November 18, 9pm:
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.
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’.badluckwoman.com