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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 7:00pm. New Early Start!

Starting October 17th... Hugh Jazz will be starting earlier... we will kick off the Gypsy Jazz portion just after dinner and then get rowdier after 9pm. 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 7:30 PM.

Pass the Hat. A $7.50 donation to the band is suggested. See you there!!!

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are continuing ...

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.

Farewell to summer

The patio is going away for the winter... sad but true. A reminder that Alcohol can no longer go outside on the sidewalk. Leave it inside if you must go outside to smoke.

Legalization of Cannabis

As of October 17th, The Caanbis Act will start to roll out across the country. Inside the restaurant, in this licensed establishment, it changes nothing. You still have to go outside to smoke. You still have to go outside to vape.

Tuesday Night Trivia

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...

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            The Townehouse Tavern has, for the last 28 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.

Earlier shows and Late night DJ's!!

We have been edging toward this for a few years... first we said ALL the weeknight ticket concerts would start at 8pm... They have been working great... last fall we had great bands like Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Tom Wilson, Stiff Little Fingers and The Mahones all with the doors opening at 8pm. Doors open at 8pm, first act will come on at 9:00pm or maybe 8:30pm. Headliner will come on around 10:30pm... we wrap up by midnight... and a DJ comes on and spins for a couple hours to the late night folks. It's the trend in the music business all over the country. Early doors, early shows, late night DJ's.

Every Friday and Saturday. Doors 8:00pm. Bands from 8:30pm to 12:00am. DJ after party... STARTING MARCH 1ST.

Maybe we will even try something on the Thursdays and Sundays too for all you hard workers around the city that only get to come out after the weekend is over or before the weekend begins.

This is the call I put out for DJ's... people who can spin a wide range of music from Classic R&B/ soul/ funk... early to mid-history hip hop... Gmaster Flash, Run DMC, Wu-Tang, a bit of Punk, proto-punk, new wave, modern garage (from Television to TV on the Radio, from Stooges to Pixies)... a splash of modern dance... maybe Bruno Mars and stuff that Ronson does, but not necessarily JayZ stuff... Someone who can make sense of spinning 50's doo-wop in between Missy Elliott and Curtis Mayfield... a little Blue-Eyed Soul and British Invasion, with a knowledge of Canadian and local music... to encourage and provide soundtrack to a safe and positive space, gender balanced and diverse ages.

EXCEPTIONS: Sometimes WE ARE the afterparty to another event... NLFB Bloom 19... March 8-10, La Nuit Sur L'etang - March 22, Stack Microbrew Festival - March 23rd, Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards - May 25th, Nickel Pop Festival - June 21, 22, Northern Lights Festival Boreal - July 4-7, Elgin Street Craft Beer Fest - Aug 9-10, UP HERE Festival - August 16-17... so there will be times that we run bands right until 2:00am... but for the most part... book your babysitter for 8-12!!

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Friday, February 1st - The Bad Hombres - $7.00 at the door

The Hombres return for another kick at 2019. Join the caravan of love coming to your town with your favourite songs. Don Kunto, Steve Joncas and Spencer Jose mix it up between alot of fun old songs and a new mix of indie rock from the likes of Black Keys, White Stripes, Father John Misty and much more.

Saturday, February 2nd, Bob Marley Tribute with House of David Gang. $10 advance tix + tax... $15.00 at the door.... or $10.00 at the door with a donation to the Sudbury Food Bank. Donation Boxes available.. Tickets HERE

There are very few parties each year that are this fun. Celebrate the life of the prolific singer and Rasta warrior, Robert Nesta Marley. Bob helped to show the world the spirit of Reggae music and it’s power to call for peace and unity. His death at 36 years old was far too young but we have so much of him to remember from the early Ska years and Studio One recordings with the original Wailers, Peter and Bunny, through the years of worldwide tours and international acclaim. Come celebrate the great songs of Bob Marley at our annual tribute hosted skilfully by the House of David Gang Reggae Band.

House of David Gang is Canada's busiest touring reggae band. Rooted in the timeless tradition of Jamaican roots reggae from the 70s and early 80s as embodied by the immortal Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer; House of David Gang adds a potent mix of jazz, funk and afrobeat to create a true global reggae orchestra.

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Friday, February 8th - Pacer, Supertoke, Portraitures - 10pm, $10 at the door

Pacer (Toronto Rock and Roll)
https://pacerto.bandcamp.com

Supertoke (Sudbury Surf Madness)
https://supertoke.bandcamp.com/

Portraitures (FIRST SHOW)
https://portraitures.bandcamp.com/


Doors will open at 10:00 pm. Music will play at 11:00 pm.
The show costs ten dollars.
The event is 19+.
Acts of dance and passion are encouraged but not mandatory.

Saturday, Feb 9th - Johnny and the Terminators - $7.00 at the door, 10pm

Great rock and roll, Rhythm and Blues and Soul music power trio. Paul DiSalle has been leading Johnny and the Terminators for over 10 years. One of the city's most explosive guitarists. The DiSalle family name has been synonymous with great music in this city going back 3 generations... more than 70 years.

Whether they are doing a spot on take on Stevie Ray Vaughan or a great interpretation of classic soul and Motown, the Terminators rock it with energy. Like Vanilla Fudge covering Stevie Wonder... this is a powerhouse trio that keeps it lean and keeps you dancing.

Many are starting reading week here... so whether you are coming into town or getting ready to leave... we have planned you a perfect Aloha.

Thursday, February 14th - $5.00 at the door. Open Stage. 9PM.

No cover if you are playing. This is your chance to get noticed.

Once a month, The Townehouse Tavern hosts an open stage night for all artists to come out and play. Whether you are trying out new stuff... working on a new band... trying out a new band member... or just met at the bar and said to each other... let's go jam a couple songs!! The night is hosted by Mitchell Smith. If you know in advance you are coming... send him a message so he can begin slotting you.

Friday, February 15th - Voice Thief - $7.00 at the door

Picking up speed on the scene, Voice Thief has made a regular impression on the downtown in the last couple of months. You can catch them every couple of weeks at one of Downtown's favourites... Tonight, we snag them for a couple sets of "Butter Funk". Check out this little clip here...

https://www.facebook.com/429267564219196/videos/1940970795962786/


The members are great players and scene makers... Butter Funk Grooves
Kelly Perras - Vocals
Benjamin Guido -Keys
Andre Plante - Guitars
John McDonald - Basses
Drew Vendetti - Drums

Friday, February 22nd - Desert Therapy, Mebus, Northern Rage - $7.00 at the door - 10PM

Desert Therapy: final band of the night will deliver your therapy with some kick ass tunes that will surely result in a mosh pit.

Mebus: a psychadelic rock band with that famous 70s groove we all miss, and the creativity thats clearly sparked from a few trips.

Northern Rage: this two piece band will surprise the shit out of you. These guys are metal as hell and are highly talented.

ADMISSION: $7 at the door.

Merchandise will be sold at this event.

Bands start playing at 11pm.

Saturday, February 23rd - the Country Casanovas - $10.00 at the door - 10pm.

A cross section of toronto players have assembled into this outlaw country all-star band... destined for greatness. Slick like Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, as down to earth as Willie Nelson... steeped in tradition but still punching their way forward. Old members of Tarantuela and more!

Thursday, February 28th - Uke and Roots night - Madison Lindala, Margaret Mouth and Helena Cheu - 9:00pm start!!

Margaret Mouth : Bringing you a mix of old school blues with new school hues, a Sudbury lover with a couple of covers, and new material from solo adventures all over the North. Some good, some bad and some ugly puns intermingled with melodic story telling in between - what more could a heart want from a stripped down acoustic show?

Friday, March 1st - TooNice Reggae Band - $7.00 at the door, 8pm

Under the influence of jamaican roots reggae, British Ska and SoCal, TooNice brings you the non stop dancin and skankin music of the Canadian Shield! 
Fresh and refreshed reggae and ska at it's finest!

Sudbury has had a long history of revering this Jamaican distillation of Louisiana Rhythm and Blues and their own traditional Mento music. From The Marketville Riot in the late 60's to Jocko Chartrand in the 70's to Vic and the Meat Kings, The Smokers in the 90's and Mondo Idols and Common Dread in the 2000's, Sudbury has always had it's fair obsession with this Island groove. Of course we have always had a great Jamaican population in Sudbury since Independence so we have always had easy access to the records. Toonice comes up from Wasaga Beach about once or twice a year and lays out a great dance party. Bring a friend and find out what everyone has been dancing about for 60 years.

Sunday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day!!! ... 2 shows... 6pm and 10pm...

Billy John and the Irish Wake - $10.00 at the door - 10pm.

Traditional Dinner 6pm - 6 piece traditional band... $20.00 with food... or $10 for the band and order your own dinner...

Yes, another year for this squad to hold court over St. Pats in Sudbury. The Irish Wake are something of a steamroller of Pogues energy and the sweetness of Great Big Sea and Stan Rogers. From Traditional fiddle tunes of Quebec, Ireland, Cape Breton to floor stompin drinking tales from the Dubliners, the Irish Rovers, The Pogues and much more... This is as lively as a wake ever gets.

The dinner portion will feature a more traditional Irish set... more Dubliners and fiddle tunes and some old sea shantys.

The band will play play a couple sets through the evening. Come early, come late... it's up to you. The Early show will be a little more kid friendly. it will all be for dancing. Please, if you do drink, drink responsibly.

Friday, March 29th - The Wooden Sky w/ Casper Skulls - $15 adv + tax, $20 at the door

Swimming in Strange Waters is The Wooden Sky’s fifth album.  The Indie Rock band has been a favourite across Canada for the last 10 years. The band (made up of Gardiner, multi-instrumentalists Simon Walker and Andrew Wyatt, violinist Edwin Huizinga and drummer Andrew Kekewich) started writing and recording demos in a small farmhouse in rural Quebec in January 2015, but then put them aside as they embarked on a year-long tour in support of their previous album, Let’s Be Ready. When they resumed work on the album in March 2016, Gardiner says the band caught a severe case of “demoitis”, a condition wherein “you fall in love with the scrappiness of the demos.” So rather than completely re-working them, they decided to record the album in the same way as the demos: in Gardiner’s home studio, using old tape machines and live off the floor.

The resulting album is a sonic maelstrom that sees the band exploring unchartered waters, where textural psychedelia inspired by the Paisley Underground movement melds into quiet, acoustic cyclical guitar melodies, before once again transforming into a bombastic, Johnny Cash-esque rally against the XL Keystone pipeline in Canada. While Let’s Be Ready found the Wooden Sky writing a pure “rock and roll” album, Swimming in Strange Waters sees the band experimenting once again. “I feel like we’re back on track,” says Gardiner.

On every album, the Wooden Sky’s aim is to somehow capture the band’s live performance, to compress that adrenalin and vigour into a collection of songs that’ll inevitably be played through headphones and crappy computer speakers. It’s a tall order, considering the Wooden Sky has become known for both high-energy, sold-out rock shows and their charming, unconventional pop-up gigs – like 2014's series of three acoustic record store sets in three hours, where they biked to each shop with instruments slung over their backs.

Swimming in Strange Waters marks the closest the band has ever got to this coveted goal. To achieve that energy, Gardiner had to let go of any insecurities and garner new confidence, part of which he found after speaking with an opera singer friend and working with legendary producer, Angello, and part of which came from encapsulating that energy himself.

Casper Skulls

Casper Skulls was formed in 2015 by Neil Bednis and Melanie St-Pierre, musicians and romantic partners from Sudbury who moved to the Toronto area when St-Pierre started studying art and design at Sheridan College. They added bassist Fraser McClean and drummer Chris Anthony, and began performing in Toronto venues. In 2016 they signed with Buzz Records and released their debut EP Lips & Skull.

In 2017, Casper Skulls performed at the River & Sky festival and co-headlined our New Year concert at The Townehouse Tavern. That year they released their full-length debut album Mercy Works in 2017. During their tour to support the album, they were involved in a vehicle collision en route to SXSW, and launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist in paying for a new tour van. The band members themselves were uninjured, and were able to get to Austin to perform their scheduled set.