In 1810, Prince Ludwig was about to get married. He invited all of the surrounding communities to celebrate the impending nuptials at the gates of the castle. What sprang from that was the annual celebration of the Harvest called Oktoberfest... with Beer, Bread, Sausage, music and merriment, this Bavarian party continues throughout the world 200 years later. Join us this evening for a celebration of the Harvest.
STACK BREWING CASK NIGHT - Our friends at Stack are letting some Lazerhosen soak on Vanilla Beans for a month and we will tap this cask at 6pm tonight and hopefully all will have a pint. (Age of Majority of course... the kids can have pop)
FOOD - Aside from Pretzels and some Brats, we will put out some great items from local farmers and celebrate the Harvest for what has become a vibrant farming area that works diligently on growing new foods in the north, responsible farming and food securities in our many communities.
MUSIC - We'll have a little live music early in the evening and then follow it up with a great night of live bands starting at 10pm... Featuring Sex and Summer, Les Gauchistes, Vintage Slang and Deadline.
COST - Other than food and drink orders, there is no admission cost for the evening portion. Cover starts later for the bands.
BIRTHDAY - Paul was born during the first Kitchener Oktoberfest at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener while his father was helping organize and print all the promotional materials for the largest Bavarian Festival in North America... It's Kristen from Sex and Summers birthday as well. Whatever reason you come to celebrate... please join us for revelries.
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.
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.
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.
Patricia Cano was born in Sudbury, where she began her career on stage as a young dancer, and later, as a community theatre player. After studies in Theater and Spanish Literature at the University of Toronto, she embraced the career of traveling artist, first with Tomson Highway, the Cree writer and composer, then with le Théâtre du Soleil in France.
In 2001, Patricia performed the lead role of Emily Dictionary in Highway’s play Rose, followed by the title role in his play The Incredible Adventures of Mary-Jane Mosquito, commissioned by the Stratford Music Festival. Since then, the two have traveled the world together performing Tomson Highway’s songs and stories in cabaret form! In August 2009, they premiered a brand new Cree cabaret entitled “KISAGEETIN”, written and composed by Tomson Highway, and performed for the first time in Sudbury, ON at Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario. In June 2010, this new Cree cabaret toured to the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as Toronto’s Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre.
The second collaboration of great importance for Patricia’s artistic career began in January 2003 when she joined the Parisian-based theatre company, Le Théâtre du Soleil, under the direction of renowned theatre director, Ariane Mnouchkine. Patricia worked for four years with the company, first on the music stage under the direction of the legendary Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, and later as ‘comédienne’ and finally as a singer. Madame Mnouchkine sent Patricia to Seoul, South Korea in 2005 to study traditional Korean singing with a voice master, and this experience, along with a growing desire to sing, changed her path forever, leading her away from the Old World and back to the New World.
Since 2007, Patricia has invested her energies towards building a singing career. Her partner in this pursuit is her Brazilian friend, guitarist and composer, Carlos Bernardo. In 2008, Patricia spent six months in Rio de Janeiro, befriending exceptional musicians of the ‘Carioca’ jazz scene, as well as beginning to write music of her own.
Now Patricia is releasing her 2nd album. Many have purchased her album in advance and if you haven’t received it already, you can pick it up tonight. This album will undoubtedly be full of flavours of the world, sung in many languages. She is truly an amazingly versatile artist who gives a glowing name to Sudbury wherever she goes in the world.
Tuesday, October 3rd – Pretty Archie - $7.00 at the door, 8pm.
Pretty Archie is a Country/Folk/Bluegrass band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key. The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music along with representing their hometown. Pretty Archie's newest release 'Sing Alongs & Love Songs' was made available on September 23rd 2016. Bringing on Jamie Foulds to produce this project, Pretty Archie continues to push the genre lines of Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Blues creating a uniquely Pretty Archie sound. The 10 song album is a collection of their best songwriting to date, addressing themes of love, loss, life and the forces that drive all three.
Wednesday, October 4th – Bella Soul – pass the hat – 10pm
Try and imagine two of the world's most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her "The Princess of Soul" BELLA CAT. Her 1st single from her forthcoming album promises to entertain you with a passionate sound coming straight from the inner sanctum of her heart and soul. Recorded in the US and Canada Produced by Jack LeTourneau in association with Neal Ford Sundet. This new Canadian voice shows the kind of new talent which will sure to be a major contender in the future of musical landscape.
Join #NLFB2017 favourite Aerialists as they launch their brand new album Group Manoeuvre! We are thrilled to welcome them back to Sudbury so soon. They are sure to provide an evening of musical acrobatics and dazzling sounds.
In a world where hyphenated genres are becoming the norm, all kinds of monikers are available for a contemporary folk band, Aerialists fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad. Melding their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions, expect intricately crafted instrumental folk, woven through jazz and post-rock soundscapes. Aerialists formed in early 2014 when long-time collaborators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) joined Mairi Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies). The band usually performs as a quintet, joined by exceptional bassists Nate Sabat and Wynston Minckler, and drummers including Jake Jenne, Sean Trischka, and Steven Foster.
Children are permitted, accompanied by an adult.
Friday, October 6th – Odyssey, Taco Fiesta, Cloud Giants - $7.00 at the door Facebook
Sneaking out of their bedroom windows, these boys escaped the constraints of their lives too make you feel things once more.
Taco Fiesta https://www.facebook.com/tacofiestalove/
With a burning passion too spread their angst, Taco Fiesta leave the campus again fueled by nothing more than love and beer.
Cloud Giants https://www.facebook.com/Cloud-Giants-607828329400732/
Beamed from the mothership Cloud Giants is taking the stage again too blow you away with everything they've got.
Come hangout for a sick night of alternative, indy, and art rock!
Saturday, October 7th – The Led Zeppelin Night - $7.00 at the door Facebook
When The New Yardbirds struck out in 1967 to pick up the shows that had been booked for the band when the original members left and new guitarist Jimmy Page was left holding the strings, Keith Moon from The Who remarked… “this will go over like a Lead Balloon”. The saying stuck, with the exception that they changed balloon into Zeppelin. When The New Yardbirds returned from the tour that they owed the promoters, they changed their name to reflect the monster that they had become. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham changed music forever. They fused blues and hard rock in ways that no one had up to this point. They took fantasy literature, early 20th century blues hollers, a little mythology, a ton of electricity and created the greatest rock unit of the early 70’s.
Tonight, Ryan Levecque, Jeff Fuller, John Shelegey and Andrew take us through the popular and the rare of Led Zeppelin. It is a loving tribute to the band that changed everything in their time. It’s time to get your rock shoes on.
Sunday, October 8th – Richard Inman - $ at the door, 8:00pm show Facebook
See this show. We can start at 8pm and get you home at an early hour, just in case you don’t have Thanksgiving Monday off. Richard Inman returns for another great show… if you are a fan of classic Americana songwriters… Townes Van Zant, Steve Earle, Gram Parsons, John Prine, Ian Tyson and the current generation of Jonathon Byrd, Corb Lund and others… Richard is among this group of writers. He is quickly becoming 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.
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.
Friday, October 13th – B.A. Johnston, Lazy Daisies, Tommy and the Commies - $10.00 at the door, 10pm… $5.00 if you get there before 10:30pm Facebook
We’ve got B.A.’s beer in the fridge. We’ve got his sweat on our stage. BA’s album, Gremlins 3 is on the verge of going Platinum. This saucy beefcake has all the right moves… his momma done a good job… join us for this rock and roll party.
Saturday, October 14th – Sex and Summer, Vintage Slang, Les Gauchistes, Deadline
*Sex & Summer - Indie Rock/Pop* - Kristen writes pop songs about girls while Scotty creates grungy guitar licks to rock em' up. The bass player and drummer are the most random but talented strangers you can find on kijiji. Sex & Summer is releasing a new single this fall! If you Google Sex & Summer, just stick with the first few search options that pop up. Things get a bit weird after that...and are not to be associated with the band.
*Vintage Slang - Alt Rock* - A group who’s rooted in 1990s/early 2000s Canadian Rock, their debut album “Standing Still” was released in February 2016 & was co-produced by NOMFA Best Album nominee Brent Wohlberg. Vintage Slang are also winners of the 2016 Q92.7 Rock Band Rumble. http://vintageslang.ca/
*Les Gauchistes* - Les Gauchistes perfuse their work with the reality of living in Northern Ontario. This five-piece of musicians loaded with musicality and surprising energy delivers new songs for an album coming soon in a not-too-distant future. Inspired by everything from Metallica to Mutemath, from Radiohead to Japanese punk-metal with meowing cat samples, the occasional weird free jazz song or chiptune, the many inspirations of the five members meld together to form their unique ambient rock tunes.
*Deadline Alt/Grunge Rock* - The island boys are sailin' back to town! Everyone who catches this band play is blown away. Haunting vocal melodies above minor licks that creep you out a little bit..but kind of make you feel like a bad ass. Once you hear them live, you're suddenly transported into a smokey movie scene. EVERYBODY'S A SUSPECT!!
Thursday, October 19th – Citizen Jane - $7.00 at the door 10:00pm
CITIZEN JANE is a Toronto-based folk-pop duo that evocatively weaves powerful vocal harmonies with innovative string textures to create an emotionally charged soundscape. Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with all audiences.
Their debut album, “In the Storm”, is a reflection on the value of human connection, touching on themes of war (internal & literal), displacement/isolation, self-doubt.. and an urge to embrace differences, unite, and act with love to make the world a little brighter. From sweet, hopeful viola & guitar melodies, to darker mandolin & cello musings, each song takes on a new character in their sonic journey. Though primarily a song-driven project, CJ is delving into the fiddle world with a couple of instrumental tunes as well. The album will be brought to life by mixing engineers Adrian Dolan (The Bills, The Wailin’ Jennys) and Jon Kaspy (Emily Rockarts). The duo consists of married couple Reenie Perkovic (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lea Kirstein (viola, fiddle, cello, vocals), who met while studying classical music on the west coast of Canada. The ladies have since made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene, as well as doing multiple cross-Canada tours.
Friday, October 20th – Frankie & Jimmy, Dirtfight - $7.00 at the door
Dirtfight (St. Catharines/Sault Ste. Marie Folk Bluegrass String Band - members of Shit Liver) https://www.facebook.com/dirtfight/ https://dirtfight.bandcamp.com/
FRANKIE & JIMMY (Hamilton's Poor Man's Blues Brothers & Hot Sauce Bootleggers)
Dirtfight & FRANKIE & JIMMY are making the great trek up nord to play four back to back dates. Armed with merch including new shirts and a fresh batch of hot sauce, these 6 heroes will battle the Lich King of Everlasting Winter for ultimate supremacy and promise you a grand ol' time as long as you don't ask us to play the deliverence song or BB King.
Saturday, October 21st – Tofino, Blonde Elvis, BBBRthr - $10.00 at the door. 10:00pm
Hello… a fine record release evening. Tofino slayed the crowds at the Townehouse 30th anniversary Pop Fest and at UpHere 3. A full night of the finest pop rock, high energy prog pop and more.
Tofino debut EP "Dreaming Further Than Your Lover" Release Show.
To be joined by Toronto sexy-guitar-poppers Blonde Elvis
And Sudbury's own beat-droppin' electro-poppin' BBBRTHR
Friday, October 27th – My Son the Hurricane - $10.00 at the door 10:00pm
On the tail end of a tour that's reached BC to PEI the brass beast stops in at The Townehouse to bring the dance party! Fortunate Losers open the show. My Son the Hurricane is a 14-piece brasshop funk beast with the mantra: anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop. Driving the show, charismatic frontman Jacob Bergsma “can playfully pluck every nerve in your body with his voice” (Earshot), while the well-oiled rhythm section including 2 trombones, sousaphone, 2 trumpets and 2 saxes creates a spectacle of sound. With this lineup, My Son the Hurricane “stood out like a sore, yet extremely talented thumb at every show they’ve played” (Pulse Niagara), and became revered for their live show.
Riding the success of their sophomore release “Cashing a Deadman’s Cheque” (feat. U.S.S. frontman Ash Buchholtz and three-time Juno/Polaris nominee D-Sisive), the Hurricane was featured on the CBC and Much More Music. Their blending of styles and penchant for inciting dance parties and penning introspective ballads (Pushin’ Up Daisies) has garnered them high praise on the Canadian festival circuit with breakout performances at Hillside, Evolve, Beaches Jazz, Summerfolk, Peterborough Folk Fest, and many more.
The Townehouse Tavern Hallowe’en Party is pretty much always the most epic party there is. The costumes are grand. The judging happens around 1:00am. The crowd judges the costumes and the staff pick who goes up on stage for the contest. There are a bunch of prizes from some swag from bands and beer companies to gift cards from the restaurants up to the prize of FREE COVER FOR A YEAR.
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.
In their twelve years as a band, One Bad Son (also known as OBS) has achieved two Top 5 singles and five Top 10 singles, has performed with the likes of Def Leppard and Judas Priest and worked with notable producers such as Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Metric, The Tragically Hip) and Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, The Arkells. One Bad Son have clearly made their stamp noticeable in Canada to date.
The band has spent years touring constantly, converting audiences and gaining legions of loyal fans across the country; with multiple sold out tours, support and headline dates. OBS is one of the hardest working live Rock n’ Roll bands and are known for their successful and captivating live sets.
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.
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.
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.
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