About

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Justin Ruppel is a Toronto-based musician, writer, lab rat, and former Simpsons trivia champion.  After completing a degree in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Toronto, Justin was accepted into the Humber College music program and studied drums privately with Nate Smith, Billy Martin, Jim Blackley, Al Cross, and Mark Kelso. 

Justin has become an in-demand session musician and has performed or recorded with many artists including Cat Clyde, Whitney Rose, Volur, Al Tuck, Simone Schmidt, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Kirty, Devin Cuddy, Oh Susanna, Waleed Abdulhamid, Grammy Award winners George Massenburg and Pete Anderson, as well as with members of Blue Rodeo, Tafelmusik, and The Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Performance highlights include a diverse spattering of festivals including The WayHome Festival, The New Orleans French Quarter Festival, Wavelength Music Festival, Hillside Folk Festival, The Vancouver Folk Festival, and The Ashkenaz Klezmer Festival. As a touring musician, he has travelled across North America and Europe opening for Sylvia Tyson, The Proclaimers, Sam Roberts, 54-40, Dallas Smith, Natalie McMaster, Alex Cuba, and Burton Cummings.

Creatively, Justin wears a few different hats outside of session work. He has collaborated on a number of theatre and film soundtracks as a composer and performer, earning a Dora Nomination for sound design on theThe Italian Mime Suicide and performing the role of W.S. "Fluke" Holland in the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet.  A fairweathered friend to the clawhammer banjo, Justin's drop thumbing can be heard on the latest album by The Boxcar Boys and has been featured on CBCBBC, and Canadian college radio stations.  And, with one toe firmly planted in the lab door, Justin has worked as a neuroscience research assistant at The University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Mount Sinai Hospital, co-authoring a number of scientific papers available here.  Finally, his fiction writings have been published in a number of journals and magazines including Vallum and Grain Magazine.



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Credits

Selected Discography

  • The River - Cat Clyde - 2018
  • TBA - Al Tuck - 2018
  • TBA – Ellie Buckland -2018
  • TBA - Angie Hilts 2018
  • TBA – Jack Marks -2017
  • TBA - Nick Hornbuckle - 2017
  • Angie Hilts EP – Angie Hilts -2017
  • The Littlest Dobro Vol.2 - Ivan Rosenburg - 2018
  • Carlo – Carlo – 2017
  • Zogh – Zuze – 2016
  • Staycation EP– Staycation – 2016
  • Zuze– Zuze – 2016
  • Blast Off– The Double Cuts – 2016
  • Everything’s Different in the Night – Nudie – 2016
  • Wicked Moon – Jack Marks – 2015
  • Cicada Ball – The Boxcar Boys –  2015
  • Fair Country – Al Tuck -2015
  • NOLA – The Happy Pals New Orleans Party Orchestra – 2014
  • Drinkin Alone – Tim Bradford – 2014
  • Shug’s Grandkids – Shug’s Grandkids – 2013
  • Borderline – Carl Lorusso Jr.  – 2013
  • Stranger -Scarlett Jane  -2012
  • Her Early Work – Calla – 2012
  • Bend and Break – Shannon Quinn – 2012
  • Slow Cooked – The Joyful Sinners – 2012
  • Before We Get Down to Business – David St. Bernard – 2011
  • Humber New Standards Volume 23 – World Hand Drum Ensemble – 2011
  • The Circus – Max Galactic and the Cloud of Evil – 2011
  • Urban Preacher -Urban Preacher – 2010
  • Max Galactic and the Cloud of Evil – Max Galactic and the Cloud of Evil – 2010
     

Selected Film, Television, and Theatre Work

  • Million Dollar Quartet - Theatre - 2018Drums, W.S. "Fluke" Holland
  • Skyship March - Television - 2018 - Drums
  • Lord Only Know I'm Gone - Film - 2017 - Drums, Percussion
  • La Boda de Valentina - Film - 2016 - Percussion
  • Italian Mime Suicide - Theatre - 2016 - Drums, Compositions
  • Marathon – Film – 2016 - Drums, Compositions
  • Ari Posner and The Heavyweights Brass Band – Television – 2015 - Drums
  • Scotiabank Commercial - Television - 2014 - Drums


Contact

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Email: ruppel,justin@gmail.com
Phone: 416 704 4933
Facebook: /justin.ruppel.90
Instagram: @justinruppel