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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 Alanna Negusanti

For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883

For Band Booking, Special Events information... contact Paul Loewenberg

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC AT SUNDOWN

Every Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
By the time Thursday rolls around... most folk are ready to roll off the week... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to kick the weekend into gear and finish your week on a positive note. Great dinner, Great music. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.

June 2nd – Chuck Roberts – Chuck has had a lifetime of playing… many years he spent in schools across the North teaching roots music to a new generation.  He is a Northern Lights Festival veteran and has also been joining us recently on Sunday afternoons.  Come get a good seat.

June 9th - Richard Foers - Richard returns to sing a whole bunch of favourite soul and rock songs from the 60's and 70's. He's been picking a lot of songs that get stuck in your head for days to come afterward... Manfred Mann, Redbone, Springsteen, The Hollies... be prepared to leave with at least one.

June 23rd - Koralyssa J Bell - On the eve of her CD Release party, Koralyssa takes a dinner to sing her favourites and her own songs. Now that she's back in Sudbury from a year in Toronto, we will look forward to seeing her playing around town more.

June 30th - Brooke Bruce - Summer time brings more time for gigs for this student... She writes and learns constantly. It won't be long before the university days give way to a life of touring and writing for this gifted singer.

BLUEGRASS AND GOSPEL BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are on Summer Break...

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. We started the new season on January 3rd and continued through most Sundays until June 12th. We will take most of the summer off, although you may catch us picking at a dinner gig during the week here and there. SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER

Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.

 

SMOKING BY-LAWS IN ONTARIO HAVE CHANGED

As of May 1st, the patios are allowed to roll out along the sidewalks of the city.  Please… as it began in 2015, NO Smoking is allowed on the patio this year.  This means you CANNOT take your beer with you to smoke.  Those days are over.  We’ll find a system that is easy and you won’t even notice that things have changed. In the meantime, please refrain from smoking at the entrance to the patio.  You’ll have to walk a few steps down the street.  And let’s be clear on one thing… you can’t stand outside the patio, reach in and have a swig of your drink.  No climbing the fences… in or out.

PATIOS ARE BACK. DRINKS MUST STAY INSIDE THE FENCE

The JUNE Events

Hot summer. Hot days. Hot nights. It feels like we haven't had one in awhile. People are still in the habit of saying "Global Warming" while the correct term is "Climate Change"... we are experiencing more spikes in our weather... when it gets hot, it gets HOT! We see more superstorms battering the coasts and giving us record single day rainfalls. We just want some sunshine and warm weather... We want BBQing weather. We want sitting on the patio having a beer with our friends weather. We want hanging out at the Townehouse listening to great music weather... We want walking downtown to the Market and stopping for lunch at the Buddha weather!! Come on environment, listen to us. If the weather doesn't agree... we've got a ton of great music for you anyhow. Anticipated record releases... Smoking players... Rockabilly, Swing, Soul and ROCK AND ROLL.

Pack AD - June 2nd

Tupper Ware Remix Party - June 3rd

24th Streeet Wailers - June 24th

Cecile Doo-Kingue - June 30th

Whiskey River Bluesfest – July 15, 16th

Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival – August 5, 6th

The Townehouse Tavern is your host of great live music everyday.  So far we are working nine gigs a week when you factor 7 nights of players, Thursday dinners and Sunday Bluegrass Brunch.  We have been your host of live music for 25 years!! That’s right, 1991, the year that the underground scene became mainstream… That’s the ground floor that The Townehouse was on.  We beat the release of Nirvana Nevermind by 5 months.  That was the year that everything changed for music.  Post punk, alternative rock, roots rock, everything came one step closer to mass culture.  In the next years, as the Internet circled the globe and the information superhighway went from 2 lanes to 16, music went along for the ride.  Everyone with a computer could become a collector and gather an encyclopedic knowledge of music history without having to spend hours flipping through dusty bins in stores across the country.

The newer evolution of The Townehouse is that we are also the favourite Burger joint in the north.  We use only fresh local ground beef for our Burgers.  For Vegetarians we have excellent Roasted Portobello Burgers and our hand made Beet and Hemp Burgers.  All of our signature burgers come with a generous portion of local, fresh cut French Fries with a choice of home made dipping sauce, or a hearty salad.  Over the next couple weeks we are rolling out some new configurations such as a Sunday Slider Platter special and a platter of delicious appetizers Special one night a week… A Tuesday night Date Night special.  All of this is in addition to our daily special of Domestic bottled beer from 4pm-7pm and FREE POOL everyday from noon to 7pm.

 

Thursday, June 2nd - The Pack AD, Greylands, The Metis - $12 advance/ $15 door - Tickets on Sale Here.

Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals—this is the Pack A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic, so fierce and raw and empowering, that it’s easy to forget there are just two people behind this brilliant, carefully constructed havoc. Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex: darkly funny disclosures about depression; indictments of digital excess; grief-stricken fire bombs; sly crusades against stupidity. The Pack A.D. is also one of Canada’s “must-see” bands. Be it a massive stadium or the slightly seedy bar where everybody’s shoes stick to the carpet, the Pack A.D. have owned every spotlight and stolen every show they’ve ever played. Becky and Maya are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of fuck-off freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_VZxw1ZjvM

Grey Lands is the power trio that Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke has been touring with for much of the last year. Think Warner era Husker Du meets classic Canadian power pop. So cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw89QD4KVkw

Friday, June 3rd – Tupper Ware Remix Party – w/ Temple, Blueshift, Kirby.  $12.00 at the door.  10pm

The most sought after show at the Townehouse these days… quickly becoming one of the favourite live bands of the generation… you’ll have to see them before they become too big to play Sudbury anymore.

TWRP is exactly this: Daft Punk, Iron Maiden, Justice and Parliament all smashed into five spandex-clad, keytar wielding, pylon wearing, pelvic thrusting, wildly out of control individuals claiming to be from outerspace, except with way more lazers, confetti, projection screens, and sci-fi references.?

Saturday, June 4th – The Superlative, The Pistolwhips, Desolate Slate, Stan’s Plan - $7.00 at the door – 10pm.
4 bands for your listening pleasure!
The Superlativehttps://www.facebook.com/thesuperlativerock -Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, and bringing the power of pop and punk (with some other styles mixed in for good measure) straight to your eardrums!   This band has been tearing up the Canadian music scene for a few years and are poised to breakout in 2016. They have recently opened for major acts such as GOB, Bigwig, Weird Al Yankovich and many more… You really don’t want to miss them.
The Pistolwhips - https://thepistolwhips.bandcamp.com The Pistolwhips are a blues-infused indie rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Pistolwhips combine upbeat indie rock tunes with old school blues licks and a dose of psychedelia to create a sound that is dynamic and captivating. 
Desolate State –  https://www.facebook.com/desolatestate/   Fresh off making it to the finals of Q92’s rock band rumble! Desolate State is all about colossal riffs, shredtastic guitar solos, and an overall sound huge enough to take down an enraged green monster.
Stan’s Planhttps://www.facebook.com/stansplanmusic   Citing influences from bands like Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, The Used and more, Stan’s Plan brings it like some of pop punk’s hardest hitters. Their catchy and upbeat songs will also have you singing and dancing in no time!

Thursday, June 9th - JW Stevens Band - $7.00 at the door

JW Stevens (North Bay)
JW will be bringing his effervescent brand of country music, backed by a 4-piece band.

Friday, June 10th - Ginger St. James, The Suicide Drifters, Giant Rabbits - $7.00 at the door

Following the tradition of country songbirds like Loretta Lynn, Ginger writes and sings music from real experience; growing up on the family farm, being broke, having fun, and love gone wrong. Her early life in Binbrook, Ontario was heavily influenced by American southern culture, listening to country radio in the barn. Although trips with Dad to the vintage car and rockabilly shows had their impact, her signature song ‘Ramblin’ Country Bumpkin’, proves that this gal is more Hee Haw than Happy Days.

A born entertainer, St. James began writing songs and telling jokes at 3 years old. Inspired by watching musicals, cabaret and listening to Big Band 8 tracks at Nanny and Grandad’s, she enrolled in jazz and tap dance lessons, performed in school plays and spent a summer at the Theatre Aquarius acting camp. She began a successful career as a dancer, actress and model, driven by her natural charisma and passion for the stage.

Feeling the most “in her own skin” expressing herself musically, St. James began writing tongue-in-cheek songs that were entertaining lyrically as well and visually and musically. Focusing on singing and learning guitar licks, she eventually moved to Toronto to break into the local roots music scene. There she was contacted by guitarist Snowheel Slim, who became her songwriting partner and bandleader. St. James moved back to Hamilton where she has established a solid fan base, expanding her reach across Ontario and Eastern Canada with countless major festival, fair, theatre and headline appearances.

She released her first EP, Spank, Sparkle & Growl, which won Alt/Country Recording of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards. Independent Canadian label Let’s Riot Music signed St. James in 2012 and released her follow up EP, Tease.

Apart from being a seasoned performer and emerging songwriter, St. James is also a brainy businesswoman and entrepreneur. She recently recorded 3 tunes for the HBO TV series Call Me Fitz. Classic Rock Magazine featured one of her songs ‘Please Mister Driver’ on their 2012 Young, Gifted & Blues compilation. Her “pedal to the metal” band has opened for Rockabilly legends like Robert Gordon, and Sleepy LaBeef, captivating audiences wherever they roam. Hamilton’s View Magazine named her ‘Best Female Artist’ for four consecutive years.

Saturday, June 11th - Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players, Audio Visceral, Die Sci Fi, Live From the Bur - $7.00 at the door -

Tonight is sponsored by Beau's Brewing as a kickoff to Ontario Craft Beer Week. We will have several of our Draught taps taken over by Beau's amazing products tonight... so music is just one attraction.

Pat Temple pulls from the very best of Western Swing, Jump Blues and Rockabilly to fuel his fresh and uplifting songs. Pat’s music is at once personal, familiar and infectious. His voice is compelling and his melodies are lasting. Pat’s extensive body of work spans three decades and is infused with roots blues, folk and early jazz. His releases for BMG of ‘Stone Boat’ and ‘Connecting Lines’ plus his releases of ‘One Tree Island’, ‘Cold Cuts’, ‘One Song At A Time’ and his most recent release ‘Day For Day’ for the Wingwalker label give us cult favourites “Salamander Bones” and the CMT video released “Playin’ Havoc With My Heart.”

Pat Temple is a favoured performer at many Canadian blues, folk and jazz music festivals and his concerts at The National Art Gallery and the Ontario Place Forum are part of our cultural heritage.

Audio Visceral is all about earnest, catchy, energetic punk rock. The music is raw and upbeat; the songs are short and bittersweet. Influenced by everything from surf to hardcore, the members of A/V are all veterans of the Ontario underground/punk rock scene.

Steve Beauchesne (formerly of Constable Brennan) is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., but in A/V he handles guitars and lead vocals. Focusing on driving rhythm instead of extravagant guitar solos, his guitar playing is refreshingly simple and catchy, and his bracing vocals transition seamlessly from melancholy to silly to rage-filled. The fingers of Kevin James (formerly of Bender and The Almighty Trigger Happy) stroll deftly all over his bass strings, providing propulsion and structure to the hooks. The entire commotion is pushed from behind by the frenetic drumming of Gary Doherty (formerly of The Almighty Trigger Happy and Headcramp).

Thursday, June 16
9:30PM, $7 at the door

A night of psych, pop and punk!

Shmu
(Austin, TX)
https://shmu.bandcamp.com/
Some of you may remember the couple of times Zorch came through town and absolutely blew everyone's mind. Shmu is Sam from Zorch's other band, and it's rooted in deep, sexy grooves.

Heart Attack Kids
(London, ON)
http://www.heartattackkids.com/
A ripping powerpunk 2-piece with big hooks and a big sound. For fans of Solids, Japandroids.

The Twentiest
(Sudbury, ON)
https://thetwentiest.bandcamp.com/releases
Hot off the release of their debut album Particle Collisions, these fellas are absolutely nailing that Bad Religion vibe.

The Therapists
(Sudbury, ON)
https://badtouchtherapy.bandcamp.com/
If you've never experienced a The Therapists show before, you're in for a treat. If you've seen The Therapists a hundred times, you're in for a treat. Not something we can just explain through English text. Jesus Sprite, a grizzly bear with two heads, goku, an electric octopus and a naked dude. How experienced are you?

Friday, June 17th - The Almighty Rhombus, Mandala - $10.00 at the door

More to be added to this bill... Celebrate with Rhombus as they return from their East Coast tour and prepare for recording their next full length album.

Saturday, June 18th - The Doors Night - $7.00 at the door

Once again, Billy John shakes off the persona of responsible dad, diligent event host and throaty folk singer to wear the cape and tight leather pants of the Lizard King himself... Once a year or so these friends gather to pay tribute to The Doors. Misunderstood in the 60's... adored through the 70's and 80's as a high water mark of the hippie generation... forgotten about when Grunge and the rock and roll rebellion changed again... now in 2016 everyone has had the chance to dust off their parents (and maybe their Grandparents) records to find out exactly what this band was... it was a deadly Blues band. The Doors were the leaders of this Blues drenched psychedelia that truly changed the perceptions of the listeners who discovered them. Had Morrison lived long enough to see the band become revered, they would have certainly been among the biggest artists in the world, but alas, Morrison was one of the artists who made it 27 years before his demons took him down. They just have to settle for Legends. Come see Billy John, Ryan, Pepper, Peter and Matt get a little weird.

Sunday, June 19
Sun. June 19 / $10 / All-ages and Licensed

Up Here festival presents a trademark dynamic lineup of future folk, rock and post-rock. This one is open to the underagers and the olds alike!

FRIGS
(Toronto, http://frigsmusic.com/)
Hard yet delicate, noisy and nuanced. The dichotomous FRIGS just signed to Arts & Crafts, home of such luminaries as Broken Social Scene,Absolutely Free and Feist.

Old Cabin
(Whitehorse, https://oldcabin.bandcamp.com/)
Melody-soaked folk-pop tunes with experimental instincts. Old Cabin has been through Sudbury a bunch of times and his audience has snowballed with each appearance for good reason.

Night Terrors
(Sudbury, https://xnightterrorsx.bandcamp.com/releases)
Matt Beech and Dave Mackinnon put an astounding album out together last year, and the live band has been performing blistering renditions of these post-rock gems ever since. When Night Terrors gets going, it's like an iron giant creaking to life, and the momentum is such that sometimes it seems like the band might barrel right off the stage and through the wall.

Friday, June 24th - The 24th Street Wailers - $10.00 at the door

Watch the official video for I Aim to Please

Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.

2014′s WICKED was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) and received widespread radio play including major radio shows and broadcasters such as B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM and thebluesmobile.com (House of Blues Radio Hour) as well as CBC.  Host of thebluesmobile and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd heralded the band as a “21st upgrade to jump and jive”.  They have since released another album, WHERE EVIL GROWS in March 2015.  This album has further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best Blues acts out there who bring a much needed high energy Rock n’ Roll approach to the game.

Led by Lindsay Beaver. A wild and crazy front woman and singing drummer.  This band is filled out by Michael Archer on Upright Bass, Marc Doucet on Guitar, Jesse Whiteley on Piano, and Jonny Wong on wailing Sax.   This band has been winning over the masses with their unbeatable live performances and a sense of showmanship from a time gone by, something many consider lost in modern day music.

the Wailers will be joined on the bill by Dr. Tom's Traveling Medicine Show.

Saturday, June 25th - Jennifer Holub CD Release Party - 2 shows - 8pm and 11pm. Cover at the door

Join us for 2 shows tonight as Jennifer officially releases her new record "For the Haunting" to the world... and begins a journey to tell as many people across the country all about it. Tonight will be an early show, a late show, special friends and guests.

Jennifer's music that tells our stories: the tales of the ghostly north. From spooky folk ballads to upbeat folk-rock, Jennifer weaves a picture of untold small-town life.

Co-produced by her longtime friend Brian Dunn, and with the added mastery of Dave MacKinnon, Matt Foy, Matthew Graveline, Alexandra Lee, and Nicholas Ross the songs range from full in arrangement to minimalist, bringing Holub's songwriting to life.

Opening Act: Brian Dunn

This is an exciting time for Jennifer Holub. After spending a couple years dedicated to Academia and Education, she has spent much of the last year and a bit ramping up towards this next musical adventure. She has been busy with shaping these songs as well as playing in the Northern Memphis Revival, and joining other groups like the renewed Co-operative and subbing in with Pistol George Warren on tour. She'll be spending much of the summer on the road playing many festivals and gigs with Brian Dunn.

Listen to her track... Bakersfield.

Thursday, June 30th – Cecile Doo-Kingue - $10.00 at the door

After what was probably the greatest show we saw in the past winter… Cecile returns with the Trio to set us up for another spellbinding evening of soul, funk and blues.  An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.
Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.

June 2010, Cecile released her debut solo album Freedom Calling to critical acclaim. In 2011, CBC commissions Doo-Kingué to write Home, a song on immigration.  Gris, released in 2012, also praised by press and music lovers alike, earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Franocphone Songwriting. Doo-Kingué has toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp and genuine banter with her audience. February 2015, Doo-Kingué releases her third solo album Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live), showcasing Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form. The album earned her accolades and multiple Maple Blues Award nominations for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting.

January 2016, Doo-Kingué  released the second chapter of her trilogy exploring blues, roots, and life in their myriad of aspects. Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz to folk to soul to rock n’ roll.  Fiery licks and seamless melody compliment her deep, laid-back voice throughout the album, leaving no doubt as to the guitarist’s oneness with the instrument, nor the unity of her sound.  Surrounded by a stellar cast of Montreal’s finest musicians, Doo-Kingué presents an eclectic collection of contemporary blues adding to the social commentary of Anybody Listening Part 1:Monologues, and celebrating life and music with fellow artists she is a fan of, in spaces that exude positive energy.

Thursday, July 14 - Yonatan Gat - w/ Therapists, Temple, Deadline - $10 advance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Dx4pCOYGc

Do you remember this show last year? It was one of the craziest musical moments in my 25 years of watching shows at the Townehouse.

Yonatan Gat is a guitarist and composer based in New York. He was profiled in The New York Times, Vice, and People Magazine. The Village Voice named him "Best Guitarist in New York, 2013".

Gat first came to prominence as the guitarist and founder of Monotonix. After finding themselves banned from most venues in their country due to the wild nature of their concerts, the band decided to leave Israel to tour the United States and Europe, gaining notoriety and praise for their revolutionary live concerts. With Monotonix, Gat released an EP and two albums on Drag City Records.

In 2014, Gat began recording and performing under his own name. Gat's new style channeled the confrontational energy of Monotonix, while bringing his guitar playing into a much more improvised realm and incorporating influences from various styles of music from around the world. His first two albums Iberian Passage and Director were released on Joyful Noise Records in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Gat proceeded to tour the United States and Europe, focusing on a relentless touring schedule as opposed to reliance on music videos and online media. Gat's band performed with artists such as Of Montreal, Thee Oh Sees, and Sun Ra Arkestra, making it a point to always play on the floor inside the audience. In 2014, Gat's band performed in SXSW, and was praised by BuzzFeed and SPIN as one of the top shows of the festival. Their newest release, an EP titled "Physical Copy" produced by Steve Albini was released in August 2015.

Friday/ Saturday, July 15 and 16 - The Whiskey River Blues Band 30th Anniversary Weekend - Earlybird tickets $20.

Join Tommy Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band as they celebrate 30 years of fun loving Blues, Rhythm and Blues and high energy music. 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... 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. All Aboard!

Friday, July 15th - 9pm - Whiskey River with Featured Guest - Jerome Godboo.

Toronto singer and harmonica player Jerome Godboo is always improving himself, as a musician, a man and a communicator. An accomplished and exceptional bluesman, his bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage including the judges at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in Memphis where Jerome took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award.

The one-time local legend of explosive 90s rock band the Phantoms, Jerome has released 14 albums in his 25-plus year career, 11 of which are solo, including the brand new Sanctuary City with drummer Gary Craig and Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman.

Saturday, July 16th - 4pm Matinee, Alumni and Big Blues Jam-

Join us through the afternoon and dinner hours for an all out Blues fest featuring many of the past players of Whiskey River's 30 year history... it will be a local Blues jam to be remembered for years. Stay tuned for a complete list of players.

Saturday, July 16th - 9pm - Whiskey River with featured Guest - Chuck Jackson

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 27 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. In 1999 and 2007. He was also honoured in 2002 with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award for his achievements during a distinguished career. In 2012 Chuck received the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted to the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and Mississauga Legends Row.

Friday, August 5th - The Pink Floyd Night - $10 advance. $15 at the door

The Pink Floyd Night performs "The Wall" on Grey Street. Some of Sudbury's best musicians have been putting together this Pink Floyd night for a few years. People wept openly the first time they watched Anita nail The Great Gig in the Sky. They have done complete renditions of Dark Side, Obsured by Clouds, Atom Heart Mother, Wish You Were Here and Animals... most of Piper at the Gates... the one that has eluded the band is now coming.

Friday, August 5th... we will shut down Grey Street and set up a stage outside for music, projections, puppets, airplanes... and a Wall. Join us, won't you? We are shutting the street down in preparations for the 4th annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival, so we thought that this would be a great way to spend the evening before Craft Beer Fest.

The Music of Pink Floyd. The Wall. Outdoor stage on grey Street, beside The Townehouse Tavern. Tickets will be on sale June 17th for the concert, the beer fest, the weekend. Music from 6:30 to 11:00pm outside... The Wall begins at 9:00pm.

John, Dan, Pepper, Joe. With Anita, Anne and Ryan.

The Capacity for this event will be 1000 people on the street...

Saturday, August 6th - The 4th annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival - $20 Early bird tickets, until July 1st. tickets are $25 this year.

Founded in 2013, The Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival evolved out of the two sister businesses, The Laughing Buddha and The Townehouse Tavern. The Buddha has been Sudbury’s home of Craft and Imported beers since its opening in 2005. Since 2008, we have driven the province to buy direct from the many small craft brewers in the province as well as purchased direct from importers and LCBO through our license.

Operations manager Paul Loewenberg has handled the administration of the event and looks forward to the expansion of the festival in the future to bring more vendors, more music, more partners and more people. This event is a premium beverage event that is open to all over the age of 19 to sample the finest in Craft and Imported beer available to Ontario.

The Townehouse Tavern has long been Sudbury’s venerable home of live music, presenting all styles of live music. Whether it be Punk, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Roots music, Ska, Cuban, Calypso, Bluegrass, old time Country or even Metal… if your band was doing something interesting, this is the place to play.

The Festival closes down the sidewalk along Elgin Street and the adjacent Grey Street to create a single licensed area for over 1000 people under a special occasion permit. The first 2 editions of the festival have been single day events with 2 stages of music, indoor and outdoor eating areas and rows of tents for the Craft Beer Vendors. The future will see the event expand to a multi day event and beyond the current street borders.

Click on through the pictures and see what you’ve missed so far. Beer Vendors can download a Vendor Agreement and Bands can submit to perform through email to vendors@elginstreetcraftbeerfestival.com.

Tuesday, October 24th - Great Lake Swimmers - $20 advance, $25 Door

Great Lake Swimmers return to Sudbury as a kickoff for their fall 2016 tour. Through 6 albums in 15 years, Great Lake Swimmers have created some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. From catchy toe tappers to serene ballads, Tony Dekkers' voice is haunting and soaring.

Their sixth album, A Forest of Arms, was released in 2015

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Tony Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath) on 12-string electric guitar, as well as backing vocals on the song “A Bird Flew Inside The House.”

Recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace, and mixed by the wonderfully talented Howie Beck (Feist), A Forest Of Arms also marks Dekker’s 8th release of new material. In 2013, he released the solo album Prayer of the Woods, and in 2014, he released a tribute album for the artist-loving digital music distribution site Zunior on the occasion of its 10th year anniversary, entitled Tony Dekker Sings 10 Years Of Zunior. Last year saw their debut headlining performance at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, which was documented for the Live At Massey Hall series. The band also participated in the Polaris cover sessions with their version of Sarah Harmer’s “I’m A Mountain.”

www.greatlakeswimmers.com

Tour announce, June 21st.

Tickets on Sale, Friday, June 24th

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