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 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 7:30pm. 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 returning ... starting January 7th

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 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...

            September 2018.  The summer months bring festivals… With the fall, all of the groups that were hitting big and little festivals all summer go out across the country and play clubs.  This is when the Townehouse gets all of the best shows is in the fall… the next few weeks sees concerts with Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Swollen Members, Dear Rouge, Oh Susanna, Tom Wilson, Richard Inman, Stiff Little Fingers!!
            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.


Sunday, October 7th – Tom Savage – pass the hat

Coming through in September and returning tonight… "subtly brilliant…highly recommended" - Winnipeg Free Press
"Coming on like a rocking, later day Townes Van Zandt, Savage colors outside the lines with tales of those living beyond the margins. Every generation needs one who holds up the fun house mirror to the absurdities and this is a cult hero for our times"- Midwest Record Review 
"we are dealing with a brilliant poet and troubadour" - Country Jukebox
"Recommended to those who still believe in Roots Rock power and poetry" - Lonestar Time

Thursday, October 11th - Mitchell Smith's Powerball Open Stage - $7.00 at the door

Hello!!! I will be hosting an open stage night for music and acts of all sorts! If you have some poetry, ukulele skills, or a couple songs your band has been working on come on out to the open stage and crush some tunes! There will be a 7$ cover upon entry for those coming to enjoy the many varieties of entertainment so come on out and get your Thursday night on right!

Friday, October 12th - House of David Gang Reggae Band - Peter Tosh Tribute - $10.00 at the door - 10pm

Come on out and get your Reggae on!

Peter Tosh was the musical partner of Bob Marley for the early years of their lives... together they create the blueprint of Reggae music for the next 40 years. Bob was the Mysticism of Rasta and reggae, but Peter Tosh was the Soul and Energy.

Throughout their career, House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock reggae sound, which pays homage to the classic 70's & 80's Jamaican sound mixed with a modern rootsy Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an afterhours spot on Queen Street West in Toronto that was a Rasta hotspot for reasoning, dancing and reggae music from the late 80s until the mid 90s.

Saturday, October 13th – Tommy and the Commies Euro Send off show - $10 at the door

Tommy and the Commies are about to release our first LP internationally and we are going to tour Europe a couple days after this show. Help send us off in good spirits and with a couple bucks in our pockets.
You can pre-order our record here: 
Also on the bill... Very first show for SLOW EATERS ( members of Ape-ettes, Skin Condish). You won't want to miss them.. + 2 other locals tbd.
Stay tuned for more details...

Sunday, October 14th - Nick Ferrio, Oli Palkovits, White Hot - $10.00 at the door - 9:00pm

Cold Tea Records Presents: 

Nick Ferrio -

with special guests: 

Oli Palkovitz 

White Hot

$10 / 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 18th - Jubilation - Dinner Concert - No Cover

Jubilation is a 5 piece group doing traditional folk music, pop tunes, old standards, Latin, European music. The members bring a wide range of musical backgrounds together to tackle their music. Since this is the harvest season, tonight the group will feature a couple songs of Oktoberfest.

The group will be set up by 5:30 and perform from around 5:45 until 8:00pm. No cover charge. bring the kids. Bring your parents.

Friday, October 19th – Oh Susanna w/ Slow Leaves - $20.00 advance, $25 at the doordoors 10pm, show starts at 11pm.

This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. These are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts. 
Performing since 1996, Oh Susanna has released eight critically acclaimed albums.  She is the recipient of a Genie Award for Best Original Song and a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year.  She has also been nominated for two Juno Awards each for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Solo Performer and for Best Contemporary Singer of the Year.  This year she released A Girl in Teen City, an album of songs set in 1980s Vancouver starring a teenage punk girl named Suzie.  The album has been met with high critical acclaim and has earned three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations: English Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year, and Producer of the Year.  Oh Susanna lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Oh Susanna and Slow Leaves share their songs and stories.

Saturday, October 20th – Richard Inman – Record Release Party - w/ Barry Miles and the Congregation - $10.00 at the door

Richard Inman is a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a butter-rich voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh. Whether solo, with his trusty sideman Jesse or with his full band, The MadTrappers, Richard is a powerful presence on stage. Gentle but captivating.

After making a deep impression on the city with his performance at Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Richard is back with full band and a new album.

Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem. Catch him at his next show and he’ll make you a believer; listen to the new album “30 Days” and he’ll bury his gentle soul in your mind’s ear for a month.

Monday, October 22nd - Casati - No Cover - Pass the Hat - show starts at 9pm

Winnipeg Folk trio CASATI is finally heading East to play music from their debut album, There Will Be Days.
Grace, Jesse, and Quintin write music that is a unique balance of sincere, honest lyrics and musical inventiveness. CASATI brings their music to life with lush three part harmonies and rich textures created with ukulele, guitar, double bass and sometimes a hurdy-gurdy and autoharp. The ten original songs on There Will Be Days tell stories of love found or lost, time slipping away, and bicycle rides.


The Void:

Friday, October 26th -Walrus, Tallies, Pity Trip, Millenial Bugg - $10.00 at the door. 10:00pm. Co-presented by River & Sky.


“The Halifax based band's debut LP, Family Hangover, is a fuzzed- out electric blanket of soul with unrepentant strands of authentic heaviosity. Extensive studio experimentation can be heard throughout the sonically unique record, from varispeed warble to Spacemen-3 style saucer-drone attacks. Live, their low-key manner belies a depth and dedication to craft. This band could be thrown on a bill between Love and Sabbath and not embarrass the present. 

"The band somehow mix gentle, Brian Wilson vocal melodies and orchestrations with out-of-the-blue punk thrash parts that keep listeners guessing. The high, winsome vocals and chiming 12-string Rickenbacker certainly conjured late '60s cloudy folk-pop, but the rest of the band infused the songs with sharp edges. Some of it recalled the Sadies, and the musicians in Walrus are certainly in the same league. 
Back when My Morning Jacket were still kinda metal-y, they made music like Walrus is making now. It's all wild left turns that seem ill-advised but, as they steamroll past, they're a glorious sight to behold."
-Vish Khanna (Exclaim)


The late 80’s and early 90’s were a huge influence for many new artists. But when they cite sounds from great artists like Johnny Marr, Cocteau Twins, The Durutti Column and The Beach Boys, you know they are on the right track to something great.

Combining up-beat drum beats, melodic bass riffs, jingly guitar leads, and fluttery lighter-than-air vocals, the band give out soft, yet bouncy ray of sunshine not unlike The Sundays’ debut album ‘Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic’ captured. Tallies bridge that long lost sound with yet a new and youthful take on something all their own.

Coming out of Toronto, Canada this Indie Pop band just recently formed this year by lead singer and guitarist Sarah Cogan and guitarist Dylan Frankland. With Cian O’Neill on drums and Stephen Pitman on bass they are set to release their debut album in October 2018 via Kanine Records (USA) and Hand Drawn Dracula (ROW).

Saturday, October 27th - HALLOWEEN PARTY - The Almighty Rhombus, Rapport, Dropout - $5 in advance, $10 at the door

A poem:

$5 Pints of Stack Brewing beer!
Best Costume wins free cover for a year!

Get your tickets at:

The Townehouse Tavern
Good Luck General Store
The Refinery

Donovan/West End:
Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium
New Suds:
High Road Records and Glass
South End:
The Outside Store

Rapport (Toronto, Synth Pop)
Watch the vid in the header. That's Rapport

DROPOUT (Sudbury, Rock and Roll)
Nickel city riffage

The Almighty Rhombus (Sudbury, Damp Boys)
Just chippin away at 'er

Saturday, November 3rd – Tom Wilson – Literary and Music performance - $35 advance tickets.  In Partnership with Wordstock.  8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show.

This Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival event is a special co-presents of The Townehouse and Northern Lights Festival. Tom Wilson has had amazing standing ovation shows with Lee Harvey Osmond at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal. We saw a glimpse of the literary performance this past summer when Tom took the Main Stage and read from his book to musical accompaniment. You know Tom and you know that every time he gets on a stage he commands the whole room. Tickets will be on sale here and at the bar

My Name Is/How Does It Feel (Massey Hall, Toronto)

Tom Wilson Website

TOM WILSON is the best selling author of Beautiful Scars as well as a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family to name a few.. His band Junkhouse scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush’s iPod. Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, The National Gallery in Ottawa. The author lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

“I have unchained all the prisoners from my basement and freed the ghosts from my attic.
I was the guy who ended up holding the keys to their freedom.
It was me who let them out.
It’s a job that no one else could do and one that comes with great consequence because these ghosts and prisoners are standing around me now all day, all night long.

I told my truth the way I heard it and the way I remembered it and that’s all I have. Everything else is bullshit.” Tom Wilson

Saturday, November 17 - Stiff Little Fingers

with The Mahones - Tickets on Sale here, at the bar, Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium - $40 tax in.

Formed in Belfast in 1977, Stiff Little Fingers are one of the most beloved punk bands from the original class of UK punk. They have released tons of albums and with a few changes over time have pretty much stayed together for most of their 41 years as a band. Writing some of the most important songs of their time... Suspect Device, Alternative Ulster... Stiff Little Fingers became contemporaries of The Clash, The Damned and The Buzzcocks. Jake Burns and crew have continued on writing important music... touring often and releasing great records.

This is going to be amazing.

Canadian Celt-Punk legends, The Mahones are opening the whole tour.

Tickets on sale September 14th, 3pm. and at the bar... and probably a few locations around town... stay tuned.

Doors 8pm
First band on 9:00pm
tix $40 advance/ $50 at the door