Ossington Rippers were a Toronto street gang in the 1940's. Their turf was north Ossington back when the area was damned and remote and a mess of vacant lots and random run down buildings. Their clubhouse was a dirty Tinshop off an alley near the old firehall that was condemned and razed to become a subway station a decade later. Tippy Kay was their notorious leader, elected as such for being the dirtiest fighter and the sole owner of a motorcycle, stolen. Lips Franco and Twigs LaRue made headlines one summer for smoking out and robbing the bank down at the corner on Bloor. LaRue later dated and married one of the tellers.
The Rippers were mainly petty thieves and vagrant pranksters. They had beer parties up by the tracks above Dupont and wandered the Christie Pits Quarry smoking cigarettes and dreaming.
These songs are dedicated to the men and boys of the Ossington Rippers.
released January 17, 2014
Ray Cammaert: vocals, guitar, wurlitzer, organ
Mike Small: bass, backing vocal
Marshall Bureau: drums
'No Dice' was recorded live at the famed 6 Nassau recording studio in Kensington Market by David A. Mackinnon. Additional recording and mono mix by Ray Cammaert at the Tinshop. Mastering by Andy Magoffin at House of Miracles.
All songs by R. Cammaert (SOCAN)
Banner photos: David A. Mackinnon
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