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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 - Wednesday Nights 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!!


Tuesday, September 3rd - Billy Van Museum Pop-up display and show - No Charge. 5pm-8pm

Billy Van delighted generations of television viewers. The Billy Van Museum (and book) tells his life story. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was created by Billy Van in 1971. He played a bunch of the characters plus had guest visits from Vincent Price, The Professor and a couple more. In a short blast of creativity he produced 130 episodes which aired for years and is now coming back on streaming channels.

SUDBURY Billy Van fans! Just confirmed - a Billy Van Museum & Book popup at the Townehouse, on Tuesday Sept. 3, from 5-8 pm! Ha ha I’m going camping there for five days and I know there are fans, so I’ll come to them! Can’t wait to meet you all! Nick, I’ll bring your Frightenstein Fiend Club shirts! Lots of merch for sale! I’m even reprinting the Don’t Come Alone comic book from the 2004 Frightenstein Fest I held in Toronto! See you soon SUDBURY!

Friday, September 6th - Lion House, Elijah and the Backburners, Nik and Julianne - $7.00 at the door

Lion House is a Canadian rock band from Sudbury Ontario. Formed 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.

Back to school bash @ The Townehouse. A night to catch up with friends and get down to some live acts. Enjoy your first TGIF.

Elijah & The Back Burners

A trio raised by the sound of rhythm and blues to gin soaked country, delivering a glimpse of pure Rock and Roll when excited. 

When we play, we burrrrrn!

Nik & Julianne

Saturday, September 7th - The Shuffle Demons, Heavyweights Brass Band - Sudbury Jazz Festival - Cover at the door - 10pm doors

The Heavyweights Brass Band have built a reputation as Canada's reigning champions of feel­-good horn music. Over the last decade they have toured extensively and shared the stage with Trombone Shorty, The Roots, Galactic, and The Soul Rebels, among many others. Their unique style never fails to move any audience, and has earned them a loyal following from fans across all genres.

The secret to the Heavyweights reach can be found in the folk origins of jazz. Following in the footsteps of the originators, their music is shaped not only by their environment but by traditions dating back centuries, creating an alchemy which has universal appeal. Happily at home on stage with such diverse artists as Jane Bunnett, Jay Douglas, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Treme Brass Band, the Heavyweights roll with the punches and always deliver a knockout blow.

Their third full length album, This City, was recorded in New Orleans and features an abundance of Crescent City Talent, alongside a few perennial Heavyweights collaborators. Joe Lastie (Preservation Hall) and Ashlin Parker (Trumpet Mafia) light it up on the opening track, while the crafty Eugene Grant calls the shots. Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) steps in to wail, and Marla Dixon (Shotgun Jazz Band) leads the dance party down on the corner. Add to this Canada's reigning queen of jazz, blues and gospel Jackie Richardson and the iconic and legendary Kevin Breit on guitar, and you have a record which will knock your socks off.

The Shuffle Demons - The Townehouse Tavern at 10:30PM
The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show. A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada's most talented musicians.

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Friday, September 13th - Honest Hearts Collective, Shaky Stars, Brother Elsey - $10.00 at the door. doors 8:00pm

Anchored by brothers Ryan and Nic MacDonald, The Honest Heart Collective was born out of a moment at a Bruce Springsteen concert and a rotating cast of musicians made permanent. Buoyed by the backdrop of their Northern Ontario roots, the band’s debut LP tells a story of longing, deceit, and new beginnings. Liar’s Club encapsulates The Honest Heart Collective’s old soul take of heart-on-sleeves storytelling through music. Armed with the self-built Lionheart Studios, a blue-collar mentality, and 150+ shows later, The Honest Heart Collective has become six best friends raring to put out new music and get back on the road. The Thunder Bay natives have wrapped up a new collection of songs with Producer Derek Hoffman at Fox Sounds. Grief Rights is out on May 4.

Shaky Stars are straight forward, ragged rock and roll. Their debut full length record is available as a digital download through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, cdbaby and Bandcamp and the rest of the majors. Drawing from the likes of great writers like The Replacements, The Weakerthans, Springsteen and Guided By Voices, these old friends have churned out some well crafted songs threaded together by an underlying sonic texture, to which they credit layers of fuzz and overdrive. For more information email Shaky Stars at

Saturday Sept 14th, Madchild LIVE IN Sudbury with Dizzy Wright! Doors 8:00pm

? Live Performance by ?
Madchild & Dizzy Wright

special guests: PIMPTON™ & TrueLove
opening performances by:
- Jor'Del Downz
- Crypt
- BHC -
- Storm Hogan -
- Bobo -


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19+ Licensed | Must be legal drinking age

physical tickets available by calling: 705-679-3528

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Sunday, September 15th - Whoop-Szo, Zoon, Usurpents - 8:00pm doors - $10.00 at the door

Zoon (Zoongide'ewin | ???????, Hamilton, ON)

WHOOP Szo (Guelph, ON)

Usurpents (Sudbury, ON/ Space)

Thursday, September 19th - Dr. Tom's Traveling Medicine Show - 9:00pm Show.

Tom Fyfe and Paul Loewenberg return for another night of Blues, Rock, 60's favourites, old ragtime tunes and more. Veteran's of Sudbury's music scene... Tom and Paul know hundreds of songs. Music is the medicine.

Friday, September 20th, Tommy & the Commies, The Ape-Ettes, Bendero and Mars - $10.00 at the door. 8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show.

From swingin’ Sudbury, Ontario, CA (nada), here come TOMMY and the COMMIES with their debut recordings for Slovenly Recordings, "Here come Tommy and the Commies!" “Here Come…” is 16 blistering minutes of hooliganistic mod-punk madness featuring Jeff Houle, also known as the sole brain behind budget rock cult faves STRANGE ATTRACTOR, and his brother Mitch, known ? collectively as the power-pop force STATUES of P. Trash Records fame. 

Swagger drenched youngster frontman Tommy Commy recruited Strange Jeff by dragging him into a bathroom stall during a punk show, playing him an inaudible demo on a phone. The Houle Two agreed to join forces for Tommy’s first foray into the world of record making on the strength of giving “Spiral Scratch” era Howard Devoto a run for his dosh on the vox on any given holiday. This kid has GOT IT, BABY! 

In a perfect modern world, songs like “Devices,” and “Suckin’ In Your 20’s” would be massive chart smashes on the level of “Teenage Kicks.” Those days are long gone, but here we are in 2018, giving YOU what you need, and what THEY don’t deserve.

Tommy and the Commies fall tour send off party w/ guests tba

Tommy and the Commies

The Ape-ettes

Bendero & Mars

Do not miss this.
More info soon.

Saturday, September 21st - Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities, Perpetual War Machine, Like a Girl - $7.00 at the door - doors 8:00pm

Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities
Perpetual War Machine
Like A Girl

Friday, September 27th - The Pat Therrien Band - $7.00 at the door - Doors 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm

A handful of Elephant Band, a smidgen or local covers (Easter Dogs, Freudz Couch, Wreck Beach and more) and some of my favourite music (Buckley, Costello, XTC and more) I asked a lot from my band mates ( Andre Proulx and Sam King) they not only learned these crazy songs but did so with a smile. Forever grateful. Since the first gig, the band has learned a few Beatles tunes and more Elephant Band tunes and more favourites.
Hope to see some of you there.

Saturday, September 28th - La Slague presents - Dany Laj and the Looks Record Release Party - $10.00 at the door. Doors 8:00pm, Showtime 9:00pm


Hey Patriots! We are thrilled to announce that our record ‘Everything New Is New Again’ will be released on September 13th. We made this record last year in New York City at N.Y. HED Studio w/ Rocio & Matt Verta Ray & Mixed by Matt Wiewel at Deadpan Studios in Sudbury. We couldn’t be happier to be part of the Yeah Right! & Transistor 66 records families. Here is the cover done by the one & only Dan Parent of Archie comics fame! Stay Tuned for more happenings! Check the shows section frequently as dates are added day to day!

Wednesday, October 2nd - Petunia & the Minimalist Jug Band - pass the hat - recommended $10 donation - 7:00pm doors.

Petunia is more than just an entertainer, he’s a modern musical enigma. Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled… or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction. This is just one way of describing the man known simply as Petunia. He’s an adventure seeker, a poker player, and a mysterious stranger. He’s been referred to as “The Savior of Country Music”, and a man who exists in a different era, bringing the past forth as something new to be celebrated and not forgotten

The Minimalist Jugband
"sadder than music funnier than comedy"
"washed up guy on a washtub bass"
"psycho billy beatnik poet"

Monday, October 14th - Harpdog Brown and the uptown Blues Band - $15.00 adv, $20.00 at the door

Harpdog Brown has grown a solid reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring with a new show called Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says "Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's OK."

His relentless touring schedule means a life on the road and that’s just fine by Harpdog. He just released an outstanding album that blends that Chicago Blues sound with New Orleans Blues giving the world a fresh take on the blues with his original tracks and a few carefully selected covers. For Love & Money is a refreshingly different approach for Dog, as his friends all call him. It hit the Living Blues Album Charts at #6 and the Roots Music Report at #2 on the Classic Blues Charts and # 2 in Canada.

As Harpdog recently put it, "After more than 30 years of blood, sweat and tears, it feels like I'm just getting started. I'm only 57 - that's young in the blues world!"

Tuesday, October 15th - Ancient Shapes w/ Teenanger - $15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door

Ancient Shapes (feat Daniel Romano - You've Changed recs)

TEENANGER (Toronto punk, Telephone Explosion recs)

and more

New Record announcement!! Stream and pre order below! 
Tour announcement coming soon!! 

October 25, 2019

“A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom” is the third offering from the flower pop super group “Ancient Shapes”. In all realities it is the amalgamation of two recording sessions that took place almost a year apart–– in essence this is the greatest hits compilation.

Ancient Shapes is comprised of Daniel Romano, David Nardi, Vee Bell, Roddy Rosetti and Ian Romano. They have been called “ the best band since computers” and also “incredibly good as hell” when it comes to their live engagements and sock hop shake down events. The group has traveled the world over sharing their songs and ideas with others, now they offer us this: A flower that just refuses to bloom.

Inside this heated material you will find such subjects as sadness, happiness, loneliness, togetherness, longing, acceptance, colonial guilt complexes and home town optimism.

There was the first one, and everyone seemed to like that, and the second one people liked too… this is the third one. Odds are good.

Tuesday October 15 @ Townehouse Tavern - 206 Elgin Street, Sudbury
licensed 19+ - 8pm doors - $15 advance + service charges

Tickets available at Cosmic Dave's Records, High Road Records, The Townehouse Tavern and