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! 


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!


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.



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.


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!



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.



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.



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!


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…



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








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!



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 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