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 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 APRIL

We have some big end of summer announcements coming up this month... launching the sales for the 2018 Craft Beer Festival, tickets going on sale for Great Lake Swimmers, Elliott Brood and more shows to be announced for end of summer. It's exam time, so a lot of the young student musicians are concentrating on passing their school year... in the meantime, The Townehouse Tavern and Laughing Buddha are getting ready for another great patio season.

Patios will be out around May 1st and we will look forward to another great season of sunshine, Ciders, fresh food items from the Market to The Menu. We've got a big show with Sloan in the first week, then we showcase our local bands for a short stint through exams... and then from the end of April through the rest of the summer, we ferature a lot of the finest touring acts in the country... festival performers, indie rock pop acts, tomorrows stars, some of the best Songwriters in the country... ultimate party bands... you name it, we'll try and put it on stage for you here at the Townehouse Tavern. Live music is good for the soul. Soul Food is good for Life.


Tuesday, April 3rd – Sloan - $30 incl Tax.  Doors 8pm.

The Townehouse is always proud to present Sloan, as we have been for many years. We live by the same code. Do what you do... do it well, always try to do it better... always show your friends a good time... always welcome new people into the circle.
Sloan is releasing their 12th full length album. After 27 years, numerous EP's, 30 singles and 12 full albums, Sloan has long been a Canadian institution.  Sloan is four distinct songwriting voices — guitarists Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson, bassist Chris Murphy and drummer Andrew Scott — that nonetheless form a cohesive collective. Long-time Toronto scenesters who will always call Halifax home. 
Muchmusic and rock-radio regulars who — via their own murderecords label — maintain strong ties to their indie roots. Money-city maniacs who have a soft spot for sweet sugar tunes. Music vets who, instead of coasting on their cred, continue to challenge themselves with each record.

Friday, April 6th - Bandit - $7.00 at the door

The unmistakeable rock and roll exploits of Ryan Bandit Levecque and Pepper and Joey... Always a treat. These 3 have played in many bands over the years together and apart... they bring a wide range of songs for every music fan... from The Hip to CCR... From Led Zeppelin to The Beatles... From Prince to The Rolling Stones. Soul, Rhythm and Blues... maybe some old 50's rock... maybe some Jamiroquay. You never know what you are getting into... other than the fact that you should bring your dancing shoes because these musical encyclopedias will keep you guessing but will make you happy.

Saturday, April 7th - BA Johnston, Dany Laj and the Looks, Low Doses - $10.00 at the door


Peanut butter and banana hotdogs sparkled with cinammon


Hamilton's favorite CHUD. Legendary. 

New York City power pop feat. members of Paul Collins' Beat & Quitty and The Donts' Hidden Volume Records. Do not miss this band!! Get there early!

Thursday, April 12th - Rooftop Love Club - $7.00 at the door

Rooftop Love Club

Ghost Cat

Drop Out 
(no links but trust me they're crazy)

Friday, April 13th - Common Dread - $7.00 at the door

For the first time in a long while, The Common Dread wraps it's natty dreads around your ears and fills the room with the love of Reggae, Ska, Dancehall, Rocksteady, Dub and a little bit of spaced out fuzziness that can only really happen when you listen to too much Reggae and Ska. Matt and Christ-jah-fer call out the old gang to return to The Townehouse for a dancehall party..

Saturday, April 14th - Chanelle Albert and Easy Company - $7.00 at the door

Chanelle Albert & The Easy Company is back at The Townehouse Tavern on April 14th!! Join us in downtown Sudbury for a great Saturday night!! ;)

Chanelle Albert & The Easy company is a three-piece band based out of Sudbury, ON, led by signer-songwriter and guitarist, Chanelle Albert, along with bassist, Kyle Jobin, and drummer, Ryan McEwen. Their energetic and raw sound takes root from a variety of genres including Rock & Roll, Punk, and the Blues.

Thursday, April 19th - Johnny 2 Fingers, Sulfur City, Lightmares - $10.00 at the door


Sulfur City

Friday, April 20th - Hearing Trees, Shakey Stars - $10.00 at the door, 10pm.

Listen to Hearing Trees first single "Telling Peter," out now on Spotify:

Hearing Trees is touring in support of the release of their long-anticipated full length album, "Quiet Dreams." The group’s lush, layered brand of ambient and anxious rock is built atop a foundation inspired by R.E.M., Matthew Good, and The Tragically Hip and tinged with the more modern and atmospheric musings of Wintersleep and The National. Coupled with sometimes cryptic, always captivating poetry, Hearing Trees offers a masterclass in sweet-sounding catharsis.

Shaky Stars

Shaky Stars, based out of Sudbury, Ontario, is a return to straight forward ragged rock and roll. Their debut full length record has just become available as a digital download through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, cdbaby and Bandcamp. Drawing from the likes of great writers like The Replacements, The Weakerthans, Springsteen and Guided By Voices, these old friends have churned out some well crafted songs threaded together by an underlying sonic texture, to which they credit layers of fuzz and overdrive.

Saturday, April 21st - My Son the Hurricane - Free with Microbrew festival pass... $10.00 without. with Guests... The Bad Hombres.

The Townehouse tavern is proud to be the afterhours party for the Annual Stack Brewing Microbrew Festival. We will feature great music AND a complete Tap Takeover... 16 taps of Northern Ontario's finest Ales, Lagers, IPA's, Ambers, Stouts, Porters and more.

My Son the Hurricane is a brass infused funk beast. No dance floor is safe.
Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the perennial festival closers and dance floor inciters mix New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hip hop.  Bolstered by a giant horn section and the well-oiled rhythm players, charismatic emcee Jacob Bergsma and charmingly sassy vocalist Sylvie Kindree drive the show, creating a spectacle of sound, and challenging the crowd to keep up to their collective energy.  My Son the Hurricane has “stood out like a sore, yet extremely talented thumb at every show they’ve played” (Pulse Niagara), and become revered for their live performances.

Riding the success of their sophomore release “Cashing a Deadman’s Cheque” (feat. U.S.S. frontman Ash Buchholtz and three-time Juno/Polaris nominee D-Sisive), the Hurricane was featured on the CBC and Much More Music.  Their blending of styles, penchant for inciting dance parties, and penning of introspective ballads (Pushin’ Up Daisies) has garnered them high praise on the Canadian festival circuit from BC to PEI, with breakout performances at Hillside, Evolve, Riverfest, Kispiox Valley, Follyfest, Beaches Jazz, Summerfolk, Peterborough Folk Fest, and many more.    

Juno nominee Danno O’Shea acts as the drummer and ringleader for the mammoth project, spurring the group to weave through different styles on the latest album Is This What You Want?!, recorded at Phase One Studios with engineer Jeff Pelletier (Big Sugar, Ludacris).  Leading up to the album’s 2016 release, it was a featured stream on Exclaim!, and found its way to Canadian airwaves, including CBC Radio One, Edge 102.1, and 97.7 Hitz FM, which spotlighted the Hurricane as a “Band on the Verge”.  Is This What You Want?! brings a new flavour to the Hurricane repertoire, building on their stellar reputation as one of Canada's most amazing live shows; "a fusion that one simply needs to experience live” (Buying Shots for Bands). 

Thursday, April 26th - Texas King, Lucretia, The Metis, The Keyframes - $10 at the door

A night of Pop/Rock, Arena Rock and Powerpop

Texas King (London, ON)
Fresh off a weekend at JUNOfest, these party animals bring their stadium-sized songs and wild stage antics to the Townehouse for the first time in support of their new record Circles.

The Métis (Sudbury)
Been a while boys.

The Keyframes (Sudbury)
Catchy, solid Pop/rock tunes

Lucrecia (Sudbury)
New record coming soon recorded and mixed with Billy Bruhmueller. Sounds like the year 2000.

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'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

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:
Watch some videos:

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": 

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. 


new punx//plug yr ears


Show at 11.
Be nice to each other.

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.