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.
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.
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!!!
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.
A night of Rock, Garage, Indie, Ambient and Sonic music that will ring in your new ears. There comes a time where our Sudbury musicians often move to the larger centres to be closer to gigs when they are trying to break into the larger stream of the music dream. Tonight we reunite with our musicians that have gone fishing in the big ocean. Let’s dress the place up like a Homecoming Dance. Get your celebration dancing shoes on tonight and get ready to party like its 2012. 2017 was tough… let’s band together and bring 2018 in with a community that loves, rocks, stands together and creates unbelievable new worlds.
In this case tonight we have 2 pair of Sudburians who moved down to Toronto for work and playing opportunities and have formed new bands that are quickly getting the attention of major media and audiences. A pair of brothers in Blonde Elvis… Welcome back Jesse and Jordan… and a couple in Casper Skulls… welcome back Neil and Mel. We sent our best videomaker down to Toronto this year, making Lazy Daisies at least in part a Toronto band… welcome back Shawn Kosmo. As for Tofino… still based in Sudbury but with one member commuting from North Bay… they’re still qualified… welcome home. Welcome home all you wayward souls! Punks, misfits, hipsters, loners, students, working folk, music fans, foodies… I don’t know who else there is… but we’re all here at the Townehouse because it is the space where we gather as a community and create something beautiful.
Cheer us into 2018. $20 +HST is the ticket and we will have a light meal at midnight… a midnight toast… party favours… four great bands. Open until 3:00am… Doors at 10pm. This is a long night, so come hungry… come rested… we will take care of the rest. (except for your ride home… you should have that plan as well).
LOW GUNS at The Townehouse Tavern - JAN 5 - 11 PM !
Dwayne Trudeau - Slide Guitar
Christopher Garlic - Drums
Paul Loewenberg - Bass
Dwayne Trudeau is a local icon of back woods and delta blues. The beauty, sorrow, the grit and the soul of delta and back woods blues bleeds mysteriously and hauntingly from every word, note and song of this cherished Northern Ontario artist. Dwayne is joined this evening by local drum soldier Christopher Garlic and guest bassist Paul Loewenberg!
Sure to be an amazing evening of music, food and Jack Daniels! Don't miss it!
Music starts at 11 PM.
See you there!!!
Cloud Giants returns to take the first half of your Saturday night... Watch for this creative indie rock band to continue to define itself over the coming year... it's the amazing growth arc that comes from a band that works hard and continuously learns new tricks and writes new material. Chanelle Albert makes her Townehouse debut with her rocking trio... sure to own the second half of your Saturday evening. Chanelle Albert is a young and independent singer, songwriter and composer. Her style takes root from a variety of genres including Folk, Rock, Blues and Alternative and her craft is greatly influenced by artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Born and raised in the small Canadian town of Verner in Northern Ontario, Chanelle started song writing in 2013 at the age of 16, writing in both English and French when creating her music and poetry. She has since released her debut album How Beautiful We Are in 2015 at the age of 18 which has earned her a nomination by the 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards in the category of Best Folk or Roots and a nomination by the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne in the category of Young Performer of the Year.
Big Mama Lele sings a special mix of double entendre, comedic honesty, and fun times. Her music is inspired by the sweet songs of early blues women, and a random assortment of cassettes from thrift shops.
She's toured Canada and the U.S, and even Siberia. GDFC: Good Ditties For Chords and Singles are her most recent albums. But Letters Are Better is her best!
Lele returns with Ukelele and tonight shares the stage with the artist Grumps from Honey Harbour. Grumps has the following tags on the Bandcamp page ... country métis acoustic queercore twang Honey Harbour Grumps is a banjo slinging songster making their first appearance at the Townehouse. Welcome!!
Friday, January 12th - Elijah and the Backburners - $7.00 at the door
These gents have been popping up here and there at festival events around town... and since they would all be together for Malanka ( (Ukrainian: ???????, Schedry vecher — Generous Eve, Belarusian: ?????? ?????, Russian: ??????? Malanya) is a Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian folk holiday celebrated on 13 January, which is New Year's Eve in accordance with the Julian calendar)... we figured we should get our bi-annual Led Zeppelin Night under way as we stretch through this Arctic Air system that seems to go on. It's the perfect way to combat the cold... hot music. Ryan, Andrew, Jeff and John have been killing this music for decades with former bands Budget Motel, Galahad's Pad and Junction Creek. Now the members have come together to set a torch to the great Led Zeppelin songbook. Not just the hits, folks... they go deep into the B-Sides... you just have to see it.
Friday, January 19th - The Bad Hombres - $7.00 at the door
Saturday, January 20th - Boulevard of Broken Songs - The Music of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons - $7.00 at the door
Friday, January 26th - The Keyframes, Taco Fiesta, Jamie Gia - $7.00 at the door
Billy John returns for his annual winter breakdown. This singer has been reclusive of late... singing at private parties and festivals but usually leaving the bar gigs to this January Thaw-down, St. Patrick's Day and one or two more gigs during the year. When he does come around, you quickly realize the loss we are taking when great singers take day jobs. Tonight it is Rock and Roll, outlaw country, Bluegrass, Irish, Blues and ragged dirges. Tonight we put the brakes on growing up. Tonight we rage against the waking at dawn's light. Tonight we are the wild bunch... tonight we are the Samurai come to save your town from dark shadows. Tonight we are the Dirty Dozen.
Daniel Romano’s Ancient Shapes is the sound of punk rock, power pop, and psychedelic garage. It’s a solo recording project and a ripping and well-dressed live band. It’s a collage of spontaneous poetry and repurposed graphic design. The foul debris of late capitalism fuels alien engines. A hummingbird sits on barbed wire. Flowers bloom between the cracks. Insects crawl across the moon. Hopelessness and hope form a perfect sphere.
Doors open at 7:30pm
Kate Maki and Fred Squire perform at 8:30pm
Tommy & the Commies at 9:30pm
Ancient Shapes at 10:20pm
Tickets are $12 advance/ $15 at the door if available.
Tuesday, February 13th - Harpdog Brown - 8pm - $10 at the door
The much celebrated Wooden Sky returns to Sudbury for a Winter 2018 tour... The title of The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length album is an abridged quote from Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune: “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.” It’s a phrase that seems especially apt in 2017, as many of us are still reeling from the previous year. For Gavin Gardiner, the frontman of the Toronto-based indie rock band, the way to understand and reconcile these unknowns — from oil pipelines and refugee crises to his own family’s personal history— is through songwriting. “It’s how I filter a lot of things that come in,” says Gardiner, as he walks through the residential streets of Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood. “For better or for worse, it’s how I deal with things and how I communicate my feelings.” Swimming in Strange Waters is Gardiner trying to make sense of the world.
The band (made up of Gardiner, multi-instrumentalists Simon Walker and Andrew Wyatt, violinist Edwin Huizinga and drummer Andrew Kekewich) started writing and recording demos in a small farmhouse in rural Quebec in January 2015, but then put them aside as they embarked on a year-long tour in support of their previous album, Let’s Be Ready. When they resumed work on the album in March 2016, Gardiner says the band caught a severe case of “demoitis”, a condition wherein “you fall in love with the scrappiness of the demos.” So rather than completely re-working them, they decided to record the album in the same way as the demos: in Gardiner’s home studio, using old tape machines and live off the floor.
The resulting album is a sonic maelstrom that sees the band exploring unchartered waters, where textural psychedelia inspired by the Paisley Underground movement melds into quiet, acoustic cyclical guitar melodies, before once again transforming into a bombastic, Johnny Cash-esque rally against the XL Keystone pipeline in Canada. While Let’s Be Ready found the Wooden Sky writing a pure “rock and roll” album, Swimming in Strange Waters sees the band experimenting once again. “I feel like we’re back on track,” says Gardiner.