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
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 8th - Thea, Nat, Kyle and Pat - $5.00 at the door - 10pm
Thea May is quickly getting known across the city singing a wide range of modern pop tunes. She is assembling a nice collective of other singers and players who all bring a wide repertoire to the stage. Nat Crispo is going to take her own night later this month... so in addition to the great harmonies she lays down tonight, come watch her take the lead. Tonight's show features each player taking the lead with the others revolving through the chairs of back-up singers and rhythm players.
Friday, June 9th - The Dazed with The Keynotes - $7.00 at the door - 10pm
The Dazed is an upcoming local blues/rock group. The members are Nikola Goulet, Philippe Mathieu, Kyle Bellefeuille and Zachary Clement. Their drive for blues music mixed with classic rock is the perfect combination for a fun night out.
The KeyFrames are a Sudbury rock band. Formed in 2017, the band consists of Ryan McIntosh (guitar and vocals), Jason Daoust (guitar) , Mike Mascioli (drums), Nicholas Fournier (Bass and Vocals), and Kate Laface (Lead Vocals).
The music can be described as a singer songwriter approach to alternative rock, as emphasis is put into ensuring that each song has its own personality, charm, and story.
Saturday, June 10th - Johnny and the Terminators - $7.00 at the door - 10pm
Paul DiSalle returns to cap off Blues for Food day with a raucous night of Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk, Soul and party music. The Terminators have, for many years, been one of the city's favourite party bands. Paul has an uncanny talent to play any style of guitar and sing any range of song. They can jump effortlessly from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Stevie Wonder. Blue Rodeo to Blue Oyster Cult... After a long day of Blues for Food, Comic Con and the Market Opening, The Terminators will provide the means to unwind your weekend.
Thursday, June 15th - Hugh Jazz - $7.00 at the door - 10pm
Sudbury hot gypsy swing jazz meets Frank Sinatra... imagine if Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli got to play with the chairman of the board and then added Ginger Baker on drums? It sounds like one of those wild bands you would put together in heaven... except we all know that Ginger Baker ain't going there... so we have to settle for this approximation here on earth at The Townehouse and other lively Sudbury venues.
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, the legendary rock band from 1987 to 1992 and a few sporadic shows after that, were among the wildest bands in Northern Ontario to include music beyond the top 40 in their sets. Known for their love of the deep catalogs of Led Zeppelin and the Doors, Budget Motel also played The Clash and The Talking Heads with the same energy. Singer Trevor Haapamaki was always heralded for his vocal prowess and stage presence. It was Budget Motel as a leader among bands that had captured the true spirit of rock and roll... if it sounded good, they played it and made it sound better.
Far From Heroes is the second reunion and represents the skate punk community of the late 1990’s/ early 2000’s, when Green Day and The Offspring had exploded, Sum 41 and Blink 182 rose in their wake and Far From Heroes became the heroes of the local scene. With popular videos on Muchmusic, soundtrack work on YTV shows and recordings for Sony Records, it seemed that the whole world was ready to buy in to Far From Heroes but life chose for the band to go in different directions, some members becoming professionals in the music business and some members entering their own careers.
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
Silvertongue performs Howl by Allan Ginsberg
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.
Lazy Daisies (Dream Punk, Cutie Pop)
Lazy Daisies are releasing their debut album! It's dreamy, it's rock and roll and it's best friends! Come watch cuties be friends and have fun and maybe you have fun too with them maybe? thank you! Check out a single from the album: https://lazydaisies.bandcamp.com/track/heavy-gossip
Tommy & the Commies (Rock/Roll/Aw Ya)
riffs riffs riffs
supa tite and lots of fun
Like A Girl (Grunge grunge grunge)
tons of power
comes with a side of mosh
Come have fun!
Telecolor, Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes, JOLY and more!!
LA ST-JEAN BAPTISTE DE SUDBURY
19+ // 10$
Le show commence à 20h (pour vrai!) et continue jusqu'au petites heures.
8pm start (no, really), running until close!
Come make your memere proud and show your French side on what is French-Canadian St-Patty's day!
CÉLESTE LÉVIS (Timmins)
CHANELLE ALBERT (Verner)
LES GAUCHISTES (Sudbury)
JOËLLE VILLENEUVE (Sudbury)
TELECOLOR (Azilda/New Sudbury)
Save the date. This show is going to be killer. A Sudbury first for Crack Cloud and Blue Odeur book ended by locals Strange Attractor and Kommissars. Not gonna lie, pretty excited for this one.
Strange Attractor (Sudbury)
Crack Cloud (Calgary)
Blue Odeur (Montreal)
Do not miss, see you there :)
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