A Conversation with the Sensational Steve Hamelin of Born Ruffians

By Joey Litvak and Zack Goldstein, Featured Photos via Amazon Music and Wikimedia    The Toronto-based band Born Ruffians first joined forces in 2004 after high school friends Luke Lalonde, Mitch Derosier, and Steve Hamelin saw a rousing performance by the Strokes on Saturday Night Live. Out of this shared moment, the three-piece rock outfit formed amidst the post-punk … Continue reading

Show Review: Kamasi Washington, Born Ruffians, & Father John Misty At NXNE

By Harry Myles, Feature Photo via The Fader Every June, North By Northeast (NXNE) lands in Toronto for a multi-day arts and music festival. Featuring various media displays and concerts, NXNE includes film and gaming components as well as interactive conferences. Usually, the performances take place every night at venues across the city; this year, … Continue reading

Album Review: Luke Lalonde—”Rhythymnals”

By Maria Sokulsky-Dolnycky When I heard that Luke Lalonde (of Born Ruffians fame) was releasing his first solo effort, my initial reaction was a mixture of excitement and worry. I was stoked that I’d be hearing something new from the guy with the cheeky boyish voice, but I knew it would be hard to distance Luke … Continue reading