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, Blood Ceremony, Whitney Rose, Al Tuck, Simone Schmidt, 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, SXSW,  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 Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Sam Roberts, Sylvia Tyson, The Proclaimers, Dallas Smith, Natalie McMaster, and Alex Cuba.

Outside of session work, Justin wears a few hats. 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.  He has also 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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Selected Discography

  • The River - Cat Clyde - 2019

  • The Great Escape - Angie Hilts 2019

  • TBA - Al Tuck - 2019

  • TBA – Jack Marks -2019

  • TBA – Ellie Buckland -2019

  • TBA - Volur - 2019

  • Twelve by Two - Nick Hornbuckle - 2018

  • Angie Hilts EP – Angie Hilts -2018

  • 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 - 2018 - Drums, 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

Selected Publications

  • Stevenson, R. A., Sun, S., Ruppel, J., Segers, M., Ncube, B., Barense, M. D., & Ferber, S. (under review). Perceptual binding errors in autistic children during a visual working memory task.

  • Wilson, K., Sun, S.Z., Emrich, S., Lowe, M.X., Kosnik, R., Ruppel. J., and Ferber, S. (under review). Individual differences in visual attention: Conscientiousness and selective attention.

  • Ruppel, J. (2018). Three poems. Grain Magazine, Volume 45, No. 3, Spring Edition.

  • Wilson, K.E., Lowe, M.X, Ruppel, J., Pratt, J., & Ferber, S. (2016).  The Scope of No Return: Openness Predicts the Spatial Distribution of Inhibition of Return.  Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 78 (1), 209-217.

  • Ruppel, J. (2015). The Waiting Room. Vallum Magazine, Volume 12, No.2, Spring Edition.

  • Dixon, M., Ruppel, J., & DeRosa, E. (2009). Learning to Ignore: Acquisition of Sustained Attentional Suppression.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2, 418-423.

  • Emrich, S,M., Ruppel, J.D., & Ferber, S (2008). The role of elaboration in the persistence of awareness for degraded objects. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 319-329, PMID: 17239616

  • Emrich, S.M., Ruppel, J.D., Al-Aidroos, Pratt, J., & Ferber, S. (2008). Out with the Old:Inhibition of Old Items in a Preview Search is Limited. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 70, 1552-1557.



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