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 Matt St. Pierre
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.
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.
September… another school year, 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.
Friday, September 1st – Sex and Summer - $7.00 at the door
Over the the year... Sex and Summer has played a ton and has become one of the tightest new bands in town. From obscure Surf Music to great pop hits from Elvis Costello, Wings, Led Zeppelin and more, to their own songs, Sex & Summer has emerged as the bravest new pop band in the city... check them out tonight!!
Saturday, September 2nd – Hoan + The Dazed - $7.00 at the door
Hoan formed in Montréal in 2015 with the intention of exploring sonic terrain without inhibition. Their work gives subtle nods to new wave music, adding an understated melodic intelligence that is reminiscent of bands such as Deerhunter or Broadcast. Their debut release, "Modern Phase", will hit the shelves on April 28th via Fantôme Records.
The Dazed… A rock blues band heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Philip Sayce and The Black Keys, to say the least. Phil, Kyle and Nikola have been killing it the last few months. Product of hard work and steady jamming. If the crowd is 14 or 140 people they can keep everyone on their feet.
Tuesday, September 5th – New Swears, Woolworm, Dirty Princes – ALL AGES SHOW EARLY 6:00pm… $10.00 at the door
New Swears (Dine Alone Records, Party Freaks)
Words can't describe how insane a live show with New Swears is like. Be prepared for: body surfing, shredding and a pain in your neck from bangin your heckin head. Check out their new album "And the Magic of Horses" here: https://newswears.bandcamp.com/
woolworm (Vancouver Blanket Rock)
Woolworm are broody, moody and a friend to Judy. Check out some preview tracks of of their upcoming album "Deserve to Die" right here: https://woolworm.bandcamp.com/album/deserve-to-die
Dirty Princes (Rock and Roll Punks)
4 garbage-truck-friends who live to rock and rock to live. Check out their single "Never Saw Mulan" right here: https://dirtyprinces.bandcamp.com/album/never-saw-mulan
This show is going to be nuts.
Tuesday, September 5th – Fortunate Losers - $7.00 at the door. 9:00pm
Immediately after the New Swears show, we start the 2nd show of the evening with The Fortunate Losers and guests. Fortunate Losers are launching off on a lap of Ontario after this gig to show off their first recording.
Thursday, September 7th – Unhappy Sinners - $5.00 at the door, 10:00pm
Jen and Helena branch out this evening to take their infectious guitar and uke songs to the next level. We’ll see some friends joining them on stage and spend the evening swimming in harmonies. Don’t forget… for the month of September… University Students and College students show their student card and get 15% off of their food orders. Show your student card at the door and knock any $7.00 cover charge down to $5.00.
Friday, September 8th – The Affordables - $10.00 at the door – 10pm – Free with Jazz Pass.
This weekend we are an offsite venue for Sudbury Jazz Festival. If you have a pass for the Jazz Festival then you get in for free for the weekend. Student discounts are in effect for these shows. The Affordables contains some of the great veteran players of the city playing a wide range of Rhythm and Blues, Blues and Jazz, to some dynamic Jazz tinged Rock and Roll. Guitarist, Gary DiSalle is a legacy in the city, having played in many of the city’s great bands of the last 40 years… his father and uncles were the leaders of the big band scene in Sudbury through the 40’s and 50’s and his son Paul DiSalle has been taking a leader role in the city in the last 15 years with the November All-Stars and The Terminators. Gary is joined by Emilio Falbo bass. Rick Holmberg drums and vocals. Cory Ross keyboards. Jean-Yves Begin Tenor Sax. Carolyn Otto Baritone Sax. Peter Scherzinger Trumpet. If you know music in this city then you know this is your starting line-up in any all-star game.
Saturday, September 9th – Loco Zydeco with Chris Dardick Group - $10.00 at the door, 10pm. Free with Jazz Pass.
Loco Zydeco is a 6 person, high energy, Canadian Zydeco band, based in Toronto, Ontario. Winning over enthusiastic crowds with an energetic blend of contemporary and traditional Zydeco, LZ has created a unique take on Louisiana's most exciting musical export, in all it's toe-tapping, hip-shaking glory.
LZ's first two albums, "Yeah, you right, eh!" (released independently in the fall of 2003,) and "This Great White North, Eh!" (released by flamingcheese records in the fall of 2006,) have enjoyed commercial, community and college radio play across North America. LZ’s third album, "Time To Turn The Key," was released by flamingcheese records in October 2008, and has enjoyed both North American & European airplay. Their latest album, “Loco Zydeco” was released in November, 2016, by Squirrel Head Music.
July 12th, 2002, marked LZ’s debut at The Toronto International BBQ & Blues Fest. Since then, LZ has energized audiences and made new fans across Ontario and into Quebec and New Brunswick at festivals in Edmundston, Wakefield, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Port Burwell, Goderich, Minto, Woodstock, Brantford, Belleville, Orillia, Oshawa, Oakville, Aurora, Port Credit, Burlington, Waterloo, Tecumseth, Sparta, Montreal, Hamilton, Wasaga Beach and Toronto, (The Toronto Jazz Fest, The Distillery Jazz Fest, Celebrate Toronto, WinterFest & Lakeshore Mardi Gras.) Electrifying performances have solidified LZ’s reputation as one of Canada’s most entertaining Zydeco bands, with shows often becoming a free for all of audience participation. Extra rubboards are always available for anyone adventurous enough to join the band on stage and upon request, workshops are offered on Zydeco dance or the history of Zydeco, the rubboard, and Zydeco accordion.
After the Loco Zydeco show (10pm – 12am), The Chris Dardick Group takes the stage to finish the evening. Chris has been a workhorse in the Jazz Scene in Sudbury for many years… emerging out of the days of weekly gigs at Emmett’s Lounge (see… late 90’s), Chris has been moving and shaking Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Dub and as a hired hand for many different rock bands over the years. He shines the most when thrown into a viper pit of ferocious acid jazz players.
Sunday, September 10th – Beanhead & Donut Boy with... The Jins – All Ages show – 6pm.
The most anticipated release of 2017 is ready. The anticiapted reviews are in:
"This album will change your life." - Peter Tavers, Rolling Stones (assuming)
"10.0" - Pitchfork (assuming)
"I liked it bleep blorp" - Anthony Fantano, the Needle Drop (probably)
Bean Head & Donutboy (Local dumb dumbs)
Stupid dumb tunes that are actually wicked and super fun. Come see them TWICE! (twice?) Yes! Twice! It's the big Bean Head & Donutboy double-set! This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Bandcamp is here: https://beanheadanddonutboy.bandcamp.com/
Joining BHDB will be the incredible Vancouver group, The Jins.
The Jins (Vancouver Garage Punk)
You like riffs? Aw ya! You like fuzz? Aw ya! You wanna party??? Aw yaaaaaaaaa ... The jins are 3 boys and one is named hudson and one is named jamie and the last one is Ben. They play on their instruments and ben can even sing! This Vancouver pop trio is stopping in to rock the house ALL AGES as a springboard to the long drive back to the west.
Check out their new single, Real Food, here: https://thejins.bandcamp.com/
Show is $7.
BHDB are seriously playing twice.
Check out the Jins. They're honestly wiiiiiicked.
All-ages punk show.
Doors at 6.
It's a good day to be alive.
Thursday, September 14th – The Micah Erenberg Band – 10pm, $7.00 at the door
Micah Erenberg is a diversely talented multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and frontman extraordinaire from Matlock, Manitoba. He has strong family roots and an affinity for the country. He has been writing songs his whole life with inspiration from the rural surroundings of his hometown and the solitude this lifestyle provides.
Like the man himself, his music is charming, witty and authentic. His full disclosure style of writing makes for captivating material that varies from poetically clever to gracefully heartbreaking. Erenberg continually finds ways to reinvent the art of songwriting by expressing a mixture of honest lyrics, mesmerizing melodies and distinctive musical arrangements.
His band is a dream team of Winnipeg talent and has become renowned in the thick and eclectic Winnipeg music scene, performing frequently in town, most notably at treasured venues such as the Good Will Social Club and the Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club.
On Friday, September 15th, Murder Murder will be officially releasing their third full-length album, Wicked Lines & Veins, here at the Townehouse Tavern. The band is back and darker than ever for their third release, with 11 brand new original songs soaked in tension, storytelling and tragedy, and put together by an eclectic mix of bluegrass instruments playing with reckless abandon.
Here are a couple pieces of advanced press:
"With this record, Murder Murder manages to somehow sound like the past and the future at the same time... [they're] the real deal. They build a musical tension as heavy as the playing itself... This record makes me want to commit a crime just because I now have the perfect soundtrack for being on the lam." - Jonathan Torrens (J-Roc)
Murder Murder will be joined by friends and special guests:
Manslaughter is an all-female, experimental-outlaw supergroup based out of Toronto. This collective of notorious song sirens includes:
Elise Boeur: www.eliseboeur.com
Anh Phung: www.facebook.com/Tullstars
Vivienne Wilder: www.viviennewilder.com
Joëlle Westman: www.georgianbayband.com
SJ Scouten: www.sarahjanescouten.com
Lydia Persaud: www.lydiapersaud.com
Jennifer Holub Music tells our stories: the tales of the ghostly north. Jen's songwriting, vocals, guitar and piano will be joined by members of Murder Murder for the evening.
$10 at the door. Doors open at 10PM.
Vest was born in 1943, and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. He learned to a play on a used piano his grandmother had delivered to their house in West End, a few blocks away from Ensley's Tuxedo Junction. He played his first paying gig at the age of 14. He has worked professionally as a pianist from the age of 15, in 1957. In the 1960s Vest played seven nights a week at Pappy's Club with Jerry Woodard and The Esquires. On New Year's Day 1962 he opened for Roy Orbison. He backed Big Joe Turner in the 1960s and later toured with Jimmy T99 Nelson, Floyd Dixon, and Lavelle White, as well as the rockabilly group Bill Black's Combo. David Vest was also the co-leader of the Paul deLay Band.
The Whiskey River Blues Band has been dedicated to preserving the legacy of the great Blues artists, from Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson to SRV and Jimmy Reed… from the Yardbirds and Cream to Allmans and Johnny Winter… through several albums of their own… for 31 years. Tommy Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band stands as Sudbury’s longest running blues act… easily going between revivalist and adventurous… the band is all about fun and great music. They want you to dance. They want you to love the blues. Tom, Steve, Pete and Paul are hyped about sharing the stage with David Vest tonight. All Aboard!
Saturday, September 16th – FreeDubStar – record release - $10.00 at the door 11pm.
The late show tonight features this Indie, Funk, Reggae, Ska and Dancehall band from Toronto debuting music from their new record. What started out as a straight ahead reggae band, freedubstar evolved Into its own unique fusion of Indie-Rock, Funk, Ska and Reggae influences, bringing together elements of Jimmy Hendrix, Funkadelic, U2, The Specials and The Police; while paying homage to the titans of Reggae like The Abyssinians, Dennis Brown, John Holt and Bob Marley to name a few…
Thursday, September 21st – Natalie Crispo and Friends - $5.00 at the door – 10pm
Nat has been singing a bunch at the Townehouse this year, starting with singing with bunches of people and then recently singing solo on weeknights. Tonight she returns with a few friends to bring a little more arrangement to her songs. She sings modern favourites and some old rarities.
Friday, September 22nd – Elijah and the Backburners - $7.00 at the door – 10pm
A trio and quartet raised by the sound of rhythm and blues to gin soaked country, delivering a glimpse of pure Rock and Roll when excited. Elijah alternates between Piano and Guitar, really shining as a great frontman and all around entertainer. From Jerry Lee Lewis to Ray Charles, the Piano material will keep you jumping though the night.
Saturday, September 23rd – Strange Attractor, Fountain, Kommissars, Zad Kokar - $10.00 at the door – 10pm
Strange Attractor (Sudbury) – Now one of our veteran punk bands… S.A. has travelled across Canada and Europe releasing many records in the last 10 years. They perform in shotgun bursts of activity these days due to the demands of film production jobs… but that will never stop them completely… in the downtimes, I suggest you live vicariously through their YouTube videos and the many records that you can drop on your turntable from Strange Attractor, Statues, Havocs, Varge, Mick Futures, Tommy and the Commies… and the list goes on.
Kommissars (Sudbury) - This is an official record release for Kommissars, unleashing an EP recorded this year at The Piss Factory. This young punk band is great, high energy post rock.
Fountain (Montreal via Victoria) -
Zad Kokar (Strasbourg,France) – These bands continue their close touring relationship despite living a continent apart. More adventures in No Wave, Punk, Post Rock, Noise… with a little shock and horror thrown in for good measure.
THIS IS THE EP RELEASE PARTY for Kommissars. Don't miss out.
Thursday, September 28th – Friendly Neighbourhood Gully Day - $5.00 at the door, or a piece of home baked pie.
For many years Kent Gully has been an eccentric presence in our lives. He doesn’t get to play music professionally on a full time basis anymore but you can catch him digging a ride on a drum kit here and there. Each year, on his birthday, he lets loose with a bunch of fine local musicians and Kent gets to burn off some pent up energy. Like our favourite comic book anti-heroes, it’s always easy to cheer on Deadpool or The Punisher when they take a job doing the right thing… but you never can be sure if they’re going to drop a couple bodies along the way… tonight will be kind of like that.
Friday, September 29th – The Dirty Princes, Lonely Parade, The Ape-Ettes, Prime Junk - $10.00 at the door – 10:00pm
DIRTY PRINCES "KISS YR MAMA" 7" RELEASE SHOW
Dirty Princes (Rock-N-Roll-Heads) - "Kiss Yr Mama" is available September 29th, 2017 on Some Weird Sin Records. Featuring the song "Anchor Down" which can be heard here: https://dirtyprinces.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-yr-mama
Lonely Parade (PTBO Sadgirls) - These cats are blowing up. They're riffy. They're talented. They're lovely. Check out their album "No Shade" here:
The Ape-ettes (Garage Punk Bangers) - 70s punk meets 60s garage. Could be a soundtrack for a spy mission or a backyard party. Check out their debut album here: https://theape-ettes.bandcamp.com/album/the-ape-ettes
Prime Junk (PTBO Noise Pop) - Lo-fi noise that you can be sad to or maybe have a dance at. Check out their bandcamp.
This is also going to be Shawn's going away party before he moves to dumb-dumb-land. I’ve made Shawn promise that he will still work for Sudbury… it’s just that his office and his pillow will be in the GTA.
Saturday, September 30th – Hawkeyes, The Familiars - $10.00 at the door. 10pm
HAWKEYES… Hawkeyes are a six-piece instrumental psychedelic band out of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, but they might as well be from space. These dudes are in no hurry to get anywhere, and their patience is a welcomed-virtue. For fans of Pink Floyd, Mogwai or virtually anything loud and droney, Hawkeyes consistently brings the goods with songs that are sonically rich and textured and pay close attention to dynamic and movement. Strap in and launch off.
FAMILIARS… Evoking the bygone spirit of a less distracted era, Familiars is a rock trio out of time. Kneeling at the altar of the almighty riff, this band conjures a colossal sound both otherworldly and yet somehow still deeply rooted in the empty small town streets and midnight bonfires of their youths spent growing up in the heartland of rural Ontario.
Patricia Cano was born in Sudbury, where she began her career on stage as a young dancer, and later, as a community theatre player. After studies in Theater and Spanish Literature at the University of Toronto, she embraced the career of traveling artist, first with Tomson Highway, the Cree writer and composer, then with le Théâtre du Soleil in France.
In 2001, Patricia performed the lead role of Emily Dictionary in Highway’s play Rose, followed by the title role in his play The Incredible Adventures of Mary-Jane Mosquito, commissioned by the Stratford Music Festival. Since then, the two have traveled the world together performing Tomson Highway’s songs and stories in cabaret form! In August 2009, they premiered a brand new Cree cabaret entitled “KISAGEETIN”, written and composed by Tomson Highway, and performed for the first time in Sudbury, ON at Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario. In June 2010, this new Cree cabaret toured to the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as Toronto’s Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre.
The second collaboration of great importance for Patricia’s artistic career began in January 2003 when she joined the Parisian-based theatre company, Le Théâtre du Soleil, under the direction of renowned theatre director, Ariane Mnouchkine. Patricia worked for four years with the company, first on the music stage under the direction of the legendary Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, and later as ‘comédienne’ and finally as a singer. Madame Mnouchkine sent Patricia to Seoul, South Korea in 2005 to study traditional Korean singing with a voice master, and this experience, along with a growing desire to sing, changed her path forever, leading her away from the Old World and back to the New World.
Since 2007, Patricia has invested her energies towards building a singing career. Her partner in this pursuit is her Brazilian friend, guitarist and composer, Carlos Bernardo. In 2008, Patricia spent six months in Rio de Janeiro, befriending exceptional musicians of the ‘Carioca’ jazz scene, as well as beginning to write music of her own.
Now Patricia is releasing her 2nd album. Many have purchased her album in advance and if you haven’t received it already, you can pick it up tonight. This album will undoubtedly be full of flavours of the world, sung in many languages. She is truly an amazingly versatile artist who gives a glowing name to Sudbury wherever she goes in the world.
Tuesday, October 3rd – Pretty Archie - $7.00 at the door, 8pm.
Pretty Archie is a Country/Folk/Bluegrass band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key. The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music along with representing their hometown. Pretty Archie's newest release 'Sing Alongs & Love Songs' was made available on September 23rd 2016. Bringing on Jamie Foulds to produce this project, Pretty Archie continues to push the genre lines of Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Blues creating a uniquely Pretty Archie sound. The 10 song album is a collection of their best songwriting to date, addressing themes of love, loss, life and the forces that drive all three.
Sunday, October 8th – Richard Inman - $ at the door, 8:00pm show
See this show. We can start at 8pm and get you home at an early hour, just in case you don’t have Thanksgiving Monday off. Richard Inman returns for another great show… if you are a fan of classic Americana songwriters… Townes Van Zant, Steve Earle, Gram Parsons, John Prine, Ian Tyson and the current generation of Jonathon Byrd, Corb Lund and others… Richard is among this group of writers. He is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a butter-rich voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.
Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem. Catch him at his next show and he’ll make you a believer; listen to the new album “30 Days” and he’ll bury his gentle soul in your mind’s ear for a month.
Friday, October 13th – B.A. Johnston - $10.00 at the door, 10pm
Friday, October 13th – Fake Palms, Lazy Daisies, Beliefs – ALL AGES 7:30pm.
In their twelve years as a band, One Bad Son (also known as OBS) has achieved two Top 5 singles and five Top 10 singles, has performed with the likes of Def Leppard and Judas Priest and worked with notable producers such as Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Metric, The Tragically Hip) and Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, The Arkells. One Bad Son have clearly made their stamp noticeable in Canada to date.
The band has spent years touring constantly, converting audiences and gaining legions of loyal fans across the country; with multiple sold out tours, support and headline dates. OBS is one of the hardest working live Rock n’ Roll bands and are known for their successful and captivating live sets.
Washboard Hank has successfully made a living as a musician/cultural treasure for over 40 years. He started as a street musician playing all over North America where he learned how to present a truly entertaining show. Late at night he would have total strangers laughing and dancing in the grimmest of urban settings. This ability to spread joy has been Hank's constant goal..
The Stradovarious Washboard, from which he gets his name, is a musical phenomenon of the first order that he plays with breathtaking virtuosity. With wild flailing motions he carves out melodies in the most unlikely yet spectacular fashion. Hank also plays guitar, 4 & 5 string banjo and kitchen sink tuba.