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 Alanna Negusanti
For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883
For Band Booking, Special Events information... contact Paul Loewenberg
Starting July 1st... we are having more dinner music!! Every Monday through 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 nightly basis. Great dinner, Great music. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.
July 4th - Raspberryman
July 5th - tba
July 6th - Steph Fyfe
July 7th - Gord Este
July 11th - Richard Foers
July 12th - John Newlands
July 13th - Brooke Bruce
July 14th - Alex Leggatt
July 18th - Miss Kim Schmidt
July 19th - Raspberryman
July 20th - The Bluegrass Trio
July 21st - Chuck Roberts
July 25th - Brooke Bruce
July 26th - Richard Foers
July 27th - Mary Colleen
July 28th - Eric Clancy
After a busy week, there is nothing better for the soul than to sing with friends... join us for the Bluegrass and Gospel Brunch from 2-5pm each Sunday. We'll sing old timey songs, songs of freedom, old blues, country heartbreakers, maybe a few boozers... songs of joy, songs of redemption. Make your life one full of song. We started the new season on January 3rd and continued through most Sundays until June 12th. We will take most of the summer off, although you may catch us picking at a dinner gig during the week here and there. SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER
Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.
As of May 1st, the patios are allowed to roll out along the sidewalks of the city. Please… as it began in 2015, NO Smoking is allowed on the patio this year. This means you CANNOT take your beer with you to smoke. Those days are over. We’ll find a system that is easy and you won’t even notice that things have changed. In the meantime, please refrain from smoking at the entrance to the patio. You’ll have to walk a few steps down the street. And let’s be clear on one thing… you can’t stand outside the patio, reach in and have a swig of your drink. No climbing the fences… in or out.
Whiskey River Bluesfest – July 15, 16th
Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival – August 5, 6th
The Townehouse Tavern is your host of great live music everyday. So far we are working nine gigs a week when you factor 7 nights of players, Thursday dinners and Sunday Bluegrass Brunch. We have been your host of live music for 25 years!! That’s right, 1991, the year that the underground scene became mainstream… That’s the ground floor that The Townehouse was on. We beat the release of Nirvana Nevermind by 5 months. That was the year that everything changed for music. Post punk, alternative rock, roots rock, everything came one step closer to mass culture. In the next years, as the Internet circled the globe and the information superhighway went from 2 lanes to 16, music went along for the ride. Everyone with a computer could become a collector and gather an encyclopedic knowledge of music history without having to spend hours flipping through dusty bins in stores across the country.
The newer evolution of The Townehouse is that we are also the favourite Burger joint in the north. We use only fresh local ground beef for our Burgers. For Vegetarians we have excellent Roasted Portobello Burgers and our hand made Beet and Hemp Burgers. All of our signature burgers come with a generous portion of local, fresh cut French Fries with a choice of home made dipping sauce, or a hearty salad. Over the next couple weeks we are rolling out some new configurations such as a Sunday Slider Platter special and a platter of delicious appetizers Special one night a week… A Tuesday night Date Night special. All of this is in addition to our daily special of Domestic bottled beer from 4pm-7pm and FREE POOL everyday from noon to 7pm.
A long time ago, we used to have a Reggae and Ska Canada Day every year... but these are more serious times. Gather our friends (who will sometimes play all of their own music under the name OX) and play a night of Black Sabbath, with a side of Cream. Ryan, Mark and Mark will bring back the true power of the power trio. The best way to celebrate with your country... after the fireworks.
North Bay’s David Dino White, backed by some of the finest musicians in the city, takes the stage for an evening of his own tunes as well as some wide-ranging genre covers. Come check him out in advance of his upcoming appearances at Up Here and River and Sky!
David Dino White Bandcamp: https://daviddinowhite.bandcamp.com/
Here’s a live video of him performing solo: https://youtu.be/Vyvf3FCDGRU
Loud trashy garage punk from Sackville NB
Sugary sweet garage pop locals
Bean Head and Donutboy
Dumb dumb stupid dumb punk rock locals
Do you remember this show last year? It was one of the craziest musical moments in my 25 years of watching shows at the Townehouse.
Yonatan Gat is a guitarist and composer based in New York. He was profiled in The New York Times, Vice, and People Magazine. The Village Voice named him "Best Guitarist in New York, 2013".
Gat first came to prominence as the guitarist and founder of Monotonix. After finding themselves banned from most venues in their country due to the wild nature of their concerts, the band decided to leave Israel to tour the United States and Europe, gaining notoriety and praise for their revolutionary live concerts. With Monotonix, Gat released an EP and two albums on Drag City Records.
In 2014, Gat began recording and performing under his own name. Gat's new style channeled the confrontational energy of Monotonix, while bringing his guitar playing into a much more improvised realm and incorporating influences from various styles of music from around the world. His first two albums Iberian Passage and Director were released on Joyful Noise Records in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Gat proceeded to tour the United States and Europe, focusing on a relentless touring schedule as opposed to reliance on music videos and online media. Gat's band performed with artists such as Of Montreal, Thee Oh Sees, and Sun Ra Arkestra, making it a point to always play on the floor inside the audience. In 2014, Gat's band performed in SXSW, and was praised by BuzzFeed and SPIN as one of the top shows of the festival. Their newest release, an EP titled "Physical Copy" produced by Steve Albini was released in August 2015.
Join Tommy Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band as they celebrate 30 years of fun loving Blues, Rhythm and Blues and high energy music. The Whiskey River Blues Band has been dedicated to preserving the legacy of the great Blues artists, from Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson to SRV and Jimmy Reed... from the Yardbirds and Cream to Allmans and Johnny Winter... through several albums of their own... Tommy Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band stands as Sudbury's longest running blues act... easily going between revivalist and adventurous... the band is all about fun and great music. They want you to dance. They want you to love the blues. All Aboard!
Friday, July 15th - 9pm - Whiskey River with Featured Guest - Jerome Godboo.
Toronto singer and harmonica player Jerome Godboo is always improving himself, as a musician, a man and a communicator. An accomplished and exceptional bluesman, his bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage including the judges at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in Memphis where Jerome took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award.
The one-time local legend of explosive 90s rock band the Phantoms, Jerome has released 14 albums in his 25-plus year career, 11 of which are solo, including the brand new Sanctuary City with drummer Gary Craig and Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman.
Saturday, July 16th - 4pm Matinee, Alumni and Big Blues Jam-
Join us through the afternoon and dinner hours for an all out Blues fest featuring many of the past players of Whiskey River's 30 year history... it will be a local Blues jam to be remembered for years. Stay tuned for a complete list of players.
Saturday, July 16th - 9pm - Whiskey River with featured Guest - Chuck Jackson
Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 27 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also is an excellent songwriter, and there are plenty of his songs on many of the groups recordings. He’s also a fine harmonica player, and a special highlight of the band’s performances is a harp duet with Mr. Downchild. Chuck is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual award winning Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival which has become an major event on the North American festival circuit. He is also the Artistic Director of Wasaga Beach Blues, the excellent new blues event in Wasaga Beach every September. With Downchild he has been nominated for 5 Junos and in 2014 won the Juno for Blues Album of the Year for their CD Can you hear the Music. Chuck has been nominated 7 times and won the Maple Blues Award, Male Vocalist of the Year twice. In 1999 and 2007. He was also honoured in 2002 with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award for his achievements during a distinguished career. In 2012 Chuck received the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted to the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and Mississauga Legends Row.
Montreal’s the Maxwells play straight-ahead rock in the vein of the Lazys or the Motorleague. It’s got something of a late-period Oasis feel as well.
Official video for Give Your Love Away: https://youtu.be/-0pACeSKILc
These fellas did really well in this year’s CBC Searchlight Competition. Their tunes have a Jane’s Addiction / Alice in Chains / Stone Temple Pilots feel.
Live Video: https://youtu.be/DHv_Et4p4Cs
The Harris Brothers
Ryan and Kris Harris have written a BUNCH of tunes, and it’s time for them to make their Townehouse debut.
These fellas have been rocking for a real long time and they’re long overdue for a return to the Townehouse stage. These boys know how to bring the rock to your face.
Reverbnation Page: https://www.reverbnation.com/backroads
Wolves in Red
Cassandra Lounsbury’s vocals add some tough femininity to this hard-rockin quartet.
I wonder if we’ll get a bagpipe solo from these good ol’ boys again?
Live video: https://youtu.be/zmrGAfWPBFI
A variety of interpretations of indie rock
(Toronto, Garage Pop)
Sudbury expatriate Sam Bielanski moved to Toronto a few years ago, and we’re pleased to welcome her awesome band Pony to the Townehouse for their hometown debut. They’ve also recently added ex-Sudburian Stephen Giroux (Coast Redwood, Bot) to their lineup! Pony’s got some great hooks coated in just the right amount of jagged fuzz. It’s kind of like if you could actually hear what was happening in Alvvays’ songs.
(Toronto, Rock N Roll)
Blues riffing and smoky vocals with ever the slightest bent of angularity. A little bit Zepplin?
Live Video: https://youtu.be/-rO3OHbh9Bo?t=41s
Main Street Echo
(North Bay, Indie Rock)
Hot off their opening slot for the Almighty Rhombus last month, these fellas are the best band from North Bay, with a wide-ranging genre palette that might remind you a little of Queens of the Stone Age one minute and Grizzly Bear the next
Sex & Summer
(Sudbury, Synth pop)
Synth pop sounds that are the perfect anthem to drifting down the lazy river on an inner tube or getting drunk and dancing around.
Official Video: https://youtu.be/21Zt42-Iutk
Thurs. July 28
10:30PM, $7 at the door
James Dorland Jazz Quartet
Some of the city’s finest jazz musicians take the stage to just absolutely rip it. The quartet will be composed of Drums, Bass, Sax and Guitar.
Fri. July 29
10:30 PM, $7
Experimental and heavy rock
The Dead Fibres
(Calgary, Noise Rock)
Some of you were here to catch these fellas last time they were through. It’s a knock-down, drag out rock show, performed with reckless abandon, a huge sound and a mountain of filth. It’ll make you think of Death From Above 1979 and Solids
Official Video: https://youtu.be/U1bB1p9Ckwg
Wild, ambitious songs about science, outer space and fear of mechanization or something. I dunno, it’s prog with a DIY vibe. King Crimson and Zappa meet Modest Mouse.
Sat. July 30
10:30 PM, $7
Synth pop, rock and stoner rock
(Toronto, Synth Rock)
Amped-up and ready to party. These guys may take their music seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously. Super fun music for jumpin around to drunk in the summer.
Official Video: https://youtu.be/eaCFZDRUZlY
These boys have a real throwback sound to the heydays of mid-90s alt-rock with a 54-40/ Big Wreck. They won the Q92 Rock Band Rumble this year!
Official Video: https://youtu.be/922dP47bL_4
(Sudbury, Stoner Rock)
Devon Moulton’s stoner rock project hits the stage once again. Devon’s a gifted young singer and the band’s got some jams that’ll ooze through ya.
Sun. July 31
10:30 PM, $7
Pop/Punk, emo and rock
We Were Sharks
Bring your skateboards and wallet chains. These guys sound like the early Tony Hawk video games and you’re gonna love it.
Live Video: https://youtu.be/nvLpEHys9O8
The biggest band in Timmins for a reason. They deliver the hooks and the heavy in equal doses. Tunes for raucous house parties and never-ending summers
Tyler’s part of the new emo resurgence that you may or may not realize is happening. Reminiscent of early Dashboard Confessional and Bright Eyes.
Official Video: https://youtu.be/iYej94vqsT8
Big sound with that Our Lady Peace/ Moist vibe nailed. Angsty and hard-driving, with memorable riffs and melodies.
The Pink Floyd Night performs "The Wall" on Grey Street. Some of Sudbury's best musicians have been putting together this Pink Floyd night for a few years. People wept openly the first time they watched Anita nail The Great Gig in the Sky. They have done complete renditions of Dark Side, Obsured by Clouds, Atom Heart Mother, Wish You Were Here and Animals... most of Piper at the Gates... the one that has eluded the band is now coming.
Friday, August 5th... we will shut down Grey Street and set up a stage outside for music, projections, puppets, airplanes... and a Wall. Join us, won't you? We are shutting the street down in preparations for the 4th annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival, so we thought that this would be a great way to spend the evening before Craft Beer Fest.
The Music of Pink Floyd. The Wall. Outdoor stage on grey Street, beside The Townehouse Tavern. Tickets will be on sale June 17th for the concert, the beer fest, the weekend. Music from 6:30 to 11:00pm outside... The Wall begins at 9:00pm.
John, Dan, Pepper, Joe. With Anita, Anne and Ryan.
The Capacity for this event will be 1000 people on the street...
Founded in 2013, The Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival evolved out of the two sister businesses, The Laughing Buddha and The Townehouse Tavern. The Buddha has been Sudbury’s home of Craft and Imported beers since its opening in 2005. Since 2008, we have driven the province to buy direct from the many small craft brewers in the province as well as purchased direct from importers and LCBO through our license.
Operations manager Paul Loewenberg has handled the administration of the event and looks forward to the expansion of the festival in the future to bring more vendors, more music, more partners and more people. This event is a premium beverage event that is open to all over the age of 19 to sample the finest in Craft and Imported beer available to Ontario.
The Townehouse Tavern has long been Sudbury’s venerable home of live music, presenting all styles of live music. Whether it be Punk, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Roots music, Ska, Cuban, Calypso, Bluegrass, old time Country or even Metal… if your band was doing something interesting, this is the place to play.
The Festival closes down the sidewalk along Elgin Street and the adjacent Grey Street to create a single licensed area for over 1000 people under a special occasion permit. The first 2 editions of the festival have been single day events with 2 stages of music, indoor and outdoor eating areas and rows of tents for the Craft Beer Vendors. The future will see the event expand to a multi day event and beyond the current street borders.
Click on through the pictures and see what you’ve missed so far. Beer Vendors can download a Vendor Agreement and Bands can submit to perform through email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun. Aug. 7
6PM, $10, All-ages/licensed
An early indie all-ages show. We did one of our very first early all-ages shows with Jar Arner a while back and we’re stoked to have him back with his friends Supermoon!
(Vancouver, New Wave/psych, Mint Records)
There’s all these psychedelic sounds coming out of the west coast right now and Jay Arner is doing it better than anyone. He’s a genius soundsmith, a great songwriter, and Jen McKerral loves his twitter feed. His band will rip.
Live on KEXP: https://youtu.be/O3a_HcHY-Y0
(Vancouver, jangly rock, Mint Records)
Great name, great band, great melodies. Reminiscent of Real Estate or a less garage-y version of Young Rival. I hate myself for mentioning that they’re an all-girl band, but sadly that is still a novelty in this city. Maybe we’ll see more of it soon!
Matt Foy continues to release amazing, genre-busting records, and this project will be another of his sonic experiments. I’m not sure exactly what to expect, but check out the bandcamp link below for some idea.
Great Lake Swimmers return to Sudbury as a kickoff for their fall 2016 tour. Through 6 albums in 15 years, Great Lake Swimmers have created some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. From catchy toe tappers to serene ballads, Tony Dekkers' voice is haunting and soaring.
Their sixth album, A Forest of Arms, was released in 2015
Great Lake Swimmers consists of Tony Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath) on 12-string electric guitar, as well as backing vocals on the song “A Bird Flew Inside The House.”
Recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace, and mixed by the wonderfully talented Howie Beck (Feist), A Forest Of Arms also marks Dekker’s 8th release of new material. In 2013, he released the solo album Prayer of the Woods, and in 2014, he released a tribute album for the artist-loving digital music distribution site Zunior on the occasion of its 10th year anniversary, entitled Tony Dekker Sings 10 Years Of Zunior. Last year saw their debut headlining performance at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, which was documented for the Live At Massey Hall series. The band also participated in the Polaris cover sessions with their version of Sarah Harmer’s “I’m A Mountain.”
Tour announce, June 21st.
Tickets on Sale, Friday, June 24th