More fabulous music coming our way this month – see dates, bios, a video and some other important info below!

November 18, 9pm:
Christina Martin

Tickets on sale now. Call 902-863-2248 or drop by after 4pm to reserve yours!

She needs very little introduction for her third visit, but just in case you don’t know her yet, Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between Americana and Rock.

“HER UNIQUE VOCALS ARE MESMERIZING AND ETHEREAL, AND SHE POSSESSES A SOUND UNLIKE MANY OF THE FEMALE ARTISTS CURRENTLY IN THE CHARTS.”- Eleanor Pettipher, Fortitude Magazine

Raised on Canada’s East Coast, Martin moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 1999. In the fall of ’99 she moved to Salzgitter, Germany where she collaborated on a commercial pop project, marking her first experience singing in a professional studio.  In May 2000 she returned to Austin to explore performing and song writing.  Following her role as supporting vocalist and dancer for the Austin high-energy rock band Young Heart Attack in 2001, Martin launched her solo career in 2002 with an opening slot for Wilco and her debut album Pretty Things. Shortly after the album’s release, she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia and had her first commercial success when two of her songs were placed in the award-winning British-Canadian two-part drama Sex Traffic (2004) and in the TV drama series Snakes and Ladders (2004).

It’ll Be Alright (2015), her sixth studio album, found Christina attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with the architecture of modern music.  Working closely with her long-time producer and guitarist Dale Murray, drummer Brian Murray and bassist Jason Vautour, Martin made a conscious effort to confound the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past.  This record utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.  The album won a 2016 ECMA for Pop Recording of the Year and her It’ll Be Alright single rose to #6 on the CBC Radio2 Top 20 chart. You Ran From Me was voted the #14 most played Canadian song on Sonica for 2015, and Somewhere With You was placed in the CBC Television show Heartland.

http://christinamartin.net/about-me/

November 21, 9pm:
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

We’re excited to welcome back Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald, the Cape Breton based duo who blend the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as: “… One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today.”  – CBC Main Street (Nova Scotia, CAN).

Since meeting at the 2013 Celtic Colours Festival, Ben & Anita have toured across North America and further afield, wowing audiences with their captivating blend of driving dance tunes and soulful Gaelic airs.  “… Fiery… Fresh, yet totally traditional… Excellent entertainment!”  – Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)

https://www.benandanita.com/about

November 25, 9pm:
Michelle Tompkins

Antigonish born and bred, Michelle Tompkins, of Montreal based duo The Sin & The Swoon, returns solo (is she the “swoon” or the “sin”???) bringing her remarkable voice and her guitar to play some brand new songs for you.

www.sinandswoon.com

November 28, 9pm:
Bad Luck Woman and her Misfortunes

The Townhouse is excited to be hosting Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, a Toronto based blues/R&B band, fronted by Raha Javanfar on bass and vocals, for the first time this fall. They’re reviving some obscure and forgotten tunes by sassy ladies of the 50’s and 60’s, such as Big Maybelle, Little Sylvia, Dolly Cooper, Carmen Taylor, and Ella Johnson, as well keeping alive classics by Ray Charles, Etta James, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Rogers. Gigging regularly at various downtown hotspots, their dynamic stage presence and ruthless energy keeps the drinks pouring, and the dance floor swingin’.badluckwoman.com

BAD LUCK WOMAN AND HER MISFORTUNES!
Also – please note:

  • MENU CHANGE COMING! Our fall/winter menu change is coming up in the next 2 weeks! Last chance for burgers and the beet salad! Lots of cozy pub classics coming back for winter, plus a few fun new ideas from our new Chef Thomas Perry and Sous-Chef Rebecca Van Bommel.
  • JAZZ NIGHT is back every Thursday night from 9pm with students (and occasionally faculty!) of the STFX Music Dept. No cover.
  • IRISH MUSIC SESSION and the Sunday Roast are on every Sunday night! Music starts at 6:30pm, and is does tend to be fairly busy.
  • XMAS HOURS: The Townhouse will be closed Dec. 24 – Jan 4th for the Christmas holiday. We’ll re-open Friday, January 5th.
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MUSIC, MUSIC, & MORE MUSIC!!!

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October 17, 9pm:

Petunia & the Minimalist Jugband

Returning for their annual visit as the leaves change colour, the nights get cooler, and the air becomes tinged with just a hint of melancholy decay – don’t miss Petunia SOLO on the road with the Minimalist Jugband. How do you describe Petunia to someone who has never seen him perform? Well, he’s like Hank Williams on acid… Tom Waits meets Elvis at Wood Guthrie’s hobo junction… If Nick Cave and David Lynch had a hillbilly baby, one that yodelled, you would have Petunia. He’s a remarkable songwriter, performer, and being – born of dark fable and haunting song.

And punctuating the evening’s performance, will be The Minimalist Jugband… He’s a psychobilly beat poet… He opened up for Nick Cave, and played Vancouver Folk Fest a few times. A member of the Canadian National Slam Team, an underground, outsider artist – funnier than comedy, sadder than music.

http://petuniaandthevipers.com
https://www.straight.com/music/942016/slightly-perverse-pleasures-al-maders-minimalist-jug-band

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October 19, 9pm:

LUKA takes over Jazz Night

We’re REAL excited to have our regular Thursday night jazz night hijacked by a bemusing young artist visiting the East Coast for the Halifax Pop Explosion. LUKA is the project of Canadian singer-songwriter Luke Kuplowsky and his collaborators, defined as much by its unique lyrical voice as it’s constant exploration of folk, pop and experimental traditions.

In their first two albums, Calling All Cats Black (2013), and Summon Up a Monkey King (2016), Kuplowsky has developed a vocal and lyrical style of opposites: deadpan spoken-word delivery transitions into a rich melodic tenor; poetic musings fall alongside conversational and plain-spoken observations. His latest work What Kind of Animal was recorded live in a single session and showcases eight poetic works that unravel questions of self-doubt, companionship, integrity and faith amidst sonic extremes of patient stillness and careening noise.
He has opened for songwriting contemporaries like Aldous Harding (!), Timber Timbre and Jennifer Castle (!!!) and shares a kinship for timeless song-craft, sonic eclecticism and lyrical personality.

Live Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzXgqHwLpM
Music – www.lukalives.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/lukaisluka

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October 21, 9pm:
The Boo Radley Project

Hailing from Elora + Guelph, Ontario, The Boo Radley Project is an eight piece, genre-bending collective that fuses funk, indie and jazz. They’ve been likened to everyone from Tower of Power and Mr. Bungle to Primus and Wilco. But really, they’re just Boo , a ragtag group of brothers serving up a quirky, fresh approach to music.
Their live shows are high energy featuring an eclectic mix of instrumentation from electric mandolin to a three-piece brass section. The band has toured Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and has graced festival stages at Hillside and Riverfest Elora. They also want you to know they had a baby dolphin named after them. It’s called Boo and is swimming somewhere off the shores of Hawaii.

“I HAVE A HARD TIME PUTTING MY FINGER ON WHAT THIS BAND IS … IT’S DEFINITELY ECLECTIC, BUT IT’S ALSO REALLY INTERESTING.” – CBC Radio

 https://soundcloud.com/thebooradleyproject

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October 28, 9pm:
Buck Tingley & The Hard Looking Tickets

“Buck Tingley is a super slick east coast blues guitar monster.” – Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest
Back by popular demand, Buck brings his band and their own brand of swinging, gritty, low-down and dirty Chicago blues (think Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon).
I first caught this hot new blues outfit at their regular Sunday afternoon blues jam in Halifax at The Local. 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!

https://www.reverbnation.com/bucktingley7

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November 18, 9pm:
Christina Martin

She needs very little introduction for her third visit, but just in case you don’t know her yet, Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between Americana and Rock.
“HER UNIQUE VOCALS ARE MESMERIZING AND ETHEREAL, AND SHE POSSESSES A SOUND UNLIKE MANY OF THE FEMALE ARTISTS CURRENTLY IN THE CHARTS.”- Eleanor Pettipher, Fortitude Magazine

Raised on Canada’s East Coast, Martin moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 1999. In the fall of ’99 she moved to Salzgitter, Germany where she collaborated on a commercial pop project, marking her first experience singing in a professional studio.  In May 2000 she returned to Austin to explore performing and song writing.  Following her role as supporting vocalist and dancer for the Austin high-energy rock band Young Heart Attack in 2001, Martin launched her solo career in 2002 with an opening slot for Wilco and her debut album Pretty Things. Shortly after the album’s release, she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia and had her first commercial success when two of her songs were placed in the award-winning British-Canadian two-part drama Sex Traffic (2004) and in the TV drama series Snakes and Ladders (2004).

It’ll Be Alright (2015), her sixth studio album, found Christina attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with the architecture of modern music.  Working closely with her long-time producer and guitarist Dale Murray, drummer Brian Murray and bassist Jason Vautour, Martin made a conscious effort to confound the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past.  This record utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.  The album won a 2016 ECMA for Pop Recording of the Year and her It’ll Be Alright single rose to #6 on the CBC Radio2 Top 20 chart. You Ran From Me was voted the #14 most played Canadian song on Sonica for 2015, and Somewhere With You was placed in the CBC Television show Heartland.

http://christinamartin.net/about-me/

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November 21, 9pm:
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

We’re excited to welcome back Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald, the Cape Breton based duo who blend the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as: “… One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today.”  – CBC Main Street (Nova Scotia, CAN).

Since meeting at the 2013 Celtic Colours Festival, Ben & Anita have toured across North America and further afield, wowing audiences with their captivating blend of driving dance tunes and soulful Gaelic airs.  “… Fiery… Fresh, yet totally traditional… Excellent entertainment!”  – Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)

https://www.benandanita.com/about

November 25, 9pm:
Michelle Tompkins

Antigonish born and bred, Michelle Tompkins, of Montreal based duo The Sin & The Swoon, returns solo (is she the “swoon” or the “sin”???) bringing her remarkable voice and her guitar to play some brand new songs for you.

www.sinandswoon.com

November 28, 9pm:
Bad Luck Woman and her Misfortunes

The Townhouse is excited to be hosting Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, a Toronto based blues/R&B band, fronted by Raha Javanfar on bass and vocals, for the first time this fall. They’re reviving some obscure and forgotten tunes by sassy ladies of the 50’s and 60’s, such as Big Maybelle, Little Sylvia, Dolly Cooper, Carmen Taylor, and Ella Johnson, as well keeping alive classics by Ray Charles, Etta James, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Rogers. Gigging regularly at various downtown hotspots, their dynamic stage presence and ruthless energy keeps the drinks pouring, and the dance floor swingin’.

badluckwoman.com

 

 

September/October: Burger Week + great music and events!

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As many of you well know, it’s Antigonish Burger Week, Sep 18-24! You have only got a few more days to sample burgers from a whole bunch of awesome participating Antigonish restaurants with a dollar form every burger sold going directly to the Antigonish Food Bank! This year we’re serving up The (ultra-local) Farm Burger! Made with local, grass fed beef from Western Wind Farm, Knoydart‘s organic aged cheddar, grilled onions from Casey VandeSande, Quinn Farm‘s sliced tomatoes, Bethany Gardens arugula/Overmars Farms greens, and Thomas’s dill pickles made with Seabright Garden’s cucumbers and dill! Support local farmers and the food bank while filling your belly!

And when you’ve had your fill of burgers (is that even possible?!?!?!?), check our line up of incredible visiting musicians and events!

 

October 10, 9pm:

IVA: North Meets East

We’re thrilled to be hosting an evening of Inuit throat singing and celtic fiddle from a six piece ensemble stopping by to play for you on their way to perform at Celtic Colours. Tickets on sale now!

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October 14, 2pm:

Print Preview: Skin Deep

Join poets and storytellers in Antigonish for an afternoon looking at surfaces—and what lies beneath. With Maureen St. Clair, Janette Fecteau and Stephen Law. Hosted by Angus MacCaull.
$10 suggested minimum donation. Proceeds go to SAFE, which continues to create new chances for Syrians living in crisis.

 

October 17, 9pm:

Petunia & the Minimalist Jugband

Don’t miss Petunia SOLO on the road with the Minimalist Jugband. How do you describe Petunia to someone who has never seen him perfom? Well, he’s like Hank Williams on acid… Tom Waits meets Elvis at Wood Guthrie’s hobo junction… If Nick Cave and David Lynch had a hillbilly baby, one that yodelled, you would have Petunia. An undiscovered hidden treasure.

Petunia’s solo performances are irresistably complimented by… The Minimalist Jugband… He’s a psychobilly beat poet… He opened up for Nick Cave, and played Vancouver Folk Fest a few times. Canadian National Slam Team… Underground outside artist… funnier than comedy, sadder than music.

 

October 21, 9pm:

The Boo Radley Project

An eight-piece alt-funk-jazz collective from Elora/Guelph, Ontario. stay tuned for details…

 

October 28, 9pm:

Buck Tingley & The Hard Looking Tickets

Back by popular demand, Buck brings his band and their own brand of swinging, gritty, low-down and dirty Chicago blues (think Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon).

 

November 18, 9pm:

Christina Martin

She needs very little introduction for her third visit, but just in case you don’t know her yet,  Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between Americana and Rock.

 

 

Kane & Potvin, August 16, 8pm

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2 legends of Canadian rock are coming to The Townhouse, Wednesday, August 16th, 8pm!

$20 Tickets, sold in advance.

From the mid-’80s to the early-’90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Fast forward some 20 years later and the vocalist/guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto.

This realization led to Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “This sounds good! Let’s do some shows!”

Making their live debut in March of 2014, the two immediately knew they were on to something and have kept at it, playing some 40-odd shows across Canada that first year to enthusiastic audiences. The duo even released a self-titled live recording from one of their house concerts in response to the overwhelming number of fans asking for something to take home.

Over the year the duo has hit the road as often as possible, playing shows from coast to coast, and performing a mix of Northern Pikes, Grapes Of Wrath, solo songs, and, of course, debuting new Kane & Potvin material.

Still true to their rock roots, Kane & Potvin continue to heap pop sensibilities generously throughout, but today the lyrics are deeper and richer – tenanted with life stories that can only be accumulated over time. Both artists seem to have found a trusted songwriting partner with which to explore these experiences.

“Music to me is ALL about collaboration. I prefer it. It’s spiritual alchemy. When the formula is right and a great piece of music is created by a group of people… well, this is probably the most exciting thing in the world to me,” Potvin said.

Kane agrees.

“Bryan and I are both ‘lifers’ when it comes to music: there’s nothing else either of us are all that interested in doing. Music is as much a part of my existence as breathing,” he added.

“Kevin and I resonate on the same frequency – we’re roughly the same age with a very similar musical pedigree. I think we’re also both melody driven musicians,” sums up Potvin. “We both love guitars. And dark chocolate.”

 

Do you love local food and drink? We’re hiring!

 

The Townhouse will be hiring a full-time line cook, a full time server and a full time bartender in mid-August! Experience required. We like people who LOVE local food and drink and working as part of a team.

We’re a busy little community pub, serving great craft beer & local food, and we’re looking for experienced cooks to join our hardworking and talented kitchen staff. Familiarity with craft beer and local food, wine and spirits is an asset! We cook almost everything we serve from scratch and source all proteins and seasonal veggies as locally as possible from small, independent producers (some examples: Seabright Gardens, Bethany Market Gardens, Vacheresse Meats, Cross-Roads Valley Farm, Havre Boucher Seafoods, Afishianado Sustainable Fishmonger, etc.). We make our own stocks, breads, curries, desserts & ice-cream, patés, tapenade, pickles, etc. We brew traditional, English-style, cask ales and Irish stout in house, all our draft beer is produced by NS craft breweries, and we feature NS wines, gins, vodkas, rums and whisky! We are lucky to have fantastic regular customers, of all ages, year round, and a lively tourist trade in the summers and fall. Must be experienced, adaptable, keen to learn, team-oriented, and willing to work nights and weekends.

Resumés should be dropped off after 4pm, or emailed to AntigonishTownhouse@gmail.com with an informative cover letter. THANK YOU and please share widely!

 

 

Buck Tingley & the Hard Looking Tickets return, Saturday, July 22! 

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Get your tickets now! Buck’s first show here sold out quicker than a hot knife through butter and rocked everybody’s socks clean off. These guys play some seriously swinging, greasy and gritty, low-down and dirty Chicago blues (think Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon).

Seriously, folks, I haven’t gotten this excited about a new band in a heckuva long time! Stand up bass, drums, stellar harmonica, and the best gosh darn guitar sound going – from the first note, I bet they’ll have you hooked.

Tickets are $10 and available in advance from The Townhouse – drop by after 4pm with cash, please, or call 902-863-2248 with a credit card.

Whatever you do – don’t miss this show! It’s gonna be a good’un. As Buck would say, and, in fact, has said, “You bet yer butt!”

Photo credit: http://shootnathanboone.com/portraiture/

Facebook event here!

It’s almost our birthday!!!

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July 4, 2017, marks 5 years of Nova Scotian craft beer, local food, and community supported pub-dom on College Street!

We first opened our doors on July 4th, 2012. That’s 5 whole years ago!?!?

We can’t believe it either – so we’re throwing a party!

Festivities will commence with Happy Hours and a raw oyster bar ($2/oyster!) from 4-6pm. There will be cakes (At 5:30pm & 9pm), extra special local food and beer pairings (until 10pm), and a performance from our friend Jacques Mindreau’s wild and wonderful West coast musical ensemble, OQO featuring Nightingale, at 9pm.

OQO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE_LtZlblVE

We’re so grateful for the support and comraderie we’ve enjoyed over the years – from the SUDS Club members who helped us get off the ground, our wonderful regular patrons that we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past 5 years, our dear friends and neighbours, all of our excellent local suppliers, wonderful servers, cooks and bartenders! We want to make sure to stop for a minute to look back and marvel at how much we’ve learned and how much has happened in the past 5 years. We invite you all to please stop by at some point this evening so we can thank you personally for the very real part you play in our continued existence!

No cover for the show! Kids welcome until 10pm. We hope you’ll join us!