Folk legend Bob Snider, blues with Morgan Davis, and a big thank you!

Hi all! A few fun things to fill you in on:

1st: This Wednesday (Nov. 4) is Townhouse Trivia night!

We do the pub quiz every second Wednesday! This week Chad & Sarah are hosting9pm sharp start, teams of 4. Win free beer and bragging rights!

2nd: Once again, we’ve got the great fortune to bring some seriously wonderful musicians to town.

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Nov. 7th, Live Music: Bob Snider, 9pm, $10

‘Singer-songwriter Bob Snider has played on the street and in the concert hall. He’s been called a “national treasure”, a “living legend” and “author of some of the best Canadian songs of the decade”. [His] songs are direct, beautiful, sometimes quirky, sometimes funny but above all, songs that go straight to the heart.

from the website: borealisrecords.com/artists/bob-snider/

Bob embodies the same ambiguous and compelling mix of wry, biting wit, a haunted, wistful, sadness and totally down-to-earth, often goofy rootedness shared by most of my favourite songwriters (Michael Hurley, Al Tuck, Van Morrison, Mose Allison).  We’ve been trying, hoping, waiting to book this show for almost a year, but as Bob lives a particularly quiet life now in Bear River, without phone or internet, it’s been a slow and somewhat open ended process. But last week I got a phone call from the man himself! Bob said he’d like to come to town to play for you all. So don’t be foolish, don’t be square, get yourselves out Saturday night for a most uncommon pleasure – an evening of Bob Snider and his most remarkable songs.

Nov. 21st, Live Music: Morgan Davis, 9pm, $10

An annual event – Morgan Davis is bringing his wildly entertaining blues show back to the Townhouse! If you like Delta blues, Chuck Berry, cigar box guitars, Stomping Tom, or just generally enjoy having a real good time – you’ll love this show. Davis is a veteran of the blues music scene, touring North America and Europe for several decades opening for greats like Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden (who also produced his second album and covered Davis’s ballad “Why’d You Lie”), James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason, Gene Taylor and many other great blues artist over the years.

3rd: We won an award!

As you may have heard, The Townhouse won the Emerging Business Award from the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce at their annual business gala. Carin, our delightful server and vegetable and duck (and soon rabbit!) producer, was also nominated for a Customer Service Award! We had great time at the event and were really honoured to win – there were so many great businesses nominated! We didn’t make a speech or anything, as Terry and I couldn’t stop giggling nervously when we went up to accept it. If we had, it would have been something like this…

We really, really appreciate the incredible support of the Antigonish community, from even before day 1! Thanks to those of you who risked your own hard won cash to help us open by joining the SUDS Club, to our friends and family who have put so much of themselves into the business – helping us paint, working the floor or in the kitchen, playing in the session, bringing their friends and families to us – to all the farmers, brewers, butchers, distillers and others who supply our kitchen and bar, and of course to our awesome, hardworking, fun-loving staff (big shout out to our incredible young chef Chef Jacob Buckley), and to everyone who has dropped in for an afterwork beer, a dinner with friends and family, or checked out a show or event here – THANK YOU SO MUCH!  IT’s you who have given and continue to provide the place with it’s energy, atmosphere and purpose. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s really incredibly rewarding to see our vision finally come to life, and to see anyone enjoying Terry’s beer, or Jacob’s food, or the Sunday evening session, well – it is just awesome! And finally, thanks to the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce – who put on a fantastic and remarkably well attended evening – it’s so nice to be part of a community of independent businesses, and to be recognized by those businesses, our role models and peers, really feels like quite an honour. Okay, c’est tout. Cheers!

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