Joel Plaskett is a Canadian rock musician who has been a longtime favourite on campus radio charts throughout the country. Since 2001, he has led Joel Plaskett Emergency. Prior to that he was a member of the Halifax-based alternative rock band Thrush Hermit from its founding in 1992 until its breakup in late 1999. Plaskett was the lead singer, guitarist and the band's primary songwriter. After the breakup of Thrush Hermit, Plaskett embarked on a solo career. To date he has recorded five albums, three as a solo performer and two with his backing band, the Joel Plaskett Emergency.