Out­door flick fest fea­tures T.O. rocker mak­ing film de­but

Born Ruf­fi­ans singer Luke Lalonde stars in Sun­down­ers

Village Post - - Arts - by Macken­zie Pat­ter­son

Luke Lalonde, lead singer of Canadian in­die band the Born Ruf­fi­ans, can now count act­ing as one of his many tal­ents. Lalonde stars in the new movie

Sun­down­ers and will be per­form­ing prior to a screen­ing of the film on Aug. 29 as part of Toronto’s Open Roof Fes­ti­val.

Although the na­tive of Mid­land, Ont., has made mu­sic his ca­reer’s fo­cus, act­ing has al­ways piqued his in­ter­est, and a chance meet­ing with di­rec­tor Pa­van Moondi made for the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to give the art form a try.

“I met Pa­van in Toronto at the Oss­ing­ton, and out of the blue, he got in touch with me and asked if I might be in­ter­ested in a part in a movie he was work­ing on,” Lalonde says. “I had never re­ally acted se­ri­ously at all, but it was some­thing I re­ally wanted to do, so I gave it a try. It was hon­estly one of the most fun ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.”

Shot in both Toronto and Colom­bia, Sun­down­ers fol­lows two videog­ra­phers as they travel to Hawaii for a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding.

The film wrapped over a year ago, and now Lalonde says he’s tak­ing time to fo­cus on the Born Ruf­fi­ans and their fifth stu­dio al­bum, which is set for re­lease some­time in the next six months.

“We’ve fin­ished record­ing it but now we’re just kind of find­ing the right time to put it out,” he says. “Right now I’m mostly just work­ing on stuff with the band, but I’m also ex­cited to see the film. I haven’t seen it since an early

rough cut, so I’m ex­cited to see the fin­ished movie.”

The Open Roof Fes­ti­val is a non-profit out­door mu­sic and film fes­ti­val lo­cated at 99 Sudbury St. Through­out the sum­mer, the fes­ti­val pairs unique movies and lo­cal per­form­ers. For in­stance, on Aug. 15 singer-song­writer Liam Tit­comb will be per­form­ing prior to a screen of Rum­ble: The In­di­ans Who Rocked the World.

Lalonde and the Born Ruf­fi­ans have come a long way since their early days in Mid­land. The band, which now has five mem­bers, be­gan with just Lalonde, Adam Hin­dle and Mitch Derosier as teenagers.

“We started when we were 15. The same three guys, we’re still play­ing to­gether now. It’s been 15 years of Born Ruf­fi­ans,” Lalonde says.

This fall, the band is headed on tour across Canada as the open­ing act for the New Pornog­ra­phers as they gear up for their own tour and the re­lease of their new record.

L–R: Phil Han­ley and Luke Lalonde from ‘Sun­down­ers’

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