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












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.

Friday, February 3rd – JoPo & the RiZE - $7.00 at the door

Jo is in the process of finishing up her Nashville recordings and finalizing the new album for release in early 2017. Produced by Juno Award Winning Musician Crystal Shawanda the album features session leader and lead guitarist, DeWayne Strobel (Trace Atkins, Percy Sledge, Little Richard), stand-up & electric bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, John Cougar Mellencamp), drummer, Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), drummer and percussionist, Louis Flip Winfield (Shakira), harmonica player, Stephen Hanner, and House of Blues Studios' engineer extraordinaire, Owen Lewis.

She released her first album, “JoPo Acoustic- The RiZe,” in 2013 and inked a licensing deal with Hallmark for use of three of her songs and an appearance in their movie. She formed The RiZe to support the album and went on to record and release "Miners Town" with the band in 2015. The single was engineered & mixed by Billy Bruhmuller and mastered by Ron Skinner (Shania Twain, Sheepdogs, Elliott Brood) and it is being distributed and available for download on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, and 25 other downloadable sites around the world.
"Jo Po is an exciting artist who is just as passionate in the studio, as she is on the stage! Producing her new album has given me a front row seat, in watching her take her artistry to the next level! Pinpointing a beautiful mixture of rock and folk, each song on her new album reveals the storyteller that Jo Po truly is! One of the hardest working artist's that I have had the chance to experience, she relentlessly lives for her live shows, and the opportunity to connect with her audience! If you have the chance to catch one of her shows, I highly recommend you do it!" -- Crystal Shawanda - Juno Award & CCMA Award Winner

Saturday, February 4th – 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.

Sunday, February 5th - Nirvana Unplugged tribute by The Tree Breeders - 9pm - no cover - pass the hat.

The Tree Breeders was formed by Derek the singer/guitar in Norvana! Norvana is a Nirvana Tribute Band from Toronto! Norvana played the night of The Craft Beer Festival this past year. Unfortunately the band has to take a break due to the fact that Derek is moving to B.C.
The Townehouse graciously accepted Derek back for an intimate Sunday Acoustic show!
So hence The Tree Breeders were born and will be an acoustic solo act for now performing Acoustic Nirvana songs with the odd original!!! Hope to see you at the show!!!

Thursday, February 9th - the Chris-Jah-Fer Revue - $5.00 at the door

Chris Dardick has been a fixture on the music scene for around 30 years. He's played drums with a million groups from the early edition of the Whiskey River Blues Band to Popemobile, from the Band of No Goods to the Mondo Idols... to one of the most regular jazz drummers in the city, including his current tenure with Hugh Jazz. Come celebrate his birthday tonight with many players and a night of the most skillful music to eminate from this city.

Friday, February 10th – Bob Marley Tribute with House of David Gang Reggae Band – $10.00 at the door

Returning for an encore Bob Marley birthday tribute, The HoDG has brought this each year for the last couple years to celebrate the life of the prolific singer and Rasta warrior, Robert Nesta Marley.  Bob helped to show the world the spirit of Reggae music and it’s power to call for peace and unity.  His death at 36 years old was far too young but we have so much of him to remember from the early Ska years and Studio One recordings with the original Wailers, Peter and Bunny, through the years of worldwide tours and international acclaim.

Throughout their career, House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock reggae sound, which pays homage to the classic 70's & 80's Jamaican sound mixed with a modern rootsy Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an afterhours spot on Queen Street West in Toronto that was a Rasta hotspot for reasoning, dancing and reggae music from the late 80s until the mid 90s.
After a brief hiatus the band re-energized in 2004 with a revamped line-up, touring relentlessly in clubs & festivals, building a strong grassroots following across Canada.

Saturday, February 11th – Bandit - $7.00 at the door

Ryan takes the stage to rock with a lot of favourites from the 60’s and 70’s and beyond.  With experience in soul, bluegrass, country, indie rock, hard rock and more… Ryan has a playbook with a lot of tricks in it, so you never know what’s going to happen.  Just come out and enjoy.

Thursday, February 16th – Damien T Blues - $5.00 at the door

Damien Thibodeau is a powerful guitarist coming in from Manitoulin for the night.  He has played the Townehouse before with his band Giant Rabbits and is well known around as an explosive bluesman.  Tonight he comes in with a duo to electrify you.

Friday, February 17th – Bad Hombres - $7.00 at the door

These Bad Hombres are everywhere!  Old man president keeps calling and warning us… but everytime we have Bad Hombres at the Townehouse, it just seems like a party.  It’s great rock and roll with Don Kunto, Spencer and Steve Joncas.  Don’t build a wall.  Build a door.  Build a pathway.  Build a community.  Come out for your Friday night steam release.

Saturday, February 18th – Sack Babbath - $7.00 at the door

The Bandit rides again… this time Ryan returns with the Marks and fills your Saturday night with Black Sabbath!  All the singles.  All the greats.  You won’t believe your ears.  Come out and enjoy Black Sabbath’s music this evening… a full night from one of the world’s most influential bands… the father’s of hard rock and metal… the bridge from the blues to modern heavy music starts and ends with the first 6 albums by Black Sabbath.  You deserve this.

Friday, February 24th – Dany Laj and the Looks w/ The Ape-Ettes, Like a Girl - $7.00 at the door

Always a gas to have Montreal’s Dany Laj and the Looks in town.  Stay tuned for the full line-up on the show.  Dany Laj’s heartfelt songs seamlessly meld together elements of rock, folk, and country, without straying too far from the power-pop roots that give the tunes a certain joie de vivre, with nods to tunesmiths like Nick Lowe and Paul Westerberg. The narrative weaved together by Laj’s powerful yet unpretentious lyrics tells the tale of the Northern Ontario kid trying to find his way south.

Sudbury! Dany Laj and the Looks can't wait to hit The Townehouse for the release of their new album, Alive & Kicking, and are super stoked to share the stage with two awesome bands, The Ape-ettes and Like A Girl!

Montreal's Dany Laj and the Looks are once again ready to take their catchy power-pop energy to the corners of North America, with a new album in hand to spread across the land. Laj and his Looks are excited to announce the launch of their brand new full-length album, Alive & Kicking, along with a new 7" single, Sweet Pretender, and can't wait to hit the road in support of their efforts. The release is the band's fourth, following critically acclaimed EP's The Match (2010, Boppa Do Down) and Telepathic Voices (2012, Boppa Do Down) and full-length LP Word On the Street (2015, Squirtgun Records).

Alive & Kicking is a new collection of songs from Dany Laj and the Looks, recorded over a hot Montreal summer and produced by Laj himself. Longtime listeners will recognise the band's signature power-pop hooks, and fans old and new will find themselves immediately bopping their heads and tapping their toes to the finely crafted instant classics like the first single, Sweet Pretender.

Dany Laj and the Looks Alive & Kicking will be available February 17th on CD and downloadable/streamable through all digital platforms. The Sweet Pretender single will be released on 7" on February 17th (both available through Some Call It Pop Records). The Alive & Kicking 12" LP will be available in late spring through Record Centre Records.




Saturday, February 25th – Sex and Summer – Calendar Art Show + more guests - $7.00 at the door

Sex and Summer is quickly becoming a talked about band with their rebirth again from pure pop to Surf Garage.  Every person that hears the band leaves with a new favourite in the local scene.  A great collection of Kristen’s songs are playfully shared with covers of Elvis Costello, Wings, the Kids in the Hall theme song (Shadowy Men’s - Having an Average Weekend).

Tonight we double up the fun with Sex and Summer and some other likewise surf, garage and instrumental bands but we also get a sneak peek at an art project that has been germinating for some time.  For a week we are going to hang up every single calendar that has been done since the Townehouse started printing calendars in 1995.  Tonight we will also get a sneak peek at a chapter from an upcoming retrospective of the Townehouse Tavern’s 30 years as an important part of the Canadian music industry.

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 – new band featuring Ted Bubalo

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

Saturday, March 25th – Led Zeppelin Night!!

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