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.
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.
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
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!
November 18, 9pm:
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.
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)
November 25, 9pm:
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.
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’.