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
Every Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
By the time Thursday rolls around... most folk are ready to roll off the week... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to kick the weekend into gear and finish your week on a positive note. Great dinner, Great music. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.
Thur, May 5th – Raspberryman – Pierre Laframboise returns to the dinner stage. Perfect because he loves songs about food. Some of his own songs and a few favourites from the 60’s and 70’s.
Thurs, May 12th – Gord Este – smooth weathered voice brings out a classic songbook of old favourites from across the last 60 years.
May 19th – Spencer Jose – We finally get the golden voice of Spencer in a dinner show. One of the best singers in the city who can easily move between Jeff Buckley style soaring, Daniel Romano drenched country baritone and Strokes style growling. See him on the occasional weekend gig with his band Carden Cove.
May 26th – No Sugs – Sam and Andrea return to the stage. A long semester at school is finished and No Sugs is ready to return with their take on pop songs, sultry blues and more.
June 2nd – Chuck Roberts – Chuck has had a lifetime of playing… many years he spent in schools across the North teaching roots music to a new generation. He is a Northern Lights Festival veteran and has also been joining us recently on Sunday afternoons. Come get a good seat.
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 should continue through most Sundays until the summer. There will be a few holidays and such that we can't come out, but stay tuned to our Facebook page and we'll try to keep you up to date.
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.
And so we leapfrog into May. Typical Sudbury weather... it'll feel like Spring for a week... then hit us with winter again, then spring for a couple days... then BAM, It's Summer. Lots on the horizon for this new day. Daily delivery starts soon for the restaurant and the Buddha. You will be able to order a pizza and a couple burgers and have it delivered by the same delivery person and paid with Cash at the door or online on your Credit Card.. Check out the winter deals for food and such… check out the announcements for upcoming concerts because this is where it all starts to come together. We spend the holidays celebrating, January recovering and then the music business in Canada starts to get back into gear in February… it ramps up another notch in March as the winter wanes. Hundreds of artists cross the country to Canadian Music Week in Toronto in May when the snow is gone, then June for NXNE and then all summer for festivals season and prime driving weather.
Tickets will go on sale for many events that are happening and will usually be available online through Eventbrite.com and on site here at The Townehouse. You will see tickets soon enough for …
Repartee - May 19th
Pack AD - June 2nd
Tupper Ware Remix Party - June 3rd
Cecile Doo-Kingue - June 30th
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.
Saturday, April 30th - The Human Rights - $10.00 at the door
The Human Rights are:
Tréson: Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Bernie Pitters: Keyboards
Eric Woolston: Drums
Tyler Wagler: Bass
Graham Campbell: Pick Guitar
James Taylor: Lead Guitar
Ben Macdonald: Tenor Sax
Patrick McGroarty: Trumpet
Tom Richards: Trombone
Since they came together in 2008, The Human Rights have built a reputation as one of Canada's top reggae bands -- specializing in original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. “The Rights” are fronted by Friendlyness (Culture Shock, Big Sugar) and Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals; and feature a blazing 3-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock steady riddim section, topped off by legendary reggae keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Hit Squad, Leroy Brown, Sly & Robbie) on the one drop.
Monday, May 2nd - The Decoys - No Cover
A fun acoustic trio from BC. They are on their way through to CMW so give them a hand.
Thursday, May 5th - Dwayne's Backwoods Blues - $7.00 at the door
Dwayne Trudeau and Christopher Garlic mash up the blues like a hungry RL Burnside scrapping late at night with Hound Dog Taylor trying to yell over Jack White. Dashes of Skip James and Robert Johnson round it out with Garlic’s percussive flavours.
Friday, May 6th - Scenic Route to Alaska w/ The Twentiest, Fortunate Losers - $7.00 at the door
Growing up together in Edmonton Scenic Route, have been friends for as long as they can remember. Each member began learning their respective instruments around the age of 13 and soon after formed a band. Initially, they played R&B and rock and roll covers for hall shows and weddings. They became a kind of session band, backing up local artists of varying genres and accumulated the valuable performance experience that made them stand out as a mature young group. After several years of this and having performed at nearly every venue in Edmonton, the trio created Scenic Route to Alaska in the summer of 2010.
Their sophomore album Warrington, recorded by Brad Smith and produced by Jay Sparrow in Edmonton, builds on their distinctive “prairie-indie” sound, and captures the positive energy that the trio brings to their live performance. It's also the first album recorded after being reunited in their hometown. Inspired by lead singer Trevor Mann's grandmother, Dorothy, an English war bride, this deceptively cheery indie-folk album puts an optimistic spin on dealing with love and loss. Since the release, they have been nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, made top 12 for the Alberta Peak Performance Project and have been on radio charts throughout North America. Furthermore, the band received the Cruz FM Emerging Artist award at the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
The Twentiest just had their record release party six weeks ago and now they are rolling back in to conquer one more time. A fierce foursome featuring some folks that have been tentpoles in the Sudbury music scene for many years. Fortunate Losers round out this bill tonight with straight ahead rock and roll.
Saturday, May 7th - Chuck Jackson of the legendary Downchild with Tom Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band - $10.00 tickets available.
Juno and Maple Blues Award Winner Chuck Jackson with T.B.S. Talent Search Finalist Tommy Fyfe and The Whiskey River Blues Band along with The Travellin' Medicine Show. 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.
The Whiskey River Blues Band, under the leadership of Tommy Fyfe has been Sudbury’s blues institution for 30 years. They have done several gigs backing up Chuck Jackson and other Blues greats from across the country. Watch for them to take a weekend in July to hold a little Blues Festival to celebrate 30 years of playing… Whiskey River Blues Fest will take place at the Townehouse on Friday and Saturday, July 15, 16… featuring past members, special guests, Headline Evening shows and a Saturday Matinee!!
Dr. Tom’s Traveling Medicine Show is Tom’s stripped down old time Blues and Anything show that has Tommy playing a half drum kit, Guitar and singing… and will often feature daughter Steph on Guitar and Vocals and Paul Loewenberg on Upright Bass.
Monday, May 9th - Royal Canoe w/ local guests - $10.00 at the door - Doors 8:00pm.
"The genre-defying Winnipeg 6-piece unleash the restraints on inspiration allowing their sound to traverse territory that more referentially self-conscious pop groups wouldn't cross...an expansive, communal electro-pop experience worth getting a grip on." - CBC Radio
If you really, absolutely had to reduce Royal Canoe to a single ‘thing’ you could say they catch the moment of explosive, blissful restlessness that hits you when a savage winter finally eases into light, and you feel some actual warmth on those pasty, vitamin-D deprived limbs and all they want to do, suddenly, is move.
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It's one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It's another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive—something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.
Thursday, May 12th - Hugh Jazz - $7.00 at the door
With Eric Plannger, JP Gignac, Chris Dardick and Will Himsl, Hugh Jazz continues to bring fine Gypsy Swing traditions to life along with a few inspired Jazz Standards and some Pop songs given new life in the hands of these remarkable musicians. A lot of this music is made for dancing so get on the floor and take a spin.
Friday, May 13th - Johnny and the Terminators - $7.00 at the door
Paul DiSalle returns with his funky fierce trio. Favourite funk and dance numbers, Rhythm and Blues, favourite rock songs... and depending on how Paul feels, songs from his own records. DiSalle has long established himself as one of the city's finest guitarists and singers. He has played with a great number of groups from The November All-Stars to Frontline and some of the provinces bigger tribute acts have relied on Paul's guitar skills to bring their shows to life as well.
Saturday, May 14th - The Prince Night - $10.00 at the door
I think that we all thought that Prince would always be here... He was perhaps the most prolific artist of our time... he bridged commercial music, experimental mashups of NuFunk, Soul, Hip Hop, synth music, instrumental virtuosity. He was a mystical figure who could dance better than James Brown, sing better than Michael Jackson, composed more than Miles Davis, was revered by the music community, adored by his fans... He had twin towers of God and Sex that drove his life, and we have no idea the possibilities of the music he has left behind in his storied 'Vault' at Paisley Park Studios.
Tonight, our house musicians gather to pay tribute to Prince. We'll play the great hits and a few nuggets from the depths of his 43 studio albums. It will be many of the same folks that were on stage for the Bowie night in February. Please join us and dance. We love being able to honour the greatest music on the planet and I am always grateful to our local musicians who push themselves in their own writing and playing and recordings but every once in a while will get together with the bunch of us to say… tonight is about this. It’s what makes being a musician in Sudbury good for the soul. Hail to his Purpleness, Prince Rogers Nelson – 1958-2016.
Tuesday, May 17th - Twin Peaks w/ Eric Clancy - $5.00 at the door
Western Canadian Music Award winning roots duo Twin Peaks have an undeniably disarming presence. Their harmonies and hooks are as magnetic, bold and welcoming as the atmosphere their live show emanates, Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt are collectively radiant in song and in style. You are sure to leave their show in a fond and familiar spirit.
Wednesday, May 18th - Closed for one day for film location shooting.
Today we will be hosting the film crew of Love and Honor. Please enjoy the day with our brothers and sisters at The Laughing Buddha on our rebuilt patio!! Have a rare Belgian Beer!! Come back tomorrow for a great rock and roll show!!
Thursday, May 19th - Repartee, Sex & Summer - $10.00 at the door - more line-up to be announced soon!!
Meg / Robbie / Josh / Nick
Repartee want to make you dance. In fact one publication says they can make you dance ‘without giving a f*ck about how foolish you look’ (the Muse).? Repartee were formed in the summer of 2009 when Meg Warren (vocals) got tired of singing opera and decided to start making her own music. Enlisting the talents of some of Newfoundland’s greatest rock and pop musicians (guitarist Robbie Brett, drummer Nick Coultas-Clarke and keyboardist Josh Banfield), the band quickly went from the grimy bars of Newfoundland to sharing the stage with the likes of LIGHTS, Tegan and Sara, Dragonette, Arkells, and more. In 2012, they won all five MusicNL Awards for which they were nominated and in 2013 they were nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year, and they also performed at the 2013 ECMA Gala. Their newer material recently received placements in MTV's Awkward, Finding Carter and Becoming Us. They were signed to Sleepless Records (July Talk, Allie X) last year and their new album “All Lit Up” is the latest progression in their sound - a tight fusion of top 40 pop and modern indie-rock that makes a perfect soundtrack for dancing till the sun comes up.?
Sex & Summer: Kristen Brutto is back on the scene with a vengeance! After a relaxing year on the west coast, she has returned to Northern Ontario with a mysterious book of songs and a shiny new toy -The Korg Kross Workstation keeps the Indie dream alive as the fourth member of the otherwise 3 piece band Sex & Summer. Brutto on lead vocals, keys and the occasional guitar,
Ryan Mcintosh (of the Mcintosh apple family, I must add) on lead guitar, bass and vocals, and Rob Harris (musician +engineer + creator of Tasty Records) on drums, Sex & Summer brings all of that salt and sweetness together into a treat as satisfying as chocolate covered peanuts.(But with only 3 members - less calories)
Friday, May 20th - NLFB Presents - Blonde Elvis, Submerged Objects, Mandala - $10 at the door, $7.00 for NLFB Members
Blonde Elvis are a pop band from Toronto led by Jesse James Laderoute. A fixture of the Toronto scene through his stint as the drummer in Slim Twig’s backing band and his contributions with his own projects to the city’s no wave and noise scenes, Laderoute began Blonde Elvis as a home recording project in 2013 to explore his interest in glam and psychedelia. The project evolved as he recruited a rotating cast of Toronto musicians to form a live band that quickly became a regular feature of the Toronto scene and garnered opening slots for Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Ought, Alex Calder, Blue Hawaii, and Doldrums among others, despite releasing almost no recorded output.
In the summer 2014 Laderoute began making a more serious effort to realize the baroque pop ambitions of his bedroom demos in recording sessions with the band’s now solidified live line up. These sessions resulted in the single, “Slow Fall On Egypt,” which Pitchfork described as a collection of “Brit Invasion melodies, heavenly harmonies, bridge-crashing choruses, falsettoed middle-eights, and flute solos [stuffed] into two minutes flat, as if Robert Pollard was holding a gun to Laderoute’s head.” Laderoute and the band spent the end of 2014 touring in the US for the first time while preparing their debut EP, On Vanity.?
Saturday, May 21st - Bandit - $7.00 at the door
Tonight is a special version of Bandit... Ryan Levecque fronts as always, but he is joined by one of the Townehouse's original rhythm sections... Jeff Fuller on drums and John Shelegey on Bass. Add master instrtumentalist Andrew Schack to the mix and you have a band that is quite capable of anything... chances are that you will here some spot on versions of greats from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin tonight, but with these 4, anything is possible.
Thursday, May 26th – Sentimental Gentlemen, Fortunate Losers + more guests - $7.00 at the door 10pm
Enter Sentimental Gentlemen. Founding members Joe Howes (lead guitar) and Mackenzie Walas (lead vocals) met at an open mic night at a local tavern in Canada’s northern oil patch of Fort McMurray, Alberta in early 2013. Playing music was an outlet to get away from the busy lifestyle of a thriving boomtown. After playing songs together until they closed the place, it was certain that this was the start of a great musical friendship. Mackenzie had been performing around town and was looking to start a band. Joe had recently moved to town and had yet to meet anyone who shared his passion for rock music and performing.
They were dedicated to forming a band that wrote great songs and could match that quality on stage. Their song writing process reflects the personality of the band. Laid back with a sense of motivated purpose for finding something new yet familiar, while trying not be limited by the influences of other genres…and having a whole lot of fun while doing it. Powerful raspy vocals with multiple harmonies, big guitar solos and heavy drums are the tools they use to find their sound. Bands like the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Big Wreck, but also Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, and the Eagles can be heard as influences.
At the very same open mic night, a few months later, they met Handsome Rob (drums) and with the help of some friends, the band released its self-titled debut, a 6-song EP in February of 2014. After recruiting Jeremy Connell (bass), the band’s line-up was complete. Since then, they have been pouring the pavement, performing at a variety of events in the Wood Buffalo region and across Alberta. The band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with The Sheepdogs, The Trews, and Trooper to name a few.
In November 2014, they began recording their new album at Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton, AB. They wanted to capture the excitement and energy of their live shows, so most tracks were recorded live to retain their on-stage chemistry. "Kicking' Stones" was released as the band's first single and they filmed their first music video in support during the summer of 2015. The new album titled "The Devil's in the Details" was released on September 26th, 2015. They plan on touring Canada in support of their record in the spring of 2016.
Friday, May 27th – Alun Piggins & the Handsome Gentlemen - $7.00 at the door. 10pm
Alun is a veteran frontman and skillful storyteller who has been bubbling just a little under the surface of Canada’s music scene for a long time. He’s toured with The Rheostatics (was the Subject of much of Dave Bidini’s book, “Around the world in 57 and ½ Gigs”), Fred Eaglesmith and other aside from leading his own bands for years. His old ‘Thrash-Waltz’ ragged glory band, The Morganfields is about to resurrect for a 5th album after several solo records. Alun likes to Zig when they expect him to Zag. With no designs on ‘making it big’, Alun Piggins sets out to achieve his own goals of crafting perfect rock and roll out of a life that walks a tight rope held up on either end by Charles Bukowski and Soccer Dads.
Saturday, May 28th – Howie Moonlight – The serenade - $7.00 at the door
It looks to be that Howie Moonlight is going on an extended vacation so we are going to have them one last time before they leave the planet on a five year mission...
Come one, come all to the Howie Moonlight Blastoff Extravaganza. Our last show is primed and ready to be a big one, so please bring your friends and enjoy the festivities!
Matt Foy is what Matt Foy does, and what Matt Foy does is none of your business.
A big bucket of acid. Bring a radiation suit and prescription sunnies.
Warriors of the space-time continuum, blasting off one last time. It's rock and roll, and it's in the night.
Thursday, June 2nd - The Pack AD, Greylands - $12 advance/ $15 door - Tickets on Sale Here.
Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals—this is the Pack A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic, so fierce and raw and empowering, that it’s easy to forget there are just two people behind this brilliant, carefully constructed havoc. Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex: darkly funny disclosures about depression; indictments of digital excess; grief-stricken fire bombs; sly crusades against stupidity. The Pack A.D. is also one of Canada’s “must-see” bands. Be it a massive stadium or the slightly seedy bar where everybody’s shoes stick to the carpet, the Pack A.D. have owned every spotlight and stolen every show they’ve ever played. Becky and Maya are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of fuck-off freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.
Grey Lands is the power trio that Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke has been touring with for much of the last year. Think Warner era Husker Du meets classic Canadian power pop. So cool.
Friday, June 3rd – Tupper Ware Remix Party – w/ Kirby and TBA. $12.00 at the door. 10pm
The most sought after show at the Townehouse these days… quickly becoming one of the favourite live bands of the generation… you’ll have to see them before they become too big to play Sudbury anymore.
TWRP is exactly this: Daft Punk, Iron Maiden, Justice and Parliament all smashed into five spandex-clad, keytar wielding, pylon wearing, pelvic thrusting, wildly out of control individuals claiming to be from outerspace, except with way more lazers, confetti, projection screens, and sci-fi references.?
Saturday, June 4th – The Superlative, The Pistolwhips, Desolate Slate, Stan’s Plan - $7.00 at the door – 10pm.
4 bands for your listening pleasure!
The Superlative –https://www.facebook.com/thesuperlativerock -Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, and bringing the power of pop and punk (with some other styles mixed in for good measure) straight to your eardrums! This band has been tearing up the Canadian music scene for a few years and are poised to breakout in 2016. They have recently opened for major acts such as GOB, Bigwig, Weird Al Yankovich and many more… You really don’t want to miss them.
The Pistolwhips - https://thepistolwhips.bandcamp.com The Pistolwhips are a blues-infused indie rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Pistolwhips combine upbeat indie rock tunes with old school blues licks and a dose of psychedelia to create a sound that is dynamic and captivating.
Desolate State – https://www.facebook.com/desolatestate/ Fresh off making it to the finals of Q92’s rock band rumble! Desolate State is all about colossal riffs, shredtastic guitar solos, and an overall sound huge enough to take down an enraged green monster.
Stan’s Plan – https://www.facebook.com/stansplanmusic Citing influences from bands like Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, The Used and more, Stan’s Plan brings it like some of pop punk’s hardest hitters. Their catchy and upbeat songs will also have you singing and dancing in no time!
Friday, June 10th - Ginger St. James, The Suicide Drifters - $7.00 at the door
Following the tradition of country songbirds like Loretta Lynn, Ginger writes and sings music from real experience; growing up on the family farm, being broke, having fun, and love gone wrong. Her early life in Binbrook, Ontario was heavily influenced by American southern culture, listening to country radio in the barn. Although trips with Dad to the vintage car and rockabilly shows had their impact, her signature song ‘Ramblin’ Country Bumpkin’, proves that this gal is more Hee Haw than Happy Days.
A born entertainer, St. James began writing songs and telling jokes at 3 years old. Inspired by watching musicals, cabaret and listening to Big Band 8 tracks at Nanny and Grandad’s, she enrolled in jazz and tap dance lessons, performed in school plays and spent a summer at the Theatre Aquarius acting camp. She began a successful career as a dancer, actress and model, driven by her natural charisma and passion for the stage.
Feeling the most “in her own skin” expressing herself musically, St. James began writing tongue-in-cheek songs that were entertaining lyrically as well and visually and musically. Focusing on singing and learning guitar licks, she eventually moved to Toronto to break into the local roots music scene. There she was contacted by guitarist Snowheel Slim, who became her songwriting partner and bandleader. St. James moved back to Hamilton where she has established a solid fan base, expanding her reach across Ontario and Eastern Canada with countless major festival, fair, theatre and headline appearances.
She released her first EP, Spank, Sparkle & Growl, which won Alt/Country Recording of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards. Independent Canadian label Let’s Riot Music signed St. James in 2012 and released her follow up EP, Tease.
Apart from being a seasoned performer and emerging songwriter, St. James is also a brainy businesswoman and entrepreneur. She recently recorded 3 tunes for the HBO TV series Call Me Fitz. Classic Rock Magazine featured one of her songs ‘Please Mister Driver’ on their 2012 Young, Gifted & Blues compilation. Her “pedal to the metal” band has opened for Rockabilly legends like Robert Gordon, and Sleepy LaBeef, captivating audiences wherever they roam. Hamilton’s View Magazine named her ‘Best Female Artist’ for four consecutive years.
Friday, June 24th - The 24th Street Wailers - $10.00 at the door
Watch the official video for I Aim to Please
Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.
2014′s WICKED was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) and received widespread radio play including major radio shows and broadcasters such as B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM and thebluesmobile.com (House of Blues Radio Hour) as well as CBC. Host of thebluesmobile and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd heralded the band as a “21st upgrade to jump and jive”. They have since released another album, WHERE EVIL GROWS in March 2015. This album has further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best Blues acts out there who bring a much needed high energy Rock n’ Roll approach to the game.
Led by Lindsay Beaver. A wild and crazy front woman and singing drummer. This band is filled out by Michael Archer on Upright Bass, Marc Doucet on Guitar, Jesse Whiteley on Piano, and Jonny Wong on wailing Sax. This band has been winning over the masses with their unbeatable live performances and a sense of showmanship from a time gone by, something many consider lost in modern day music.
the Wailers will be joined on the bill by Dr. Tom's Traveling Medicine Show.
Saturday, June 25th - Jennifer Holub CD Release Party - 2 shows - 8pm and 11pm. Cover at the door
Join us for 2 shows tonight as Jennifer officially releases her new record "For the Haunting" to the world... and begins a journey to tell as many people across the country all about it. Tonight will be an early show, a late show, special friends and guests.
Jennifer's music that tells our stories: the tales of the ghostly north. From spooky folk ballads to upbeat folk-rock, Jennifer weaves a picture of untold small-town life.
Co-produced by her longtime friend Brian Dunn, and with the added mastery of Dave MacKinnon, Matt Foy, Matthew Graveline, Alexandra Lee, and Nicholas Ross the songs range from full in arrangement to minimalist, bringing Holub's songwriting to life.
Opening Act: Brian Dunn
This is an exciting time for Jennifer Holub. After spending a couple years dedicated to Academia and Education, she has spent much of the last year and a bit ramping up towards this next musical adventure. She has been busy with shaping these songs as well as playing in the Northern Memphis Revival, and joining other groups like the renewed Co-operative and subbing in with Pistol George Warren on tour. She'll be spending much of the summer on the road playing many festivals and gigs with Brian Dunn.
Listen to her track... Bakersfield.
Thursday, June 30th – Cecile Doo-Kingue - $10.00 at the door
After what was probably the greatest show we saw in the past winter… Cecile returns with the Trio to set us up for another spellbinding evening of soul, funk and blues. An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.
Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.
June 2010, Cecile released her debut solo album Freedom Calling to critical acclaim. In 2011, CBC commissions Doo-Kingué to write Home, a song on immigration. Gris, released in 2012, also praised by press and music lovers alike, earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Franocphone Songwriting. Doo-Kingué has toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp and genuine banter with her audience. February 2015, Doo-Kingué releases her third solo album Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live), showcasing Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form. The album earned her accolades and multiple Maple Blues Award nominations for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting.
January 2016, Doo-Kingué released the second chapter of her trilogy exploring blues, roots, and life in their myriad of aspects. Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz to folk to soul to rock n’ roll. Fiery licks and seamless melody compliment her deep, laid-back voice throughout the album, leaving no doubt as to the guitarist’s oneness with the instrument, nor the unity of her sound. Surrounded by a stellar cast of Montreal’s finest musicians, Doo-Kingué presents an eclectic collection of contemporary blues adding to the social commentary of Anybody Listening Part 1:Monologues, and celebrating life and music with fellow artists she is a fan of, in spaces that exude positive energy.