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
Starting October 1st... 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.
After a busy week, there is nothing better for the soul than to sing with friends... join us for the Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch from 2-5pm each Sunday. We'll sing old timey songs, songs of freedom, old blues, country heartbreakers, maybe a few boozers... songs of joy, songs of redemption. Make your life one full of song. SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH RETURNED for most of the fall... took 2 weeks off over the holidays... we'll be back January 8th until spring break.
Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.
Just a wee reminder... from now until October, we have a patio out on the street. There is NO SMOKING allowed on the patio. This is an Ontario Law. Beverages are not allowed to leave the licensed patio area. Please don't try and stretch the rules, because there aren't any grey areas for our staff. If you smoke anything on the patio or if you pass alcohol out side of the fence... or if you try and stand on one side and smoke from the other or whatever... Ontario's government doesn't want you to be creative or funny... you will be asked to leave by the staff.
Workers on demonstration for declaring an 8 hour work day in 1886 were engaged by the Police in Chicago. The General Strike began on May 1st, the day that the Second International declared would be International Workers Day, and resulted a couple days later with a small bomb being thrown by agitators and Police opening fire on a large crowd, killing several and wounding many. It became known as the Haymarket Massacre. Spun by mainstream media, anarchism became synonymous with bomb throwing and socialism became un-American. The common image of an anarchist became a bearded, eastern European immigrant with a bomb in one hand and a dagger in the other.
Today we see tens of thousands of activists embracing the ideals of the Haymarket Martyrs and those who established May Day as an International Workers' Day. Ironically, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but rarely is it recognized in the country where it began.
Tonight we will gather with brothers and sisters, friends and co-workers and sing songs about work. Led again this year by John Newlands, you will hear some unexpected gems (last year, Anita stole the show with her take on Dolly's classic 9 to 5). You will also hear a few standards of work life. Maybe some Johnny Paycheck. All-in-all... it's a night of fun... and it is over around 9:00pm so you can bring the kids if you like. A regular solo act will follow at 10:30pm.
With her inimitable, velvety voice, Nigerian-born singer, songwriter and actress Sonia Aimy is the quintessential embodiment of contemporary African world music. Her sound blends Afro- jazz, highlife, and call-and-response African griot tradition, in easy flowing, yet virtuosic performances.
Her irresistible rhythms and melody and infectious joie de vivre unite audiences of diverse backgrounds. Her second CD, Nigerian Spirit 2017, is an incantation of hope. It offers spiritual nourishment and intellectual stimulation, and is a joy to the senses.
Sonia Aimy has won fans in Europe, Africa and Canada through her on stage appearances with the likes of African musical legends Hugh Masekela, the Mahotella Queens, Miriam Makeba, IGNAWA and Williams Parker.
Fluent in English, Italian and several African tongues, Aimy grew up speaking the local Edo language of her native Benin City in southern Nigeria. Through her music, she also explores Yoruba and Hausa (both from Nigeria); as well as Obamba (Gabon), Wolof (Senegal), Lingala (Congo), Kiswahili (East Africa) and Somali. Motherhood is an important theme that often appears in her lyrics, along with a deep concern for justice.
Sonia Aimy has also been recognized in Italy and Nigeria not only for her obvious talent but also for her commitment to end human trafficking, and for the deep sense of her Nigerian heritage, which gives a spiritual grounding to her work wherever she performs.
For her many endeavors, Aimy was chosen Best Positive Figure for Youths in Turin and Caserta (2005/2006); was named a Millennium Models Nominee among fifty Nigerians in the world by Nigeria’s Platinum Bank Limited in 2003; and in 2005 was nominated by Italy’s AfroLife magazine as one of the Top Ten leading Nigerians in that country.
LINKS TO PERFORMANCES SANGO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqEHUsiv-iY Nigerian Spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unue-lCzjH8
Whiskey River Blues Band swings through the Townehouse again, Repeating the great show they had last May with Downchild's veteran singer, Chuck Jackson. Tommy Fyfe, Pete, Larabie, Steve Malick and Paul Loewenberg form a tight section that plays Blues from Chicago to Texas, a little Rhythm and Blues Swing, Canadian ragers from the likes of Downchild and David Wilcox all sprinkled around songs from Whiskey River own albums.
Doors open at 9:00pm so we can get started early.
Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 28 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also is an excellent songwriter, and there are plenty of his songs on many of the groups recordings. He’s also a fine harmonica player, and a special highlight of the band’s performances is a harp duet with Mr. Downchild. Chuck is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual award winning Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival which has become an major event on the North American festival circuit. He is also the Artistic Director of Wasaga Beach Blues, the excellent new blues event in Wasaga Beach every September. With Downchild he has been nominated for 5 Junos and in 2014 won the Juno for Blues Album of the Year for their CD Can you hear the Music. Chuck has been nominated 7 times and won the Maple Blues Award, Male Vocalist of the Year twice.
This event is in support of Stan's Plan releasing their first full length album. Come check out some wicked bands and have a drink.
Save the Strange
Lost In Fake Idols
Presented by: Stomp Records
Doors: 9pm / Show 9:30pm - 11:45pm
LOST LOVE (MTL Punk, Stomp Recs)
After over 200 shows in 11 countries over the last 3 years, Lost Love has bled the road dry. This four-piece from Montreal blends a mix of gruff/catchy-punk. After a first album in 2014 (Sparkles), they released a second album (Comfortable Scars) on Stomp Records and on Ocelot Records (US Vinyls only) in April 2016. To promote their latest album, they toured across Canada, USA and Europe on a 4-month tour in 2016. FFO: The Lawrence Arms, Smoke Or Fire, Banner Pilot, The Flatliners.
WATER MANE (Montpellier France Indie-Punk)
Formed at the end of the year 2011, WATER MANE is a mix of Punk Rock melodies cooked in the sauce of Gainesville (cradle of the label NO IDEA records) and hoarse voices which are going to remind influences such as IRON CHIC, DILLINGER FOUR, LATTERMAN or HOT WATER MUSIC. This cocktail comes from the meeting of members of varied formations: BAISE BALL (Old School Punk), PRETTY JOHNNY (Punk\'N\'Roll) and WAKE THE DEAD (Hardcore). After two EPs, one LP and four years spent to cross France and Western Europe the four boys from Montpellier (south of France) make it again with their new EP “Flaws First”!
Richard Inman 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.
Kick Ptarmigan, having recently devoured local greats the Spins, are set to record their third album this year. They play a unique hybrid of hair metal and doo-wop that sounds suspiciously like indie folk/rock.
Comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Violent Femmes and the Barenaked Ladies have been met with confused stares.
Legend has it these boys have never seen the light of day and only creep out of the basement at night to scream about their problems behind really loud instruments.
Bunch of Handsome scaliwags from all across the earth, coming together to teach you lessons of love, fear, and laughter with their alt rock tunes.
Tonight's show is free for attendees of the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards and/ or Conference. Click to investigate. This is the 11th Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Attend the ceremony at Science North. Attend the Conference held downtown. Cheer on as our friends battle it out for these NOMFA's. Shawn Kosmo is nominated 3 times!! Murder Murder is nominated in the songwriting category... Jennifer Holub, Josh Turnbull and several more Townehouse regular performers are nominated. The awards are juried by a panel of professionals from across the music and film industry across Canada.
The After Party - Featuring DIANA - Free with NOMFA PASSPORT, $20 without.
Toronto's breezy synth-pop outfit DIANA began as a collaboration between drummer Kieran Adams and saxophonist Joseph Shabason, fixtures of the city's music scene who met while studying jazz at the University of Toronto (later, they played with acts including Warm Myth and Destroyer, respectively). Having written an album's worth of demos during a working holiday in the Canadian countryside, the pair recruited singer Carmen Elle, formerly of Spiral Beach and Army Girls, to lend some sweeter vocals to the project. The group finished recording in July 2012, and after posting some songs to SoundCloud, signed to Jagjaguwar Records. DIANA added another of Adams and Shabason's U of T classmates (and Hidden Cameras alumnus), Paul Mathew, to the fold before their debut, Perpetual Surrender, arrived in August 2013. Three years later, the group (minus Mathew) returned with second album Familiar Touch, which included singles "Confession" and "Slipping Away.
Their debut album was on the long list for the Polaris Prize in 2014. This new album is gathering steam around it's new single and DIANA is poised for great things this coming year. See this show now because I have a sneaking suspicion they won't be playing clubs much longer after they hit the major festivals this summer and their new single hits the top of the R3-30.
Opening Band Everett Bird
Doors at 8:00pm
Hollerado's debut album Record In A Bag came out in 2009 and received a Canadian JUNO award nomination for Best New Artist. Their incredible “Americanarama” video garnered over 1.4 Million YouTube views with its forcefully creative approach to video making, and the album spawned the Top 10 radio hits “Americanarama” and “Juliette” as well as Top 20 radio hit "Got To Lose." The launch of White Paint followed, their 2013 studio release, which included the Top 10 song and video for “So It Goes,” a wrenchingly personal story about lead singer Menno Versteeg's Dutch grandfather, whose life was spared in World World II. Hollerado's band ethos is spent building a music community of music loving fans, so it's no surprise that 2015's 111 Songs was a project where they wrote custom songs for specific fans. This exhaustive continuous songwriting project built the working framework for the release for their new single, “Born Yesterday, which hints at the sheer energy of musical and creative offerings to come from the band in 2017.
Perfecting what they call "Roadhouse Trucker Slop Country", this 6 piece honky-tonk band hailing from Orillia, ON, CA, is sure to keep floors filled from the first note. Coming together over a passion of keeping country music raw and true to its roots, but at the same time adding an energetic kick that has been winning over all audiences from folkies, metal heads and punkers.
Formed in the fall of 2014, Terry Savage and the Wonky Honkees quickly starting playing shows around Simcoe County, ON, with (then) a split set of covers from Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Glen Miller and Dwight Yoakam and a handful original material crafted by Terry himself. The band recorded its first EP "Rust" the following summer. Over the year (2015-2016), Terry Savage and the Wonky Honkees have been playing larger crowds opening for White Cowbell Oklahoma, headlining Barrie Ontario's Canada Day Mainstage, Orillia's Roots North Festival, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls and Mariposa Folk Festival where they also debuted their first full length album "The Out To Lunch Bunch"
Nathan Lawr is one of Canada's most literate and innovative composers. He understands groove. He understands Sudbury, having lived here for the better part of five years. We’re told to believe that the world is a simple place. Right and wrong. Us and them. Stoke the fear, stir the blood, rally the base. Get in your silo and stay there, so you can be branded with a barcode. Resistance is ripe but it’s time for different drummers. Strange times need a solid soundtrack.
But as an old song goes, what the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head. These are times in which we need to bleed the lines. To blur the colours. To interweave our narratives. “We are large, we contain multitudes,” as Walt Whitman might say.
Which brings us to MINOTAURS’ wild and wonderful Weird Waves, an album described by its architect as an “apocalyptic-psychedelic afro-folk epic” —probably the only one you’re likely to hear in 2016. When main Minotaur Nathan Lawr first transitioned from folkie singer/songwriter to rhythmic bandleader on 2010’s The Thing, it was, in some ways, an extension of his work with innovative dub/punk/electronic band King Cobb Steelie in the late ’90s, with whom he toured when he was just out of high school. Here, however, Lawr dives off the deep end and surfaces with the most accomplished, experimental, and rewarding album of his career.
The 1970s afro-rock influence that was initially MINOTAURS’ raison d’etre is still strong, but Lawr was also listening to a lot of psychedelic soul legend Curtis Mayfield, German mind-expanders Neu, and the sonic fuckery of Sun Araw (not to be confused with interstellar electronic jazz pioneer Sun Ra, though he’s undoubtedly in the mix somewhere as well). Weird Waves was constructed from studio jams with his killer live band, and then tinkered with at home, where Lawr added keyboard, drones and random sounds. “That way, I can just follow my instincts and not explain anything to anybody. It can be slightly peculiar: things entering and leaving at odd times. That’s really interesting to me as a listener. There’s a lot more room, it’s more relaxed.” What could have been an insular, claustrophobic record is far from it: the energy of the live MINOTAURS is solidly at the core, while Lawr’s inescapable melodic gifts are still in full force—even if they’re just one texture among many heard here.
THOUSANDS of bands.
THOUSANDS of friends.
We've been at it for 30 years so we are taking a weekend to kick off the celebration. June 16/ 17.
We're shutting down the street for the weekend. Gates open 6pm Friday, noon on Saturday.
Friday we reunite with 2 of our great lost loves...
Budget Motel - assembling from across the country for the first time in years... the band that started it all.
Far From Heroes - The first Sudbury band in a generation to break through... recording for Sony... the darlings of the new school punk scene of the late 90's/ early 2000's... second show in 10 years.
On Saturday.... We will recreate the Summer of Love with all your faves playing the summer of 1967...
Murder Murder plays The Grateful Dead
Whiskey River plays The Animals
JoPo and the RiZe plays Janis Joplin and Big Brother and Holding Company
Ox plays Jimi Hendrix
The Wharf Rats Play The Who
The Beatles Night plays The Sgt Pepper album in its entirety.
Northern Memphis Revival does Otis Redding.
The Beatles Night is assembling a small orchestra to recreate one of pop music's greatest achievments. We will be joined by symphony players, big band brass, + Ryan, Dan, Nick, Paul, Pat and Matt, the core of the band that has been hosting Beatles Night for 12 years. We will play Sgt Pepper in it's entirety with Strings and Horns + a few more important numbers from that era of the summer of love from the Fab Four.
and much more!!
If you don't have family in town anymore, we are setting a block of rooms at The Quality Inn (705) 675-1273.
June of 1987. The Desjardins family took over an old hotel next to the arena. Within a couple years, The Townehouse Tavern became the centre for new music in the community. In the following years this would herald a change for downtown... the centre of an arts scene. The spark that ignited Downtown Sudbury. Now we are sister restaurants, The Laughing Buddha and The Townehouse... 10 apartments, 25 student rooms, 240 patio seats in the summer, acclaimed food and atmosphere. Hosts of the Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival. It all started with The Townehouse, a love of rock and roll and wanting to be unique in this world.
Telecolour, Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes, JOLY and more!!