Born Ruffians

Born Ruffians (Canada Tour)

Venue: La Sala Rossa

Location: Montreal

Date: Apr 1 2011

Label: Warp


By: Terri O’Reilly

The Canadian indie rock band, Born Ruffians, played at La Sala Rossa in Montreal on April 1 2011 to what seemed to be an excited and rowdy crowd of incredibly dedicated fans. They have been touring across Canada in the last two months performing songs from their latest album ʻSay Itʼ, released in June 2010.

“What To Say” and “Higher & Higher” were great crowd pleasers, among others. Actually I would like to take that back and say that from the first song to the last it was, on my part, a pleasure to see an audience so enthralled in the music. When asked if there would be hopes of any potential shows this summer, drummer, Steven Hamelin responded that any touring would happen only after their next album release, “sometime around 2012”, but commented that they would love to do the summer festival circuit (they released on their website, April 6, 2011, that they will be playing Field Day this August in London).

Born Ruffians @ La Sala Rossa, Montral. Photo Credit:

Born Ruffians @ La Sala Rossa, Montral. Photo Credit: Tamara Young





















Overall it was, as expected, a great show. The opening band on the other hand, First Rate People, have caught some attention while on tour with Born Ruffians. It is evident that they have a lot of potential.

The First Rate People EP, “It’s Never Not Happening”, is a great debut for the five piece multi-talented band, songs such as “Film Star” and “Girls’ Night” created a light vibe and a great introduction to the main act. Perhaps it was the fact that they seemed so comfortable on stage — with no shoes and all, but that’s besides the fact. With an impromptu appearance by Luke Lalonde on guitar during one of the songs, it felt like a family affair. Currently unsigned, they are a group to watch. Fingers are crossed in hopes to hear more from this young band.

Born Ruffians – Nova Leigh @ La Sala Rossa