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“Ripp is a genuinely great songwriter” – Americana UK


I'm a singer songwriter in the Americana genre.  My start was in the coffee houses of Toronto some forty years ago.  Those folk beginnings were followed by a ten year run as front man and writer for Canadian roots rockers The Bel-Vistas.  The last couple of decades have been spent raising a family and pursuing music as a solo artist.  I work away in my home studio now and am sometimes involved in recording and producing for others.

Influences are many but the ones who set the bar high for me then and now include:  Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Neil Young  and Nick Lowe.

If you’re a fan of thoughtful, melodic, roots based song writing I encourage you to have a listen.  I perform solo and with bands doing my original songs and a variety of covers. 

My latest musical project is The Joyful Hope.  We do instrumental rock, surf, twang, blues and great rock n' roll vocal classics as well

Our self-titled all instrumental debut is out now , get it here!!! 



Some Highlights: 

  • songs published by Sony Music

  • recording artist with Eureka Records

  • album release in Europe with Blue Rose Records

  • radio play across Canada, the U.S., and Europe

  • video play on MuchMusic, CMT Canada and Europe

  • extensive live experience, including cross Canada touring

  • opening for The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo and Tom Cochrane

  • critically well received in Europe and North America


  • "The Bel-Vistas" - self titled EP - released 1990 – independent

  • "Somewhere Along The Line" - The Bel-Vistas - released 1992 - Eureka/Capitol Records

  • "Pretty Ugly" - The Bel-Vistas - released 1994 - Blue Rose Records - independent

  • "Wherever I Go" - Mark Ripp - released 1997 – independent

  • "Minor Miracle" - Mark Ripp & The Confessors - released 2002 – independent

  • "Long Story Short" - Mark Ripp & The Confessors - released 2010 - independent

  • "Quiet Again" - Mark Ripp - released 2013- independent

  • “Under The Circumstances” – released 2017 – Independent / Banbury Park Records

  • "Trumped" - The Melanias - released 2020 - independent

  • "LIVE - Silver Dollar" - The Bel-Vistas - released 2021- independent

  • "This Weeks Band" - Stone Blue - released 2021- independent

  • "All Things Considered Vol 1" - Mark Ripp - released 2022 - independent

  • "Season of Leafless Trees" - single with Meg Tennant - released 2023 - independent

  • "The Joyful Hope" - self titled album - released 2023 - independent

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