of course, in addition to being a celebrated musician here in the city, he is also somewhat of a facebook celebrity.  The humour carries through to the live music shows and well… just anything that Don has going on.  Check out the night and dance away.  You’ve got midterms to forget.

Saturday, October 18th - Angie Nussey 7pm - $10 at the door

Angie Nussey returns to The Townehouse. 7pm Doors. This show will run until about 10pm.

Grew up in Lively, Ontario, has been living for years in the Toronto area. Six albums and nearly 15 years of crafting, performing and living her music as venerated and multi-award winning Artist, Angie Nussey’s evolution from Canadian singer/songwriter to respected global artist mirrors her own evolution from small-town Ontario darling to music industry innovator, visionary and spokesperson. Nussey maintains an ardent belief in others that makes her such a rare voice in today’s music landscape. Passing on her acquired pearls of wisdom – through her music, her charitable endeavors, her speaking engagements, and her interactions with fans – is all the motivation Nussey needs to continue to devote her entire self to her music.

The question has come up if this show is open to all ages... yes... if you have young children coming along, they are fine... the Townehouse is more restaurant during the day and switches over to being a bar after 9 o'clock or so... Come out for dinner, bring the kids, bring your parents...

Sunday, October 19th – 7:00pm – Dead Ranch, Livid and the Bloodthirsty, Horselung, Archelon - $7.00 at the door -7:00pm


Wednesday, October 22nd – Hello Holiday, Life in Vacuum, Slates - $7.00 at the door

Hello Holiday Sudbury ON
Life In Vacuum - mathrock/post hardcore/ post punk from Waterloo, ON
SLATES - Edmonton AB

Thursday, October 23rd – 5:30pm –8:00pm  Mr MD.

A new feature here for the Townehouse… We have a lot of folks that love music but can’t get out late at night anymore because of jobs, kids and busy lives… so let’s have some music once a week for the after work crew.  Last Thursday we had Steve Hill.  This week from 5:30-8:00pm we have Mr MD… of which we know will consist of Mark Savard and Dan Bedard and we’ll hope to have some of the other Aural Xciters out as well.  Come in for your after work drink, dinner… hang out and be social.  The kids can come along… it’s never too early for one to start getting their tastes in music refined.  We’ll pass a hat around and make sure that the musicians are making some money.

Thursday, October 23rd – 10:00pm – Cage Call - $7.00 at the door

Stay tuned for another Cage Call – Hip Hop from the Underground.  Once a month we have Silvertongue and K.T.A. host a night of the finest in Canadian underground hip hop.  It gets funky, sometimes it gets political… some nights we have champion DJ’s accompanying the MC’s.  Occasionally we get a full band with an MC on Vocals.  Always creative, come see Max and OB push the boundaries.

Friday, October 24th - The Beatles Night - $10 at the door

50 years of A Hard Day's Night. The annual and sometimes twice annual Beatles Night is one of the great parties that we have anytime of year. It is a celebration of pop music's greatest catalog of songs. Ryan, Pat, Dan, Nick, Matt and Paul will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night as well as playing favourites and obscurities from the Beatles, Wings, Lennon, Harrison. Come early... we usually hit the stage at 10:15pm or so and play through most of the night... come early and stake your spot on the dance floor.

Saturday, October 25th – Swan Song, Eavesdrop, Echoes the Lion - $7.00 at the door

Swan Song (Sud)
Eavesdrop(TO) – Jake Soucie, Nick Caswell, Ken Galbraith, Jay Galbraith…  These fine musicians have been behind a lot of great music over the years, from Sudbury and for the last several years, from Toronto.  From Hardcore to Pop Punk, the Galbraiths have long been pillars in the 705-416 scene.
Echoes the Lion (Sud)

Thursday, October 30th – The Crooked Bros - $7.00 at the door

The Crooked Brothers are home-brewed. They play homegrown, homemade music.  Both gritty and pretty at once – their take on folk, on blues, rock or anything they turn their hands to can’t be said to be anything but their own.  Sometimes it’s as simple as three sweet harmonies, or a single harmonica holding the whole room at attention, and sometimes things growl and shake and come smashing down with a filthy rhythm beneath it.  But it’s all Crooked Brothers, to the last drop.
Just try and pin it down. Matt’s unforgettably strange voice, inhuman and gravelly deep.  Darwin’s deft handling of the harmonica.  Jesse’s stories and poems turned lyrics.  Practically a Crooked Family Variety Act – their concerts see banjos, mandolins, guitars and more taking turns being juggled from brother to brother.  Each having their own style and touch, the arrangements seem limitless, and there’s a refreshing sense that they will never write the same song twice.
The Crooked Brothers have performed to sold-out rooms at festivals overseas such as Brighton’s Great Escape, and Willisau, Switzerland’s Spring Bluegrass Festival. They have toured 10 countries, played in nearly every province and territory in Canada, and have released three full length albums, as well as an EP that comes available exclusively on limited-edition postcards.
Their new album, Thank You I’m Sorry (2014) – Captured in the wide open spaces of both a warehouse and a handmade log home – sounds bigger, feels bigger than their last two albums.  Folk music has never had this kind of groove to it.  There is still that depth and story to their lyrics, still the familiar attention to detail.  Every sound, every song carefully crafted.  But the band itself has grown – they rarely perform as a trio anymore, opting for the heft and groove that the upright bass and drums afford.  If this is folk music, it’s folk music full of left turns.  A dark poem that sets hundreds dancing at a time.

Friday, October 31st - The 24th Street Wailers - Super Hallowe'en Bash - $10.00 at the door -

The great costume party - it all comes down to this... who has the brass to pull off the most daring or intricate costume? We do a crowd judged costume contest during the night to award some lucky folks a one year card of no cover charge (some restrictions). Crowds will vote with their gut so get the pencil to paper right now and get out your sewing machine and you to can pull off the crime of the century.

Opening the evening is Tom Fyfe and the Traveling Medicine show... the stars of the evening are our great friends from Toronto, returning with their firebrand Swing, Jump Blues with a slice of rockabilly.

Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.

So here’s the band:

Lindsay Beaver’s the flame-haired lead singer/drummer who fronts the band, who even at first glance is anything but the norm. How many women play drums this powerfully, deliver the vocals and lead a thunderingly successful band? Just this one. Then there’s Emily Burgess, tiny, shy and innocent in appearance, and an explosive lead guitarist. Highlight of any Wailers show: Emily’s tearaway solos, and her duets with tenor sax wizard Jon Wong. Jon’s a second generation Chinese Canadian who’s a 21st century version of a honking sax man who escaped from Little Richard’s screaming band. And then there’s Lindsay’s husband Mike Archer, a country boy at heart that turns his Upright Bass into a sound so big you’ll feel it in your gut. (He also handles most of the band’s business affairs). And if all that wasn’t enough, the band’s just added Jesse Whiteley — a member of Toronto’s first family of roots music — on piano. It didn’t take long for The Wailers to develop the tightest of grooves, an original repertoire, and a balls-against-the-wall live show, and you can hear it in the three studio CDs they’ve made so far.

Saturday, November 1st – B.A. Johnston, Ramblin Rose, Yonatan Girl, The Almighty Rhombus - $7.00 at the door

BA has been playing music since the late 1950s; his biggest success coming as the leader of the cover band BA and the Chuds in the early 1970s, who many believe greatly influenced Canadian favs Doug and the Slugs. After receiving the Juno Award for best hard rock record in 1985, BA actually returned the award when he found out he would have to pay for it. When not touring Canada, BA lives at home in Hamilton ON with his Mother, Father and beloved pet Mr. Whiskers.?

Friday, November 14th – Supertoke – The Birthday show… $7.00 at the door
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As luck would have it, the three charter members of Supertoke were all born on November 14th.  So this is their official birthday show.  Supertoke was born 2 in 1984,  and one in 1996… always a presidential election year, but only years in which the incumbant president was re-elected.  They tried out a fantastic second guitar player but upon finding out he was born in 1992, a year in which a new president was elected… they immediately cast him away and banned the player from attending future gigs.  Strangely, the three current members have absolutely no care for American Politics, preferring to remain out of arguments about pipelines and foreign wars.  They do support gun use, as they actually do hunt for all of their food.  Instrumental rock that mixes Captain Beefheart, Link Wray and travel through time and space.

Friday, November 28th – Drumhand - $7.00 at the door

Propelled by a steamroller of percussion and energized by jazz horns, Toronto’s DRUMHAND draws inspiration from the danceable circuitous rhythms of hot climates from Bahia, Brazil to Ghana, West Africa and from India to New Orleans. The group is becoming increasingly known for innovative orchestrations; uplifting and accessible artistry for audiences at festivals; school shows; theaters; clubs.

Friday, December 5th - The House of David Gang Reggae Band - $10.00 at the door

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.

This Reggae favourite loves to return to Sudbury... this will be a great way to kick off your Cinefest week with an evening of cool Island groove

Sunday, December 7th – Tom Waits Birthday Party – 7pm doors, 8:00pm show