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.
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 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th
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.
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.
Thursday, August 18th – Sex and Summer, On Tap - $7.00 at the door
Check out 2 popular indie rock bands on the Sudbury scene tonight. Sex and Summer play the first half of the night, with On Tap taking over the second half. It’s a great night of pop and rock and roll.
Friday, August 19th – Big Z and Me - $7.00 at the door
Big Z and Me is on the prowl this month. Zach and Spence have been the back bone of several of Sudbury’s great bands in the last 7 years. As a mighty duo they bring out all of the party… stripped away are the cerebral pop moments that both of these players are good at… and what’s left is pure sex… Zach and Spence appeal to your Friday Night instincts with fun songs from the Strokes, White Stripes, Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Fat Boy Slim and a bunch more prurient rock and roll from across time.
Saturday, August 20th – Ten Sleep, The Almighty Rhombus, Basement Revolver - $10.00 at the door
We are the post party for the Tragically Hip Celebration at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre this evening. The show let’s out around 11pm and we’ll have 1800 hungry and thirsty Hip fans embarking on Downtown. Welcome to the adventure…
TEN SLEEP -
THE ALMIGHTY RHOMBUS (SUDBURY) -
BASEMENT REVOLVER (HAMILTON) -
Thursday, August 25th – JW Stevens - $7.00 at the door
Friday, August 26th – The Beatles Night does The Revolver Album - $10.00 at the door
Join The Beatles Night as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Revolver album. Plus we will play 2 other sets of Beatles favourites from their early recordings through the solo years. If all works out well, we will be joined by some horns on this evening. As the albums get more complex, so then will our presentations…. I guess we’re going to have to make nice with String Quartet and Orchestra people… the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and All You Need Is Love is only a few months away. Celebrate the greatest pop band that ever existed on the planet.
Saturday, August 27th – CKLU Night - $10.00 at the door
We're downtown, let's do this! YOUR alternative radio station in Sudbury CKLU 96.7FM Campus and Community Radio Station is settling nicely into it's new home in the downtown! We need YOUR help to continue to grow!
Join us for a righteous summer party to get it done!
$10 at the door only.
Food, Prizes and an impeccable diverse lineup of YOUR talented local musicians! Featuring:
Josh Turnbull performing songs from FieldTest (Singer Songwriter)
Sulfur City (Grungy, Dark and Dirty Blues)
Mandala (Francophone Indie-Jazz-Pop wizardly)
DJ Finesse (DJ)
With the gracious support of the The Townehouse Tavern, Respect is Burning Kitchen & Bar, the SGA AGÉ I Students' General Association/Association Générale des Étudiants and other long time local supporters.
Sunday, August 28th – Wax Mannequin - $7.00 at the door
Wax returns for the closing leg of his national tour that started with us the day before the Craft Beer Fest.
Thursday, September 1st – Hugh Jazz - $7.00 at the door
The swingingest combo to come down the pipoe in this generation is from Sudbury. One part swing revival, one part Reinhardt and Grappelli, all groove… you don’t want to miss kicking off your long weekend to Hugh Jazz.
SNFU is a legendary Canadian hardcore punk band. They formed in 1981 in Edmonton, and relocated to Vancouver in 1992. The band has released ten full-length albums and are cited as a formative influence on the skate punk subgenre. In their early years, SNFU built an audience across North America and Europe through energetic live performances and a dynamic punk sound. Their 1985 debut album “And No One Else Wanted to Play” has remained influential in underground circuits. The band signed with the prominent indie label Epitaph Records, achieved six-digit record sales and toured in support of larger groups like Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid.
This band is a key link in the evolution of Hardcore, Skatepunk, New School Punk. They have been voted "Greatest Live Band" ahead of such legendary acts as Fugazi and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
SNFU is fronted by the eccentric singer, lyricist, and artist Ken Chinn, credited as Mr. Chi Pig. Since 2014, the band has consisted of Chinn, bassist Dave Bacon, guitarists Randy Steffes and Kurt Robertson, and drummer Jamie Oliver.
This is their first return to the Townehouse since they were signed to Epitaph, having played All Age hall shows the last couple times in Sudbury.
Corb Lund returns to Sudbury for first show in several years. This award winning and fan favourite singer has garnered many hits on Americana Radio, commercial country, CBC, Community Radio… he is a favourite at Folk Festivals and Indie Rock festivals alike. Celebrates new album “Things That Can’t Be Undone” recorded with 2016 Grammy nominee Producer Dave Cobb.
After lauching his new record Things That Can’t Be Undone worldwide on US label New West Records this fall, Juno award-winning artist and heartthrob cowboy Corb Lund began the new year taking Alberta culture on the road to the Netherlands, Germany and England before returning to Canada at the end of January for his first two month tour of his home and native land.
The record has received rave reviews in the US, Canada and UK. The album remains in the top ten of Americana charts since its release in North America. MOJO writes,”It’s great credit to both Lund and his versatile backing band, The Hurtin’ Albertans, that such see-sawing through genres can sound so much like a singular piece of work.” NPR hailed it as “the high mark of a long career” in their “Songs We Love” premiere of the powerful “Sadr City,” a tragic tale about the Siege of Sadr City, the first big flare-up of sectarian violence in Iraq after Mission Accomplished. Rolling Stone Country, who also premiered the Stax Records-steeped album opener “Weight Of The Gun” recently singled out Lund for their “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” In Popmatters’ 8/10 review they said, “Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.”
Corb Lund’s Things that Can’t Be Undone was named one of CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2015 and topped several year-end lists including The Boot, Boston Globe and Americana Music Show. The song “S Lazy H” brings back heart-wrenching classic storytelling and was included in American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs of the Year and NPR Music’s Favorite Songs Of 2015.
Saturday, September 24th – Le French Fest – admission at the door.
***Programmation et détails à suivre****
***Performers and event details coming soon***
Mégaconcert, festival urbain, foire d’animateurs de rue et fête gourmande tout à la fois, Le French Fest est un moment de joie de vivre francophone qui tend la main aux anglophones francophiles. Depuis l’après-midi jusque tard dans la soirée, une grande ville bilingue du Canada célèbre sa dynamique culture franco-ontarienne.
What is Le French Fest?
It’s a mega concert, a street fair, a feast, it’s a big get together. In fact, Le French Fest is a big party where everyone is invited: your brother, your sister, your significant other, your kids, your parents, your grandparents and 5000 of your closest friends and neighbors. Le French Fest is the biggest francophone festival in Sudbury.
During Le French Fest, we will be celebrating our Franco-Ontarian and Canadian identities, as well as Franco-Ontarian Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate who we are together in Sudbury, independently of our origins.
On September 24th, take a walk on the French side!
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