Published Jan 27, 2011Born Ruffians latest album Say It may have come out half a year ago, but the Toronto pop troupe are still hitting it hard to promote the album and its follow-up EP Plinky Plonk. With a newly announced Canadian tour, we're guessing the group are hoping you won't forget their minimalist jams anytime soon.
Starting off at Victoria, BC's Sugar Nightclub on March 11, Born Ruffians will make their way from the West Coast all the way out to the Maritimes. Accompanying the band on select dates will be Sheezer and First Rate People. You can see all the dates below.
Further promotion for Say It comes via a new video for Say It track "The Ballad of Moose Bruce," which you can see below. The slow-motion, wrestling-themed clip finds one longhaired ring-jockey dominating his opponent with a sweep kick and a back flip off the top ropes, while Born Ruffians' low-key tribal bounce plays in the background.
Directed by Brian Hamelin and Christian Kelly, the clip apparently highlights both the filmmakers' and the band's love for professional wrestling. Here's what Hamelin had to say about the vid:
The idea to make a Born Ruffians video using wrestling footage was inspired by a collective love for "pro wrestling" that we and band all share. The video was shot on the Olympus I-Speed 3, a camera usually reserved for capturing the damage caused in controlled car crashes. This enabled us to capture the wrestling at 2000 frames per second. This speed revealed the discipline, athleticism and precision that goes into mastering the art of pro wrestling. The tension created by the action in the ring being slowed to such an extent perfectly matches the tension built in "The Ballad Of Moose Bruce" by the repetitive drums and bass line of the song. The video stars Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Pro Wrestling Noah star Chris Hero. The video was shot at the Squared Circle Training facilities in North York Ontario and co-stars one of their trainers, Jordan "Marcus" Marquez.
3/11 Sugar Nightclub - Victoria, BC ^
3/12 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre ^
3/16 Calgary, AB - Republik ^
3/17 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room ^
3/18 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's ^
3/19 Winnipeg, MB- Park Theatre
3/20 Thunder Bay, ON- Crocks
3/22 Sudbury, ON- The Townehouse
3/23 Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog *
3/24 Waterloo, ON - Starlight *
3/25 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club *
3/26 Hamilton, ON - Casbah *
3/27 St Catharines, ON - L3 Nightclub *
3/29 London, ON - Call the Office *
3/30 Ottawa, ON - Ritual *
4/1 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
4/2 Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
4/7 Halifax, NS - The Paragon Theatre
^ with Sheezer
* with First Rate People