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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 this summer

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.

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...

 

 

Friday, August 3rd - The Therapists, Devil in the Disco, Millenial Bug - $7.00 at the door - 10pm.

The Therapists
Wicked wild sexy psychedelia freaks The Therapists are back to make a huge mess and have the sweaty summer night a little hotter and trippier. If youve never seen this act, get to it before one of them dies 

Devil In The Disco
This band contains parts of Satans Sugar Band, Crone Of War and 1 whole Gully. Clearly something amazing to behold and experience and survive


Milennial Bugg
This band is channelling some Space Bugg and seem to be fun to listen to on drugs. They will fit right in with the rest of the freakshow lineup. Come be experienced 

9pm doors. 10pm start 

19+

7$ at the door!

Saturday, August 4th - Spencer Jose, Mitchell Smith - $5.00 at the door 10pm

Spend a relaxing holiday weekend night with the pirates... sing your favourite songs... keep your long weekend as chill as possible.

Sunday, August 5th - Perpetual War Machine, Cruze the Vistas, Mitchell Smith - $7.00 at the door - 10pm.

Perpetual War Machine - Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Gangrene Grunge
Politics, in your face hard rock and rollers whispering about things you shouldn't talk about. This is their first true show at the Townehouse. 
https://perpetualwarmachine.bandcamp.com/

CRUZE THE VISTAS (Formerly Obsidian) - Psychedelic Atmospheric Melodic Rock and Roll.
Face melting guitar riffs and atmospheric solos by Devon Moulton and Jacob Tyler (Drums). Psychedelic smooth yet dirty rock and roll straight from the vistas. If you haven't seen them before don't miss this chance, they will take you places you haven't yet been.
Come out and party with Devon, it's his birthday!
http://www.reverbnation.com/chronicmeltdown


Mitchell Smith - Acoustic Folk, Ballad Master Extravaganzer 
Mitchell Smith brings back the golden years of music with folk and harmonicas. If you are a fan of Neil Young or Robert Zimmerman, this guy will take you back to the basics with vulnerability, meaning and purpose.
https://jamessmith4.bandcamp.com/

Doors @ 10 PM

Tuesday, August 7th - Dana Sipos, Jennifer Holub - 9:30pm (after Trivia) - pass the hat

Join local magic/music-maker Jennifer Holub with Dana Sipos for some post-trivia, get-ya-where-you-need-it, Tuesday evening folk music at the Townehouse tavern!

www.jenniferholub.com I www.danasipos.com

Friday, August 10th - The Tom Petty Night 10:30pm - Taco Fiesta FAREWELL - outside - 8pm, $10 at the door

It's the night before the Craft Beer Festival. We will have the street all set up and ready to go for the Beer Festival the next day. We're going to have a little fun with the larger patio area on Friday... set-up a huge BEER PONG game... Giant Jenga... a wall sized Plinko game... come out after 8pm and play on our patio before we have 1000 jammed in for Beer Fest.

Taco Fiesta is a band that has been a favourite of Sudbury for the last two years. They have come to a crossroads as a band and have decided to play one last gig before heading in some separate directions... This is it. one last blast... We already had the Tom Petty night set-up but with the Beer Festival Street all set up... we thought we should have Taco Fiesta play their last show at The Townehouse in style. They will play all the favourites on the outdoor BeerFest stage on Grey Street at 9:00pm. Then we will go inside for The Tom Petty Night starring Don Kunto, Kelly Perras and Tommy Commy.

The Tom Petty Night knocked it out of the park when they played last year just after the passing of Petty. This favourite singer gave so many good records, it ended up being very difficult to whittle it down to 3 sets... All the classics... Refugee, The Waiting, all the Full Moon Fever stuff... his late career resurgance. Tom Petty was one of those rare artists that figured how to keep on writing catchy songs, 35 years into his career. An all star line-up of Sudbury players comes tongether for this annual celebration of one of music's great pop legacies. Be here!

Saturday, August 11th - 6th annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival - $25.00 advance on sale now...

Brewers, Distillers, Importers, Distributors and enthusiasts from across the province and beyond set up to sample craft beverages of all types. Over 20 vendors, ciders and wine and two stages of live music going all day long! 

Over the past 20 years, The Craft Beer Industry has experienced a revolution of tastes. While millions certainly enjoy the crisp and clean tastes of major brewers, there is a growing voracious craft beer market. This goes hand in hand with The Townehouse and The Laughing Buddha, we are constantly pushing boundaries with Music, Food, and Beverage, and challenge you to try new things. 

Since the beginning of the Craft Beer Festival 6 years ago, the craft beer market across the country has grown exponentially. We have access to world class beer and can`t wait to share them, along with great music and awesome food! 

You can buy your tickets here online, or at the Laughing Buddha and Townehouse Tavern. 

Friday August 10th: Friday Night Street Party (Grey St. and part of Elgin St. close for one hell of a party... Giant Jenga, Life sized Beer Pong... Games from 8pm-10pm - Tom Petty Tribute inside at 10pm.) 
Saturday August 11th: Beerfest

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elgin-street-craft-beer-festival-2018-tickets-47148075162

UP HERE 4 - August 17-19 - All over Downtown Sudbury...

Friday, August 17th - Ocean City Defender - 5pm-7pm - FREE

The RBC Northern Series presents some of the best acts from Northern Ontario in intimate settings between 5 and 7 pm.

OCEAN CITY DEFENDER
Ocean City Defender is a synthpop duo comprised of multi-instrumentalists K. Preston Merkley and Robin Moss that creates lush, tightly-crafted,‘80s-inspired electro-pop with a distinctly 21st century shimmer. Their highly emotive and danceable synth pop speaks of dreams, love, and memory. Perhaps it’s this fusion of human sentiment and technology that has subsequently lead to his contributions to video game scores. 

FREE!
Thanks RBC!

UP HERE
Up Here is an urban art & emerging music festival in weird and wonderful downtown Sudbury that takes place from August 17-19. Follow Up Here festival, RSVP Up Here 4

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OCEAN CITY DEFENDER
Ocean City Defender est un duo synthpop composé des multi-instrumentalistes K. Preston Merkley et Robin Moss, créateurs d'électropop luxuriante bien-ficelée qui fait un clin d'oeil aux années 80s tout étant distinctement 21e siècle. Leur synthpop dansante et émotive chante les rêves, l'amour et les souvenirs. C'est peut-être cette fusion de sentiments humains et de technologie qui 'a mené à contribuer à des bandes sonores de jeux vidéos.

GRATUIT!
Merci RBC!

UP HERE
Up Here est un festival d'art public et de musique émergente dans l'étrange ville de Sudbury, Ontario qui a lieu du 17-19 août. Suivez: Up Here festival et RSVP: Up Here 4

Friday, August 17th - Mauno, Victime, Boyhood - Up Here 4 - tickets at door or UP HERE passport! 10pm

A merry-go-round of twisted grunge-pop, acid-punk and heartbreak. Presented by Stack Brewing.

MAUNO
Mauno (pronounced Mao-no) is ironically named after bassist/vocalist Eliza Niemi’s completely unmusical Finnish grandfather. They have a wandering sound that refuses to be pinned down. They strayed from twisting grunge-pop to raw, guttural, emotional punches. Their tales of botched romance and misdirected dreams play out above a bed of crunchy guitars and crashing cymbals. They’re charming af.

VICTIME
Acid-punk on a bed of ‘90s nostalgia. It’s discordant, wild, and probably what it feels like to get hit by lightning. Their noisy dance-punk madness shifts from fast-paced, punchy percussion to slow, carnivalesque electronic noise all filled out with some serious Riot grrrl vocals (but en français).

Boyhood
When Caylie Runciman started calling herself Boyhood, it was a nod to childhood nostalgia. Tough-kid guitar grit and deadpan verses give way to whimsical synth lines and delicate harmonies. But like an off-kilter merry-go-round, or a candy shop in a seedy part of town, there’s a shady layer to Runciman’s perfect pop. Her black magic is raw, equal parts ecstasy and heartbreak. In amongst the bright colours, there’s the joy and the pain in knowing what it means to grow up.

TICKETS
$15 advance / $20 at the door

UP HERE
Up Here is an urban art & emerging music festival in weird and wonderful downtown Sudbury that takes place from August 17-19. Follow Up Here festival, RSVP Up Here 4.

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MAUNO
Depuis sa création, Mauno a un son errant qui refuse d'être épinglé. L’ambiance du piano et de la brume des cordes, en partie inspirée par le violoncelle du rock progressif, évoque un punch brut, guttural et émotionnel. Ses pistes mettent en lumière des histoires de romance bâclée et de rêves mal dirigés, le tout joué au-dessus d’un lit de guitares craquantes et de cymbales qui s'écrasent.

VICTIME
Bercées par Sonic Youth et allaitées par les têtes de proues de Riot grrrl comme Bikini Kill et Le Tigre, le trio VICTIME construit un nouveau acid-punk sur des bases noise 90’s. Avec leur touche dodécaphonique ces têtes fortes mettent de la fougue dans l’ordinaire. 

BOYHOOD
Le pseudonyme Boyhood fait référence à la nostalgie collective de l'enfance. Tel le coin des bonbons du dépanneur d’un quartier malfamé, ses lignes fantaisistes de synthé et ses harmonies délicates sont teintées d’une ombre. Une force électro mystérieuse qui oscille entre l'ecstasy et la douleur, laissant en bouche un arrière-goût doux-amer.

BILLETS
15$ avance, 20$ à la porte

UP HERE
Up Here est un festival d'art public et de musique émergente dans l'étrange ville de Sudbury, Ontario qui a lieu du 17-19 août. Suivez: Up Here festival et RSVP: Up Here 4.

Saturday, August 18th - Chandra, Bleu Nuit, TV Freaks - 10pm doors

A night of weirdo punk with New York's no-wave legend Chandra and the post-punk of Montréal's Bleu Nuit. Presented by Stack Brewing.

CHANDRA
A child of the NYC underground art scene, Chandra Oppenheim showed musical promise at 7, and recorded music from 1980’s cult no-wave Transportation EP that same year when she was just 12. Completely in step with the Dadaist/minimalist impulses of the New York no wave scene of the day, this album launched the post-punk pre-teen’s career which continues today. Transportation was reissued in 2014 and Chandra now revisits the music she wrote as a child, reworking it for her growing audience, with the help of a who’s who of Toronto musicians. Commanding vocals lead bouncy bass lines, resonant organs, and deep echoes that all lead the listener to new territories.

BLEU NUIT
Bleu Nuit crafts french post-punk that blends spectral sounds with tension-packed lyrics for a truly haunting experience. Strong, fuzzy melodies back chant-like vocals that hearken back to the ‘80s. 

TV FREAKS
TV Freaks are a four-piece from the post-industrial rust bed of Hamilton, ON. What began rather modestly as a group writing spastic, guitar-heavy, garage-punk songs has evolved into something with a significantly more wide-ranging sonic palette, disregarding any notion of genre purism. Traces of the Seeds, Velvets, Rick White, and Nick Cave can be heard, all while sounding like a coherent band, that is still inevitably punk (even if it’s a label they scoff at).

TICKETS
$15 advance / $20 at the door

Sunday, August 19th - Evan Redsky - 5pm - 7pm

The RBC Northern Series presents some of the best acts from Northern Ontario in intimate settings between 5 and 7 pm.

EVAN REDSKY
Having spent five years on the road with Juno-nominated rock group Single Mothers, Evan Redsky has since left to create his debut rock ‘n’ roll album, Danny Wolfe EP. Redsky’s recent work marks a return to his indigenous storytelling roots, and you’ll be instantly hooked by his rugged, sandy voice and charmed by his warm, honest ballads.

FREE!
Thanks RBC!

UP HERE
Up Here is an urban art & emerging music festival in weird and wonderful downtown Sudbury that takes place from August 17-19. Follow Up Here festival, RSVP Up Here 4.

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EVAN REDSKY
T’as envie qu’Evan Redsky traduise tes chagrins en chansons. Le chanteur-compositeur folk de Blind River, a cette twist magique qui transforme le spleen en mélodies enivrantes. T’sais, celles qui gonflent le coeur d’émotions ?

GRATUIT!
Merci RBC!

UP HERE
Up Here est un festival d'art public et de musique émergente dans l'étrange ville de Sudbury, Ontario qui a lieu du 17-19 août. Suivez: Up Here festivall et RSVP: Up Here 4.

Sunday, August 19th - Efrim Manuel Menuck, Kommissars - 10pm doors

Godspeed's Efrim Manuel Menuck will close off the 4th edition of Up Here. Don't miss this epic last show of the festival. Presented by Stack Brewing.

started the "godspeed you black emperor!" band at age 25. 
started the "silver mt. zion" band at age 29. 
drove many miles. 
been on the road since 1996. 
times have changed. 

hate the industry. 
hate all industries. 
no more beers. 
a loudmouth sometimes. 
and can be a moody motherfucker 
and a total drag. 

stubborn. 
worried. 
out of step. 
ezra's father. 

KOMMISSARS
Noisy and abrasive punk rock from three Sudbury budz (members of Beanhead and Donut Boy, Dunes, Howie Moonlight). Kommissars toss in monotonous melodies to balance out their otherwise dark and nauseating sounds, creating seething live shows that carry a nervous sense of imminence.

TICKETS
$15 advance / $20 at the door

Friday, August 24th - Northern Memphis Revival - $10 at the door - EARLY SHOW - DOORS 8:00pm - SHOW 9:00pm - !:00am

Our Memphis loving soul band returns. We cover some songs from the following artists: Otis Redding, the Bar-keys, Wendy Rene, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke, William Bell, Linda Lyndell, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Eddie Floyd, Etta James, Joe Tex, The Staple Singers, Jean Knight, The Mar-Keys, Booker T & the MGs, and many more... Now who doesn't love Soul! It's the greatest music that has existed... It has been the soundtrack of Social Politics for 50 years... It's songs line the protest movement... soundtrack to romance... form the basis of about 30% of hip-hop... If it hadn't been for Memphis Soul, the protest era wouldn't have legs. Join us and dance... celebrate. Also welcome our new Sax player, Maggie. We miss you Darcy!

Saturday, August 25th - Farewell Summer Jam - $7.00 at the door - Doors 10pm

Kris Dickson and Sam Cassio (Murder Murder), Join Abigail Cassio and Maxwell Jose, Eric Clancy and Spencer Jose (Carden Cove, Bad Hombres) and probably a few other friends will hit the stage tonight in various combinations of players to wave farewell to summer... We wave farewell to Maxwell and Abby, leaving for another school year in Toronto. We celebrate making it through another crazy summer of festivals, heat waves, broken fridges, broken Air Conditioners, and other stuff that made this summer really tough.

Tonight we need a good laid back night of favourites and friends. Come join us.

Sunday, August 26th - Will Gillespie - 10pm - pass the hat

Our old Pal Will Gillespie returns with more new songs! Will only makes it through Sudbury once or twice a year, but after this many years he is always a welcome return. He has released probably about 15 albums in the last 15 years. Produced a musical that was held over for a second run in Hamilton... and has continued to blaze through old time music styles of Rag, Jazz, Blues, Latin, pop and old Carnival barker tales that Tom Waits would love.

Thursday, August 30th - Mitchell Smith's Open Stage Powerball!! - doors 9:00pm

Mitchell is going to organize an open stage... please support. $5.00 at the door enters you into a Powerball raffle. Whether you've got 3 songs that you just wrote, or 3 songs that you love to play, grab your guitar or your hand drum or your Ukelel

Friday, August 31st - Honest Heart Collective - $10.00 at the door - openers TBA

Anchored by brothers four lifelong friends, The Honest Heart Collective was born out of a moment at a Bruce Springsteen concert and a rotating cast of musiciansmade permanent. Buoyed by the backdrop of their Northern Ontario roots, the band’s debut LP tells a story of longing, deceit, and new beginnings. Liar’s Club encapsulates The Honest Heart Collective’s old soul take of heart-on-sleeves storytelling through music. Armed with brothers Ryan and Nic MacDonald, the self-built Lionheart Studios, a blue-collar mentality, and 150+ shows later, The Honest Heart Collective has become six best friends raring to put out new music and get back on the road. The Th under Bay natives have wrapped up a new collection of songs with Producer Derek Hoffman at Fox Sounds. Grief Rights was released on May 4.

Saturday, September 1st - The Paul Reddick Band - w/ Guests - $10.00 at the door - Doors at 8:00pm, show at 9pm.

Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”

A devotee of pre-war blues and classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, Reddick formed his innovative band Paul Reddick & The Sidemen in Toronto in 1990, developing a cult-like following in the clubs and venues on the circuit at the time and spent the better part of a decade touring across Canada. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag won three Maple Blues Awards including Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the USA.

Friday, September 7th - SUDBURY JAZZ FEST - Jazzamboka, Borealis Sextet - 10pm at the door

The evening is not over yet! Join us at The Townehouse Tavern for even more Jazz.

Tickets are available at the door ($10). Weekend and evening pass holders get in free of charge. Limited space is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Full Lineup: https://www.jazzsudbury.com/headliners/

JAZZAMBOKA
Winner of the Stingray prize for best composition at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017. Jazzamboka is the coming together of ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala. Despite the name, the band, made up of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin, does not limit itself to conventional Jazz. They prefer instead to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds including Hip-Hop, Soukous, Be-Bop, Funk, Rock, Electronic and, above all, the music of Central Africa. Incorporating a variety of traditional and ancestral musical instruments namely the lokolé and the ngoma into the band’s core instrumentation helps create Jazzamboka’s unique, signature sound.

Tuesday, September 18th – Elliott Brood - $15.00 + tax adv.  $20 at the door.  Doors 8:00pm.

Elliott B ROOD is a three-piece, folk-rock/alt-country band based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Their brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for a captivating and frenetic live performance.

That energy has always translates to the band’s five acclaimed records. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music.

Fall 2017 saw the band release their sixth full-length studio album Ghost Gardens via Paper Bag Records. The album title alludes to a phenomenon whereby the perennial gardens of houses and buildings having been abandoned or forgotten for years or even decades, continue to grow and reappear year after year, despite their original caretakers' absence.  Summer and Fall of 2018 sees EB play festivals and clubs all across the country.

 

The road to Ghost Gardens began with the rediscovery of lost demo songs from early in the band’s career, nearly a decade and a half ago. The misplaced hard drive had long been forgotten in a garage sitting dormant in an old suitcase. The rediscovered recordings were demos and rough sketches of song lyrics and melody ideas. On Ghost Gardens, Elliott BROOD get to relive their past through a lens that is wiser both musically and lyrically.

In 2013, Elliott BROOD won a Juno Award for their World War One inspired album Days Into Years. Over the course of their career they have been nominated for a total of five Juno awards. In 2009 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and in 2012 the band found themselves nominated for a Genie Award for their original song “West End Sky” that was featured in the film Grown Up Movie Star.

Elliott BROOD are Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin

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.

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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.