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 Matt St. Pierre

For Reservations... call the restaurant at 705.674.6883

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












MUSIC AT SUNDOWN ALL Through the Winter

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.

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS 2-5pm are back... starting January 8th

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. SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH RETURNED for most of the fall... took 2 weeks off over the holidays... we'll be back January 8th until spring break.

Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.


Tuesday, February 28th - Blackie and The Rodeo Kings - $40.00 + tax tickets on sale now

A truly special show. BaRK plays the Townehouse. Doors will be open at 7:00pm for seating. Show will start at 8:00pm. Dinner tables will be taken down at 6:30pm and replaced with Theatre Style seating.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record what was suppose to be a one- off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett.
At the time, all three members were deeply committed to burgeoning solo careers that they had no intentions of putting on hold, and had no plans to turn Blackie into an ongoing concern.

Now twenty years later, 8 albums , one Juno award and several Juno nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.

The New album... Kings and Kings...

As promised Blackie and The Rodeo Kings are set to deliver the companion piece to their 2011 collaboration album King And Queens. Where that album featured guest appearances from some of the band’s favourite female singers, Kings And Kings features some of the band’s best ‘guy’ friends from the world of roots, blues, and country. Each one of them an accomplished ‘king’ in their realm of creative endeavors and in many cases absolute ‘king’ legends in the entertainment industry. “Some of these were fellows we knew well and had made lots of music with like Bruce Cockburn, Buddy Miller, and Keb Mo, and some were new heroes and discoveries like Fantastic Negrito and Dallas Green,” says Colin Linden. “Some, were icons who I had shared some guitaring with like Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, and Raul Malo. And some were icons new and preloved who joined us out of kindness I suppose, like Nick Lowe and Jason Isbell. And some were my dear pals I work on the Nashville TV show with; Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, and Sam Palladio.” Set for release October 7 via File Under: Music, the first single “Beautiful Scars” reminds us of Tom Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond album Beautiful Scars. Wilson jokes that he wrote the title track of his album after it’s release. The song itself is inspired by novelist Miriam Toews benefits from an amazing vocal performance by Dallas Green (City And Colour).

Tickets on sale through EVENTBRITE. Click the Ticket Link above. $40 +HST.

Friday, March 3rd - Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers with guest Jennifer Holub

TICKETS can be purchased at or at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal office (19 Grey Street).

NLFB is excited to welcome back crazy king of Klezmer folk Ben Caplan! Truly an artist like no other...

A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It's no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His new album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.

OPENING ACT: Jennifer Holub

Jennifer's music that tells our stories: the tales of the ghostly north. Jennifer Holub's story is that of the truth-seeker; the philosopher, touching hearts wherever she goes, yet eerily sharing stories of the wraith. Many of the songs and stories from Holub's debut LP, "The Haunting", stem from a place she doesn't understand herself. She has been making waves across Ontario and is sure to send chills and thrills down your spine.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets available at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal office, as well as online at 19+

Note: While the last Ben Caplan show involved some row seating, this show will be a mix of sitting and standing, similar to a regular Friday show at The Townehouse.

Saturday, March 4th – Cedars of Kag, Taco Fiesta, Tyler Beaulne $7.00 at the door

This is a new band featuring Teddy Bubalo. Teddy has been a builder in the scene for a long time, playing heavy music for many years.

Thursday, March 9th - Party Cannon!!! - 6PM

$10 adv / $15 door

All your friends will be there!

Sponsored by:
High Road Records
Stack Brewing
Journal Printing
Long & McQuade - Sudbury
William F. White International Inc.

Community partners:
Northern Lights Festival Boréal
CKLU 96.7 FM - Laurentian University Campus and Community Radio Station

Party Cannon will completely transform the Townehouse with a venue-wide art installation.

Featuring musical performances by:

----Main Stage-----

Century Palm (Toronto, post punk)
Frustration, ennui, subtle desperation and ROCK from some Toronto scene vets. Another band 'bout to blow up.

Strange Attractor (Sudbury, Punk)
Canada's finest punk band.

Telecolor (Sudbury, Instrumental Post Rock)
The tightest, most technically proficient young band in town.

-----NLFB acoustic Stage-----

Jackson Reed (Goulais River, Folk)
Sault Ste. Marie's wunderkind concert promoter takes the mic and does real good!

Kid Captain (Sudbury, solo power ballads
Former Howie Moonlight frontman Dylan Kelly steps out on his own!

Friday, March 10th - Skudfux, Taco Fiesta, Alyssa Dawn Mallette - Sudbury Foodbank night! No Cover with a item of non-perishable food!

Montreal punk-rockers The SkudFux has decided to tour the entire country asking only for non-perishable food items as admission to their "Rebels With A Cause" shows! The goal is 10,000 pounds by the end of the tour.

Saturday, March 11th - Sulfur City, Bloodshot Bill - $7.00 at the door

"Growlin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ his way through his set with reckless abandon"

"Sulfur City evoke the hard-charging, uncompromising Murder City garage-punk intensity of Radio Birdman and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, with elements of retro soul, psychedelia, a little funk and a fearlessly populist political sensibility." - NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

Tuesday, March 14th - Richard Inman - Pass the Hat - 10pm

Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a butter-rich voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem. Catch him at his next show and he’ll make you a believer; listen to the new album “30 Days” and he’ll bury his gentle soul in your mind’s ear for a month.

Thursday, March 16th - Odora - $5.00 at the door 10pm

Thea May is quickly becoming a familiar face in the Sudbury Music scene. She is a charismatic singer who has a knack for picking favourites from the last 50 years of pop and rock along with quickly working up her own catalog of songs. Get in on the ground floor.

Friday, March 17th – Billy John and the Irish Wake – dinner and late shows!!

For more than a decade, Billy John and his wild bunch have held court at The Townehouse for St. Patrick's Day. It's a friday this year so we'll have a little after work hoot and then play the full night away while people dance. Dance, Dance wherever ye may be... Irish tunes, Canadian fiddling, the drunken tales, the sober reminders, the celebrations, the remembrances... Billy John and the Irish Wake command you to Waltz, Jig, Reel, stagger, pogo, swing your partner and when it is all said and done, we'll do it again.

We'll sing the traditions, we'll probably have some Bangers and Mash... we'll kiss the cod and we'll have the luck of the Irish. We'll have Seven Drunken Nights and join up with a Black Velvet band. We'll be Leaving Liverpool with Streams of Whiskey. sail the Northwest Passage with Barrett's Privateers and drink a toast to Danny Boy. Then we'll do it again. Join us, won't you?

Saturday, March 18th - NLFB Meltdown - Auditions starting at 3pm through the day acoustic performers, bands through the evening. Cover charge starts at 9pm.



NLFB's annual Meltdown Audition, where emerging artists from Northern Ontario compete for their chance to play a paid gig at #NLFB2017 (Jul. 7-9), AND participate in musical mentorship programs. There are band and solo categories. This is an open audition, so the public is totally welcome and there will be a small cover charge, in support of the festival (and to pay the sound guy!). We will end off the night with a great show, details TBA.


Please contact for more details

Friday, March 24th - La Nuit emergente - Cover at the door

La Nuit est encore jeune! Après l'aventure étrange de La Nuit émergente, on se dirige au Townehouse pour une bonne dose de rock planant.

After your strange adventure at La Nuit émergente, make your way to the Townehouse Tavern for your dose of indie-psych-garage-franco-whatever.

Entrée gratuite avec billet de La Nuit émergente
Free Entry w/ ticket from La Nuit émergente
10$ à la porte / at the door

TELECOLOR (indie-rock) Sudbury, ON
Telecolor une formation sudburoise, réunit deux claviers et une batterie acoustique en une intense mixture électronique à effet hypnotique.

PONTEIX (electro-psych-shoegaze) Saskatoon, SK
Ponteix est un groupe fransaskois qui étale des ambiances planantes dans une veine électro psychédélique.

ROUGE POMPIER (grungy-garage-rock) Montréal, QC
Rouge Pompier est un duo de rock de garage générateur d’un grunge intense qui décrasse la cire d’oreille.

Saturday, March 25th – U2 Night!! - $7.00 at the door

The Bandit strikes again... add this to the ever growing list... the Black Sabbath Night, The Zeppelin Night, The Beatles Night, The Lost Waltz - Tribute to The Band and Bob Dylan, Exile on Elgin Street - The Stones Night, The Kinks Night, The David Bowie Night, the Prince Night, Northern Memphis Revival, The CCR Night, The Doors Night and a few more that I'm forgetting. Ryan Levecque and the usual suspects take on Ireland's favourite good Catholic boys school band... now celebrating 40 years and over 100 million albums sold... U2. Remember folks... it's not cosplay, it's not a clone band, it's just musicians faithfully paying tribute to one of the great pop bands in history. We'll dig deep into the catalog going back into Boy, October, War and the Unforgettable Fire as well as playing a few monsters from Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, and Achtung Baby. Equal parts tribute to Hamilton's own Daniel Lanois for having such a great part of shaping the soundtrack that dominated the end of the century.

Saturday, April 1st – B.A. Johnston – new album out!

$6.00 Before 10:30pm - $10.00 after 10:30pm

yeppers... B.A. has a new record out... Gremlins III. It's poutine for the soul. It's a chance at everlasting glory. It beats up your high school bully and smooths it over with your parents that you are taking a year off school to work... it introduces you to famous people... it's never boring.
BA Johnston Album Release
Tommy and the Commies
DJ Playlist. Ipod

HOTDOG EATING CONTEST - So heres the deal with the HOTDOG eating competition, you get free cover and the chance to win everlasting glory. Its a sprint, first person to eat 5 hotdogs and keep em down. SIGN UP HERE. GUTS GLORY SODIUM
6 or 7 Max Contestants ( i can only afford so many dogs)

6$ B4 1030 10$ After

Saturday, April 8th – Whiskey River Blues Band - $7.00 at the door

This ferocious Rhythm and Blues band carries on a strong tradition started by Tommy Fyfe 30 years ago.  The last 10 years or so, Tommy has been joined by Pete Larabie and Steve Malick on Keys and Drums, who have been playing in bands together since the late 60’s when they toured as part of Every Mother’s Mistake.  They have been joined by Paul Loewenberg on Bass, continuing the history of a band that plays louder and younger than their years.  From 60’s rock to traditional Blues of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Lightning Hopkins and more, this band flies without safety nets and always delivers an exciting time.