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Music...

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.

Food...

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.

Community...

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

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC AT SUNDOWN ALL Through the Winter

Starting October 1st... we are having more dinner music!! Every Tuesday, Wednesday and 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.

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are back... starting January 8th

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. SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH RETURNED for most of the fall... took 2 weeks off over the holidays... we'll be back January 8th until spring break.

Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.

Saturday, December 31st - New Year's Eve - the Co-Operative - $25.00 ticket - Dinner, Midnight Toast and dance until 3:00am

The Cooperative is Pandora Topp, Jennifer Holub, Matt Foy, Steve Joncas and Joe Fiorino. The band was a mainstay favourite party band in Sudbury from the late 90's into the early 2000's. When members moved away and got busy with other bands they stopped playing. 2016 brought the band back together and finally returning to the Townehouse... the place they packed so many times.
The Cooperative is a celebration of the greatest pop and dance music of a generation. From The Talking Heads and The B-52's to Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Cure and much more... this band takes you to a time when party music was innocent good fun.
The Townehouse New Years Eve is a $25.00 ticket.
You get your choice of hats and noisemakers and party favours, a midnight meal, a midnight toastwith Sparkling beverage... plus the best dance band in the land playing until 3:00am. It is an epic party that sells out almost every year... so don't delay in getting your tickets.

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We’ve crossed the cusp of the year… we are officially headed back toward summer now and it’s about time we geared up for 2017.  This is 50 years since the Summer of Love… 50 years since Sgt. Pepper was released upon the world.  50 years since the Monterey Pop Festival gave us the breakthrough concerts for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding and many more. 
Music is at a crucial point in its evolution right now.  The digital age and generation of Millennials have brought about a time where all information is free and accessible at all times.  The unfortunate part is that people put music into that pile at the same time and demonetized what artists have been working toward for the last 160 years since printed music began to be retailed.  The performance royalty for artists has been diminished by streaming and other online capabilities and the proliferation of music through home studios and such has magnified the issue… ten times the music x one tenth of the opportunity means 100th the revenue for an artist.
Live music is among the last frontiers for artists to make money.  But that means you have to leave the house on a Friday night or a Tuesday night or any time it happens and go out to where music is happening.  When we ask for a few dollars at the door, that money is for the artists and the technicians who make the artists sound good.  If you are a music fan, you need to reach out to your friends around you and say… let’s go see some music.  You probably didn’t pay for having the record on your MP3 player or your phone… I don’t mean to squash on Spotify or other streaming operations… I’m just asking that if you used to spend $40-$100 a month on buying a couple CD’s or buying albums on iTunes… maybe you could redirect that money directly to the artists instead of giving it to Rogers or Bell, who in turn, don’t give it back to the artists… most of that goes to shareholders.  Why have every transaction that you make tracked by some algorithm that informs Facebook of what ads to paste on your wall every time you log in.
Free yourself of the machine that nudges you down the path of their design.  Give your money to the artist that makes your music, the cook that makes your food, the barista that roasted, ground and steeped your coffee, the brewer who made your beer and the farmer that grew your food.  If you are so inclined… go one step further and be the artist who makes the music, the grower who farms the food, the cook who creates, the chef who bakes, the poet who rhymes.  Paint your own picture.  Write your own song.  Tell your own story.  Live in your community with all of us who do the same. 
Enjoy your year.   Thank-you for supporting the arts.  Thank-you for supporting small restaurants.  We couldn’t do it without you, but now we must ask you to join us in the quest to bring the rest of Sudbury into the fold and bring more people downtown to discover all that we are.  Team Townehouse, Team Buddha and all of the other cool businesses downtown are counting on you to help out and help us move forward.  That’s going to mean keeping our arena downtown and keeping the pressure on the city and investors to build affordable, high density housing… to invest in our education institutions to build more School infrastructure downtown… to keep pressure on the city to keep public transportation efficient and affordable (which they will be able to do if they don’t have to change the boundaries of the city for a new Sports complex).
OK, enough… ramble ramble.  This is a calendar of events for the music at The Townehouse.  Come and see live music.  It is good for your soul.

Friday, January 6th – Bandit - $7.00 at the door

Winter fun.  That’s what happens now.  The bands of the country are at home in their own cities, making new records, working jobs to make sure they can afford to go on the road for the summer. (Except for Murder Murder, who are leaving for Europe this week for their 2nd tour of the EU.)  Expect to see some fun rock and roll from Ryan, Paul and Spencer and whoever else joins in on the fun.  Maybe some Kinks?  Who knows.

Saturday, January 7th - The Matt Foy 30th Anniversary Special - $7.00 at the door

that's right folks... on this... what is Matt Foy's Birthday, he begins the celebration of playing for 30 years at the Townehouse Tavern. He was a teenager in 1987 when he first came in to play... and that's 30 years. The musician that has given us 30 years of rock, ska, reggae, surf, and other musical adventures takes the stage tonight with many of the people that he has played with over the years... From The Smokers, The Mondo Idols, Little Sir Echo, Ox, the Northern Memphis Revival, Truth of Fiction, Animal Farm and who knows what other bands will resurface on this winter evening.

The important point is that Matt Foy has served and we need to gather to honour that service. Let's call it his halfway to retirement show. Looking forward to your next 30 years on stage Mr. Foy... we're all with you in whatever configuration you need us.

Thursday, January 12th – Low Guns - $7.00 at the door

Dwayne Trudeau returns for another night of swampy electric blues with the wild back beat of Chris Dardick.  The pair has been joined recently by Steve Joncas on Bass and they plow through a night of dirty blues and rockers that would make RL Burnside blush.

Friday, January 13th - The Billy John Winter Thaw - $10.00 at the door

It's the annual "How many people can we get on one stage night" that usually has the answer of 11 or 12. It's a whole heap of friends and admired Sudbury musicians getting together because the best way we can survive winter is to huddle close for warmth.

Saturday, January 14th - Harpdog Brown - $10.00 at the door

Harpdog Brown returns to Ontario... He is a gifted singer and imaginative harmonica player of note that has been in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982. Born in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he’s crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.

Over the years Harpdog has issued 6 CD’s to critical acclaim. His most recent, earning him 3 Nominations for Maple Blues Awards. In 1995 his Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the best NW Blues Release of the year, from the Cascade Blues Association in Portland. As well that year it was nominated for a Juno for the best Blues Release in Canada. Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturally was voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.

Harpdog resides in Vancouver, BC where he leads his own trio and quartet of hot local players churning out blues on the jazzy mellower side. He also leads The Harpdog Brown Band which is a gutsy traditional Chicago blues band with John R Hunter (drums), Jordan Edmonds (guitar) and George Fenn (bass). In 2014 they released “What It Is” consisting mainly new originals and a few classic covers you don’t get from your average blues band. As Holger Peterson says on the jacket, Harpdog’s best work yet.

Friday, January 20th – The Bandit Billion Dollar Bash - $7.00 at the door

Ryan Levecque leads the stage tonight with a collection of the city’s finest musicians.  It’s his birthday weekend so we can expect a nice cross section of the many styles that he has been known for.  It will be an eclectic mix of Rock, old and older… Ryan is probably the most proficient player and singer in the city when it comes to doing some Black Sabbath, so you can be sure there will be a few tunes from the early Sabbath records… along with some Hendrix, Cream, CCR, Stones, Johnny Cash… and depending on the musicians who come out… maybe even some Beatles and Soul music.  No doubt, this will be a night of the finest rock and roll music from Ryan, one of our finest musicians.

Saturday, January 21st – Fortunate Losers w/ Sex and Summer - $7.00 at the door

Fortunate Losers are taking a brave spin around the province this month.  Tonight is their return gig back to the city so we will see the band hot and ready to roll after 10 straight gigs.  Fortunate Losers was born from the fire of Devon's past projects AutumnSkys and The Devon Coxoxox Band. In the hard rock town of Sudbury, Ontario, FL had spent countless hours crafting our catchy, Grunge fuelled sound and is now spreading out from Northern Ontario to invade the south, and then the rest of the world. This rock-solid 3-piece is on a mission to remind the world of what real hard hitting rock sounds like.
With many high-class rock venues under their belt, FL plans to keep on bringing the thunder to remarkable stages and audiences alike. Make sure you come out to be part of the journey with us, we'd love to see you!

Thursday, January 26th – The Thirty Four - $5.00 at the door

Thea is an exciting new voice on the scene.  This duo fashions a night of fun rock covers and classic hits.  Easy grooving music to warm you up for the weekend.

Friday, January 27th – The Bad Hombres - $7.00 at the door

Be aware, there are bad hombres out there… one of them just got elected president of the big crazy nation below us.  These hombres, however, are bad in the classic Blaxploitation sense of the word… Don, Spencer and Steve are BAAAD Mutha@#$%.  They play rock and roll with sharp edges and fast curves.  Strap in.

Saturday, January 28th – DUNES, Mick Futures, Birthday Cakes, Lazy Daisies - $10.00 at the door

DUNES bio reads as such… “stupid toddlers playing baby music”  This is about to become a misnomer, however, as tonight marks Isabella’s 19th Birthday.  No longer getting kicked out after her set… no longer having to wait for All-Ages shows… She’ll still hustle the pool tables in the afternoon, but now she’ll be able to have a beer while she’s doing it.  Happy Birthday!!  I can’t understate the importance that the next generation has in carrying on our music scene.  The millennials in their 20’s now are mostly lost in a haze of EDM and instant disposal of culture through through their smartphones.  The next revolution of live music will come from the peeps that turn 19 in the next couple years and refresh the generation.  Challenge yourself.  Challenge the community.  Play wild music and whatever crazy ideas you have… The Townehouse will always be the place for you to deliver your manifesto.

This is a great night all around with a great range of Scene Makers on the bill.. the Houles star with Mitch’s Mick Futures… The Drakes gather the tour de farce Birthday Cakes… Shawn Kozmo and crew star with Lazy Daisies.  Be prepared for a full night of punk, garage and rock and roll from space.

Friday, February 3rd – JoPo & the RiZE - $7.00 at the door

Jo is in the process of finishing up her Nashville recordings and finalizing the new album for release in early 2017. Produced by Juno Award Winning Musician Crystal Shawanda the album features session leader and lead guitarist, DeWayne Strobel (Trace Atkins, Percy Sledge, Little Richard), stand-up & electric bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, John Cougar Mellencamp), drummer, Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), drummer and percussionist, Louis Flip Winfield (Shakira), harmonica player, Stephen Hanner, and House of Blues Studios' engineer extraordinaire, Owen Lewis.

She released her first album, “JoPo Acoustic- The RiZe,” in 2013 and inked a licensing deal with Hallmark for use of three of her songs and an appearance in their movie. She formed The RiZe to support the album and went on to record and release "Miners Town" with the band in 2015. The single was engineered & mixed by Billy Bruhmuller and mastered by Ron Skinner (Shania Twain, Sheepdogs, Elliott Brood) and it is being distributed and available for download on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, and 25 other downloadable sites around the world.
"Jo Po is an exciting artist who is just as passionate in the studio, as she is on the stage! Producing her new album has given me a front row seat, in watching her take her artistry to the next level! Pinpointing a beautiful mixture of rock and folk, each song on her new album reveals the storyteller that Jo Po truly is! One of the hardest working artist's that I have had the chance to experience, she relentlessly lives for her live shows, and the opportunity to connect with her audience! If you have the chance to catch one of her shows, I highly recommend you do it!" -- Crystal Shawanda - Juno Award & CCMA Award Winner

Saturday, February 4th – Whiskey River Blues Band - $7.00 at the door

This ferocious Rhythm and Blues band carries on a strong tradition started by Tommy Fyfe 30 years ago.  The last 10 years or so, Tommy has been joined by Pete Larabie and Steve Malick on Keys and Drums, who have been playing in bands together since the late 60’s when they toured as part of Every Mother’s Mistake.  They have been joined by Paul Loewenberg on Bass, continuing the history of a band that plays louder and younger than their years.  From 60’s rock to traditional Blues of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Lightning Hopkins and more, this band flies without safety nets and always delivers an exciting time.

Friday, February 10th – Bob Marley Tribute with House of David Gang Reggae Band – $10.00 at the door

Returning for an encore Bob Marley birthday tribute, The HoDG has brought this each year for the last couple years to celebrate the life of the prolific singer and Rasta warrior, Robert Nesta Marley.  Bob helped to show the world the spirit of Reggae music and it’s power to call for peace and unity.  His death at 36 years old was far too young but we have so much of him to remember from the early Ska years and Studio One recordings with the original Wailers, Peter and Bunny, through the years of worldwide tours and international acclaim.

Throughout their career, House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock reggae sound, which pays homage to the classic 70's & 80's Jamaican sound mixed with a modern rootsy Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an afterhours spot on Queen Street West in Toronto that was a Rasta hotspot for reasoning, dancing and reggae music from the late 80s until the mid 90s.
After a brief hiatus the band re-energized in 2004 with a revamped line-up, touring relentlessly in clubs & festivals, building a strong grassroots following across Canada.

Tuesday, February 28th - Blackie and The Rodeo Kings - $40.00 + tax tickets on sale now

A truly special show. BaRK plays the Townehouse. Doors will be open at 7:00pm for seating. Show will start at 8:00pm. Dinner tables will be taken down at 6:30pm and replaced with Theatre Style seating.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record what was suppose to be a one- off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett.
At the time, all three members were deeply committed to burgeoning solo careers that they had no intentions of putting on hold, and had no plans to turn Blackie into an ongoing concern.


Now twenty years later, 8 albums , one Juno award and several Juno nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.

The New album... Kings and Kings...

As promised Blackie and The Rodeo Kings are set to deliver the companion piece to their 2011 collaboration album King And Queens. Where that album featured guest appearances from some of the band’s favourite female singers, Kings And Kings features some of the band’s best ‘guy’ friends from the world of roots, blues, and country. Each one of them an accomplished ‘king’ in their realm of creative endeavors and in many cases absolute ‘king’ legends in the entertainment industry. “Some of these were fellows we knew well and had made lots of music with like Bruce Cockburn, Buddy Miller, and Keb Mo, and some were new heroes and discoveries like Fantastic Negrito and Dallas Green,” says Colin Linden. “Some, were icons who I had shared some guitaring with like Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, and Raul Malo. And some were icons new and preloved who joined us out of kindness I suppose, like Nick Lowe and Jason Isbell. And some were my dear pals I work on the Nashville TV show with; Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, and Sam Palladio.” Set for release October 7 via File Under: Music, the first single “Beautiful Scars” reminds us of Tom Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond album Beautiful Scars. Wilson jokes that he wrote the title track of his album after it’s release. The song itself is inspired by novelist Miriam Toews benefits from an amazing vocal performance by Dallas Green (City And Colour).

Tickets on sale through EVENTBRITE. Click the Ticket Link above. $40 +HST.

 

 

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