Justin Ruppel is a Toronto-based musician who is still trying to figure out how to best spend his day. He grew up in a small town in Grey County and attended the University of Toronto, studying neuroscience and psychology. After finishing his degree, he decided to hang up his lab coat and focus on his musical interests, which had been slowly pulling him out of the sciences while at school. Justin enrolled in the Humber College music program for drums and has studied privately with Jim Blackley, Al Cross, Mark Kelso, Steve Mancuso, and Bob MacLaren. He has become a regular drummer in the Toronto roots 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 and Grammy award winner Pete Anderson, and worked with many renown producers such as George Massenburg (Earth Wind and Fire, Lyle Lovitt, Randy Newman), Stewe Crookes (Hawksley Workman, Doug Paisley), David Baxter (Justin Rutledge, Lori Yates) and Mike Olsen (Arcade Fire, K-os). 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 Toronto bluegrass great Chris Coole. He is currently writing material for an original album . . .hopefully to be completed before his death.