SPRING: MUSIC AND POETRY!

Hi all, hope you’re enjoying the shift in weather! We’re gearing up for bunch of little and not so little changes here at The Townhouse, but you’ll hear more about them later. Most importantly, we want to let you know about all the excellent musicians coming your way in the coming weeks and months. And we’re kicking it off with another edition of Print Preview, this Saturday afternoon, followed by a first visit from a hot & gritty young NS blues band, Buck Tingley & The Hard Looking Tickets! Hot on the heels of Saturday’s extravaganza, we have Toronto based songwriter, Jerry Leger, returning Wednesday evening.

Next weekend, May 6-8, STFX will be hosting convocation, therefore it will be one of those weekends that eating out in Antigonish becomes completely insane; think line-ups, booked out restaurants, wait times, etc.  as there will tonnes of out-of-towners arriving to celebrate their children making it through uni and eating out everyday. Locals, you may want to join in the raucous, celebratory fray or stay the heck home.

 

…THIS SATURDAY!!!

April 29 – 2pm – Print Preview

Join poets and storytellers in Antigonish for an afternoon celebrating the freedom to tell it like it is.

With Nanci Lee, Genevieve Lehr, Brendan Ahern, Eva Hippieheart, Susan Walsh, Tyler MacDonald, and Janette Fecteau.

Music by Jan Mackay. Hosted by Angus MacCaull.

$10 suggested minimum donation. Proceeds go to ASAP, which continues to bring the magic of the arts to Nova Scotia.

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April 29 – 9pm – Buck Tingley & The Hard Looking Tickets, $10 at the door

We’re jazzed to be bringing Buck Tingley to town for his first Antigonish show! We caught this hot new blues outfit at their regular Sunday afternoon blues jam in Halifax at The Local a month or two ago. There was a lot of buzz and the place was packed, and these guys did not disappoint. Smiles plastered on everyone’s faces, toes tapping, couples dancing, musical guests dropping in on stage… Tingley’s is a young band with old souls, they may look a little rough around the edges with their rockabilly/Trailer Park Boys aesthetic – but they sure can play. Come check out some classic blues with serious chops! Not to be missed!

 

…COMING UP NEXT WEDNESDAY!

May 3 – Jerry Leger, 9pm, $10 at the door

There’s always been something special about Jerry Leger’s songs that few can match. It bears repeating, and is hardly an understatement, that he manages to channel the youthful vigor of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and Rick Danko, sometimes all within the same song. But at heart, Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and soul recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted early support from fellow singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith, and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on the new 2-record set, Nonsense And Heartache.

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…COMING UP A LITTLE LATER….

May 9 – Bobby Dove  9pm, $10 at the door

Bobby Dove is winning the hearts of music lovers across genres and generations with her sincere songwriting and powerful, unvarnished voice. Born in Montreal, Bobby planted her country roots picking acoustic guitar and mandolin at the legendary Wheel Club, where she found a musical mentor in the resident lap steel player Bobby Hill – a musician, singer-songwriter, historian and pioneer of Canadian country radio in the 1950’s.

 

Bobby Dove is a gifted artist, and a brilliant new light on the songwriting scene. Her songs speak to my heart. Her work is a link in the chain that binds the future to the past. A time traveler, Bobby’s songs meld genres with the touch of a master. I am a fan.” – Mary Gauthier

“A strong debut from a talented newcomer.” – Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs Magazine

“She invokes a young female Hank Williams with an old soul and a much better future. Thunderchild, her debut CD, is a gem!” – Richard Flohil

May 20 – Cassie Josephine & Gabe Minnikin 9pm, $15 at the door

Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin and Old Country/singer-songwriter duo from Halifax, NS. Their debut album, Flower Country, tells their story. Conceived as a split album, with Cassie’s songwriting on side A and Gabriel’s on side B, flower meets country in a project whose seeds were planted when a folk singer/songwriter and an alt-country rocker shared the same bill and are now partners in love and music.

 

….COMING UP NEXT MONTH:

June 3 – Christina Martin

June 10 – Aistis with Social Furniture

June 12 – New Grease Revival   CANCELLED

June 24 – Lew Phillips

Comedy, music, and more music

Hi all!

Tonight we’re guest-hosting Laugh House Comedy and a trio of stand up comics! There are no advance tickets and it will be $10 at the door. The shows starts at 9pm, but come early for best seats and burger night!

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Andrew Vaughan: Recently returned from touring Ontario with Absolute Comedy to end 2016, Andrew balances cheeky self-deprication with uniquely hilarious observations as he prepares to record his album “My mom wouldn’t like this” to be released this year!

Frank Russo: A comes-from-away now settled in Halifax, Frank has the unique ability to take the mundane and drag it into the absurd. A room favorite in his last visit during the Hilarity For Charity tour, you won’t wanna miss whatever new stories he brings

Martin Edwards: One of the most unique voices in Maritime comedy, the Sydney Mines product brings a cadance and cander you won’t soon forget.

Also – here’s a sneak peek at some upcoming events! Stay tuned for details and additions…

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COMING UP:

Feb. 25, 9pm, $10 – Mary Beth Carty CD Release Party – we’re very much looking forward to celebrating the release of the brand new album from Antigonish’s very own Mary Beth Carty! You may have been hearing tracks from the new record recently on the CBC…

March 14 – D-Side on the B-Side with new host Keaton Evans, a vinyl listening party where you bring your favourite records to add to the mystery cue, we hear the A-Side of whatever you bring in, and then everyone vote on whether the B-side gets played or we move on the next mystery album.

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day with Townhouse Session Players

March 21 – Corinna Rose/Corey Gulkin

March 28 – Zachary Lucky

April 22 –  Morgan Davis

April 29 – 2pm – Print Preview, readings from local and visiting writers

April 29 – 9pm – Buck Tingley

May 3 – Jerry Leger

May 10 – Bobby Dove

May 20 – Cassie Josephine & Gabe Minnikin

June 3 – Christina Martin

June 10 – Aistis

June 12 – New Grease Revival

 

 

 

 

‘TIS THE SEASON

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Hi all, the sudden onset of winter and Christmas decorations never fails to catch us by surprise! But here we are heading onto December and we have some special events coming up that you’re invited to and a few bits of news to relay.

First up – do check out the CACL’s major fundraiser, The Festival of Trees, at the library. Drop by, check out the lovely trees, buy some ballots and cast them in the box next to the tree sponsored by the business who’s prize you want to win. We have partnered with Seabright Gardens to decorate an edible Christmas tree and donate $250 worth of gift certificates – $200 for food and drink at The Townhouse and $50 for Seabright Gardens’ market stall where they sell beautiful produce, all natural wreaths and christmas decorations, herbal teas and more. The CACL is a wonderful community organization – several of our good friends (Lilly, Courtney, Heather) are employed in the community through the CACL, or in the CACL’s excellent bakeshop and print shop, and their jobs mean a lot to them!
Next up two highly anticipated music events:

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8pm –  Reggae Night with Won-Love Sound System

 

Augie Jones will be spinning roots reggae from the 60s & 70s from 8pm until last call. There is no cover charge and this event fills the place up quickly so come early! Facebook event here.

 Sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to cancel Reggae night – look for one in the New Year!

 

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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9pm – Another Charlie Brown Christmas

A live performance of Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 album, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ and classic holiday songs sung by jazz vocalist Carolyn Curry, with Daryl Nichol on piano, Cassie Mann on bass, Alex Lank on drums, and a guest appearance by trumpeter Aaron Bannerman.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold in advance starting December 1st. Please bring cash to buy your tickets. Tickets can be reserved by telephone, 902-863-2248, after 4pm, but must be picked up/paid for in cash before the event.

Finally, please note our Christmas break will be a little different this year.

WE WILL BE CLOSED DEC. 24 – JAN. 4th

 

We apologize to anyone who was looking forward to our annual New Year’s Event as much as we were. We’ve decided to take a year off, but look forward to an excellent 2017 at The Townhouse!

Thanks to each one of you for your support and patronage in 2016 – we sincerely appreciate the warm and vibrant Antigonish community – and we wish you all a merry & bright Christmas holiday and a great big, shiny new year!

– Rose & Terry and The Townhouse Crew

 

 

URBAN SURF KINGS SATURDAY!

SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 9PM, $10 AT THE DOOR

bandphoto2We’re super stoked for the return of our fave intrumental surf rockers!

Canada’s East Coast instro-mentals, URBAN SURF KINGS, play surf music, 1960’s style. Think the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allan & the Arrows. The 20-year-old trio features Rev Hank on surf guitar, Crash Flagg on surf bass, and Inky on traps. They are officially the longest running surf band in Canada!

SCOTCH & BACH

A SINGLE MALT TASTING NOV 8, 6-8pm

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Tickets are $60 and there are only a few left – so book now and don’t be disappointed! 

The NSLC’s Adam Morin is coming back for another fun, informative, smooth & peaty tasting session! 

We’ll be sampling 6 very fine single malts with Adam leading the session providing background information and (new this year!) some background music from the Baroque master, J.S. Bach.

Christina Martin, Oct. 22, 9pm
Tickets on sale now – $20, cash only at The Townhouse

“Anyone who has yet to experience her music is missing out.” 
Sarah Waspe, Grapevine Live UK

“Worldly perspective has informed her new album, and it might be just the thing she needs to take her to the next level of great Canadian legendary singer-songwriters.”- Tom Power, CBC

Award Winning Nova Scotia Singer-Songwriter Christina Martin’s musical journey has led to extended stays in Austin, Texas, as well as the United Kingdom and Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned multiple ECMAs and Music Nova Scotia Awards, had songs featured in television soundtracks, performed at Rolling Stone Weekender Festival in Germany, and for the Queen at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Christina appears at The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery on Saturday October 22 performing songs from her recent award winning album It’ll Be Alright (2016 East Coast Music Award – Pop Recording of the Year), accompanied by her guitar player, acclaimed Nova Scotia producer and musician Dale Murray.

For more information on Christina’s music and tour dates please visit
http://www.christinamartin.net

Scotch & Bach, Nov. 8th, 6-8pm

A Single Malt Whisky Tasting with Adam Morin

Tickets are $60  – $52.25 + tax, include samples of 6 single malts listed below – and will be on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18, and can be paid for with cash or with a credit card. 

Back by popular demand! We’re finally bringing the NSLC’s Adam Morin back for another fun, informative, smooth & peaty tasting session! Last year we sold out very quickly so we’re adding a few more seats this time around, but still anticipate that they’ll be filled rather quickly.

We’ll be sampling the following very fine single malts with Adam leading the session and providing some background music from the Baroque master.

Kilchoman Single Malt 2008

Springbank 10

Caol Ila 1997

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Bruichladdich Classic

Lagavulin 16

*Please note – unless ticket is cancelled by November 4th, credit cards will be charged full price the day of event, whether cardholder attends or not.

 


NEW FALL/WINTER HOURS

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Tuesday, Sunday 4pm – 11pm

Wednesday – Saturday 4pm – 12pm

KITCHEN

Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday 4pm – 9pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 4pm – 10pm

Late night menu served for 1 hr after kitchen closes.


FULL LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Oct. 19 – TRIVIA with Chad & Sarah, 9pm

Oct. 22 – CHRISTINA MARTIN, 9pm, $20

Oct. 29 – PRINT PREVIEW, WHERE ARE YOU? an afternoon of poets and storytellers, 2-4pm, $10 donation

Nov. 1 – HILARITY FOR CHARITY COMEDY TOUR, 9pm, $10 at door
4 stand-up comedians, Chris Basso, Nelson Mayer, Frank Russo & Scott Porteous, telling jokes and raising money for Feed NS

Nov. 2 – TRIVIA with Aidan, 9pm

Nov. 5 – URBAN SURF KINGS
instrumental surf rock, 9pm, $10 at door

Nov. 8 – SCOTCH & BACH, A Single Malt Scotch Tasting with Adam Morin, 6-8pm, $60, tickets on sale October 18

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

christina-martinChristina Martin appears at The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery on Saturday October 22 performing songs from her recent award winning album It’ll Be Alright (2016 East Coast Music Award – Pop Recording of the Year), accompanied by her guitar player, acclaimed Nova Scotia producer and musician Dale Murray.

CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY,
THIS WEEK AND NEXT
Sunday/Monday Sep 18 & 19, And Sep 25 & 26

Hi folks, we regret to announce that due to short staffing in we’re having to close two days this week and next while we get some new people trained up for service. We regret any inconvenience, and are very sorry to miss our excellent Sunday sessions – we may actually try to have one on Saturday the 24th, if it works out for the players. Stay tuned for details. Thank you for your support and understanding!

COMING EVENTS:

OCT. 8TH – MORGAN DAVIS, 9PM, $10

A Townhouse favourite, Morgan Davis, is back with his great mix of classic blues and Chuck Berry-style rock ‘n roll. Davis was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where rockers like the Stonez lead him back to the Blues and musicians like Robert Johnson. He relocated to Toronto in the late 60s, and now, lucky for us, calls Nova Scotia home. A Juno award winner and veteran performer, Davis always delivers a wonderful show, complete with cigar box guitar, comedy, and excellent songwriting, that is sure to captivate new audiences and his many long-time fans. To read more about Davis’s incredible life and career, click here.

CLOSED OCT 9 & 10 FOR THANKSGIVING

OCT. 22 – CHRISTINA MARTIN, 9PM, $20 
(Advance tickets will be on sale 2 week prior to event!)

“Anyone who has yet to experience her music is missing out.” 
Sarah Waspe, Grapevine Live UK

“Worldly perspective has informed her new album, and it might be just the thing she needs to take her to the next level of great Canadian legendary singer-songwriters.”- Tom Power, CBC

Award Winning Nova Scotia Singer-Songwriter Christina Martin’s musical journey has led to extended stays in Austin, Texas, as well as the United Kingdom and Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned multiple ECMAs and Music Nova Scotia Awards, had songs featured in television soundtracks, performed at Rolling Stone Weekender Festival in Germany, and for the Queen at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Christina appears at The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery on Saturday October 22 performing songs from her recent award winning album It’ll Be Alright (2016 East Coast Music Award – Pop Recording of the Year), accompanied by her guitar player, acclaimed Nova Scotia producer and musician Dale Murray.

For more information on Christina’s music and tour dates please visit
http://www.christinamartin.net

NOV. 5 – URBAN SURF KINGS, 9PM, $10 

Veteran Halifax-based instrumental surf rock trio are back to wow with their incredible guitar chops and catchy 60s inspired tunes. Check out more about them here!

Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Petunia & The Minimalist Jugband, 9pm, $10 at door

We’re very much looking forward to welcoming back the arresting and beguiling performer, Petunia, and his good friend Al, aka The Minimalist Jugband.

Join us for an unforgettable night of beautiful songs and haunting voices – old fashioned country, romance & rockabilly, yodelling & beat poetry, and dark/absurdist humour.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Tuesday, August 30, 9pm, $10 at the door.

***After 7:30, The townhouse will be open to show-goers only. And a reminder, we’re currently closed on Mondays due to understaffing in the kitchen. 

 

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“PETUNIA: … he has a unique, surreal style all of his own … His live performances have been likened to an Avant-Country night club scene from a David Lynch movie! One to watch, BONANZA thinks!”
– Martyn Myers, Bonanza radio on ResonanceFM, LONDON, UK

“…hillbilly-flavoured-swing inflected-ragtime-goodtime-thunderously rolling-one-of-a-kind-you-don’t- want-to-miss-this-sort-of-a-show” – PETERBOROUGH Examiner, ON

“REAL UNDERGROUND MUSIC. Foot-tapping country & western laced with rock and jazz.” – The New York Post, NYC, NY

“When Petunia yodels, the crowd just about levitates on a cloud of barely disguised hysteria.” – The GRAND FORKS Gazette, BC

“Every song is a unique gem.”
– Bill Smale, CKUL Radio station, LETHBRIDGE, AB

“He’s an amazing player!”
– Janna Graham, CHMA Radio station, SACKVILLE, NB

“With his lonesome-whippoorwill yodel and Eisenhower-threads, Petunia conjured up the ghost of the late Hank Williams”
– Georgia Straight, VANCOUVER, BC

“Everybody’s talking about this ultracool, hillbilly cowboy singer from Quebec who keeps traveling back and forth across Canada singing his songs in little joints & coffee houses, collecting new friends & fans – wherever he goes. From what I can tell so far, he seems to be the real McCoy, A delightful mix of Hank Williams, rural rap, & appalachian stringband all rolled into one tight, entertaining package.”
– Tom Wilson, Jackdaws Pub, CALGARY, AB

“…danceable, romanceable and haunting…” – KEREMEOS Review, BC

“…rousing organic sound…” – Dig This Real, NYC, NY

“… his music is unmistakable.”
– Gary Middleholtz, CBC Mainstreet (Radio), ST JOHN, NB

“(His) tunes reveal an almost innate sense for the past – Think Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell – filtered through an insightful and unique perspective.”
– The Vancouver Sun, VANCOUVER, BC

“Every once in a while, you stumble into a bar, or a pub, or around a street corner and the unexpected hits you. It could be anything. Sometimes you run into something so powerful, so chilling, so good and so unexpected you don’t know what the hell to do other than hoot, holler and yell for more.
This exact instance happened to me Saturday night in High River when I caught Petunia’s show.”
– Greg “James” Callsen , The Eagle 100.9 FM – HIGH RIVER, Alberta

“Petunia & The Loons” CD — #1 Independant release of the year on Canadian College Radio for 2007 in the Folk/Roots/Blues category…!Earshot! charts…www.earshot-online.com/charts/2008/2007/frb.cfm