September is back to school time for many... back to work, back to the real world... all the various constructions that we fill our lives with. I'm here to tell you that you can't always be mourning the loss of something because it will take up too much time for celebrating the next thing. It's a general statemnet, I know... of course we do have to process everything in our life, but the whole thing is that you process by looking forward... What do we have to look forward to? Well, the fall is when all of the best tours happen. We're still lining more concerts up for you here at ye old Townehouse Tavern but I can tell you this...
The Heavyweights Brass Band - September 6th
The House of David Reggae Band - September 13th
The Wooden Sky - September 18th
Everytime I Die - October 2nd
Sloan - October 7th
The Beatles Night - October 24th
24th Street Wailers - October 31st
Oh Susanna - November 5th
Strumbellas - December 6th
White Cowbell Oklahoma - December 13th
The Burgers are juicy, the music is great... watch for more special matinee shows to happen... we're looking to host a Tuesday night Trivia League from 6-8pm... a Thursday post work jam - 5:30-8pm... plus the return of our Sunday Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch... it gives you lots to do in this week and really it is something for everyone... of pretty much all ages and stripes.
For those of you still collect the paper version of this calendar... this month is the 229th monthly calendar... that's Volume 20, Issue 1. Starting on my 20th year of putting this out every month. The last year has seen a great expansion in the business here at the Townehouse. 2013 saw our kitchen finally come on line after some time doing prep and renovations. We'll keep on fixing little things here and there and making the place into an establishment that you are proud of as a city. We'll still be the iconic rock and roll club that you saw The Constantines at. We'll still be the concert venue that you saw Fishbone and Nickelback and The Sheepdogs at. We will also be the place you bring your kids for the best burger in town. We'll be the place where you see great music after work and on weekends. We'll be the place that helped your organization with a fundraiser. We'll be the place where you bumped into a bunch of Celtic musicians having a sit down session on a laid back monday night.
The Townehouse has been your proud host of live music in this city for 27 years. You have seen all the greats here... The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Dread Zeppelin, The Hopping Penguins, Me, Mom and Morgantaler, King Apparatus, The Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, DOA, NoMeansNo, SNFU, the Dayglo Abortions, Nickelback, Len, Bedouin Soundclash, Thrush Hermit, The Weakerthans, Plumtree, Joel Plaskett, Sloan, The Headstones, The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, The Constantines, Cuff the Duke, Yukon Blonde and many hundreds more.
We are proud to host almost every kind of music that is out there… you have to get to know it and we really hope that you love it all… now I’m not saying that top 40 hit parade music is bad… I think what we are saying here is that there are so many flavours to savour, why stop at Chocolate and Vanilla. There are so many colours, why stop at Black and White. The same can be said for types of Beer… with our palette being able to perceive so many flavours and our nose multiplying that by the number of smells… why would you only ever drink one or two types of beer? Discover the world of Ales, Lagers, Stouts, Imperial Stout, IPA, American Pale Ale, Farmhouse Ales, Saisons, Trappist Ales, Porters, German Ale, Bock, Doppelbocks, Sours, Hefeweissen and many more.
For your music selection… you need to develop the vernacular. So here’s a short dictionary to guide you through your Townehouse Monthly Calendar. Rock – When you see this in print here it will most likely have a connotation of your basic rock and roll bands drawing a direct line through The Rolling Stones, CCR, 70’s Who and The Replacements. Roots Rock – This will encompass the electric Dylan era, The Band, etc. Country Rock – Flying Burrito Brothers/ The Byrds. Alt-Country Psyche Rock – The Sadies, Flying Burrito Brothers. Hard Rock – mostly Sabbath and Deep Purple is ground zero here. Garage Rock – a wide open area that will usually include all house in the zip code surrounded by The Sonics, Link Wray, Kinks, MC5, The Stooges, Billy Childish, etc. Punk – When I write punk… it will usually have roots to The Ramones, Descendents, DOA, Black Flag. Roots Reggae – anything from mid 1968 until Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston left the Wailers in 1973, leaving Bob Marley on his own. Reggae – Tosh, Marley, Toots. Ska and Rocksteady – Toots until 1968, The Ethiopians, Desmond Dekker, The Melodians. 2nd Wave Ska – the Specials, The Selector, English Beat. Third Wave – The Toasters, King Apparatus, The Planet Smashers. Bluegrass – roots music descended from Flatt and Scruggs, banjo and fiddle driven. Mountain Music – Frailed banjo Appalachan tunes. Outlaw Country – Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Willie, George Jones. Hardcore – in the Townehouse calendar this will always refer to Minor Threat, SOA, 7 seconds, Gorilla Biscuits.
The toughest thing about genre labeling is that there is so much music now that has bent the rules from where they started that we would have to have a list of genres like Netflix with their 10000 subgroups. That’s where you see the descriptions like Indie Garage Rock, Post Hardcore, Post Reggae Dancehall, Outlaw Psyche Country… etc. It goes on forever. One of the closer descriptions I’ve heard to what we do is Steven Van Zandt talking about his radio station Little Steven’s Underground Garage… he says that they play everything that influenced the creation of The Ramones, and everything The Ramones subsequently influenced. That encompasses everything from Elvis, Howlin’ Wolf and Leadbelly to The White Stripes, Black Keys and Pink Mountaintops… music with soul. Music that makes you dance.
Our house musicians have issuad a great number of records over the years in addition to taking over the stage for fun nights of music for the love of music... such as the annual Beatles Night... Exile on Elgin Street - The Rolling Stones Night, The Lost Waltz - The Band and Bob Dylan... the Tom Waits Birthday Party, The Bob Marley Birthday Party, the Peter Tosh Birthday party... The Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch... the Motown Night... the occasional OX and Bandit tribute to Black Sabbath... Clayton's Guilty Pleasures night... all amazing parts of our community from a dedicated music community that has grown steadily over the years from the days of Mike Holler, Trevor Haapamaki and Rob Gregorini founding the first interesting bands of this generation through a gradual build and critical mass and quiet acclaim for our scene across the country. Statues, OX and Kate Maki made great roads through Europe... Strange Attractor still building an audience in major cities and through Europe...
Don't worry if you missed something that was great... I'll let you in on a secret... you did. There will never be another Constantines. But don't worry because there will always be another high water point. I never got to see Oscar Peterson play... but I saw The Beastie Boys. We loved the Constantines... the next generation will love another band and get their religious healing from the music. I promise.
Sift through this calendar and see what you like... make a note and come out!! There's lots to see... lots to do... Thank-you for supporting live music in our community.
Friday, August 29th - Little Flatt and the Poorly Playboys + more guests - $7.00 at the door
Tonight we gather some of the finest of our scene together for a night of party, a night of celebration, and a night where some of the proceeds of the gate will go to sending a lot of our finest Northern artists down to Toronto for the Folk Music Ontario Conference in October. Watch for the exciting names to be added to this bill.
Saturday, August 30th - Bandit - $7.00 at the door
The last weekend of the summer should go out with a band... better to burn out than to fade away? Enter Ryan Levecque and his crew of miscreants and ne'er do wells for a night of great rock and roll.
Jazz Sudbury Festival celebrates another weekend of Jazz and Roots music through the city of Sudbury with concerts at The Grace Hartman Amphitheatre and at venue throughout the downtown core. The Townehouse is proud once again to be one of the offsite venues...
Friday, September 5th - The Lakeside Quartet - $7.00 at the door
The Lakeside Quartet is an eager group of young players carved out by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Among the Laurentian mountain range these bodies of water coalesced over millennia to produce a closely knit group that retains the individuality of each member while being closely connected by the flow of ground water. Alex Gauvin on drums is the bedrock that forms the deep basins that collect and organize rain water. Dan Gavin on bass provides the seismic activity that keeps things moving. Both Zack Martel and Jacob Sterling on guitars are the water, an always shifting substance that you can't hold in hand, conducts electricity and is what makes life on Earth possible.
Saturday, September 6th - The Heavyweights Brass Band - $10.00 at the door
Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids’ Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band pack a one-two punch of crossover appeal and respect from music’s elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass band tradition, the Heavyweights’ original stance keeps one foot firmly rooted in the rich legacy of jazz, while one foot steps forward into the future. Rob Teehan, The Sousaphone player from Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Boxcar Boys, makes a welcome return to Sudbury with the HBB.
Tuesday, September 9th – Jack Marks and the MayHemingways - $7.00 – 8:00pm
Some of you may remember Jack Marks from his performance at River and Sky - camping and music festival in 2011. He's coming through with Peterborough's the Mayhemingways. This'll be an evening of fantastic songwriting in the vein of John Prine, Neil Young, and AM-era Wilco.
TOPWednesday, September 10th - Bardos, Sulfur City, Brothers Zen - $7.00 at the door
Bardos is a punk ragged duo at the tail end of a summer long tour across the country. Self described as 'Female Fronted Noisy Punk Shit', this is going to be one of your discoveries of the summer.
Sulfur City! One stage... four bodies...duct tape and long black gloves...grungy Mississippi Delta grooves....electric rhythms pulsating across the floor...Sulfur City has all the dirt slinging raw vibes a body needs and then some. It’s a fuel that burns full throttle ignited by the heat of Lori's soulful voice and the power and passion of her performance. Sulfur City is calling out to your nerve endings and wants to shock your senses so unplug your ear holes tie up your boots and let the stomping begin. It's Patti Smith meets Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Friday, September 12th – Lanorme, Obsidian, The Metis - $7.00 at the door
Only tonight will you know freedom from the shackles of this week.
The Métis http://themetis.bandcamp.com/
Saturday, September 13th - The House of David Gang Reggae Band - $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.
This Reggae favourite loves to return to Sudbury... this will be a great way to kick off your Cinefest week with an evening of cool Island groove
Wednesday, September 17th – Hank Williams 91st birthday – 8:00pm – Pay What you Can
We’ll have a nice big roster of singers out tonight to celebrate Hank Williams 91st birthday. Come out at 7:00pm for dinner and then sing along with us after 8:00pm until the long hours of the night.
Thursday, September 18th - The Wooden Sky - $10.00 Advance tickets. Doors 9:00pm.
The Return of The Wooden Sky... a special note here that Music and Film in Motion is doing an Artists Development program and is looking for an artist to apply to be a part of this Program that will include mentorship sessions and an opening spot for this evening... check out the program if you are in an emerging Northern Ontario band and want to get on the bill with The Wooden Sky! http://thinknorth.ca/Programs-And-Services/Music-Showcases.aspx
Since the release of The Wooden Sky’s last LP in 2012, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun, the intervening world has grabbed hold of the band, twisting and shaping the production of what will be their fourth album: Let’s Be Ready.
Navigating the strife and uncertainty of evolving friendships, lost loves, death and the ever-shifting challenges of the music industry, Gavin Gardiner (vocals/guitar), Andrew Kekewich (drums) and Simon Walker (multi-instrumentalist) found themselves in a new place: holed up in Toronto’s west-end—in Gardiner’s garage-turned-studio to be exact. With the help of familiar collaborators Edwin Huizinga (violin) and Andrew Wyatt (bass and vocals), the band spent grueling hours together digging deeper into their sound, looking both for answers to their doubts, and a way to quiet them.
The results, you could say, are loud.The album was conceived amidst many changes for the band—saying goodbye to both a founding member and their longtime record label. In the process of putting the pieces back together, The Wooden Sky looked to the talent and brawn of friend and producer Chris Stringer. Together they worked and reworked the songs, studio-hopping around Toronto in order to give each track a unique shape and space on the record.
With Let’s Be Ready, The Wooden Sky draws on nostalgia to capture the warmth of the tunes that inspired them to make music in the first place. This warmth—coupled with a freshness that looks to the future—serves up a new sound and new hope for the band. Let’s Be Ready acknowledges the pains of the past but with a gentle optimism and acceptance.
Mike Alarie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRuQJmdX9zY
Having played music for over a decade, Mike Alarie has developed an original and refreshing style of writing that a wide variety of listeners can appreciate. After recording his debut EP “As the Crow Flies” Mike Alarie saw a wealth of success and opportunity arise and has not stopped climbing since. Already playing countless shows in Northern Ontario, including the Timmins and Sudbury concert series, he is now looking to expand to even greater horizons. He is currently working on his second studio album, due out late 2014. Audiences are sure to enjoy Mike’s energetic and unique performance style, like a breath of fresh Northern air.
Spencer Jose - https://spencerjose.bandcamp.com/
A member of many bands in many capacities throughout the years (Willett, Big Z & Me, Coast Redwood, Ox) Sudbury’s Spencer Jose has finally unleashed his much anticipated debut album “Grown Slow” this summer, under the name “Carden Cove”. Perhaps the only thing more impressive than his captivating live performance is his extensive Pog collection. Spencer will be spending some time over the next few months being mentored by The Wooden Sky’s Simon Walker thanks to CIRAA’s Mentorship Program, presented in part by Music and Film in Motion.
Friday, September 19th - Weatherly, Hylandrive, Chambers - $7.00 at the doorAlmost two years ago Sudbury's own Weatherly came to a crashing halt, separating the five to go their own ways, leaving the frontman to rebuild what was once a promising band. They were gaining momentum, playing for big acts such as Marianna's Trench, Yukon Blonde, also taking home first prize from the 2012 Dauphin CountryFest battle of the bands in Manitoba as well as winning the first prize at the Spanish Rock and Roar battle of the bands, giving them the opportunity to open for some of the greatest bands from the earlier eras such as Harlequin, Dr. Hook and Great White. Although it didn't stop there, they also performed for big charities supporting their community and many more. But all that laid in the rubble and ashes when their ends met and their paths split. Today Weatherly has risen from those ashes, given a new facelift, a full arsenal of new songs and a new sound. And even though the roster may have changed, the way they deliver their performances are even more fantastic than before.
Saturday, September 20th - Pat Wright et les Gauchistes - $7.00 at the door
Local french folk-rockers Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes are going to make the stage explode with the weird and wonderful fusion of blues, pop, rock, and folk. There's an EP coming too. Mum's the word.
La gang locale de folk-rockers francos, Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes vont caramboler vos oreilles d'une fusion de blues, pop, rock et de folk. Tiens ton toupet. Y'a un EP qui s'en vient bientôt. Mais on n'a rien dit.
MATTHIEU + MARC d'AkoufèN - Ottawa, ON
Ces punks diplômés d'un baccalauréat en musique classique de l'Université d'Ottawa dépoussiéreront leurs guitares acoustiques et transformeront le rock mélodique pesant d'AkoufèN en harmonie veloutée de douceur.
C'coup icitte t'as pas besoin d'ear plugs.
Monday, September 22nd - Coyote, The Elwins, The Willow Wren - $7.00 at the door
Ontario-based indie pop outfit The Elwins have garnered an impressive pile of attention and praise considering their relative youth. From performing alongside acts like Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, Born Ruffians, Brendan Canning, and Walk Off The Earth or at festivals including SXSW, CMW, POP Montreal, and the Halifax Pop Explosion to being heralded an “act to watch” by tastemakers like Exclaim!, CBC Radio 3, and Torontoist.com, The Elwins have rapidly risen the rungs of the Canadian independent music scene – and all before a full-length offering to their name; however, that changed with the release of their highly-anticipated long-player And I Thank You.
The Elwins may not take themselves too seriously, but the same can’t be said for their career. It’s all part of an effort to continually engage their audience while also adding to it, and needless to say, it’s a formula that’s been working wonders thus far. With the release of And I Thank You, their profile can only be propelled upward, and there are plenty of people wondering just how high.
Coyote is a 5-piece rock band from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island that play massive, jubilant pop songs loaded with the dynamic hooks and sharp keyboard lines that propel the soaring, emotional choruses of front-man Josh Carter. He is complimented by fellow musicians Bruce Rooney (lead guitar), Evan McCosham (bass), Bradford Rooney (synth/keys) and Mike King (drums). Their sophomore release, Proof of Life is set for release in September 2014. Their debut EP, Tracks (2012), was recorded with accomplished island engineer Jon Matthews (The Sound Mill) and has earned the band four Music PEI Award nominations, including Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year. It is a catalog of material written over the span of the band’s earliest collaborations - starting with small ideas from before and during the conception of the group. After a handful of members came and went, the final roster came together just in time to begin tracking the album, and its successes bound the group.
Thursday, September 25th - Of Tall Tales, Artemis, Therapists and The Nully Gully Band - $7.00 at the door
That's correct... Gully plays tonight for his birthday... Cosmic Gully Day... The evening is decked out with an array of the finer rock, psyche, heavy bands in the city and then Gully will take the stage for some free form spoken word and mostly a set of great rock and roll with Kent on the Drums.
Friday, September 26th - Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils - $7.00 at the door
Irene Torres & The SugarDevils came onto the Toronto music scene in 2011 and made a name for themselves interpreting the music of New Orleans. They wowed audiences with their versatility in playing blues, funk, r&b, jazz, latin & soul to name a few. In 2012 they recorded their first self-titled CD in the cities of Toronto and New Orleans and received rave reviews and international radio airplay. With their first CD, Irene Torres & The SugarDevils were the recipients of a 2012 Sigy Born Award nomination and were the winners of the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. In 2013 they won the "Road To Memphis" competition and as a result, had the honor of representing Canada at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. In January of 2013, Irene Torres & The SugarDevils had the privilege of collaborating with Hammond Organ legend Ike Stubblefield (The Motown Review, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Al Green), New Orleans bassist Cornell Williams (Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, HBO's Treme, The Gospel Soul Children, The Soul Apostles), and producer/engineer Matthew Drost on their new album "In The Details".
Irene Torres & The SugarDevils have toured internationally in both Canada and the United States as well as opening for Big Rude Jake, Gino Vannelli, Ike Stubblefield and New Orleans piano giant, Jon Cleary. The band has also played The 2012 Scotiabank Marathon, The 2013 Toronto Tedx Talks and The 2013 Canadian International Auto Show. They were also featured on the 2013 CBC “Sounds Of the Seasons”. Their music can be heard regularly on college radio stations, 99.1 Toronto Jazz FM, and CBC National Radio. Irene Torres & The SugarDevils have played some of Ontario`s biggest festivals including The Orillia Blues Festival, The Kingston Limestone Blues Festival, The Orangeville Blues Festival, The Kitchener Blues Festival, The Beaches International Jazz Festival, The Mississauga Rotary Ribfest, The Kincardine Blues Festival, Jazz On The Mountain At Blue Festival, The Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, The Waterfront Blues Festival, The Redpath Waterfront Festival, Toronto RibFest, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The band has also played some of the most iconic venues in Toronto including The Orbit Room, The Reservoir Lounge, Lula Lounge and The Dominion.
Saturday, September 27th - The Almighty Rhombus, Low Animal, The Big Lonely - $7.00 at the door - Miami Vice night!!!
Well I don't know what kind of prizes Clayton is going to drum up for this evening, but it's sure to be a bawl as we spend the night in our best Tubbs and Crocket gear... popped collars and pink shirts... You know that Clayton has a closet full of these suits and he is dying to show them off once in a while. Join in on the fun and come dressed as your favourite 80's television detectives... come dressed as one of their drug dealing pimp targets... come dressed as one of the stylish ladies of the 80's. Oh what a night this will be... here's some great music links for you....
Rhombus Video for Sunglasses
the Almighty rumble at The Townehouse... video for House Burns Down
Official Video - Blank
Low Animal returns... check out this video. You know what to expect of this great duo... it's a little bit D.Boon, a little bit ragged rock a la Constantines. It bears the inevitable Black Keys comparison because of the duo thing... but Low Animal are much more than all of these things because they are ours... yes, their driveway is 500 kms away, but make no mistake... Sudbury is their Living Room, their basement, their garage. From Damien and Matt's days here in Sudbury with Elephanta through the years to today, Low Animal will always have their Sudbury priveleges.
Thursday, October 2nd - Everytime I Die - $20.00 advance, $25.00 at the door
Presented by by Sulfur, Frank Chartrand, Nick Taillefer, Epitaph records, Victory Records.
EVERY TIME I DIE https://www.facebook.com/everytimeidie
BEHELIT https://www.facebook.com/behelit705 -
See more at: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/11055/#sthash.eyZ9M77f.dpuf
Friday, October 3rd - Murder Murder - $7.00 at the door
Stay tuned for the whole bill to be announced as Murder Murder is away on tour for a couple weeks so communication is sporadic as they make their way through the Pokinos and into the Ozarks.
Saturday, October 4th - The Beastie Boys Night - $10.00 at the door
yes, you read that right... Several acts from across the city and beyond will be joining in to perform a night of the music of The Beastie Boys... from old punk stuff to the brat rock of License to Ill through the finest trio of Hip Hop albums in anybody's repertoire... Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication through the Instrumental funk albums and more... tonight's line-up of musicians will cover a bit of each ground. This will be a night to remember. Let us celebrate one of music's most interesting catalogs from some of it's most interesting characters.
Are you going to wear a fake cop moustache? I'll bet that we see a few of those. Dress to impress folks... it's a night to remember. Happy Birthday Lisa.
Tuesday, October 7th - Sloan - $25.00 tickets. Doors 8:00pm
No openers... this is being described by the band as An Evening With Sloan. Their new album is hitting shelves this month and Canada's first and favourite indie rock band hits the road to bring their music to everyone across the country. Thankfully, they like playing a small club like The Townehouse once in a while so we still get to have Sloan come through every couple of tours. Tickets will be sold out in advance... check online and/or at the bar for ticket availability.