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 October 1st... we are having more dinner music!! Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Don't wait for the weekend to fill your life with music... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to finish your work day with a little play. Enjoy the music with dinner. Come and see the fantastic talent we have in the north on a nightly basis. Great dinner, Great music. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.
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.
The month of November swoops in like a cold front. The clocks change back to Eastern Standard time and the daylight evaporates before most people get out of work… we’ll soon hit this time of year where most of us get up and go to work in the dark and then come home in the dark. The plus side out of this is that you are not alone in this. This is the most important time of year for us to gather as community, create art, music, break bread, enjoy life with other people.
There is a lot going on this month in the Elgin Street Scene… we’re happy to have you along for the ride. We’ve got great food, tons of music, a paint social, a fundraiser for Haiti, A Harvest Beer Tasting, some great contest giveaways… stay tuned and read on.
Thursday, November 3rd – Low Guns Backwoods Blues - $5.00 at the door
Kicking off the month at the Townehouse Tavern is a night with Low Guns – Backwoods blues with Dwayne Trudeau and Chris Dardick. Sweet electric blues that cuts a path down America from Chicago down to New Orleans with stops in Kansas City, Memphis, Piedmont and other front porches and juke joints along the delta that produced the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, T-Bone Burnett, RL Burnside, Hound Dog Taylor and more.
For several years, Justin Ross held down the rhythm as drummer for one of the wildest bands to come out of Sudbury at the time… Life Blown Open. After 2 albums the band moved to Toronto, put out a 3rd album and then ran aground of life and Justin went out seeking new music to make.
Enter Dress Black: Upbeat indie rock with a little ragged edge to keep Justin in the seat of timekeeper. Nominated for a 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award, the band is turning heads and making rounds of the press as well as putting on some highway miles… follow the link here and listen to some catchy songs… http://www.dressblack.ca/
Sea Perry returns for another great rock and roll show… these local rockers got around to various parts of the country this summer and made new fans everywhere they went. Their videos continue to spin on Youtube. For fans of high energy indie bands like The Strumbellas and Mumford and Sons, Sea Perry is no doubt your favourite new discovery of the last year. With a full length album, a couple singles and a few video, Sea Perry has been noticed far and wide and is now getting to play gigs like opening the Wolves season. https://www.facebook.com/seaperry
Ten Sleep joins these two bands on this short road trip. They play dreamy pop songs. Catchy and upbeat handclapping duo from Kingston, Ontario. They are one of a million bands that doesn’t have a bio on the internet, so you are just going to have to click on the Soundcloud page and like their Facebook page to find out more…
The Almighty Rhombus
(Sudbury, True Pop)
The damp boys are back in town with some new tunes and a new stage show
We Were Heads
(Toronto, Experimental Rock)
This long-running Toronto outfit has been constantly evolving their sound and redefining themselves. It's time for their long-overdue Sudbury debut!
(Montreal, Psych Pop)
Hazy summer dreamin and rip roarin pop tunes with that good good darkness at the core
Noisy, antisocial punk music
HE'S BEEN CALLED A BLUES EVANGELIST
And Blues Evangelist is a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is" he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. And I do heal people if they pay attention to the good messages in the songs I choose." He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40's and early 50's. Harpdog says "Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's ok."
Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born ni Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life - "a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I think I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said 'this is where you belong, son'. So the blues became my circus and there's no better way to travel than with a blues band!"
Thursday, November 10th - tba
Come celebrate with us, and pay tribute to Paul Loewenberg's inspiring 17 year run as Artistic Director of Northern Lights Festival Boréal. The evening will be a diverse musical revue of Sudbury's finest players and songwriters. Roots, rock, soul, and a few surprises of course. We know Paul won't be able to help but get up on stage and jam!
While Paul transitions into new roles with the festival, we want to celebrate the artistic vision, the diversity, and the daring programming choices he has shared with us over the years, through each festival lineup. Programming the Northern Lights Festival is like creating a fine piece of art, each one unique and beautiful in its own way. Paul has created 17 great ones (plus countless concerts, fundraisers and other events), each with their own special memories. Of course, Paul continues his major contributions to arts, culture and music in Sudbury as: the force behind numerous other NLFB projects, a musician, the booker of The Townehouse, an organizer, the brains behind the Elgin St. Craft Beer Festival, a skilled woodworker, a pro knitter and more. Come celebrate with us!
Music will begin at about 9pm.
Performers will include:
Paul (of course)
If you are a musician with some connection to Paul and you're interested in doing a few tunes or being part of the rhythm section get in touch via email@example.com.
NOTE: There is a wolves game that night so beware that parking may be a challenge.
The situation in Haiti is desperate and in some ways, worse than it was in 2010. Unfortunately, Haiti is not getting the same media coverage that it did then, in part no doubt because of the US election. So what then is to be done?
Tonight from 7pm-10pm, join Phil May, Joe Reda, Marc Savard and Tony Simpkin as 4 of the most accomplished musicians in the city reunite to raise money for Mission of Tears in partnership on the ground with Fondation Enfant Jesus. Actively working to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew which destroyed homes and blocked roads making the cleanup and distribution of food and clean water very difficult.
Please visit our Canada Helps donation page to help raise $100,000 for Emergency Relief Funding.
Their self-described “chaotic, psychedelic brand of space-doom” is a pretty accurate description of Hawkeyes’ sound… a heavy, dark, and monolithic ambience is set by their rhythym section and Hawkeyes’ four guitarists play very interestingly off of it, mounting texture upon texture, weaving a multitude of tones around that monolithic base.
“Tune down, turn up.”
Evoking the bygone spirit of a less distracted era, Familiars is a rock trio out of time. Kneeling at the altar of the almighty riff, this band of summoners conjure a colossal sound both otherworldly and yet somehow still deeply rooted in the empty parking lots and midnight bonfires of their youths spent growing up in the heartland of rural Ontario.
Spencer, Steve and Don tear up the stage this evening with a whole heap of White Stripes, Black Keys and The Strokes, among lots of other party music. Being busy with Tofino and Hello Holiday for Spencer, Don’s band gigs and growing ink career and Steve's life at the Sudbury BJJ and other bands, sometimes you just want to let loose and take a whole bunch of people with you.
BA Johnston is attending a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly christened “Sub World” after the massive plumbing fiasco at the old “Sub-City”… while in town tending to his food investments we convinced “prince of poutine” to dance for loose change at the Townehouse tonight! Just kidding… B.A. rocks the house as always. Strange Attractor and The Ape-Ettes make it a Triple Threat night of awesome garage punk rock and roll. All hail B.A.. All hail Strange Attractor. All hail The Ape-Ettes.
Tommy Fyfe has been a staple of the Blues scene for 30 years here in Sudbury. With Whiskey River as the main outlet, Tom also steps into smaller gigs with The Medicine Show, or sometimes just The Fyfes. Any way you look at it… he is a consummate player who likes to keep busy. He’ll be even more impressive in the coming months now that he is one step closer to being bionic. For all the Blues and Rock oddities that you can think of… start your weekend early with Dr. Tom’s Traveling Medicine Show.
Ryan takes the stage for a night of fun… he’s been going between Stones, Zeppelin, Sabbath and Soul this year… let’s see what he pulls out tonight. No matter what, Ryan and the band will always treat you well and show you a good time.
Amongst the blanket-covered walls and strung lights of a basement in Windsor, Ontario, an indie rock power trio known as Huttch was formed in 2014. Drawing influences from bands such as Hollerado and Yukon Blonde, their music is a blend of psychedelic and fast paced rock. If their well-crafted guitar riffs and solid rhythm section complete with driving bass lines doesn’t ignite an adrenaline rush, their act also includes acrobatic stunts mid guitar solo. With gear spiffed up in vibrant aztec patterns, and outfits adorned with sea-shell necklaces, the band could easily be mistaken for California strays; softly reminding their audience to relish in life’s simple, audio pleasures.
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 and The Beauties among other Toronto music royalty, 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.