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
Every Thursday 5:30pm to 8:00pm
By the time Thursday rolls around... most folk are ready to roll off the week... Music at Sundown is a great chance for you to kick the weekend into gear and finish your week on a positive note. Great dinner, Great music. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. No Cover.
Thursday. Nov 5 – Allison Brown & Uncle Dan. On a perpetual tour, Allison and Dan have a sweet Bluegrass combo. It approaches the sweet Alison Krauss/Dan Tyminski work or to throw an even bigger reference, Gram and Emmylou.
Thursday, Nov 12th – Steph Fyfe – vocal powerhouse comes out to dazzle for dinner. In addition to rocking with Swan Song and Tom Fyfe, Steph has a sensitive side that needs to get out.
Thursday, Nov 19th – Jessy Brunette – our doe eyed country gal returns to the stage for another Thursday dinner. Another sweet mix of country and pop tunes and maybe even a few rockabilly numbers from the Wanda Jackson songbook.Thursday, Nov 26th – Lori and Jesse – This duo takes a night off from their busy Sulfur City schedule to come and play our Thursday gig. Some blues, some olde timey, some of their own songs + a few strange twists on pop music and anything else that Lori and Jesse feel will fit the night.
After 11 weeks of politics, 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 post-Harper life one full of song.
Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your instruments... Keep your Sundays swinging.
As of May 1st, the patios are allowed to roll out along the sidewalks of the city. Please… NO Smoking is allowed on the patio this year. This means you CANNOT take your beer with you to smoke. Those days are over. We’ll find a system that is easy and you won’t even notice that things have changed. In the meantime, please refrain from smoking at the entrance to the patio. You’ll have to walk a few steps down the street. And let’s be clear on one thing… you can’t stand outside the patio, reach in and have a swig of your drink. No climbing the fences… in or out.
As of October 15th, Sidewalk patios disappear for the season. This means you do NOT take your beverage with you to go outside. Of course, if you are at the Laughing Buddha you may still take your beverage out on the Buddha Patios since they are on premise, but you still can't smoke out there... These are the rules.
Well it’s November. Winter is coming. What you need is a little pure rock and roll to keep your spirits high. Lucky for us… The Townehouse Tavern swoops in and saves the day. A month of great music… rock and roll, blues, R&B, Punk, Post Rock and more. This is your chance to blow off steam before exams. Of course, if you need a place to study… we also have Wi-Fi and great food. The Burgers have been known to provide an entire day worth of nutrients and energy. The salads provide the green energy you need to put back into your system after eating Ramen noodles for 6 weeks. We are also proud to use local beef, local potatoes, local breads where we can… including the gluten free items that we buy through Gluten Free Galore. We make the food by hand, mix all our own sauces… make our own Chili. Pool tables are free in the afternoon so when you need to take a break from the books, pool is on us.
Let’s get to the music… as usual, we have a great month of bands coming through that are among the hottest bands in the country. The locals are lined up to fill the club all month. Check out the solo acoustic nights with some of your favourite musicians taking a night off from their band to play solo. Sam Cassio makes a brief stop back at the bar in between the Eastern and Western leg of the latest Murder Murder tour. Mike Kenny from the Almighty Rhombus also takes a night here and there as well.
Thursday, November 5th – The Elwins, Howie Moonlight, Shawn Kosmo & the Machine - $10.00 at the door
The Elwins (Toronto Cutie Pop / They Sell Hats)
If 2012’s And I Thank You got The Elwins’ metaphorical foot in the door, then their latest long-player, 2015’s Play For Keeps, is the boys blasting it wide open. And then having a party. Even before dropping And I Thank You, their full-length debut, The Elwins – vocalist/guitarist Matthew Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist Frankie Figliomeni – were one of Toronto’s much-hyped hopefuls to fly the upbeat indie pop flag forward.
Taking the best bits of pop and rock music from the past five decades (despite the guys having only been alive for a little over two), The Elwins have delivered a dose of dancy bliss that appeals to virtually anyone. “We definitely like making songs that make people want to move,” Sweeney says – and move they will.
Howie Moonlight (They're From Space I Think)
Shawn Kosmo + the Machine (Avant Garde Reality Show) – Shawn comes out to serenade his laptop and pay his his love of Iggy Pop and Stiv Bators forward.
Friday, November 6th – Mr. MD & the Aural Xciters - $7.00 at the door
This is pretty much an annual blast from some of the city’s great veteran performers. Dan Bedard and Marc Savard take the front of this band through a couple sets of great rock and roll, R&B, funk and blues. Shawn Pitzel hammers the keys as one of Sudbury’s most seasoned Hammond Organ players. Usual sax man, JY Begin has just become a father this week, so he will be replaced for this gig by the incredible Don Reed on Violin. I’m telling you… nothing but the hottest players this city has produced over the last 40 years.
Saturday, November 7th – The Strumbellas, Eli & the Straw Man, Weatherly - $15.00 advance/ $20.00 at the door
The Strumbellas return!! New single now. New album this winter! Pick up your tickets at the bar or buy them now at Eventbrite. Local faves Weatherly round out the bill.. this is sure to be a blockbuster evening!!
When a crowd is singing along with the last chorus after hearing the song for the first time, and Twitter lights up with those same lyrics in the days following a performance, you know it's a song that connects. With poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones, Spirits, the first single from The Strumbellas’ forthcoming album, embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across North America to this Lindsay, Ontario-bred band.
That journey has been a whirlwind since the release of the band’s 2012 debut album My Father And The Hunter. The Strumbellas' sound — haunting lyrics fused with infectious, danceable melodies — won them both fans and critical recognition. A year later, they followed up with We Still Move On Dance Floors, which earned the band six awards, including a JUNO and Sirius XM Indie Award, as well as a spot on the Polaris Music Prize Long List. And of course, there’s been touring. Lots of touring.
In early 2015, the Strumbellas, off the road and ready to go into the studio again, set up shop at downtown Toronto’s Lincoln County Social Club to record the new album with LA Producer/Engineer, Dave Schiffman (Johnny Cash, Haim, Weezer). During three recording sessions during the first half of 2015, Schiffman and the band harnessed a vivid sound that was itchin’ to get out of them. Bigger. Bolder. Beckoning.?
Thursday, November 12th – Mastik, Lanorme, Telecolor - $7.00 at the door
Mastik returns! Mastik calfeutre son « rock anti-prémâché » d’une attitude audacieuse, crue et empreinte d’émotions. Le groupe formé en 2008 dans l’Est ontarien livre un son proprement sale, délectablement comestible et toujours rafraîchissant. Il livre son portrait de la société avec des textes lucides, sans réserve, avec ironie, espoir et un brin de chaos. Désormais en formation trio, Mastik fait un retour aux sources. Il livre un rock exploitant les moindres détails, des rythmes entraînants, des hooks inspirés parsemé d’élans électro-cosmiques. Le groupe s’est récemment entouré du réalisateur Laurence Currie (Sloan, Holy Fuck, Hey Rosetta!) pour la réalisation de son premier LP sortit en février 2015.
C’est en 2008 que Mastik voit le jour dans l’Est ontarien et se fait découvrir lors du tremplin Ontario POP. Le groupe y retourne en 2010, remportant le Prix RNGC et accède par la suite à la demi-finale du Festival international de la chanson de Granby. Il foule par la suite les scènes du Canada pour se rendre jusqu’au Mexique pour le Festival de Mexico (FMX). Le groupe reçoit trois nominations au Gala des prix Trille Or en 2011. Mastik lance son EP Mille morceaux en janvier 2012 où s’enchaîne par la suite de nombreuses apparitions sur les scènes d’une foule de salles et festivals, dont: le Festival Franco-ontarien, Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent (FOÉ), Festival francophonie en fête à Toronto, Festival canadien des tulipes, les Grands Feux du casino, La Nuit émergente, L’Outaouais en fête pour un total de plus de 100 spectacles depuis sa formation.
Le groupe reçoit de nouveau trois nominations au Gala des prix Trille Or 2013. Il a également présenté récemment son matériel en vitrines au Contact Ouest, la Francofête en Acadie et très prochainement à Contact Ontarois. Mastik a récemment réalisé une tournée des Collèges et universités franco-ontariennes intitulée Rock ta rentrée en double plateau avec le groupe Pandaléon
mastik (roughly translated “chew”), presents it’s musical platter from Eastern Ontario’s fertile cultural grounds. Founded by two friends within the premises of creating for themselves, remaining faithful to their ideas and encouraging experimentation. The music is composed in movements of melding genres, and typical song structures are deconstructed and left in a pile. mastik exploits contrasts, inspired by the rawness of the blues, they keep a rock and roll attitude and deliver what can only be described as anti-prechewed alterno-progressive rock. A crude, consumable and fresh sound. Recently rendered into a trio format, mastik concentrates it’s core, exploiting the least detail, reactive rhythms and contagious hooks.
Friday, November 13th – Suicide Drifters, Kipp Kocay - $7.00 at the door
Our favourite Rockabilly/ Roots Rock outfit returns. It's a little bit straight up Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Link Wray... but the Suicide Drifters are also a little like what would have happened if The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys and Black Flag had existed as far back as 1954 and had hung out with the aforementioned, Elvis, Gene, Eddie and Link. It's more attitude than anything. Very few bands these days really complete a search for the essence of pure rock and roll. The Suicide Drifters invite you along on their journey. Having taken it myself, I encourage you to follow.
Kipp Kocay hails from Winnipeg. Influenced by old country, jazz ballads and other songs your recently divorced mother might absorb whilst drinking too many glasses of red wine. If you like candlelight and straight vodka, Kipp Kocay is a smooth chaser.
Saturday, November 14th – The Weber Brothers - $15.00 at the door (includes free coupon for a $10 play at OLG slots)
Always one of the great music nights of any season, The Weber Brothers never fail to delight. "If I had The Weber Brothers with me in 1952, Elvis would have been my roadie"-Ronnie Hawkins?
To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many more their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered.?
The two brothers from Baltimore, MD, Ryan and Sam Weber, were hell-bent on achieving rock n' roll greatness. Their teenage years were spent playing in dives underage before getting up for school the next day and later a pilgrimage to the home of their hero, Ronnie Hawkins, leaving behind all they knew ???for the chance to learn from a master and further rising through the ranks of one of the most storied bands in rock music, thus becoming part of its very history. A lifetime of slugging it out in the proverbial ?pit that is the music business.?
Call it bearing the torch passed to them from numerous rock icons with whom they've shared the stage - Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Johnnie Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, and more.
Thursday, November 19th – TBA
Friday, November 20th – JP Hoe, Hyland Drive- $10.00 at the door
Hoe has spent hundreds of days on the road, playing gigs all over the world - and the constant consistent is how he connects with audiences via his down-to-earth unpretentious charm. The balancing act of that life and his life as a new father keeps him on his toes and keeps him grounded. That sense of home and family resonate clearly with him and allow him to create traditions within his own community…hell, there’s a reason his annual hometown concert, The JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show, is a perennially sold out December institution; the guy knows a thing or two about showmanship.
“Canada has produced a glut of folk musicians, all wishing to follow in the footsteps of such trailblazing legends as Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. Few can reach that benchmark, but JP Hoe’s Saturday set came closer than most.” – Shropshire Star
Saturday, November 21st - TV Freaks, Sik Rik, Yacht Patrol, Dunes - $7.00 at the door
TV Freaks have a new LP
Don't be a Billy P
Cop that shit
TV Freaks - Hamilton Hardcore
SIK RIK - Local Dumb Punk
Yach Patrol - Local Hard As Fuck Hardcore
Dunes - Local Garage Punk QT Pies
Friday, November 27th – Sea Perry, Hello Holiday - $7.00 at the door
Sea Perry is finishing up their 2nd trip across the country this year. This time they dipped their toes in the Atlantic Ocean. In the two years since their inception, Sea Perry (Chris Milligan (guitar, vocals) Shawn Fisher (bass, keys) and Chad Bouchard (drums)) has gone through a number of transformations. Starting off as a folk-based trio, Sea Perry has morphed into one of today’s most prolific Canadian rock bands. Their debut LP Do What You Do (produced and engineered by Michael Jack – Rush, Nelly Furtado, Bono) has solidified the band as an act to watch, having taken their live show across the country, performing alongside The Trews, Hollerado, Great Big Sea and The Strumbellas.
Released in April 2015, Do What You Do is an homage to the band’s influences and small-town upbringing. Hailing from here in Sudbury, Sea Perry found their musical inspiration from the northern-Ontario nature around them, and has carved a big city niche in a small-town world. The 10 bright, soulful tracks off Do What You Do were laid down with an ear towards bringing to life their stage show while also accentuating their stellar musicianship and remarkable songwriting skills.
Saturday, November 28th – The Almighty Rhombus, Carden Cove, Ivory Hours, Century Thief - $10.00 at the door
The Almighty Rhombus and Carden Cove return for another night in their series of sold out shows this year. The finest of Sudbury’s local indie scene. Century Thief is an indie folk/rock collective based out of Toronto, Ontario, with roots in Nova Scotia and the Niagara region. The band has three songwriters and a variety of supporting instruments, including trumpet, woodwinds, percussion, keys, guitars and multi layered vocal harmonies. The group’s performances can range from soft and subtle to dynamic and big.?
Since 2010 Century Thief have released one studio EP, Plume; one studio album, Stay Stranger; a four-song demo, Wings; and an EP with Kathryn Kearns. The three EP’s have been physically released together as an Anthology.
In 2013 the group went on tour to the east coast of Canada, released a southern souls video, and played throughout Ontario. They’ve also participated in many Ontario festivals, including NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, In the Soil, Toronto Festival of Beers, and Out of the Box. In 2014 they recorded their debut album as Century Thief.
Ivory Hours is an alt-pop band from London, Ontario. Formed by songwriter Luke Roes in 2012, the band has been riding an upward spiral over the last year. Upbeat music videos for ‘Mary’ and ‘Hello Honey’ gained traction online, landing features in Noisey, Exclaim, Popdose and the front page of Reddit.
Ivory Hours embarked on a promotional tour of Western Canada featuring slots at Lachie Music Festival, Wild Mountain Music Festival, Rockin’ Wheel and shows at famed Toronto venues The Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace. Having opened for Sam Roberts, Delhi 2 Dublin, and Wake Owl, this spring saw another bout of concentrated touring, leading up to anticipated sets at Canadian Music Week 2015. The band's full-length debut 'Morning Light' was released in 2015.
Sunday, November 29th - The Lazys, Sulfur City, On Tap - 9:00pm doors - $7.00 at the door
Are you ready to rock? Then meet The Lazys, one of Australia’s best and most talked about live rock and roll bands. The Lazys don’t sweet-talk and they offer not an ounce of glamour. Live they are gritty, loud, edgy and dangerous. They always deliver a fistful of rock ‘n’ roll, as they now demonstrate on their sizzling new self titled album.
The Australian rock audience demands honesty, energy, and the ability to deliver the goods live in their rock ‘n’ roll bands. That is a tradition dating back to the likes of AC/DC (a clear reference point for The Lazys), through to The Saints, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and Silverchair.
Those traits are also valued by Canadian rock fans, so it is no surprise that they’re taking to The Lazys faster than a great white shark to an Aussie surfer. Back in May, The Lazys hit these shores for the first time, on a tour that sparked a mutual love affair between the band and Canada, a country guitarist Matt Morris calls “our new home away from home.” He explains that “Canada was the very first overseas tour for us as a band. Our first show was in a small town called Chicoutimi and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever played. The people, the crowd…… It was just soooo intense and supportive. They definitely love their rock and roll! I love Canada!”
That first incursion included showcases at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, where The Lazys quickly became the buzz band of the fest. “Playing Canadian Music Week was just insane,” recalls Matt. “Great crowds, amazing venues and the support from everybody was just fantastic. I had the time of my life, I had a ball!”
Thursday, December 3rd - Pretty Archie, The Black Rattlers - $7.00 at the door
Cape Breton based Country/Folk band ‘Pretty Archie’ is a band on the rise. Formed by childhood friends Brian Cathcart, Colin Gillis, Matt McNeil and Redmond MacDougall in June 2012, the guys recorded their debut full length album in February 2013 with producer Bob Doidge at the famed Grant Ave. Studio in Hamilton, Ont. ‘Steel City’ was released in March 2013 and Pretty Archie has been busy touring Canada since. ‘Steel City’ was nominated for Music Nova Scotia's Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year. Their second album "North End Sky" was released on January 27th 2015 and was featured on CBC Radio 2's "East Coast Music Hour" as an album to look for in 2015 . Pretty Archie’s honest, fun loving and at times heartbreaking music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Blues?.
Sharing the bill is Sudbury's, The Black Rattlers. This group is the 'Mirror Mirror' version of a local popular "Bloodgrass" band that has been on tour a whole bunch this year. The main point here is that we get a whole dose of Barry Miles songs with the same great line-up.
Friday, December 4th – The Kinks Night - $7.00 at the door
From Muswell Hill in 1963, brothers Ray and Dave Davies brought forth the glorious rock and roll of Kinks. They released a steady stream of albums until the mid 1990’s (the only British Invasion band to stay together consistently for so long). The original brotherly feud! We’ve got the perfect solution to pay tribute to the Kinks… a couple pair of brothers who have been champions of the Rock and Roll scene in this city for 20 years… Dan and Ryan Levecque take on most of the catalogue tonight, along with Pepper, Foy and P.lo. Appearances will also see the representation of The Houle brothers and most likely the Lamothe Brothers. Everybody is Going to be Happy. Maybe even Ray and Dave! We do it because we love.
Saturday, December 5th - Keeping Them Warm Fundraiser - $10.00 at the door - Tickets will be available.
Watch for the line-up announcements coming. This was the best fundraiser we did last year and we're so happy so work with this group again to help raise money for Children's Winter Clothing. The money goes straight to the kids... we'll tell you more about it as we get closer... but for now... just put this date aside for the coolest night of the year.
Monday, December 7th – The Tom Waits Birthday Party - $5.00 at the door
Every year for the last 20 years, a few of the local singers have gathered on December 7th to pay homage to the most interesting songwriter of the 20th century. Tom Waits. This writer has carved so many songs out of the wind, water, gravel and fire since his debut album in 1973. We cover the ground of old crooners, boozers and brawlers… we cover the haunting songs, we cover the bent songs and we cover the swingers. It’s all done out of love. It’s one of the few nights that lugging down the Sherlock Manning Pump Organ makes sense. Even the Bowed Saw makes sense tonight. That’s the magic of Tom’s songs… he makes the case to accept all that is strange in the world. He brings colour to all the dark corners and adds a little grey to all of the bright lights in the centre. Join us for this wonderful ride. And … Tom… if you want to come and hang out, we’ve got a piano that you would love.
Friday, December 11th - The Murder Murder Fundraiser - $10.00 at the door - Tickets will be available. Doors open 9:00pm.
Our friends went off the road in Saskatchewan. They are OK. But they lost their van, trailer and damaged some instruments. Here's where community helps to get you back on the road. You know, a lot of people have always said that being a musician is dangerous because you have no benefits... in this case, when 300 of your friends get together and pitch in to help... I can't think of a benefit that I would rather have.
Stay tuned for New Years info… The Beatles Night returns on December 19th to pay tribute to 50 years of Rubber Soul… and much more.