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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.


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 - First Wednesday Night each month at 7:00pm. 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
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 7:00 PM.

Pass the Hat. A $7.50 donation to the band is suggested. See you there!!!

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are continuing ...

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.


The patio is back. You still can't smoke on the patio. You can't vape on the patio. You can't smoke Cannabis on the patio. you can't vape from a Cannabis vape pen on the patio. You can't take your drinks out of the patio. I know... there's a lot of rules... they are simple, and we do follow them. As per AGCO regulations, if you break the rules, you will be asked to leave.

Legalization of Cannabis

As of October 17th, 2018, The Cannabis Act rolled out across the country. Inside the restaurant, in this licensed establishment, it changes nothing. You still have to go outside to smoke. You still have to go outside to vape.

Tuesday Night Trivia

Nickel City Trivia will run here at 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...

Plan to get in around 7:30pm to get your seat, order some food and a drink and get ready to tease your brain.




            The Townehouse Tavern has, for the last 28 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.

Earlier shows and Late night DJ's!!

We have been edging toward this for a few years... first we said ALL the weeknight ticket concerts would start at 8pm... They have been working great... last fall we had great bands like Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Tom Wilson, Stiff Little Fingers and The Mahones all with the doors opening at 8pm. Doors open at 8pm, first act will come on at 9:00pm or maybe 8:30pm. Headliner will come on around 10:30pm... we wrap up by midnight... and a DJ comes on and spins for a couple hours to the late night folks. It's the trend in the music business all over the country. Early doors, early shows, late night DJ's.

Every Friday and Saturday. Doors 8:00pm. Bands from 8:30pm to 12:00am. DJ after party... STARTING MARCH 1ST.

Maybe we will even try something on the Thursdays and Sundays too for all you hard workers around the city that only get to come out after the weekend is over or before the weekend begins.

This is the call I put out for DJ's... people who can spin a wide range of music from Classic R&B/ soul/ funk... early to mid-history hip hop... Gmaster Flash, Run DMC, Wu-Tang, a bit of Punk, proto-punk, new wave, modern garage (from Television to TV on the Radio, from Stooges to Pixies)... a splash of modern dance... maybe Bruno Mars and stuff that Ronson does, but not necessarily JayZ stuff... Someone who can make sense of spinning 50's doo-wop in between Missy Elliott and Curtis Mayfield... a little Blue-Eyed Soul and British Invasion, with a knowledge of Canadian and local music... to encourage and provide soundtrack to a safe and positive space, gender balanced and diverse ages.

EXCEPTIONS: Sometimes WE ARE the afterparty to another event... NLFB Bloom 19... March 8-10, La Nuit Sur L'etang - March 22, Stack Microbrew Festival - March 23rd, Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards - May 25th, Northern Lights Festival Boreal - July 4-7, Elgin Street Craft Beer Fest - Aug 9-10, UP HERE Festival - August 16-17... so there will be times that we run bands right until 2:00am... but for the most part... book your babysitter for 8-12!!



Friday, November 1st - 2001 A Nu Metal Odyssey - Doors 8:00pm, $7.00 at the door

Alright, partner. Keep on rollin', baby.
You know what time it is.

Time to dial in two of the biggest bands from the early 2000s. Friday Nov. 1st Prodigal Scum will be possessed by Serj & the boys from System of a Down. Playing hits from Toxicity and more. DrugWolf transforms into Nu-Metal legends Limp Bizkit. Playing their favorite tracks from Three Dolla Bill Y'all$, Significant Other, and Chocolate Starfish. Death or Never Die opens the night with an acoustic performance that was influenced by the Y2K scare.

Cover $7 (at the door)
Doors @ 8PM
Bands @ 9PM
-Death or Never Die
-System of a Scum (Prodigal Scum)
-Wolf Bizkit (DrugWolf)

Saturday, November 2nd - Bandit VS Rock and Roll - $7.00 at the door. Doors 8:00pm.

Bandit returned to the spotlight last week after a little wander in the woods... Last week they celebrated The Hip and helped Spencer celebrate his b-day... this week Ryan and company will take to the stage in dramatic fashion of Train wreck folk doom blues. Electric Dylan with a splash of Sabbath. Music for Orphans. Usually, anything is a go... pony up and enjoy your Saturday night...

Sunday, November 3rd - Paula Johnson Art and Jewelry Sale - 2pm - 6pm - no cover, family friendly.

Paula Naomi Johnson Art and Jewelry Sale. In one blitz sale... a rare opportunity to catch this renowned artist in a one day sell off. New work to be presented. Old favourites. Get a chance to buy pieces from some of Paula's past shows. Paintings for the collectors and for the new discoverers. ... Jewelry for all occasions

Share this wide because it only happens for one afternoon. November 3rd. Townehouse.

Friday, November 8th - Dany Laj and the Looks, BA Johnston, Oli Palkovits - $10.00 at the door - 9:00pm show

Great Bill! Just Show Up! The Looks are in the middle of touring their new record, so they are as hot as lava on stage right now. BA continues his 20 year run on huffing fumes from a '72 Dodge Dart and then mixing with Red Bull and a Roller Coaster ride of d-gen songs from the heart. Oli is blazing a trail of psyche rock that lands him somewhere between Nick Drake and Nick Cave. It's noisy and truly beautiful.

Dany Laj & The Looks - Lourdes FR

BA Johnston - Hamilton ON

Oli Palkovits - Sudbury ON

Be nice and respect each other.
Doors 8pm. 10$ Cover 19+

Saturday, November 9th - Michael Garrick and One Nation Rebelz - 9:00pm - $10.00 at the door

Michael Garrick is familiar to Sudbury from his other band, The House of David Gang (who will be back in the new year). One Nation Rebel is a Roots, Rock, Reggae party band that has commanded performances in many festivals and clubs in Toronto. The all-star line-up features some of Toronto's strongest roots players.

The band plays music in the vein of Bob Marley and some of the 80's greats like Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse and more. It's a classic sound of Reggae... party music with a message... the one love can heal the world.

Come with your dancing shoes on... check out this video... a cover of another Canadian favourite...

Wednesday, November 13th - Rayannah w/ guest Sara Gibson - Doors 7:00pm, showtime 8:00pm. $10.00 at door

FR / La voix singulière de Rayannah résonne en échos et en strates pour créer un tout à partir de rien. Munie de pédales loop, l’artiste bilingue construit des séquences sur place avec sa voix, son souffle, de la percussion et des synthétiseurs. Ses paroles viscérales en français et en anglais planent au-dessus des paysages sonores parfois clairsemés, parfois denses et complexes.

EN / Rayannah bends noise into music by running voice, breath, synth and percussion through loop pedals. Underscored by intricate beat-making, her evocative lyrics in French and English rise above dense soundscapes, pulling listeners into a world both dark and sweet.

Thursday, November 14th - Shotgun Jimmie, Jose Contreras - $10.00 advance, $12.00 at the door. Doors open 8:00pm

Are you ready for the new sincerity?!

Shotgun Jimmie’s new album Transistor Sister 2 is full of genuine pop gems that champion truth and love. Jimmie is joined by long-time collaborators Ryan Peters (Ladyhawk) and Jason Baird (DoMakeSayThink) for this sequel to the Polaris Prize nominated album Transistor Sister from 2011. José Contreras (By Divine Right) produced and recorded the record in Toronto, Ontario at The Chat Chateaux and joins the band on keys.

In characteristic Shotgun Jimmie fashion, the songs on Transistor Sister 2 focus largely on family and friends with a heavy dose of nostalgia. Jimmie’s hyperbolic takes on the everyday reconstruct familiar scenarios, from traffic on the 401 (the beloved and scorned mega-highway through Toronto known to all touring musicians as the place where punctual arrival at soundcheck goes to die) to cooking dinner.

The album’s lead single Cool All the Time is a plea for people to abandon ego and strive for authenticity, featuring contributions by Chad VanGaalen, Steven Lambke and Cole Woods. The New Sincerity serves as the album’s manifesto; it renounces cynicism and promotes positivity.

Friday, November 15th - Tanner Reinhardt, Allodays - $7.00 at the door - Doors at 8:00pm

Tanner Reinhardt was a musician in Sudbury for a few years already... he was the singer guitarist for Life Blown Open, leading them through 3 albums before moving to Toronto with the drummer, Justin Ross and continuing to play, releasing a 4th record and eventually putting the band on hiatus to travel and work. After a few laps of the country and a trip around the world, Tanner landed back in Sudbur, years later and now is working toward his next album. This will be a solo record, although he will still be composing for all instruments.

The new album will be out in the New Year. There is a little less of the Hardcore energy that Life Blown Open could roar into, but still the same sharpness of melody and sense of adventure. A little City and Colour... a little MGMT and Modest Mouse... Great riffs and thoughtful lyrics. Tonight will help raise some money for the final mixing and mastering of the new album.

Allodays is a group comprised of a multitude of musical backgrounds. The lead singer, Maddie Holden, is strongly influenced by R&B singing, a powerful and beautiful way to express your vocal range onto the track.

That powerful R&B vocal is backed up by the bassist, Eric Loree, who said he is strongly influenced by indie music and Paul Mc- Cartney’s bass lines.

Indie music is often a great catalyst for musical inspiration and Allodays is an example of that tradition. Learning from previous, non-corporate bands gives other indie bands the chance they deserve in the music industry. Although remembered predominantly for song writing and singing as part of The Beatles, McCartney’s bass lines were pioneering and influential across the industry. They continue to be influential today as Loree demonstrates.

Guitarist Chris Ma and drummer Jonah Gillespie bring an element of punk influence to Allodays. This is an important genre for London as many of the city’s local acts are punk. The punk scene in London is large and well-known as many other punk bands from across Ontario travel to play here. Punk drummers are chaotic and always make for a fun show.

The second guitarist, Alex Leduc, said he is influenced by metal as well as anything progressive. A good mix of punk, metal and progressive rock makes for an interesting mix of riffs.

Saturday, November 16th - Laurie, Feels Fine, Like a Girl - $10.00 at the door, doors open at 9:00pm.

Laurie (Toronto Post-Punk)

Feels Fine (Toronto Pop Punk)

Like A Girl (Local Grunge Punk)

Doors at 9pm
$10 at the door

Maybe the Sum 41 guys will show up and play foosball?

Sunday, November 17th - Road Waves - 9:00pm, pass the hat

Road Waves brings their funk-rock groove back to Sudbury, ON on their 2019 Fall tour. Come enjoy a great night of music with no cover charge.

The adventurous nature of Road Waves makes it a challenging task to define the energy-packed four-piece that touches on the roots of funk, blues, rock, and jazz. Their shows are built on a philosophy of playing from their hearts and an open mind, making for an exciting exploration with a huge sound.

Friday, November 22nd – Casper Skulls, Dirty Princes, Bendero and Mars - $10.00 advance, $12.00 at the door

Casper Skulls emerged from the Toronto exurbs in 2015, bursting onto the local scene with a studied sound and supercharged live performances. They have been hailed by the likes of FADER, Stereogum, MTV and Billboard. Their 2017 debut LP, Mercy Works, is densely arranged, intricately written and performed with an uncommon earnestness. With the release of the single “O My Enemy” in October 2018, Casper Skulls are demonstrating their more stripped back and reflective sound which will be the direction of their upcoming sophomore record in 2019.

Dirty Princes – Truly the new faces of rock and roll, punk garage styles…

Bendero & Mars is the brain-child of Nic Derro and Shane Cinq-Mars exploring sounds from early psychedelic-folk with jazz/rock influence. Story-driven songwriting with dark undertones.

Saturday, November 23rd - Lion House + more - doors 8:00pm. $10.00 at the door.

Patrick, Ryan, Rob and Kate formed the band in 2018. 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.

Friday, November 29th - Bad Hombres - $7.00 at the door - 9:00pm

Once again this 3 headed rock and roll beast rises from the volcano and brings the fire. Don and Spencer alternate between Drums and Guitar with a solid anchor of thunder from Steve Joncas.
They play whatever makes people smile and dance... Whether it's Jimi Hendrix or The Strokes... The Clash or Elvis... Johnny Cash or Tom Petty... all the years of playing in many bands comes to a pinnacle here when these boys get down to basics. They have been in lots of bands and played their own music for years... tonight is about having fun.

Saturday, December 14th - The Northern Memphis Revival - A holiday Soul miracle - 8:00pm doors - $15.00 tickets.

This will be a good event to book for your Christmas party... bring your office to the Townehouse tonight for the Northern Memphis Revival. this 11 piece Soul band has spent 5 years learning the great favourites of Memphis Soul Music and followed the rivers that led to it and the rivers that run off of this ocean... The band covers the 50's origins from Ray Charles and Sam Cooke through the great years of the 1960's - Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Staples, Soloman Burke and much more to the rivers that run out like Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield.

The great thing about Memphis Soul is that it is always music that means something. This is music that was made to fill the soul left empty by a world that doesn't raise all ships equally. Sometimes you just need to dance while you remember that the world is full of gangsters, pirates and jealous lovers... on the flip side... you need to dance when you realize that your world is also filled with brothers and sisters seeking justice... filled with lovers... filled with spirit. That's the music of the Northern Memphis Revival. 3 horns. 4 singers. a dynamite Rhythm section. That's 11 people on stage with no purpose other than to fill the night with the greatest music ever written. It's Soul time. It's the holidays... bring your friends, family, workplace... and we will provide the best night of the season for you and yours.