Toronto's Born Ruffians plot North American tour in support of Say It and release new single 'What To Say'



Born Ruffians are set to unleash the jagged and galloping sounds of their second album, Say It, on stages across North America. If the entusiasic reaction to the band's recent sets at SXSW and CMW are anything to go by, these venues will be left sweaty and danced out.

The twenty-date tour will start in Toronto on May 28th at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (dates below). Say It will be released in Canada on June 1st on Paper Bag Records.

The first single from the new album, "What To Say'", will be released digitally in Canada on May 4th. The single includes the a-side title track along with a previously unreleased b-side "Plinky Plonky". "What to Say" is a soul -tinged yet tightly-wound affair, with watery synths that lurk in the background. The parts hang together, like a clattering machine bonded by a combination of kinetic energy and unshakeable confidence. The track can be previewed right now on (

If Born Ruffians’ 2008 debut album Red Yellow and Blue was the result of a talented and precocious gang of freshmen, their 2010 follow-up, Say It, would be the project they left school to finish — a declaration that they’re smart and ambitious enough to make it on their own, and furthermore, that they’re in it for the long haul.

Taking two weeks to record the album, the band finds itself teaming up again with producer Rusty Santos. The Ruffians and co. holed up at Mississauga’s Metalworks studio and loosed the reins on their ambitions, experimenting with Minimoogs and saxophones before eventually scaling much of it back in the mixing process.

The result is a very mature album, further amplifying the band’s unique voice and sound, ready to take them as far as they want to go. And that includes a very thorough tour of North America.

Say It - North American Tour Dates
May 28: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada
June 03: Echo (ALL AGES), Los Angeles, CA, USA
June 04: Rickshaw Stop (ALL AGES), San Francisco, CA, USA
June 06: Holocene (21+), Portland, OR, USA
June 07: The Vera Project (ALL AGES), Seattle, WA, USA
June 08: Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC, Canada
June 09: The Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 11: Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB, Canada
June 12: Republik, Calgary, AB, Canada
June 13: Amigo's, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
June 14: West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
June 15: Turf Club (21+), Minneapolis, MN, USA
June 16: Lincoln Hall (18+), Chicago, IL, USA
June 17: Beachland Tavern (ALL AGES), Cleveland, OH, USA
June 18: The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, USA
June 19: Santos Partyhouse, New York, NY, USA
June 20: Great Scott (18+), Allston, MA, USA
June 23: Il Motore, Montreal, QC, Canada
June 24: Mavericks, Ottawa, ON, Canada
June 25: Red Dog, Peterborough, ON, Canada |