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 Veronica Desjardins

For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883

For Band Booking, Special Events information... contact Paul Loewenberg










Ask any musician in Canada what defines Sudbury and they will most likely say, The Townehouse Tavern.  As a mid sized venue, this room has seen almost every popular band in the country over the last 30 years.

From Nickelback to Bedouin Soundclash, The Tea Party to The Weakerthans.  Feist and Sarah Harmer.  Our Lady Peace to Alexisonfire.  The Townehouse is known for it’s diverse music from Rock to Funk, African Traditional, Folk, Klezmer, Metal, Ska, Reggae, Soul, Punk, Garage, Jazz, Blues and Bluegrass and Outlaw Country.  The Townehouse is one of the few incubators of live music to have lasted 30 years in this country.

When The Townehouse began to bring in interesting music, it tapped into the cultural vein of the country.  Everything else in this generation of the Arts community blossomed from this corner.  The Townehouse was the start of the change that transformed Elgin Street and steered downtown back towards a centre of cultural capital.


MUSIC AT SUNDOWN ALL Through the Winter

Continuing on Thursdays ... we are having more dinner music!! Every 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 weekly basis. Great dinner, Great music. Thursdays - 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.

Hugh Jazz - Wednesday Nights at 8:30pm.

Enjoy a flashback through time every Wednesday night at THE TOWNEHOUSE with HUGH JAZZ!

The amazing sounds of live gypsy jazz, delicious delicious food and beer will transport you to the romantic period of the early 20th century. HUGH JAZZ performs live gypsy jazz in the Paris "LE JAZZ HOT" style playing jazz standards made famous by artists such as Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Relive the golden period of jazz through the post-prohibition era deftly executed by:

J.P. Gignac - Fiddle, Percussion, Jigs and Reels
Eric Plangger - Guitar
Christopher Garlic - Drums
Also fronting the band is amazing vocalist Will Himsl.

Will brings many years of Sinatraesque swing and latin jazz experience to the band covering everything from Fly me to the Moon to killer classics from Stevie Wonder. Not to be missed!

Music starts at 8:30 PM.

Pass the Hat. A $7.50 donation to the band is suggested. See you there!!!

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are returning ... starting January 7th

Another new season of bands, food, good times to be found at The Townehouse Tavern and our sister restaurant, The Laughing Buddha. Some of us are students, some are teachers. Many of us just work regular jobs from Engineers to Baristas and we just want to hang out in a place that has a laid back atmosphere, good food and good music. Take in the Elgin Street Scene and see where the arts live in Sudbury. From the guitar store at the top of the street (Cosmic Dave’s, 420 Elgin) through the School of Architecture and beyond, Elgin Street is full of the restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, a tattoo parlor and music stores that breathe life into this city. Add to that the Theatre Centre, Book Stores, Clothing Stores, and Craft Galleries. Smack dab in the centre… ground zero if you will… is the place where it all started, The Townehouse Tavern.

We have been your hosts of the best live entertainment for decades… on our stage you saw Sudbury’s first appearances of Nickelback, Our Lady Peace, Sloan, D.O.A., SNFU, Bedouin Soundclash, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, Alexisonfire, The Constantines, The Planet Smashers, The Salads, The Trews, Finger 11, Swollen Members, Philosopher Kings, Kardinall Ofishall, Choclair, Snow, The Tea Party, The Headstones, The Rheostatics, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Corb Lund, Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Slean, Oh Susanna, Damnhait Doyle, Yukon Blonde, The Wooden Sky, Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Jenn Grant… classic acts like Razor, Anvil, Nash the Slash, The Paul Collins Band, The Fleshtones, The Viletones, Jad Fair, Fishbone… We’ve had the members of Joe Strummer’s Mescalaros come and pay tribute to Joe after he passed… Jon Spencer came around with Heavy Trash, his post Blues Explosion band with The Sadies. Our house musicians put together several shows each year to pay tribute to the great moments in music… The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kinks, Memphis Soul, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Prince and more. We present Blues, Rock, Jazz, Indie, Underground, Funk, Outlaw Spacerock, Darkwave, Ska, Reggae, Punk, Noise, Folk, Bluegrass… anything!! We do it because filling your life with music is a good life.


Coming in March


March is always that curious part of the Winter where you can start to feel the days getting longer… the thermometer creeps above zero a bunch of times.  Sometimes we get Spring, sometimes we have to wait until May.  University and College students are mired in mid-terms and papers.  Teachers are up to their armpits in marking.  Hockey season comes to a close but Baseball is right around the corner.  Patio season is also just around the corner.  As you can see by reading on… the band’s have hung up their winter hibernation blankets and headed back out on the road.  Soulfly comes through in a rare club appearance.  Sloan returns in early April.  More big shows are on the horizon.  More indie bands are coming through for you music fans to find new loves.  More folk singers will tear your hearts out.  More rock bands will tear the roof off. 

Another exciting thing is new menus for the restaurant.  We have introduced ¼ pound sized burgers for Le Bistro, #4, Billy Baroo and The Euro.  We’ve added a Vegan Menu complete with Vegan sauces, burgers, appetizers.  You have your choice of Vegan or Meat Chili.  We’ve added another Dessert with delicious Cheesecakes.  We’ve got March deals coming with Stack’s Pupper’s tall cans and the introduction of Stack’s Irish Red Ale.  Special price introduction.  Muskoka Brewing has a rotating tap this year with the Moonlight Kettle series.  March brings us the Bang for Your Buck Dry Hopped Sour Ale.  While supplies last.  When we run out, we move on to the next beer. 

Basically, we’ve got something for everyone.  Hearty, nutritious, handmade foods… big, bold decadent challenges.  Big portions, small portions. Easy drinking beers, craft pops, a rotating selection of the most interesting beers coming through and from Ontario.  The best in live music from old time Blues, Folk and Country to modern indie rock and everything in between.  The atmosphere is laid back.  Bring your kids for dinner.  Bring your family for music on Thursday at dinner, Sunday Afternoons.  Enjoy a little bit of it all.

Thursday, March 1st – Rebecca Lappa - $5.00 at the door

Rebecca Lappa may have been Canada's best kept folk-rock secret - until now. The Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and Edmonton Music Awards winner is Canada's brightest new voice.

In December 2017, Rebecca released her new folk-rock EP, “Spirit”. It features the song “Valiant of Vimy” that won the Lieutenant Governor’s Spirit of Vimy contest and a trip to Vimy Ridge. Reuniting with her CFMA winning team of Barry Allen and Gord Matthews from Homestead Recorders, the songs on the EP reflect the human spirit and highlight courage, adventure, change and love. Rebecca was honoured to perform “Valiant of Vimy” at the City of Edmonton’s televised Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Butterdome for 5000 people. The EP reached #1 on CJSR’s Top 30 and #6 on the national Folk/Roots/Clues chart on Jan.16/18. Rebecca is excited to embark on her 20 date, “Spirit of Adventure Tour” to Toronto and back, while she attends the Canada's Music Incubator (CMI) this March and April. Rebecca received the Bell Media Prize to attend CMI.

Friday, March 2nd - Goodbye Honolulu, The Easter Dogs, The Ape-Ettes - $10.00 at the door

Rock and roll never sleeps. Bangers Promotions presents an afterparty that will knock you on your heinie. Following the triumph that will surely come from the free Partner/Lazy Daisies show at the Grace Family Church Hall, make your way over to the Townehouse Tavern for round two of rock.

Goodbye Honolulu (Toronto Party Rock) - 90s slacker rock mixed with garage punk and non-stop energy. These guys made waves when they toured the US, opening for Hinds. Check out their latest EP "No Honey" here:
Easter Dogs (Sudbury Seasoned Rockers) - They rocked in the 90s, and they rock in 2018. This will definitely be a rare performance, so ya better not miss it!

The Ape-ettes (Sudbury Garage Rock) - They sound like a time machine back to the best years of garage mixed with modern flair. It's poppy. It's dancey. It's gonna make ya smile. Check out their album here:
This wicked night couldn't have been a reality without the help of Up Here Festival, River & Sky Festival, Long & McQuade, Journal Printing, Sudbury Youth Rocks Program, and Lazy Daisies. 


Saturday, March 3rd – Oh Geronimo, White Hot, This Great Divide, Save the Strange - $10.00 – 10pm

Various kinds of pop/rock music - Oh Geronimo (Burlington, Folk Rock)
( Catchy, propulsive, dynamic and emotionally resonant tunes made for shoutin along with.
White Hot (Sudbury, Pop Rock ( Michael Kenny (the Almighty Rhombus) teams up with Emmett Turkington (Coast Redwood, Hello Holiday) for some catchy tunes with echoes of the Black Keys and the Arctic Monkeys.

This Great Divide (Sudbury, Alt Rock)
( The former fellas from Echoes the Lion are back in the game with more catchy, arena-sized hooks.

Save the Strange (Sudbury, Pop Punk)
Melodic, heavy, bouncy and catchy.

Friday, March 9th – Greenbank, Kevin Roy – Doors 9:00pm - $10.00

GREENBANK - "They’ve been described as “that band from Almost Famous” and referred to as “the denim disasters”. Their harmonies will draw you in and their hilarious road stories will keep you wanting more. Whether they’re packing the dance floor with their band or performing an intimate duo concert, Thunder Bay folk-rockers Greenbank are always a wild ride! 
“Pure Canadiana. From Thunder Bay to L.A. these guys can hold their own.” -The Deli Magazine 
“Sharp harmonies, great lyrics, and enough energy to power a medium-sized town like Kansas City.” -Elmore Magazine 
“I found myself singing along almost immediately” -Canadian Beats
“With great influences, great songs and a great passion for music, it’s easy to see why so many people have fallen in love with Greenbank.” -Fresh Print Magazine

KEVIN ROY - Working a day gig never made sense for Kevin Roy. Upon the release of the Winnipeg troubadour's 2014 debut, Taller Than The Trees, he left the stability of his high school teaching gig for a life on the road. Swapping in students wielding knives, saws and implements of destruction in the high school wood shop for more attentive audiences in North American festivals, bars and theatres, Roy hasn't looked back.  
Now, he's released his latest collection, the Kickstarter-goal surpassing Heartworn Highways, to his country and roots rock-loving backers, and anyone else interested in pulling up a chair and listening to some genuine, good ol' storytelling songs. The album reached #1 on the National monthly !Earshot folk/roots/blues charts. The single, "The Mighty River", reached #10 most played on Stingray Music's Folk/Roots channel. Since the release, Kevin donates all proceeds from 'The Mighty River', a song about the hardships of flooding, to the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. 
The recording of the 10 song Highways found Roy re-teaming with co-producer Lloyd Peterson (Weakerthans) at Winnipeg's Paintbox Recording, where they were joined by a host of Winnipeg music scene luminaries, including William J. Western (co-producer of Del Barber's JUNO-nominated Prairieography) on pedal steel, Crooked Brothers' honorary percussionist Daniel Bertnick, and Red Moon Road's Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner on banjo. Vocalists Madeleine Roger (Roger Roger) and Amelia Peterson supply the golden harmonies. With most of the instruments captured live-off-the-floor, it feels as though the listener is right in the room with Roy and co., soaking in the twanged-up tunes.  

The Heartworn Highways LP focuses heavily on staying true to one's roots - something the Hank Williams, Neil Young and Corb Lund-inspired Roy does in spades. He even attended Kelvin High School, the very same educational institute Young himself famously failed to graduate from.  Those roots go back to his grandfathers (one a guitar slinger, the other had a wicked way with a harmonica - both instruments utilized by Roy). At age 10, he picked up a pawn shop six string to mimic his older brother - the only difference between Roy and his elders is that he turned it into a career, and he's been weaving poignantly honest songs, peppered with a John Prine-esque wit, to critical and chart success for almost two decades.  Mastered by JUNO-winner Jamie Sitar, the recordings have a clean kick that sounds like old country through brand new speakers.  Aside from his music, Kevin Roy is a professional photographer and avid fisherman. He never tours without his full frame camera and fishing gear. He is always looking to steal a moment on the water, or capture it through the lens, connecting himself and his fans with the wilderness.  If you see Kevin Roy down one of life's many highways, tip your hat and buy him a coffee - it's sure to result in a story or two, and maybe even a tune with a bit of old school twang.

Monday, March 12th - Soulfly, Today is the Day, Lody Kung, Archelon and Uncured. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets $30.00 + tax – SOLD OUT

Phoenix, Arizona's legendary Soulfly is undertaking a full Canadian tour this March. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. To date the band has released ten studio albums, one tour EP, twenty-three singles, one video album, and twelve music videos. SOULFLY (special Nailbomb performance)
w/ Today Is The Day, Lody Kong, Uncured & Archelon. Monday, March 12, 2018
The Townehouse 206 Elgin Street, Sudbury  **Doors at 6pm** – Ages 19+


Thursday, March 15th - Street Meat, Black Rattlers – 5:30pm and 10pm - $7.00

Enjoy a dinner show with Street Meat from 5:30pm to 8pm.  Bring the kids, bring your parents…  Then they come back and share the bill with The Black Rattlers… the group that contains members of Murder Murder… not playing Murder Murder songs, but a wide range of other outlaw bloodgrass and steamroller country music.

Street Meat was banned from Montreal in the 1960’s due to concerns about hygiene; well, it is back and dirtier than ever. The secret to the gravy is how it combines disparate ingredients to come up with a delicious concoction of Rockabilly, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass and Prog Rock. The band started on the street as part of Montreal’s vibrant community of buskers. Jean-Philippe Lelotte-Demers, Paul Dawson and Lucas Choi Zimbel casually taught each other their respective repertoire of originals and covers varying from Old Time to Jazz to Punk with every possible flavor in between. They quickly moved on to bars and concert halls as mesmerized pedestrians began offering them gigs in all sorts of strange and exotic locations. After a student at a recording school offered to record a demo, Street Meat connived and schemed a way into recording a full-length EP over a year spent writing tunes at a cottage in the woods and recording it in god-awful conditions in studios around Montreal. The album release would have to wait though since the band got invited to a festival held in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Almost fresh off the plane with big army boots and Canada-climate clothes, the band was already busking. At that very first spot the band met a journalist who was covering the festival that dug the music enough to get them a 3-song set and interview on JR National News. Once back in Montreal, Street Meat used the video of that encounter to garner media attention, notably a feature article in Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper, this acted as a springboard to the sold-out album launch. Since the launch, Street Meat has been juggling tours, local shows and composing profusely. They have been back to tour Brazil three times for tours and festivals and have signed on with a local label in Sao Paulo. Their second album was released in May 2015 to rave reviews from all corners of their scene. An EP and a third full-length album are currently in the works.

Friday, March 16th - Elijah and the Backburners – 10pm, $7.00 at the door

Rock and Roll all night. Four piece rocking Jazz Rhythm and Blues Band. Playing the likes of The Rolling Stones and early 50’s rock and roll blues. With one full set of prime Jerry Lee Lewis on keys.

Saturday, March 17th – St. Pat’s Day with Billy John and the Irish Wake - $10.00.  2 shows.

St. Patrick's Day party with Billy John and the Irish Wake!  It’s one of our great annual traditions.  Billy John is joined by a rugged crew of salty seasoned musicians playing the finest music from the Isles and the East Coast. 
2 shows....  6pm and 10pm.

6pm-8pm - bring the kids, have dinner... slightly smaller version of the band will deliver fine trad music from Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Ireland, Scotland... and maybe a splash of Appalachia.

After 10pm - 2nd show... Full stage of trad musicians playing the danciest show you have ever seen. It's a thundering train of Trad. A feast of frenzy. A tribute to the finest from The Dubliners to Great Big Sea. From St. John's Gate to The Isle of Orkney... Come with your dancing shoes on and be ready to sing along… there’s a part for you.

Friday, March 23rd, La Nuit Emergent – 10pm, $10 at the door

Each year we are proud to be the after hours venue for La Nuit Emergent… this annual festival showcases the best in emerging talent from the Francophone music scene across the country.  Enjoy the whole evening at College Boreal and then back here at the Townehouse for the most amazing emerging songwriters, rock bands, new soul and more.
Mauves, Gab Paquet and les Vulvets

Mauves est un groupe originaire de Québec également. Avec son album « Coco », il revient à la proverbiale base, élague ses arrangements et rétrécit l’écart entre son insolente énergie en scène et la relative modération de ses enregistrements.

Gab Paquet ?concocte un amalgame kitsch qui transcende à sa façon les chanteurs de charme, les tissus lamés et la coupe Longueuil des années 80. Issu de la ville de Québec, il chante l’amour sous toutes ses formes et sa pop/rock d’un autre âge séduit sans peine.

Les Vulvets est un groupe montréalais qui incarne la désinvolture juvénile des psycho beach partys des sixties dont on paie le prix à l’aube. C’est le son sale du garage sans polissage généré par quatre filles, dont Marie-Claire Cronier, originaire de Sudbury.

Saturday, March 24th – Whiskey River Blues Band, 9pm - $7.00 at the door

Friday, March 30th – Wyatt Young, Keyframes, Dropout, Skin Condition

Saturday, March 31st – Suicide Drifters - $7 at the door, 10pm

Saturday, March 31st – NLFB Meltdown – 3pm-10pm

NLFB's annual Meltdown Competition is an event where emerging artists from Northern Ontario compete for their chance to play a paid gig at #NLFB2018 (Jul. 6-8).  This is an open audition with a Band and Solo categories. The public is more than welcome to watch and support their favourite artist. There will be a small cover charge ($10), in support of the festival (and to pay the sound guy).   Please contact Izzy at for more details.
ARTISTS - HOW TO SUBMIT:   Fill out our form by March 23 (latest):
All genres of music are accepted, as well as storytelling, spoken word and other types of performance. Please keep in mind the character of NLFB's past lineups (visit 
Solo Auditions (1 accompanist max.): March 31, 3pm-6pm
Band/Ensemble Auditions: March 31, 6pm-10pm

Tuesday, April 3rd – Sloan - $30 incl Tax.  Doors 8pm.

The Townehouse is always proud to present Sloan, as we have been for many years. We live by the same code. Do what you do... do it well, always try to do it better... always show your friends a good time... always welcome new people into the circle.
Sloan is releasing their 12th full length album. After 27 years, numerous EP's, 30 singles and 12 full albums, Sloan has long been a Canadian institution.  Sloan is four distinct songwriting voices — guitarists Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson, bassist Chris Murphy and drummer Andrew Scott — that nonetheless form a cohesive collective. Long-time Toronto scenesters who will always call Halifax home. 
Muchmusic and rock-radio regulars who — via their own murderecords label — maintain strong ties to their indie roots. Money-city maniacs who have a soft spot for sweet sugar tunes. Music vets who, instead of coasting on their cred, continue to challenge themselves with each record.

Thursday, April 19th - Johnny 2 Fingers, Sulfur City, Lightmares - $10.00 at the door


Sulfur City

Friday, April 20th - Hearing Trees, Shakey Stars - $10.00 at the door, 10pm.

Listen to Hearing Trees first single "Telling Peter," out now on Spotify:

Hearing Trees is touring in support of the release of their long-anticipated full length album, "Quiet Dreams." The group’s lush, layered brand of ambient and anxious rock is built atop a foundation inspired by R.E.M., Matthew Good, and The Tragically Hip and tinged with the more modern and atmospheric musings of Wintersleep and The National. Coupled with sometimes cryptic, always captivating poetry, Hearing Trees offers a masterclass in sweet-sounding catharsis.

Shaky Stars

Shaky Stars, based out of Sudbury, Ontario, is a return to straight forward ragged rock and roll. Their debut full length record has just become available as a digital download through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, cdbaby and Bandcamp. Drawing from the likes of great writers like The Replacements, The Weakerthans, Springsteen and Guided By Voices, these old friends have churned out some well crafted songs threaded together by an underlying sonic texture, to wh