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.
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.
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 Alanna Negusanti
For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883
For Band Booking, Special Events information... contact Paul Loewenberg
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. No Cover.
January 7th – Stephanie Fyfe – legacy to a family that has been providing music to Sudbury for 30 years. Steph breaks the blues and busts the ballads. A remarkable voice for folk, blues, R&B, rock and hard rock.
January 14th – Richard Foers – has long been a solo player in the city along with being one of our more respected instrument repair techs and music teachers. He’s got a smooth voice and a perfect simple guitar style honed in many years of teaching and playing.
January 21st – Sam, Jon and Barry – Three of the rogues behind the machine we all know as Murder Murder. They play old hurtin’ country ballads, a few brawlers and music that will remind you to call your mom.
January 28th – Paul DiSalle – he’s been rocking the city for the last ten years but has also racked up a number of quiet beautiful songs in his list as well as written a bunch of great songs. This will be another side of Paul you don’t get to see when he is blowing the roof off with the Terminators.
After a busy week, there is nothing better for the soul than to sing with friends... join us for the Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch from 2-5pm each Sunday. We'll sing old timey songs, songs of freedom, old blues, country heartbreakers, maybe a few boozers... songs of joy, songs of redemption. Make your life one full of song. We started the new season on January 3rd and should continue through most Sundays until the summer. There will be a few holidays and such that we can't come out, but stay tuned to our Facebook page and we'll try to keep you up to date.
Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.
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.
As of October 15th, Sidewalk patios disappear for the season. This means you do NOT take your beverage with you to go outside. Of course, if you are at the Laughing Buddha you may still take your beverage out on the Buddha Patios since they are on premise, but you still can't smoke out there... These are the rules.
Welcome to 2016. This is the monthly Calendar for The Townehouse Tavern. We’ve got a bunch of things happening this month, organization wise, so keep your eyes peeled here for the details. The first thing to point out is that all of our acoustic, weeknight gigs are moving up in time. Now you can see live music Sunday through Wednesday from 9pm to midnight. This is in addition to all sorts of Winter Deals that are being rolled out now and will go through the spring.
The Townehouse Tavern is your host of great live music everyday. So far we are working nine gigs a week when you factor 7 nights of players, Thursday dinners and Sunday Bluegrass Brunch. We have been your host of live music for 25 years!! That’s right, 1991, the year that the underground scene became mainstream… That’s the ground floor that The Townehouse was on. We beat the release of Nirvana Nevermind by 5 months. That was the year that everything changed for music. Post punk, alternative rock, roots rock, everything came one step closer to mass culture. In the next years, as the Internet circled the globe and the information superhighway went from 2 lanes to 16, music went along for the ride. Everyone with a computer could become a collector and gather an encyclopedic knowledge of music history without having to spend hours flipping through dusty bins in stores across the country.
The newer evolution of The Townehouse is that we are also the favourite Burger joint in the north. We use only fresh local ground beef for our Burgers. For Vegetarians we have excellent Roasted Portobello Burgers and our hand made Beet and Hemp Burgers. All of our signature burgers come with a generous portion of local, fresh cut French Fries with a choice of home made dipping sauce, or a hearty salad. Over the next couple weeks we are rolling out some new configurations such as a Sunday Slider Platter special and a platter of delicious appetizers Special one night a week… A Tuesday night Date Night special. All of this is in addition to our daily special of Domestic bottled beer from 4pm-7pm and FREE POOL everyday from noon to 7pm.
Now, let’s talk about the music. We have all sorts of stuff coming through and great local music to showcase every night and great bands every weekend!!
Thursday, January 7th – Dwayne Trudeau and Chris Dardick - $5.00 at the door
Genuine backwater blues. Dwayne hails from Manitoulin but he is steeped in Delta Blues and Chicago Blues. With the addition of Chris on drums, the duo takes on a Hound Dog Taylor vibe that will keep you riveted for the night.
Friday, January 8th – The Barry Miles Band - $7.00 at the door
It’s a Murder Murder thing. Barry has been a full time member of Murder Murder for the past year but still has a solo record in him that hasn’t been absorbed by the ever popular “Bloodgrass” band. With Murder Murder on their winter break, we get to see the guys have fun and let their Banjo and Guitar man take the front for the evening. Same fun plus a few favourite old time country and roots rock songs thrown in to keep the party atmosphere going.
Saturday, January 9th – Billy John and the Dirty Dozen - $7.00 at the door
This has become an annual gig for Billy John now… it’s around his birthday and he’s got some rare time off of work. He assembles a ragtag bunch of rogue musicians from around the city to play a night of his favourites. He’s got family on stage, plus Raspberryman on Guitar, JP and Duncan on Fiddles, Richard Mende on Mandolin, Kevin on drums and percussion, Marco on Banjo, Paul on Bass, Matt Foy on Washboard, Vic Therieault on Harps.
The songs will range from old traditional bluegrass to Johnny Cash, Elvis, Paul Simon. There will be blistering harp solos, tag team fiddles, drunken bravado and maybe even a tender ballad. The core of this band will be back on March 17th for the annual St. Patrick’s day bash so we’ll save most of the Irish stuff for March.
Thursday, January 14th – The Metis w/ Guests - $7.00 at the door
Friday, January 15th – Big Z and Me - $7.00 at the door
Spence and Zach come out for a mid winter bash through their favourite tunes. While we wait for the next round of Carden Cove shows, Spence takes a night to have some fun with some of his favourite music. It’s a good thing that his favourite is a lot of your favourite as well. Aside from The Strokes, Black Keys and White Stripes, we’ll hear a bunch of random rock and roll songs from the dusty cobwebbed corners of Zach and Spencers shared brain. Bring your dancing shoes.
Saturday, January 16th – Cecile Doo-Kingue Trio - $10.00 at the door
An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.
Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.
June 2010, Cecile released her debut solo album Freedom Calling to critical acclaim. In 2011, CBC commissions Doo-Kingué to write Home, a song on immigration. Gris, released in 2012, also praised by press and music lovers alike, earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Franocphone Songwriting. Doo-Kingué has toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp and genuine banter with her audience.
February 2015, Doo-Kingué releases her third solo album Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live).
Tuesday, January 19th – Modern Space - $7.00 at the door – 8:00pm doors
On their way out west to meet The Arkells on tour, Modern Space makes their Townehouse debut. Modern Space is a 5 piece Toronto based band. The group, consisting of members Sean Watson Graham (vocals) Sam Arion (guitar), Alex Laurie (guitar), Cody Steele (bass) and Tay Ewart (drums) formed in 2014. The band brings an explosive bombast to their live shows, and are eager to deliver that kind of intensity across Canada. Graham says, “I’m really into a lot of beatnik poets and writers, and they’re about hitting the road, and then taking a moment to reflect and write about those experiences, and that’s what I want to do.” In creating their yet to be titled debut the group worked with producer Tawgs Salter (Lights, Walk Off the Earth, Scott Helman, USS). Modern Space has recently signed with Warner Music Canada, and will be releasing their debut EP later this year.
Thursday, January 21st – Hugh Jazz - $7.00 at the door
Sudbury’s newly retooled Gypsy Jazz combo returns to the Townehouse for a sweet evening of Paris Hot Jazz. Since they last played here they have added Will Himsl on vocals to bring out the performance of these great musicians.
Friday, January 22nd – The Pixo Control - $7.00 at the door
The Pixo Control is a band from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario formed by songwriter Michael Mikus in October of 2013. Rock n roll is the honest thing to call it, but the music isn’t trying to be anything specific. The Pixo Control is more like a vehicle of expression. It’s nothing but a name given to a group of friends whose goal is to make ears happy in any way possible.
Mikus explains, “I started this band because my favourite thing to do is write songs, and I needed to make them louder”. That is when drummer Keeghan Rosso and bassist Dustin Goodall joined to help glue the sound of the band together in a way that one man couldn’t do on his own. “At the core, this record is about disappointment. We called it Probably Not because it was a phrase that kept coming up in all situations.”
“I’d question the possibility of something good happening, and 9/10 times I’d end up with an answer like ‘meh, probably not’. And that’s really fitting for how I felt while writing these songs.”
Saturday, January 23rd – Whiskey River Blues Band - $7.00 at the door
Always a pleasure to catch up with these cats. Tom has a few records out of great Blues and R&B. Here’s the official words… Tommy Fyfe has been communicating with loyal blues fans and converting new disciples around Ontario for the last twenty years.From small acoustic lounges to crowds of thousands at outdoor festivals Tommy Fyfe and The Whiskey River Blues Band's vast repertoire of great grooves draw people in and keeps them moving.Tom has opened for and played on stage with many great bluesmen from Downchild to Dutch Mason, Maurice John Vaughn, Michael Pickett, and Jack de Keyzer.
Dr. Tom's Blues Tonic, a cd of nine original tunes has been very well recieved, has air time on a growing number of blues radio programs and demonstrates the versatility and passion of this multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Chosen as one of six finalists for the Toronto Blues Society's Canada Wide Talent Search, the band lays it down and keeps the whole venue cookin' Tommy has a brand new CD out entitled From The Porch - Acoustic Blues which features seven new originals and six traditional covers from the twenties and thirties.Tommy's daughter Stephanie sings backup vocals and performs her rendition of Leadbelly's classic Where Did You Sleep.Be sure to check out the CD or catch the father daughter duo coming to a venue near you.
"Tommy Fyfe rocks the blues the way they were meant to be rocked. A versatile, high energy guitar riffer and expressive vocalist, Mr. Fyfe connects with blues audiences in their ears and in their feet.When Tom Fyfe and his band are on stage, prepare for a rock solid good time!"- Jack De Keyzer.
Thursday, January 28th – The Townehouse Variety Hour - $7.00 at the door
The open stage and variety show rides again. Get in touch with us at email@example.com or email Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming out for the open stage. You can leave it till the last minute and just show up with your guitar, but be warned that some of these nights do fill up in advance. We also have some folks come out to do experimental music, stand-up comedy and spoken word along with the up and coming musicians and a few regulars that are out to try out some new material on a friendly crowd.
The hosts turn it the evening into a variety show with a little bit of sketch comedy, the occasional eating contest and once a white brief arm wrestling contest. You just have to show up and see what strange things will become of the evening.
Friday, January 29th – La Nuit Le Vellier – cover at the door
Saturday, January 30th – Frontline - $7.00 at the door
Paul DiSalle was going to come in with The Terminators tonight but wanted to get out with Frontline and stretch their legs a little. Frontline has been staple in the community for many years with veteran musicians joining in to play their favourites of all time. Perfect for a Saturday night in January to heat up and dance with some of Sudbury’s finest ace musicians.
Friday, February 5th – House of David Gang presents The Bob Marley Birthday Tribute - $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.
House of David returns for this annual Bob Marley Birthday Party. Celebrating the life of Robert Nesta Marley, Feb 6th, 1945, passed in 1981 at the height of his career after developing a rare cancer. House of David celebrates the early ska years through the megahits of Bob’s career. Some they do pretty faithful to the original records and some they really just put their own groove on it. This night sold out last year, so don’t hesitate in getting your spot on the dance floor.
Saturday, February 6th – Alun Piggins and Fine Tailored Goods - $7.00 at the door
Anti-folk/rock troubadour, writing life that haunts neon-lit doorways and threadbare rooms. A musical disciple of Howlin' Wolf and Crazy Horse, honing a blend of post-punk folk in bars from Saskatoon to Shanghai, Montreal to Moscow, and Halifax to Helsinki. Fiercely independent and one of the hardest-working Canadian musicians around with over 20 years of Replacements-inspired scrappy club shows notched into his Telecaster.
Alun Piggins has entrenched himself in the business as a fearless self-starter, writing, producing, and engineering releases on his own label, Moldy Floor Records. His international focus has taken him across Canada and the US, China, Russia, Finland, and the UK. And his impassioned songwriting and guitar-shredding performances have won him audiences across all genres. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from Fugazi to Peter Case. Cleaning Women (Finnish avant-garde techno) to Be Good Tanyas. Cat Power to Fred Eaglesmith.
Travelling comes as second nature and butts up to the seedier side of B bars and social disparity. Walking through the slums of Shanghai. Singing Red Army Blues at a house concert in a run-down Russian apartment. Passing a beer-soaked guitar back and forth with Cui Jian (China's godfather of rock) at 5 a.m. after a gig in Beijing.
Channel-surfing live TV war from a basement bar. Snapshots of the underbelly of home and abroad that inform the songs with an incisive fly-on-the-wall perspective. "At War with the Elephants" is the latest release in a solo discography that includes 3 albums and 2 EPs, in addition to 3 albums with '90s thrash/folk band The Morganfields.
Alun has also engineered and produced albums for other artists such as The Rheostatics, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Stephen Stanley (TLOTL), among others.
Saturday, February 13th – NLFB Presents – The David Bowie Night - $10.00 at the door
I’m re-writing the description of this night now, sadly. Another of our musical heroes has departed the mortal coil. Tonight we gather to celebrate the music of David Bowie. The Townehouse house musicians will put together a night of the rock chameleon’s greatest songs, greatest hits and introduce you to the depth of the catalog on this prince of pop.
From his work with Mod bands in the mid-60’s, through his masterpieces, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladin Sane, Diamond Dogs to his pivotal work with Brian Eno and the pop music of the 80’s to the return to experimental sounds of the new milleneum, David Bowie was fearless. If you are a Bowie fan you were always along for the ride, knowing that he wouldn’t repeat himself and knowing that he would unlock new doors for you.
The musicians are doing it for the love tonight. Any funds raised are being donated to the Northern Lights Festival Boreal this evening… so that means if you attend this evening, you will also enter a draw for tickets for the summer festival and also be able to buy some Festival swag from previous years and a bunch of the merch that we have that goes from year to year. You’ll be able to go through some crates of CD’s for purchase as well. All proceeds go right back into bringing more incredible music into this city.