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Music...

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.

Food...

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.

Community...

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 7:00pm. New Early Start!

Starting October 17th... Hugh Jazz will be starting earlier... we will kick off the Gypsy Jazz portion just after dinner and then get rowdier after 9pm. 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 7:30 PM.

Pass the Hat. A $7.50 donation to the band is suggested. See you there!!!

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are continuing ...

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.

Farewell to summer

The patio is going away for the winter... sad but true. A reminder that Alcohol can no longer go outside on the sidewalk. Leave it inside if you must go outside to smoke.

Legalization of Cannabis

As of October 17th, The Caanbis Act will start to roll out across the country. Inside the restaurant, in this licensed establishment, it changes nothing. You still have to go outside to smoke. You still have to go outside to vape.

Tuesday Night Trivia

Starting May 22nd, Nickel City Trivia will run out of the Townehouse Tavern every Tuesday night at 8pm. This trivia night includes multiple choice, picture, music, general, and local trivia questions as well as weekly prizes and specials.

We will be doing $6.00 Stack pints on Tuesdays plus you will still get treated to live music right after the Trivia is done...

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            The Townehouse Tavern has, for the last 27 years been the home of live music here in Sudbury.  A proud tradition of live music clubs across the country, like The Horseshoe Tavern and Call the Office… that are keeping the music alive at the roots level.  We join a lively community of promoters and musicians who keep the music scene alive in this city… It takes a village to keep it all together… Together with Northern Lights, River and Sky, Up Here, the Houles, the Drakes, Shawn Kosmo, all the guys from Murder Murder, Cosmic Dave’s, Jenn McKerral, Jenn Holub and about 50 other people, we work full time around the clock year in and year out… For some it is the family business… our sound tech Dunstan is 3rd generation Sudbury artist… Paul DiSalle is 4th generation Sudbury artist.  We want people to go out and support live music throughout the year.  We want people to be inspired to pick up guitars and brass and keyboards and drums and challenge themselves and challenge the community with new music.  Sing your own song, paint your own picture, write your own book… I should add more… cook your own meal.  Build your own instruments.  Carve your own niche.

 

Saturday, December 29th - 10pm - MURDER MURDER, The Mayhemingways - $10.00 at the door

As many people know, Murder Murder is going on a bit of a hiatus and we are taking a break from touring. We've booked a hiatus show on Dec.29th at The Townehouse Tavern with our good friends Mayhemingways, but in the meantime check out this video.

Saturday, December 29th - 7:00pm - 10:00pm - The Smokin' Jackets - $10.00 at the door

Phil May, Tony Simpkin, Mark Savard and Joe Reda return for a holiday show. The doors open at 7:00pm and the band will play from around 8:00pm to 10:00pm. As the holidays go, we will clear up for a 2nd show tonight of more great local bands celebrating the holidays. The Smokin' Jackets just celebrated their 25th anniversary and continue to roll ahead playing the best in Rhythm and Blues, with splashes of Soul, Funk and Rock and Roll. Much of their music comes from the era of the best period in history... 1968-1974... celebrating the greats like Grand Funk Railroad, Santana, Commodores, Doobie Brothers and more.

 

Sunday, December 30th - Hotdog - $7.00 at the door - 10pm

Spencer can be seen on stage playing his own great songs from Carden Cove and Tofino, but every now and then you just want to rock the house with your favourite songs. HotDog is a band made of local players just looking for a fun night out. It's party music... here we go.

New Year's Eve - The Northern Memphis Revival - $25.00 tickets + tax.

Doors open at 8:00pm.

Band plays from 9:00pm through midnight, we have party favours and dinner... Then the band goes back on and plays until you can dance no more.

Formed a couple years ago, the Revival plays Memphis Soul... We cover some songs from the following artists: Otis Redding, the Bar-keys, Wendy Rene, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke, William Bell, Linda Lyndell, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Eddie Floyd, Etta James, Joe Tex, The Staple Singers, Jean Knight, The Mar-Keys, Booker T & the MGs, and many more... Now who doesn't love Soul! It's a great tradition of danceable music from a stable of artists that often tackled important human social issues at the same time as creating the soundtrack to the heaviest dance party on the planet.

Tickets will be available through The Townehouse, Eventbrite.com, Cosmic Daves Vinyl Emporium, High Road Records and from members of the band.

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Friday, January 4th - Johnny and the Terminators - $7.00 at the door, 10pm

Great rock and roll, Rhythm and Blues and Soul music power trio. Paul DiSalle has been leading Johnny and the Terminators for over 10 years. One of the city's most explosive guitarists. The DiSalle family name has been synonymous with great music in this city going back 3 generations... more than 70 years.

Whether they are doing a spot on take on Stevie Ray Vaughan or a great interpretation of classic soul and Motown, the Terminators rock it with energy. Like Vanilla Fudge covering Stevie Wonder... this is a powerhouse trio that keeps it lean and keeps you dancing.

We go back to work on Monday after a long holiday break... one last chance to get wild and weird before settling into the new year.

Saturday, January 5th - Doors and Fours, Perpetual War Machine, Sex Toy Video - $7.00 at the door

One last night out on the town before we go back to work on Monday and sink in to the new year... 3 great bands ranging across hard rock, metal, math, prog and more. If you want a cup of coffee that is going to get you through... this is it.

Doors & Fours
Spawned as a “protest” against the plethora of extremely overproduced and computerized music coming out of the heavy music scene as of late. Doors & Fours was created by Adam Peach & René Thivierge while playing in PYTHON (a heavy metal band from Hamilton, ON), in an effort to create raw, catchy, hook-driven songs, Peach moved from the mundane suburbs of Hamilton to the mean streets of Brampton to live on Thivierge’s couch, with the clothes on his back and his guitar. From there, they began writing what would become the first Doors & Fours demo, containing just 3 songs: “Fight Song”, “Pass The Time”, “Full Go”, with Joe Piccolo on drums. A month later, D4 released their first EP, titled “Skid”, containing 5 brand new songs. “Skid” was recorded and produced in just 7 hours in July 2017 – just over 30 days after releasing their demo. Evan Greenaway (PYTHON) played drums on the EP. Keeping true to the original idea of producing raw, catchy, rock music, D4 produced both the demo and the EP from the house Peach and Thivierge resides at, using basic recording gear and a laptop computer. In November 2017, D4 decided to recruit Hamilton-based drummer Paige McAleney. With McAleney on drums, D4 finally had the final piece it was looking for, to adapt its own unique sound – a heavy dose of explosive, raw, crunchy, punk-driven rock music, with meaningful lyrics and a “go f**k yourself” attitude. Since then, the band has released a full-length album, 2 live albums, and 3 singles – with their 2nd full-length album coming out in February 2019. https://www.facebook.com/doorsandfours/


Perpetual War Machine
A 4 piece rock and roll band from Sudbury. They have a full length demo release on band camp, here... https://perpetualwarmachine.bandcamp.com/track/on-the-way-to-the-otherside-2
They run across the neighbourhood of Soundgarden style early 90's meets the slightly more modern desert rock of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Brant Bjork and more.

Sex Toy Video
Sudbury based rock duo. Greg Tremblay and Mark "Dutch" Koetsier bring a mix of grooving rock and heavy riffs.

Friday, January 11th - Lucrecia, Drugwolf, Save the Strange - $7.00 at the door

Stay tuned for more additions to this bill. What else do you want to do on a mid January night but get loud and weird. That's one of the many things that the Townehouse is fond of doing. What's nice is that tonight might be weird and loud, but next week will be something different... and the week after that will be something else.

Drugwolf

Saturday, January 12th - Elijah and the Backburners - $7.00 at the door

Elijah returns with Piano and Guitar to play the great favourites of Rockabilly, R&B, Blues and 50's rock and roll. He nails Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis. Usually a trio, sometimes a quartet and sometimes a duo, The Backburners were raised by the sound of rhythm and blues to gin soaked country, delivering a glimpse of pure Rock and Roll when excited. 

When we play, we burrrrrn!

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Thursday, January 17th - The Open Stage - $5.00 at the door

If you have a few songs that you want to play... if you want to nurture your talent and get up on stage... if you are trying to get over your stage fright and you want some encouragement... just starting a new project? Want to meet other musicians who have already been through the grinder and you want to start a new band. Maybe you just need to sing a couple songs...

Come out to the monthly open stage here on this Thursday night. Your friends can pay a couple dollars to get in but you coast in with your guitar or your piano... get used to being treated like a hero. Our good friend and regular player Mitchell Smith hosts the evening. Give a shout to Mitchell in advance if you know you are coming out... we can also take walk-ins and Christopher Walkens. We have a house drum kit and bass amp... so if you are coming as a band, chances are that you only have to bring snare, sticks and cymbals and your axes and we will have the rest ready to set up. Contact Mitchell here on Facebook.

 

Friday, January 18th - Billy John and the Dirty Dozen - $10 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.? On Friday, January 18th at the Townhouse Tavern.

Saturday, January 19th - Bandit - $7.00 at the door

Ryan Levecque returns with another evening of rock and roll and roots tinged music. As for usual... you never know where Ryan is going to stand for the evening. If he comes out with Mark and Mark, you could get a night of Hendrix, Cream and Sabbath... If he shows up with Pepper and Foy, it could be a night of Stones and CCR... Chances are it will be a mixed bag evening, with a bunch of things that you don't expect to hear... like maybe some Bowie or some Prince.

Friday, January 25th - White Cowbell Oklahoma, Dropouts - $15.00 adv, $20 at the door

BEHOLD....

Legendary Canadian Rock Armada... Cowpunk, Southern Boogie. WCO is the classroom troublemaker of all of the children and Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Stooges.

White Cowbell Oklahoma

WCO BARRAGES The Townehouse Tavern!
Friday, January 25
9:00pm / 19+

EXTRA SPECIAL GUESTS TBA!
$15 advance + HST

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Saturday, January 26th - Hobby, WLMRT, Kommisars - $10.00 at the door

It's cold outside.
Let's heat it up.
Late night punk show featuring:

WLMRT (Toronto Post-Punk) - Looking forward to seeing this band... catching shades of Wire, pre-Goo Sonic Youth, and things like Superconductor... although that is maybe because they also listened to Wire and Sonic Youth. It's scrappy noise and punk from the big smoke.
https://wlmrt.bandcamp.com

HOBBY (Toronto Rock) - Dreamy, dirtbowl dusty and twangy.
https://hobbytoronto.bandcamp.com

Kommissars (Sudbury Post-Punk/Deathrock)
https://kommissars.bandcamp.com

No assholes / creeps / discrimination will be tolerated.

Be nice to each other.

This is a 19+ event.

Friday, February 1st - The Bad Hombres - $7.00 at the door

The Hombres return for another kick at 2019. Join the caravan of love coming to your town with your favourite songs. Don Kunto, Steve Joncas and Spencer Jose mix it up between alot of fun old songs and a new mix of indie rock from the likes of Black Keys, White Stripes, Father John Misty and much more.

Saturday, February 2nd, Bob Marley Tribute with House of David Gang. $10 advance tix + tax... $15.00 at the door.... or $10.00 at the door with a donation to the Sudbury Food Bank. Donation Boxes available.. Tickets HERE

There are very few parties each year that are this fun. Celebrate the life of the prolific singer and Rasta warrior, Robert Nesta Marley. Bob helped to show the world the spirit of Reggae music and it’s power to call for peace and unity. His death at 36 years old was far too young but we have so much of him to remember from the early Ska years and Studio One recordings with the original Wailers, Peter and Bunny, through the years of worldwide tours and international acclaim. Come celebrate the great songs of Bob Marley at our annual tribute hosted skilfully by the House of David Gang Reggae Band.

House of David Gang is Canada's busiest touring reggae band. Rooted in the timeless tradition of Jamaican roots reggae from the 70s and early 80s as embodied by the immortal Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer; House of David Gang adds a potent mix of jazz, funk and afrobeat to create a true global reggae orchestra.

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Friday, February 22nd - Desert Therapy, Mebus, Northern Rage - $7.00 at the door - 10PM

Desert Therapy: final band of the night will deliver your therapy with some kick ass tunes that will surely result in a mosh pit.

Mebus: a psychadelic rock band with that famous 70s groove we all miss, and the creativity thats clearly sparked from a few trips.

Northern Rage: this two piece band will surprise the shit out of you. These guys are metal as hell and are highly talented.

ADMISSION: $7 at the door.

Merchandise will be sold at this event.

Bands start playing at 11pm.

Friday, March 1st - TooNice Reggae Band - $7.00 at the door, 10pm

Under the influence of jamaican roots reggae, British Ska and SoCal, TooNice brings you the non stop dancin and skankin music of the Canadian Shield! 
Fresh and refreshed reggae and ska at it's finest!

Sudbury has had a long history of revering this Jamaican distillation of Louisiana Rhythm and Blues and their own traditional Mento music. From The Marketville Riot in the late 60's to Jocko Chartrand in the 70's to Vic and the Meat Kings, The Smokers in the 90's and Mondo Idols and Common Dread in the 2000's, Sudbury has always had it's fair obsession with this Island groove. Of course we have always had a great Jamaican population in Sudbury since Independence so we have always had easy access to the records. Toonice comes up from Wasaga Beach about once or twice a year and lays out a great dance party. Bring a friend and find out what everyone has been dancing about for 60 years.

Sunday, March 17th - Billy John and the Irish Wake - $10.00 at the door - 2 shows... 6pm and 10pm.

Yes, another year for this squad to hold court over St. Pats in Sudbury. The Irish Wake are something of a steamroller of Pogues energy and the sweetness of Great Big Sea and Stan Rogers. From Traditional fiddle tunes of Quebec, Ireland, Cape Breton to floor stompin drinking tales from the Dubliners, the Irish Rovers, The Pogues and much more... This is as lively as a wake ever gets.

The band will play play a couple sets at dinner, take a break and towel off... and then play a couple sets through the evening. Come early, come late... it's up to you. The Early show will be a little more kid friendly. it will all be for dancing. Please, if you do drink, drink responsibly.

Friday, March 29th - The Wooden Sky w/ Casper Skulls - $15 adv + tax, $20 at the door

Swimming in Strange Waters is The Wooden Sky’s fifth album.  The Indie Rock band has been a favourite across Canada for the last 10 years. 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.

On every album, the Wooden Sky’s aim is to somehow capture the band’s live performance, to compress that adrenalin and vigour into a collection of songs that’ll inevitably be played through headphones and crappy computer speakers. It’s a tall order, considering the Wooden Sky has become known for both high-energy, sold-out rock shows and their charming, unconventional pop-up gigs – like 2014's series of three acoustic record store sets in three hours, where they biked to each shop with instruments slung over their backs.

Swimming in Strange Waters marks the closest the band has ever got to this coveted goal. To achieve that energy, Gardiner had to let go of any insecurities and garner new confidence, part of which he found after speaking with an opera singer friend and working with legendary producer, Angello, and part of which came from encapsulating that energy himself.

Casper Skulls

Casper Skulls was formed in 2015 by Neil Bednis and Melanie St-Pierre, musicians and romantic partners from Sudbury who moved to the Toronto area when St-Pierre started studying art and design at Sheridan College. They added bassist Fraser McClean and drummer Chris Anthony, and began performing in Toronto venues. In 2016 they signed with Buzz Records and released their debut EP Lips & Skull.

In 2017, Casper Skulls performed at the River & Sky festival and co-headlined our New Year concert at The Townehouse Tavern. That year they released their full-length debut album Mercy Works in 2017. During their tour to support the album, they were involved in a vehicle collision en route to SXSW, and launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist in paying for a new tour van. The band members themselves were uninjured, and were able to get to Austin to perform their scheduled set.