Summer is festival time… We’ll have Northern Lights Festival Boreal, River and Sky, and then on Saturday, August 9th, the 2nd Annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival. It’s a summer of love, folks… it means that our Sunday Bluegrass Brunch won’t happen for a couple weeks yet. Of course we will get back to it before the end of the summer. We’ll also have our annual Townehouse Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 24th. It’s a Best Ball Foursome with tons of prizes and a dinner. Sign-up is $240 for a team of four which gets you 18 holes, dinner, a gift bag and a golf cart for the day.
Saturday, August 9th - Noon to Midnight - 2nd Annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival.
Tuesday, July 1st - Canada Day with Dr. Tom's Traveling Medicine Show
Thursday, July 3rd - Tommy Alto - $7.00 at the door
July 4, 5, 6 - Northern Lights Festival Boreal
Once again, The Townehouse Tavern is proud to be a sponsor and the official late night offsite venue for the Northern Lights Festival Boreal... it's a great festival weekend featuring Bruce Cockburn, Wintersleep, Tokyo Police Club, The Strumbellas, Crystal Shawanda, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, George Leach, The Claytones, Red Moon Road, Annie Lou and many many more. Check out the festival at the website... www.nlfbsudbury.com for many more details... suffice to say, after a long day at a festival filled with music and good food, sometimes the only thing you want is more! The Townehouse fills that void by providing the stage for festival artists to come and play the late night party. If you have a festival WEEKEND PASS, you GET IN FREE all weekend.
Friday, July 4th - The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, The Almighty Rhombus - Free with weekend pass or $7.00 at the door
Their influences range from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon to the boundary pushing of Jack White and Danger Mouse but their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk. Shawn Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. Their music is unapologetic. It slaps you in the face and makes you sweat like it’s a sticky, summer night. It cuts you to the core. It’s the blues played the way it was meant to be played.
Saturday, July 5th - Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Murder Murder - Free with weekend pass or $7.00 at the door
Known for their guerrilla street performances as much as their wild stage shows, the LBO enjoyed worldwide media attention earlier last year after playing klezmer music on a delayed Air Canada flight en route to a three- week tour of Romania-- the video garnered 250,000+ YouTube hits and was covered by CNN, New York Times, Fox News, Huffington Post, Jimmy Kimmel, CBC, CTV, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and more.
Their new album was produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics, Ashley MacIsaac) and was recorded live-off-the-floor at Toronto’s Revolution Recording. It features thirteen gritty, high-energy arrangements (and one secret track) of folk songs from across Eastern Europe and follows the LBO’s debut EP “Cheeky” which sold over 4,000 copies from the stage and on the street in the past year.
“These traditional songs have been played for generations in various arrangements-- they’ve travelled with musicians to different lands and have mutated and adapted constantly,” says mohawked ringleader Mark Marczyk, who was teaching English in Ukraine when he fell in with the street musicians who inspired him to form the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. “But there is a common thread-- they tell stories and carry emotions that bring people together... and that’s something the urban landscape really needs.”
Sunday, July 6th - The Claytones, Red Moon Road- Free with weekend pass or $7.00 at the door
Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, The Claytones masterfully spin their melodic, vocal driven, Canadian a brand of country-soaked roots music with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project, Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and newcomer Pat McLaughlin write and arrange their songs together, effectively making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts. Combining their ranging influences, they have created a unique blend of original and interpreted songs performed with tight, three-part harmonies and a warm stage presence.
Red Moon Road
Canada's most energetic and endearing folk trio. Masterful story telling. Haunting three part harmonies. Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. A lush and lively take on modern roots straight out of Winnipeg.
Born in a storm on a wild Canadian lake, Red Moon Road came into its own on the trails between coast and coast. All credit goes to the chemistry, and to the magic that happens when the Winnipeg band's two Daniels - jazz-trained Daniel Jordan and bilingual prog-rock vet Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner - strum up the strings to support twilight-voiced singer Sheena Rattai. From living rooms to folk fest stages, the three have charmed fans from coast to coast with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered always by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories. As you can hear on their brand-new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell" or their acclaimed eponymous debut album, it's all sort of rich and warm and deeply familiar, like a campfire crackling wherever the microphones stand: even if it's your first time in the audience, you come as a friend of this band.
Thursday, July 10th – Songwriters Night – Eric Clancy, Simon Jongsma, Justine Giles, Andy Hillis - $7.00 at the door
Songwriter Circle night's are always a great time because you get to hear form many different artist with a lot of musical variety. Hear songs and stories from this foursome and support your local artists.
Friday, July 11th – Pinner, Left Hand Path, Bad Policy - $7.00 at the door
Saturday, July 12th - Stompin' John - The Stompin' Tom Tribute - fundraiser for the Stompin' Tom Sculpture. – 9:00pm show - $20.00. Bandit Plays at 12:00am - $5.00 cover.
Tuesday, July 15th – DarlenYa, Dede & the Dreamers, Kristin Sweetland – 2 shows – 8:00pm - $10.00. 11:00pm - $5.00.
A fabulous caravan of singers, songwriters, musicians and just all around brilliant human beings... We're going to play at 8:00pm and still whoop it up later... come early, stay out late... this will be a dynamite night of music from these 3 amazing artists... follow the links and find out for yourself...
In her past 20 year history, DarlenYa has spent her time in: Austin and New Orleans, picking up some jazz and blues as well as two gals who would join her in the band 'the ROAD DOG DIVAS'; Ireland, where she learned to play guitar in the 1st three frets for a change and picked up some bones; Northern Ontario, where she began to learn about the Red Road, the teachings of our 1st Nations people and formed the band SWEET WATER WOMEN (performing traditional and contemporary aboriginal music); Chiapas, Mexico working with Mayan villagers and learning songs of the Zapatistas; Arkansas, where of all things she met up with her teacher Kouakou (Angelo) Yao - a master drummer and dancer from la Côte d'Ivoire, Africa. Yes, she has a few new moves under her belt.
CURVES AHEAD is yet another evolution bridging the gap between styles, sometimes within the same song. More than that, it is a journey. darlenYa takes you by the hand and on a journey through the enigmatic terrain that has been her teacher. It has sounds of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, reggae, samba & calypso; there are chickens, waltzes, dramatic instrumentals, a zapatista song and a song for the water. It is an embodiment of her world. She’s versed herself in vocal exploration, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, native hand drum, bones, didgeridoo, and dance. Like a gypsy who shanghaies the notes of music they encounter and then twists them into another dialect, she delivers multi-cultural theatrical music.
Thursday, July 17th – Ben Sures - $7.00 at the door
Ben Sures is a Folk, Roots and Blues singer songwriter and guitar player. He is nominated in 4 categories of the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards for: Album of the year, Blues recording of the year, Male artist of the year and in the People’s choice category. In 2011 his album ‘Gone to Bolivia’ was the most played recording by an Albertan on CKUA radio, receiving more airplay that year than Corb Lund and Steve Earle.
His live show is captivating, he is a great entertainer, funny, smart, musical and a gifted guitar player. He has won and been a finalist in all the International Songwriting contests, John Lennon, International and The USA songwriting competition. Raised in Canada’s ‘Austin of the north’ Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ben began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15. He performs with a seldom duplicated sense of intimacy that draws the listener inextricably into the folds of his melodic story telling.
Ben has released seven albums, all critically acclaimed, the most recent ‘Son of Trouble’ is a new adventure making forays into African Blues and singing in French and Spanish in addition to English with a focus on his very old fashioned approach to the electric guitar. A well respected guitarist within the industry, he has played with The Good Lovelies, Paul Reddick, Rita Chiarelli, Corin Raymond and a many other in the Canadian music industry. Ben has been a contributor to CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, Madly Off in All Directions and The Round up with Bill Richardson. He is also a founding member of popular Edmonton band The Dead Stringer.
Friday, July 18th – Sea Perry, Wax Mannequin - $7.00 at the door
Wax’s style has been described as "a hybrid of Bruce Cockburn and Frank Zappa", "Tom Waits and Type O Negative jamming on the early Beatles catalogue", and "Rheostatics via Savatage”. Part of the Hamilton, Ontario scene, Wax released his first self-titled album, a solo album in the psych folk genre, in 2000. He followed up with and Gun in 2002, before putting together an eponymous band for his third release, 2004's The Price, which was supported by national tours across Canada and Australia. His best known single to date is "Message from the Queen". Six albums in, Wax Mannequin continues his brave journey through music, always putting the best show forward on his epic travel.
Sea Perry is a branch off from Nickel city's rock band "Weatherly," and pop-group "My Cousin Karma," which have shared the stage with big name acts like Marianna's Trench, Dr. Hook, Yukon Blonde, The Salads, just to name a few...is Sea Perry. Three honest and genuine guy's, Chris Milligan, Chad Bouchard and Shawn Fisher, play heart felt folk-rock anthems that people cannot help but relate to. With their debut album out, Sea Perry has been hitting the highways of Ontario, garnering a name in the national music scene at the same time as cultivating a dedicated fanbase in Sudbury.
Saturday, July 19th – Amanda Davids - $7.00 at the door
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Herbie Hancock, The Roots, as well as prog fusion artists such as Pink Floyd, Deep purple and Medeski, Martin & Wood, Amanda began to develop her own identity as a fusion keyboardist and singer. Her voice inspired by Soul, RnB and Pop legends such Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and the like, took on a fusion sound of its own. Eventually, combining her traditional education with modern influences Amanda Davids developed a sound that was unique and revolutionary. Currently a disciple of world renowned organist Tony Monaco, Amanda has added the Hammond Organ to her arsenal of instruments with the hopes of ushering in a new era of an indie based funk.
Thursday, July 24th – Little Flatt & the Poorly Playboys - $7.00 at the door
So, a couple Fridays ago, we had a band that couldn’t make it into town. As luck would have it, Sam Cassio and Barry Miles were having a beer at the bar and offered to grab their guitars and play… They called Steph Duschesne for some drums and I staggered down with my bass and a real riotous night happened. So, a few conversations later over beers and the inevitable message pops in saying “we want to do that again!” Jon Danyliw joins in on the fun. It’s a night of locomotive powered stringband. It’s Murder Murder with a big smile on it’s face. It’s Sudbury’s newest reason to go out with your friends and love live music.
Friday, July 25th – Cage Call – Philly Moves, Notes to Self, Johnny B, Broken Home Collabos, Silvertongue, Kill The Autocrat - $10.00 at the door
This one is the summer jam! We are super excited to bring in the mighty Philly Moves plus the fantastic Notes to Self to rock the party! Summer theme: Dress up like it's a beach party! Hawaiian shirts, surfer gear, whatever you want! Funky summer jams spinning all night! Hosted by the Cage Call crew, Michael Fraser O'Brien of KILL The Autocrat and Silvertongue.
Philly Moves, Ottawa: www.phillymoves.net
Notes to Self, Toronto: http://www.notestoself.net/
Johnny B, Sudbury: https://soundcloud.com/johnny-bizness
BROKEN HOME COLLABOS, Sudbury: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/downloads/388670
Soulful, honest, passionate and entertaining, Philly Moves is one of Toronto’s most buzz worthy acts. They have achieved huge success on Canada’s college charts and have performed over 100 times across North America; playing some of the most prestigious festivals and sharing the stage with acts like Lupe Fiasco, Action Bronson, Mac Miller, ASAP Rocky and many many more.
They have achieved success in the festival scene; playing CMW, Bluesfest, NXNE, Indie Week, Under Pressure! COCA, etc., have a large following with the college/university crowd and have rocked sold-out club crowds both as a support act for established and rising stars and as headliners in their hometown, Ottawa, taking that city’s scene by storm and making the move to Canada’s largest market seamlessly in 2012. They were named Ottawa’s best band of 2010 and 2011 by a reader’s poll in both the Ottawa Metro and Faces Magazine and won Verbicide Magazines “reader’s choice unsigned band of the year 2010″. Since moving to Toronto their album, ‘How to Drink Yourself Famous’ was named ‘Best Rap 2012′ at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and they were nominated for best new rap at the 2012 Ontario New Music Awards.
The Hip Hop group NOTES TO SELF features rappers Swamp Donkey and Roshin, producer/rapper Bronze One, world renowned DJ/turntablist DJ Dopey and writer/illustrator Elicser. For several years NOTES TO SELF has successfully created a group dynamic reminiscent of artists like De La Soul and Little Brother. NOTES TO SELF hails from Toronto, the capital of Canadian Hip Hop. A collective as mature and talented as NOTES is rare, especially in a genre often limited by trends lacking in originality. Their musical diversity is broad and exciting; their vibe captivates – the group has a solid regional fan base and both Dopey and Bronze’s reps span the globe.
Saturday, July 26th – Horse Lung, Norway, Obsidian Serpent, Hello Holiday - $7.00 at the door
Norway's genre bending style has been deemed psychedelic and progressive but has that special element that maintains a fresh and unique sound. Coming out of the music scene in Toronto, Norway have been distinguished as a force to be reckoned with on the live stage. With a high energy and sweaty set they've left countless heads nodding in ecstacy to Liraz Cohen's scorching guitars, Tan Arcade's transcendant vocals, and Justin Ross' apocalyptic drumming. If you want to check out a band that hones in honest rock and roll with an original and unique style, then Norway's live set is not to be missed. This is Justin Ross’s first musical trip back to Sudbury since the long running Life Blown Open was put on a shelf. You know the track record from LBO, so expect an explosion.
Friday, August 8th – Mahogany Frog - $7.00 at the door
Mahogany Frog is an instrumental electronic rock band from Winnipeg. Using an arsenal of keyboards, cacophonous, feedback- ridden guitars, fuzz-bass and walls of electronics, the group creates dynamic, multi-layered songs which explore tone, mood and composition. They have played at the Townehouse many times over the last 12 years or so and never fail to provide an amazing show. If you are any kind of a fan of sonic exploration then this band will change your life.
Saturday, August 9th - Noon to Midnight - 2nd Annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival.