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 for the month of September... then we have some traveling to do in October and we'll be back October 30th until x-mas.
Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.
Running headfirst into October… welcome to the monthly edition of The Townehouse Tavern Calendar. For 22 years, we have put out this list every month so you know what’s happening at the Townehouse each month… plus we put it online… plus we have telepaths working around the clock subliminally willing you to join the crew that is The Townehouse… Membership is always open… you have to like good food, good beverages and good music. Yes, we’ve got a fine selection of craft beers and cocktails… and if you are not a drinker… some fine craft sodas. If you have a request for us to carry something in our fridge… talk to us and hopefully we can accommodate.
Try the food… it’s what most people talk about these days… yes, we have the finest Burgers in the North. Handmade patties from fresh, local beef. Fresh cut local potatoes. Local buns, handmade sauces. Best veggie burger… made in house.
Of course we are brother and sister to The Laughing Buddha with the finest Patio, fresh salads, fresh pressed pizzas, creative sandwiches… you’ll see some ads for events at the Buddha from time to time in this calendar. Beer Tastings. The occasional concert… reminders of specials… such as… don’t forget that the Buddha has Live Jazz every Saturday night… curated and usually played by James Dorland along with Sudbury’s finest players.
The main thing is the music… this is one of the country’s most venerable venues for seeing live music… everyone has played here and will continue to do so. We encourage you to just put us in your book as something to do, even when you don’t know the band… we will always do our best to find the best touring bands along with a great cross section of local bands, singers, writers, players. You never know when that $7 cover at the door will put you in front of someone that will be the next superstar. Nickelback played here… the Tea Party, Bedouin Soundclash, Our Lady Peace, The Constantines… plus recent stars like The Strumbellas, July Talk, Wintersleep, Mother Mother, Hanna Georgas… they all played for $5 at the Townehouse at some point. Some stars continue to come back… we just did Corb Lund and SNFU in September, Sloan in June… and we have Great Lake Swimmers later this month. Check it out. Come out and discover new music. Challenge yourself. With your vote of confidence, we will fill your life with the best indie rock, soul, funk, blues, reggae, ska, bluegrass, outlaw folk, punk, heavy stuff, world music and more. Open your world to the music.
Sudbury's long running Reggae/ Ska/ Dub/ Rocksteady music machine continues to simmer along a few times a year. Starting with Vic and the Meat Kings in the early 90's, the baton was passed on to Josh to form The Smokers in the mid 90's with Matt, Bryan, Blair, Sean and numerous drummers. Out of the Smokers, Matt, Bryan and eventually Chris found themselves in The Mondo Idols through 2000-2008 and have been continuing on as The Common Dread since then. the current line-up of Chris-JahFer, Keith, Bryan and Matt make for a night of bubbly ska and reggae songs plus some very adventurous dub and dancehall experiments... it's a little Bob Marley... it's a little Lee 'Scratch' Perry... it's dancy and it's trippy...
Thursday, October 6th – Barry Miles and the Congregation, Micah Erenberg Band, Eric Clancy - $7.00 at the door
Barry Miles and the Congregation: folk songs on electric instruments with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Featuring most of the members of Murder Murder. Since I didn't have a hand in writing any of them, I think it's ok for me to say that Barry's songs are really good. The debut record just came out- listen here:
Micah Erenberg Band (Winnipeg): The Winnipeg music scene is full of quality bands and songwriters. It almost doesn't make sense. Micah Erenberg is one of them, and his new album, "Poor Mic's Toe," proves it. Here's part of the bio from the website:Micah’s music has been described as “bedroom country/pop”, with production qualities reminiscent of Beck and story-based lyrics reminiscent of Townes Van Zandt.
His “tell all” style of writing makes for an incredibly captivating sound, and his songs cover all bases from sad and serious to happy and downright goofy.
Micah continually finds ways to reinvent the art of songwriting using a blend of honest lyrics, catchy melodies and unique musical arrangements.
You can hear some of the music here:
Eric Clancy: Sudbury's own velvet-voiced troubadour.
Friday, October 7th – Dirty Princes, Gazoline, BBBrthr - $7.00 at the door
Dirty Princes(Local powerpop good boys) For all the rock'n'roll heads out there, Dirty Princes play high-energy riffs with the power of an animal (a powerful animal, like a lion or something). Check out their bandcamp below:
Gazoline(MTL post-punk/indie rock) Moody, broody but dancy and fancy, Gazoline play catchy hooks that push 80s influnece through a modern filter. Big things to come from this band. Check out their lastest album (Brûlensemble) at this link: https://gazolinerock.bandcamp.com/
BBBRTHR (Local darkwave electronic madness) Spooky. Elegant. There's nothing like BBBRTHR. Beats to dance to while having existential crisis. Check out their bandcamp at the link: https://bbbrthr.bandcamp.com/
Saturday, October 8th – Pistol George Warren farewell show. 2 shows.. 8pm and 11pm. Late show with Low Animal and Tofino. $10.00 each show or $15.00 for both.
PGW's final hurrah. 8PM matinee, 11PM show featuring Low Animal and a debut performance from Tofino (former members of Howie Moonlight). Pistol George Warren is a retro-pop party-on-a-stage that has become known across the country for their contagious live show. Named one of the top 25 bands to catch at, as well as one of the highlights from, 2014's NXNE festival and conference by blogTO, the band will continue to make strides on the national scene with their upcoming LP Oceapur 9.
Four Matt’s and two other guys got together in Sudbury to start jamming together and found incredible chemistry both in songwriting and performance. Within the first year, the band had released one full-length album (Back to Northern Country, 2011) and one EP (Thanks for Hoots, 2011), played to sold-out crowds at the Townehouse Tavern, and performed industry showcases at both NXNE and the Folk Music Ontario conference.
Two more full length albums… several videos, cross country tours and more sold out local shows and appearances at Northern Lights and River and Sky and the band has decided to close out this chapter of their music. Several members are moving forward together with Murder Murder. Some members are concentrating on grad schools and other music projects. Pistol George Warren will leave a legacy behind that will always be available through YouTube and online Music services… plus, you’ll be able to find their records here and there… well mostly at Cosmic Daves Vinyl… do plan your evening around seeing this band one last time… even if you are getting married that day… and if you are (congrats Ducky)… and you are planning on coming by at 1:00am, do let us know so we can save a couple spaces for you.
8PM: Pistol George Warren
12PM: Low animal
1AM: Pistol George Warren
Thursday, October 13th – Dwayne's Backwoods Blues - $5.00 at the door
Come for a night of raunchy over the top Blues with Dwayne Trudeau and Catfish Dardick. Electric and primal, just the way RL Burnside and Hound Dog Taylor like it.
Friday, October 14th – House of David Gang Reggae Band - $10.00 at the door
Annual Peter Tosh Tribute!! 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.
Saturday, October 15th – Brian Dunn record Release Party. Jenn Holub - $7.00 at the door. Doors at 9:00pm!!
BRIAN DUNN releasing THE COPYCAT METHOD - 12:00PM. Sudbury’s critically acclaimed indie singer/songwriter Brian Dunn hadn’t written anything since his second solo effort TVs and Radios from 2012. With 300 shows under his belt either solo or with his band The Gentle Northwestern over 3 years he was burnt out and wasn’t sure he wanted to write anything. The drinking, late nights, and long drives were beginning to take its toll and maybe it was time for a break. Home and bored he began revisiting an album of demos by his friend Ryan Levecque and realized he could re-write and re-work some of Ryan’s tunes. All of a sudden he was back in the studio with right hand man David A. Mackinnon (Fembots) and Matt Foy recording new versions of Levecque’s songs in a 1970’s feel. www.briandunn.ca
JENNIFER HOLUB - 11:00PM. Jennifer released her new album, For The Haunting (IndieCan Records) in June 2016 and has spent much of the summer touring to play it for as many people as she could from the middle of Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight will be the final show in this leg of the tour as Jennifer prepares to go into the woods to write another album.
Come see this powerhouse team on the last show of their Ontario tour with full backing band featuring the increddible team of Matt Foy (Northern Memphis Revival, Common Dread) on drums, Dave McKinnon (Fembots) on organ/keys, Jon Danyliw (Murder Muder, Pistol George Warren) on bass, and Gravy (Pistol George Warren) on pedal steel.
SPENCER JOSE - 10:00PM - Songs about growing up and moving on. Feelings of self reflection and disdain. Images of Northern Towns, wintery landscapes and city streets. Familiar sounds and relatable stories. Passion. Sadness... and in the end, hope.
Wednesday, October 19th – Pony Girl, Telecolor, Fake Furnaces, Sticky Ticket – All Age/ Licence show at 7pm. $10 or PWYC.
Pony Girl explores the tension between what we want and what we have on their sophomore album FOREIGN LIFE. Guy-girl pop vocals score the foreign lives we create when we cheat on a partner, lose a friend, force a smile, and further divides separating fantasy from reality. Pascal Huot and Yolande Laroche’s alluring harmony is our paradox as we struggle to close the distance.
Cascading guitars, pulsing beats, and electronic hums colour these stories with extraordinary kaleidoscopic twists and turns. Chords punctuate thoughts. Silences make regret linger. Strings swell with emotion. Foreign Life is a soundtrack to our common memory so vivid, so raw, so urgent that to listen is to relive.
TELECOLOR is an alternative synth trio based out of Sudbury, Ontario. Since 2013, the trio has been creating soundscapes and original arrangements to colonize music lovers' ears. In 2016 after some changes in membership, the band has decided to morph into a synth trio. Groovy synth pop-rock inspired by the musical prowess of bands such as Radiohead, Pandaléon and Mehliana, the band made up of André Laforge (Leads and rhythm), Michel Laforge (Bass and leads) and Matt Landry (percussions) promise to get your bumble bouncing out of your seat.
Thursday, October 20th – Bloody Diamonds, Righteous Concepts - $7.00 at the door
Bloody Diamonds play rock n' roll. Soulful, powerful vocals and dirty riffs make their hard-hitting live show a bewitching act to behold. Somewhere between Black Sabbath, Jack White and Patti Smith lays this Toronto-based four-piece, with a vocalist who is one minute soft and sweet - then foaming at the mouth. With years of heavy touring under their belt, the band is set to tour across Canada this fall with their newly released EP 'Tough Love' - a raw and intoxicating five-track record.
"The real story with Bloody Diamonds, hands down, is lead singer Sara Elizabeth. There are very few people with pipes that come close to her controlled-yet-wild dynamic." - NOW Magazine
Get an earful of Bloody Diamonds by hitting this link… then make plans to stay out on a Thursday night… http://www.bloodydiamonds.com/toughlove/
Friday, October 21st – Quadrophenia Night + Scenic Route to Alaska - $7.00 at the door
One of the great albums of all time… tackled by a loving assortment of our house musicians and some Sudbury all-star musicians… In 1973, The Who released Quadrophenia, their second double album in 4 years. Afteer 1969’s Tommy, Townshend tried to get the Lifehouse project up and going… a much more ambitious album/ concert/ movie experience about a Utopian search. The project broke down and several songs were released on the fan favourite Who’s Next in 1971. The next project was Quadrophenia… a combination of story and technology… a boy growing up in a broken England, searching for meaning and finding false idols. The album was the bands’ crowning musical moment. The movie captured the broken social life that was England in the 1960’s. The post-war dream that never woke up on England’s shores.
Tonight… Mark Donato, Dan Levecque, Nick Krawczuk, Joe Fiorino (yes, we’ll call it a Wharf Rats reunion!!), along with Peter Learn, Duncan Cameron and more will tackle Pete Townshend’s musical masterpiece from start to finish. Truly, a Mount Everest of albums… why do it? Because it is there. Everybody get out your old Mod Parka’s keep that Vespa Scooter on the road for another week and rally at the Townehouse tonight!
Passing through town and providing an opening set of lively music is Scenic Route to Alaska. Substance and accessibility are often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
Saturday, October 22nd – Bloodshot Bill, Suicide Drifters - $7.00 at the door.
Anytime there is a Rockabilly/ Psychobilly show… I’ll always say it is ‘The Show of the Year’ because this is the pinnacle of rock and roll… distilled directly from the sacred cup passed down to us from Eddie Cochran, and Carl Perkins through the hands of Elvis, Link Wray and Brian Setzer. Bloodshot Bill reaches deep into the well and pours his own bucket of greasy rock and roll… Double whammy for being signed to the ultra cool Norton Records of New York City… co-founded by Sudbury ex-pat Miriam Linna.
Bloodshot Bill started playing in his hometown of Montreal, around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board. Since then, he has had over 30 releases throughout Europe, USA and Canada - places he still tours frequently. He was banned from entering the States for 5 years (2006-2011) and made his first "welcome back" show in USA at the Norton Records 25th Anniversary Weekend, performing alongside such legendary acts such as Andre Williams, The Sonics, 5678's, Mighty Hannibal and The South Bay Surfers. Since 2003 his hair has been slicked with his own brand of grease, "Nice 'n' Greasy", and he plays his guitar through his custom made Richtone Amp. He's been in lotsa bands you've never heard of (Hubcaps, Guilloteens, Bootlegs, Hand-Cuffs, Pouteens, Hick-Ups, Squirt). Won FME's Coup De Coeur prize in 2007. Released 2 records with Mark "BBQ" Sultan as The Ding- Dongs. Has been in several films & documentaries. Collaborates with King Khan as Tandoori Knights, and Bollywood Argyles. He's the spokesmen for a hamburger, The Degeue ("disgusting burger" translated). Plays upright bass sometimes in Heavy Trash. Usually travels alone as a one man band.
Sharing the evening with Bill is Sudbury’s own greasy rock and roll purists… The Suicide Drifters. Look for another band to be added to the bill yet, slick your hair back, get out that old leather jacket and realize that there is still pure rock and roll out there… for tonight it is in our own house.
Monday, October 24th - Great Lake Swimmers - $20 advance, $25 Door
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.”
Thursday, October 27th – Songwriters Night - $7.00 at the door
Tonight we will gather a great set of the new writers from across the city and pit them on the stage with a few accompanying side musicians and explore where our new songwriters are headed. Send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in joining the expanding roster of this evening.
Friday, October 28th – Blonde Elvis, Melanie Brulee Band, Germaphobes - $7.00 at the door
Blonde Elvis http://blondeelvis.bandcamp.com/ Blonde Elvis are a psychedelic glam rock to the head that warms you on the coldest of nights like a cherished whisky perfected by the sixteen men of Tain. New record ON AGENCY coming out November 5th. "It’s pop music as deftly realized as it is imaginatively conceived, and that is a rare thing indeed." - Silent Shout
"Literate pop...A synth-specked lament for youthful idealism...A great new song from Toronto's most sarcastically swaggering Anglophile." - Chart Attack
“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.” - Pitchfork
Melanie Brulee Band - Known for charismatic live performances and contagious energy, Melanie Brulée launched her latest Francophone release “Débridée” to a sold out crowd at The Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on May 26, 2015. Recorded between Toronto and Montréal and produced by Benoit Morier, Débridée includes collaborations with French-Canadians Anique Granger, Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner (Red Moon Road), Charles Tilden (Delta Will) and Faye Blais.
From the opening surf -folk-rock piece Obtus through to the psychedelic Astéroïde, radio listeners throughout Canada and Québec have been enjoying these atmospheric folk tracks infused with rock in perfect symbiosis. Antidote du doute earned Melanie the 2015 Folk Music Ontario Stingray Music "Songs From the Heart" Award. A proud ambassador for mental health, Melanie offers bilingual self-confidence workshops for youth across Canada.?
The Germaphobes - http://germaphobes.bandcamp.com/ "Toronto's Germaphobes are a brightly hued cocktail of thinking person's pop with a summery spritz of theatrical flair. Mix a cool glass of Orange Juice with two stiff shots of Talking Heads, a few drops of Roxy Music bitters, and a milky splash of Godley & Creme." Germaphobes are releasing their debut album "Fiji Whizz" on October 7 on Pleasence Record
Saturday, October 29th – The Northern Memphis Revival – Hallowe’en Costume Party - $10.00 at the door
The return of the 10 piece Northern Memphis Revival… they played to a sold out crowd last Hallowe’en and are back by popular demand. Reviving the soul and funk centred around Memphis… the band plays Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Ike and Tina, Rufus Thomas, Staple Singers and so much more. The band has mined the exquisite catalogs of Stax records, Atlantic Records and more to bring a funky 3 hour dance party to life with a blaring horn section, a tight rhythm section that can pull off Booker T and the MG’s soul music like a walk in the park. The soaring vocals of the principal singers, Jenn Holub, Anita Ansamaa, Nadia Costanza and Ryan Levecque bring to life the greatest soul music ever made. Gang vocals come from all over the stage when needed… horns and strings bring the music home and keep you dancing.
The Hallowe’en Angle – Tonight, with the Memphis Revival is the annual costume party… you might not have seen some of the amazing work that people get up to, but if you have any plans on winning… you better bring something good to the table! People are often in full costumes that are home made from scratch. Mine the pop culture references. ONE thing: YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PROVE YOUR IDENTITY AT THE DOOR… one thing to consider before you spend 6 hours in the chair getting Hollywood prosthetics glued to your face.
Go wild, go big… It’s quite possible that the band will be taking their cues from a long running stage production and movie that has a long time hallowe’en connection. So that means my Slimer costume from last year is up for grabs if anyone wants it… I guess I’ll have to build my Sweetums costume next year.
Saturday, November 19th – BA Johnston, Strange Attractor, Century Palm - $7.00 at the door
Saturday, December 3rd – Public Animal - $10.00 at the door
Saturday, December 16th – Dead Flowers – Tribute to Rolling Stones Country Era - $10.00 at the door
Members of Blue Rodeo, Bahamas, and The Beauties bring life to the Stones Country Era performing as Dead Flowers. Many believe the Stones country period began during the drug-fuelled recording sessions for Exile On Main Street, at Keith Richards’ rented villa/studio in Nellcote, France in 1971. While calling the waterfront Villa at Nellcote a “studio” may be a bit of misnomer – it was more a luxury flophouse, home to a rag tag group of hangers on, various other musicians and, reportedly, local drug dealers – there’s no argument that during that summer Richards and Gram Parsons musical relationship grew substantially. While some maintain they were drawn together more by their prodigious drug use than their respect for artists like Hank Williams and Hank Snow, Parson’s deep knowledge of country music, his influence on Richards and, by osmosis, on the rest of the band, is often credited as a key driver in the development of the Stones unique country blues style.