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Music...

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.

Food...

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.

Community...

We love to entertain groups for everyday and special events... Business, Family or Friends. We love to help out community organizations with Fundraisers. We love to provide great entertainment and food in a safe environment. We love families but we do ask for Age of Majority after 9:00pm. We love Craft Beer and fine libations but if you look under 25, we need to see your ID when you order, and we do ask that if you do consume alcohol, please drink responsibly.

For Catering Information... contact Veronica Desjardins

For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883

For Band Booking, Special Events information... contact Paul Loewenberg

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask any musician in Canada what defines Sudbury and they will most likely say, The Townehouse Tavern.  As a mid sized venue, this room has seen almost every popular band in the country over the last 30 years.

From Nickelback to Bedouin Soundclash, The Tea Party to The Weakerthans.  Feist and Sarah Harmer.  Our Lady Peace to Alexisonfire.  The Townehouse is known for it’s diverse music from Rock to Funk, African Traditional, Folk, Klezmer, Metal, Ska, Reggae, Soul, Punk, Garage, Jazz, Blues and Bluegrass and Outlaw Country.  The Townehouse is one of the few incubators of live music to have lasted 30 years in this country.

When The Townehouse began to bring in interesting music, it tapped into the cultural vein of the country.  Everything else in this generation of the Arts community blossomed from this corner.  The Townehouse was the start of the change that transformed Elgin Street and steered downtown back towards a centre of cultural capital.

 

MUSIC AT SUNDOWN ALL Through the Winter

Continuing on Thursdays ... we are having more dinner music!! Every Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Don't wait for the weekend to fill your life with music... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to finish your work day with a little play. Enjoy the music with dinner. Come and see the fantastic talent we have in the north on a weekly basis. Great dinner, Great music. Thursdays - 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.

Hugh Jazz - Wednesday Nights at 8:30pm.

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!!!

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are returning ... starting January 7th

Another new season of bands, food, good times to be found at The Townehouse Tavern and our sister restaurant, The Laughing Buddha. Some of us are students, some are teachers. Many of us just work regular jobs from Engineers to Baristas and we just want to hang out in a place that has a laid back atmosphere, good food and good music. Take in the Elgin Street Scene and see where the arts live in Sudbury. From the guitar store at the top of the street (Cosmic Dave’s, 420 Elgin) through the School of Architecture and beyond, Elgin Street is full of the restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, a tattoo parlor and music stores that breathe life into this city. Add to that the Theatre Centre, Book Stores, Clothing Stores, and Craft Galleries. Smack dab in the centre… ground zero if you will… is the place where it all started, The Townehouse Tavern.

We have been your hosts of the best live entertainment for decades… on our stage you saw Sudbury’s first appearances of Nickelback, Our Lady Peace, Sloan, D.O.A., SNFU, Bedouin Soundclash, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, Alexisonfire, The Constantines, The Planet Smashers, The Salads, The Trews, Finger 11, Swollen Members, Philosopher Kings, Kardinall Ofishall, Choclair, Snow, The Tea Party, The Headstones, The Rheostatics, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Corb Lund, Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Slean, Oh Susanna, Damnhait Doyle, Yukon Blonde, The Wooden Sky, Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Jenn Grant… classic acts like Razor, Anvil, Nash the Slash, The Paul Collins Band, The Fleshtones, The Viletones, Jad Fair, Fishbone… We’ve had the members of Joe Strummer’s Mescalaros come and pay tribute to Joe after he passed… Jon Spencer came around with Heavy Trash, his post Blues Explosion band with The Sadies. Our house musicians put together several shows each year to pay tribute to the great moments in music… The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kinks, Memphis Soul, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Prince and more. We present Blues, Rock, Jazz, Indie, Underground, Funk, Outlaw Spacerock, Darkwave, Ska, Reggae, Punk, Noise, Folk, Bluegrass… anything!! We do it because filling your life with music is a good life.

The Townehouse Tavern is pleased to add a Vegan Menu to our regular restaurant items

Yes, we've got the best Burgers in the north. Did you know that now we can do most of our sauces as Vegan? We hunted down some great Vegan Hotdogs so now we can make fresh Vegan Corndogs for you, anytime of day... We have a selection of Vegan Cheeses... some from Daiya and some from the Kind Choice Food Co. in North Bay. We are making our Vegan Chili around the clock and giving you lots of Vegan options for Burgers, Salads, Appetizers... and even our desserts. Peruse... ask your server for the Vegan Menu. The food is not just kind to your insides... it's kind to the planet.

Coming in May

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.

 

Friday, April 27th - Bloodshot Bill - $10.00 at the door

"I'll tell you what this is... it's some kind of psychobilly freakout, that's what this is..." - Rev. Horton Heat - Watch the Video!!

Bloodshot Bill started in his hometown of Montreal around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board. Since then, he's had over 30 releases throughout Europe and North America. Touring constantly, he has collaborated with such acts as The 5.6.7.8.'s, Jon Spencer, King Khan, beat poet Charley Plymell, Mark Sultan, Deke Dickerson, and Shannon Shaw. Plays well with others but is known mostly for his One Man Band act. Joe Coleman once called him "a cross betwen Jimmie Rodgers & Popeye". He's been in a few movies too, usually playing himself.  Won FME's Coup De Coeur in 2007, and has more recently been a 3x-nominee for an Ameripolitan award. 


Saturday, April 28th - The Kinks Night - 10pm - $7.00 at the door

We haven't done this one in a while. One of the great bands of all time... during their 32 years together, they put out 28 studio albums plus a whole slew of live albums and singles and more. Our local ragtag bunch of heroes... Ryan, Dan, Pepper, Paul, Matt centre this band but we can usually count on a few other local musicians to come out and round off some of the many eras of this band. Last time we did the Kinks night, Mitch Houle came out with a couple gems from the Misfits and Low Budget albums... amazing!! The writing of Ray Davies and the amazing guitar work of Dave Davies always provided perfect counter points in this bands long history. We will try to cover as many years as possible... We will do all those songs that Wes Anderson loves from Lola VS Powerman... we'll hit the mid 60's Mod stuff... we'll get the early 60's proto-punk songs... we'll dip a little into the mid 80's return to form.

Thursday, May 3rd - Fortune Killers, Natalie Lynn - 10pm, $7.00 at the door

CKLU is proud to present...

Fortune Killers and Natalie Lynn
Live at The Townehouse Tavern
Thursday, May 3
$7

Fortune Killers
Put on your rocking pants and celebrate with indie/alt-rock outfit Fortune Killers as they launch their debut album Temper Temper across Canada.

Hailing from Victoria BC, Fortune Killers (formerly Isobel Trigger) strikes you with their dynamic synth-scapes and high-voltage performances. With exotic vocals, soaring lead lines, and heart-thumping grooves, the band weaves a musical web that pulls your hips into a sultry sway. The lovechild of Lana Del Ray and Metric, Fortune Killers make glitter and grit collide. Having just released their debut album Temper Temper, Rolling Stone calls them “one of Victoria’s best up-and-coming acts.”

Stream the album: hyperurl.co/tempertemper
Watch some videos: youtube.com/fortunekillers

Natalie Lynn
Connecting the dots between pop sensibilities, indie style, and rock fervour for a sound that is equal parts modern and nostalgic.

Listen to "Company": https://spoti.fi/2IiQOS6 

Tune into CKLU to win tickets and stay tuned for a live in studio acoustic performance by Fortune Killers!

Friday, May 4th - Kommissars, Nuisance, Skin Condition - $10.00 at the door

E.P. release show for KOMMISSARS II. May 4th, Townehouse. 

NUISANCE 
noise//synth

SKIN CONDITION
new punx//plug yr ears

KOMMISSARS
loud//quiet

Show at 11.
$10.
19+
Be nice to each other.

Friday, May 11th - Chuck Jackson with The Whiskey River Blues Band - $10 at the door - Doors 8:30pm

Downchild Blues Band's Front man Chuck Jackson joins us in Sudbury for a great evening of swinging blues and R&B. The veteran front man makes this annual trip up to Sudbury, singing a couple sets with our own veteran blues band The Whiskey River Blues Band. Doors open at 8:00pm. Music will start around 9:00pm with Chuck hitting the stage with Whiskey River around 10:00pm. Early start for music lovers!!

Saturday, May 19th - Road Waves - CD Release - $7.00 at the door

Since the conception of the band in 2014, Road Waves have been moving full steam ahead. With the release of an album [The Lighthouse] in 2015 and two Niagara Music Awards [‘Best New Group of the Year 2015’ and ‘Best Jazz Group 2015’] the band shows no signs of slowing down.

The unpretending nature of Road Waves makes it a challenging task to define the multi-genre group that’s equally comfortable playing a small DIY show as they are a top tier festival stage.  Touching on the roots of blues, rock, and jazz while playing from a perspective of mutual trust, their shows are exciting explorations of sonic presence built on a “Green Light” philosophy that says, “Don’t stop to think about the music, rather, feel it”.

Founded by Ji Sharp in 2014, the group is still young, their history short and sweet, yet they have already embarked on a West Coast Canadian tour, made a mark in their hometown of Niagara Falls, ON, and are gearing up for their 2018 tour which will see them supporting their second album release, “Red Sun Rising”.  Alongside Ji Sharp’s emotional vocals and soaring guitar, Don Letourneau melodically operates layers of keyboards over a fierce rhythm section consisting of the bold drum beats of Matt Maxwell and Yo Izumita’s massive bass grooves.

They are true believers in the power of unity and work tirelessly to keep their tight-knit community sustainable.  The synergy with their audience is apparent from the start, and each time a song is played, it grows and develops as a better version of itself – very much like the living being that is music.  Let’s not stop to talk about the music but, rather, listen and feel it.

Friday, June 1st - Ryan McNally + Guests - $10.00 at the door 10pm

Whether he's playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, he can't be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music. This led him to spending a winter in New Orleans where he wrote the majority of the material featured on Steppin’ Down South. This album is saturated with the sounds and rhythm of New Orleans streets.

Steppin’ Down South captures the sound of hillbilly blues and jug band jazz. Recorded live off the floor by Bob Hamilton at Old Crow Studios in Whitehorse, Yukon. With Patrick Hamiltonon banjo, kick drum and vocals. Kieran Poile on fiddle, Justin Rubenstein doubling on trombone and trumpet and Christian Leclerc on tuba. Ryan McNally’s genuine style and performance is a breath of fresh air.

McNally was raised in rural Quebec, south of Montreal along the U.S. boarder. He began pursuing music at the age of ten when he first picked up the guitar. In his late teens and early twenties he would seek out musicians he would hear at cafes and bars for lessons in finger style blues. He continues to work in studying with teachers into his schedule while he is performing on the road.

Currently McNally is experimenting with scoring music to films as well as musical direction for theater. All while keeping up a busy solo career and a steady touring schedule.

 

Friday, June 15th - Madchild - Tickets on Sale soon.

Saturday, September 29th - Great Lake Swimmers - $15.00 + tax/ advance and online... $20.00 at the door. 9:00pm doors.

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.

Sunday, September 30th - Dear Rouge + Guests - $20.00 + tax/ adv and online.

Tickets - https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/ dear-rouge-tickets-45724939 525

VIP Ticket options
Phase One - $34.99
Ticket
Tour T-shirt
Digital Download of Phases (Hi-Res)

Phase Two - $54.99
Ticket
Phases VIP Tour Laminate
Exclusive tour t-shirt designed by Danielle
Pre-Signed Phases Tour Poster
Dear Rouge Custom Bag
Unreleased Phases Demo’s & B sides Download Link
Digital Download of Phases (Hi-Res)

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.