Justin Ruppel is a Toronto-based drummer, banjost, writer, and occasionally a poor excuse for a scientist. He grew up in a small town in Grey County and attended the University of Toronto, studying neuroscience and psychology. After finishing his degree, Justin enrolled in the Humber College music program and studied drums privately with Jim Blackley, Al Cross, Mark Kelso, Steve Mancuso, and Bob MacLaren. He has become a regular drummer in the Toronto music scene, performing all over Toronto and across North America. He has performed or recorded with many wonderful artists such as Al Tuck, Simone Schmidt, Devin Cuddy, Oh Susanna, Paul Pigat, Whitney Rose and Grammy Award winner Pete Anderson. In the studio, Justin has worked with renown producers such as George Massenburg (Earth Wind and Fire, Lyle Lovitt, Randy Newman), Stewe Crookes (Hawksley Workman, Doug Paisley), Mike Olsen (Arcade Fire, K-os), and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo). He has had the pleasure of performing at The WayHome Festival, Hillside Folk Festival,The Mariposa Folk Festival, The Toronto TD Jazz Festival, NXNE, and The New Orleans French Quarter Festival and has toured across Canada opening for Sylvia Tyson, The Proclaimers, Sam Roberts, 54-40, Dallas Smith, Natalie McMaster, and The Downchild’s Blues Band.
Justin has recently started to learn the clawhammer banjo, studying with bluegrass and old time great Chris Coole. He is currently writing material for an original album . . .hopefully to be completed before his death.