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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 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.

 

MUSIC AT SUNDOWN ALL Through the Fall

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.

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are returning ... starting September 17th

September… another school year, 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.

 

Monday, October 30th - The Beatles Night - 10pm

There's a celebration of The Beatles at the Sudbury Arena tonight... So tonight the house musicians of The Townehouse will, as they have for many years, do their own Beatles Night. It seems we'll just have the core band out tonight and have some good old Fab Fun. Look for an event this winter where we get the strings and the horns back out with us to do a largescale celebration of The Beatles. For tonight... come out at 9:30/10pm and we'll have a couple sets of fun rock and roll.

Saturday, November 4th - A Night For Gord - The Music of The Tragically Hip - 10pm - $7.00 at the door

The Tragically Hip created the soundtrack of being Canadian in the 21st century. The great voices of Canada... Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band, The Guess Who... while being great ambassadors of Canada didn't capture our distinct Canadian-ness like The Hip did. While we knew that Gord Downie had cancer, his passing was still too soon and traumatic for the music community of Canada. We just weren't ready... and I don't think we ever would be. So tonight, a bunch of the local house musicians will play an evening of music of The Tragically Hip.

Join Ryan Levecque as he and a crew of players pull out the finest Hip songs they know and we celebrate a unique Canadian voice. Proceeds from tonight's show will go to a local Cancer Research foundation.

Friday, November 10th - Whiskey River Blues Band - 9pm - $7.00 at the door

Join Whiskey River for another romp through the world of Blues and R&B. We recently had a fantastic show with Pianist David Vest. The west coast pianist sat in with the band in September for a great romp through the history of Blues music, from WC Handy's St. Louis Blues through his own Mose Alison like numbers. Whiskey River is Tom Fyfe, Pete Larabie, Steve Malick and Paul Loewenberg. The band is in it's 32nd year. They like to play fast boogie numbers, old Chicago jump blues, wild Texas blues, 60's American Garage Blues, slow simmering blues, some songs are tributes to the masters and some are Tom's own songs.

We'll try to start early again so that we can get our old crowd out as well as the new young rockers.

Saturday, November 11th - Dany Laj and the Looks - 10pm, $10 at the door

19+

Dany Laj and the Looks: 
danylaj.com
https:// danylaj.bandcamp.com/

Tommy and the Commies:
https:// tommyandthecommies.bandcamp .com/

Sage (Cochrane ON):
https://www.facebook.com/ sagerulez/
https:// sagerulez.bandcamp.com/

Sunday, November 12th – Washboard Hank w/ Guests - Members of Murder Murder - $15.00 at the door – 7:00pm show

Washboard Hank has successfully made a living as a musician/cultural treasure for over 40 years. He started as a street musician playing all over North America where he learned how to present a truly entertaining show. Late at night he would have total strangers laughing and dancing in the grimmest of urban settings. This ability to spread joy has been Hank's constant goal..

The Stradovarious Washboard, from which he gets his name, is a musical phenomenon of the first order that he plays with breathtaking virtuosity. With wild flailing motions he carves out melodies in the most unlikely yet spectacular fashion. Hank also plays guitar, 4 & 5 string banjo and kitchen sink tuba.

Saturday, November 18th – A Night for Tom Petty - $7.00 at the door

We're all sad to learn of the passing of Tom Petty. He spent 41 years in the public eye writing a solid body of workday rock and roll songs. He was the everyman songwriter with a catchy riff and a great sandy, nasally voice. True testament to his power was being picked by Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to join their ragtag supergroup of Traveling Wilbury's..

Don Kunto and his regular crew and a few long time musical friends gather this evening to sing songs for Tom Petty… Whether you’re on the Last Dance for Mary Jane, Dancing at the Zombie Zoo or you’re a Refugee… The Waiting is the Hardest Part.  Come celebrate this iconic songwriter with us. 

Friday, November 24th- Strange Attractor, Doxx, Faze - 10pm - $10.00 at the door

... a smash the fash b-day bash w/

Strange Attractor (Sudbury)
https:// strangeattractor.bandcamp.c om/

Doxx (Ottawa)
https:// doxxottawa.bandcamp.com/

Faze (Montreal)
https:// fazefazefaze.bandcamp.com/

See you there.

Friday, December 1st - Shaky Stars record release - $10 at the door

Shaky Stars is a new musical project from Marc Donato. His debut recording under the moniker has just become available through iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc... Tonight we have a celebration of this release. Marc has been an important player in the scene for many years. The Wharf Rats were leaders in Sudbury's rock scene through the 90's. He composes music for award winning short films. He lends guitar and banjo skills to various fun music projects through the years.  

Shaky Stars is Marc's return to his love of straight forward ragged rock and roll... The Replacements, Lowest of the Low, Springsteen, The Clash.

Joining Marc for Shaky Stars set is fellow Wharf Rats Joe, Dan and Nick... plus long time collaborator and co-conspirator Ryan Levecque.

Sharing the bill tonight is a line-up of artists that have all been instrumental in this music scene for years....

Brian Dunn returns for a rare appearance, kicking off the night.  

Their first gig in a little while... putting another notch in the celebrations of Townehouse30... The Easter Dogs play a rare show tonight. Billy, Dan, Brent and Jeff were Sudbury's seminal rock band of the late 90's. Their experience in making their first album also gave the city our well loved and well missed Easter Island Studios. Much love and appreciation of these important artists will be poured out tonight.  

Buy the Shaky Stars album... sing along with the songs at the show...
Doors 9:00pm
Brian Dunn 9:45pm
Shaky Stars 10:30pm
Easter Dogs 11:30pm
All Star Jam 1:00am

$10 at the door

Saturday, December 2nd - Silvertongue EP Release - $10 at the door

Join the nickel city's own alternative hip-hopper Silvertongue as he releases his brand new, self-produced 5 song EP entitled 'Beautiful/Strange'. Let's have a weird party!

Preview the album at: https:// mcsilvertongue.bandcamp.com /

Aso performing will be:

BBBRTHR (Sudbury, ON)
Electronics, theatrics, oceans of vocals, dance & doom. 
Music: https:// bbbrthr.bandcamp.com/album/ late-bloomer

Johnny B (Nickel City's Premier MC)
Sudbury's raw rhyme spitter. 
Music: https://soundcloud.com/ johnny-bizness/tracks

DJ UZ
Spinning the finest beats & rhymes. 

+ more

$10 at the door. 

Saturday, December 9th - Jerry Leger & the Situation, Barry Miles - $10 adavance tickets, available now.

Northern Lights Festival Boréal presents Jerry Leger & The Situation , live at The Townehouse Tavern.

Judging by music journalism these days, it seems that ever since “post-punk,”we’ re living in a “post-everything” world. So why not just start over again from the beginning? It’ s easy to feel that way when listening to Jerry Leger’ s brilliant new album Nonsense And Heartache, because that’ s precisely what it suggests through its combination of primal rock and roll, and raw, confessional balladry. The separation between the two is evident by the album’ s title, and it is in fact two distinct collections of songs presented on two slabs of vinyl. In many ways, Jerry Leger’ s artistic path has been leading up to this ambitious display of both sides of his musical personality, fueled by countless nights playing in Toronto bars with a loyal band equally committed to keeping rock and roll’ s original flame burning. But while many others have made the same commitment, there’ s always been something special about Jerry Leger’ s songs that few can match. It bears repeating, and is hardly an understatement, that he manages to channel the youthful vigor of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and Rick Danko, sometimes all within the same song. But at heart, Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and soul recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted early support from fellow singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith, and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on Nonsense And Heartache, Timmins focused on capturing the chemistry between Leger and his core musicians: multi-instrumentalist James McKie, bassist Dan Mock and drummer Kyle Sullivan, along with guest vocalist Angie Hilts.

– Local opener Barry Miles.

Townehouse Tavern, at Elgin & Grey
Doors: 10:00pm
Show start: 10:30pm
This is a late club show, similar to most shows at The Townehouse. The format is a mix table seating and standing. 
19 +

Tickets are $10 in advance, and are currently available online: www.nlfb.ca/jerryleger

Saturday, December 16th - The Almighty Rhombus, Jane's Party - 10pm

$15 (includes copy of SWISH EP for the first 150 people through the door), $10 once the copies of the EP run out or if you just want to see the show.
10PM

The Almighty Rhombus will be starting off the night at 10PM, playing two sets of unreleased material, a few choice covers, and the entirety of their new EP SWISH, which will be officially released in the New Year. For Rhombus' first set, there will be seats, which will be removed for the second set to facilitate a dance party.

Rhombus will be joined by Jane's Party, one of the best bands in Canada, who will close out the night.

The Almighty Rhombus
SWISH is Rhombus' first released since 2013, and their first with guitarist Keegan McDonald and bassist Laura Willett. SWISH acts as a bridge to the Rhombus of old, comprising the last four songs arranged with their previous guitarist Cameron Drake and bassist Neil Bednis, re-arranged to suit the new lineup (Neil also wrote one of the songs on the EP). 

SWISH was produced by Ian Blurton (Public Animal, C'Mon, Change of Heart), who has produced records for the Weakerthans, Elliot Brood, and Attack in Black. Ian's fingerprints are all over this record, which was recorded live off the floor at Pro Gold Studios in Toronto using real analog instruments and no digital emulation. 

SWISH will be released on a luxurious, limited-eidition 20x20 poster inside a protective sleeve with the same dimensions as a vinyl record, so it fits in with your existing record collection. It comes with a pristine, high bitrate download of the EP in WAV format.

Rhombus has spent the past three years writing new material and establishing a new musical chemistry with their present lineup through relentless live performance, rehearsal, and honest intra-band dialog. Thanks to this difficult period of rebirth and growth, the band have eclipsed their previous songwriting efforts, and are a formidable live unit. Their genre-spanning new songs touch on psychedelia, punk, garage, soul/ R&B, stadium rock, new wave, and alternative rock, packaged in songs crammed full of unforgettable hooks. These are tunes that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Jane's Party
One of Canada's finest bands. You won't be able to resist their catchy tunes, flawless live performance, and charismatic stage presence. Jane's Party are songwriters and musicians first and foremost, and handsome men secondmost. They have the total package for stardom, so get on the train now before it leaves the station.

Boxing Day, December 26th - Dirty Princes, Supertoke, This Great Divide - $10.00 at the door

Dirty Princes (riffs and gifts)

Move over Sultans of Swing, the Renegades of Rock are back and they're bringing presents. Spoiler alert: it's rock, baby! Check out their new EP here: 
https:// dirtyprinces.bandcamp.com/ album/kiss-yr-mama

Supertoke (winter surf)

Masked goons that sound nothing like Dunes. Check out their EP here: https:// braintape.bandcamp.com/ album/ supertoke-missing-while-ice -fishing

This Great Divide (feels feels feels)

New band alert! Great Sudbury almuni with songs that can make your dad cry (with pride). Check out their bandcamp here: https:// thisgreatdivide.bandcamp.co m/releases

Boxing Day 2017 (Tuesday, December 26th)
Townehouse Tavern
$10 at the door
19+
Be fun and merry and polite and nice
Be careful, it's going to rip!