In 2007, Bass player Jack Larabee was asked to put a band together to entertain the breakfast crowd at the Porquis Blues Festival.

He formed what was then called the Metropolitan Jazz Trio which performed at the festival for three years in a row.

The fourth year, Jack put together Jack & the Ripperz, which consisted of four of the most experienced and versatile musicians he could get his hands on.

The band went on to play the main stage at the festival in 2012 and have been Ripping up stages all over Northern Ontario since.

The band members come from all different worlds musically, which makes for an interesting stylistic mix. Never happy standing in one place for too long, Jack and the Ripperz are consistently learning new material and tweaking old material, as well as writing new material to be tried out on unsuspecting listeners.