Paul was born in Toronto on April 16, 1953.
He is an accomplished singer-songwriter who, over the course of the last 40 years, has written hundreds of songs. Paul embraces the old-time storytelling tradition, where his lyrics are as much poetry as they are music. He is a mainstay of The Islands Folk Festival where he has been a performer and MC extraordinaire for the last 28 years. Paul was the winner of the Diversity Caravan Poetry and Song Contest in 2011 and the Duncan Centennial Song Contest this year. He is a founding member of The Original Seadog and Jane’s Way Celtic Band. Paul has opened for such great folk icons as Willie P. Bennett, Stephen Fearing, Ian Tamblyn and Ken Hamm. He maintains a steady roster of band and solo gigs. His new CD Love This Town is now available at Portals and online at paulruszelmusic.com. Paul is available for commissions, film and video work,commercial work, songwriting workshops, and private lessons.
His songs will touch your heart, make you laugh, and make you cry.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division