Justin Abedin has been a professional musician for 20 years working as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer across a wide range of genres. He has performed and/or recorded with Jacksoul, Nelly Furtado, Lindi Ortega, Matt Dusk, Michael Kaeshammer, Sarah Slean, Serena Ryder, Ashley MacIsaac, Roger Mooking, Snow, Divine Brown, Ivana Santilli, Esthero, Katie Melua, Fefe Dobson, Beverley Mahood, Damhnait Doyle, Tomi Swick, Simon Wilcox, Martina Sorbara, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Dione Taylor, The Wailin’ Jennys, Tara Oram, Julie Crochetiere, The Canadian Tenors, Alex Cuba, Bageshree Vaze, DK Ibomeka, Jian Ghomeshi and Jaymz Bee & The Royal Jelly Orchestra among many others.
He has produced two albums for Justin Hines: the critically acclaimed and award winning “Sides” (Orange/Universal 2007) and the current release, “Chasing Silver” (Orange/Universal 2009). In addition to playing guitar, dobro, mandolin and banjo on both recordings, Mr. Abedin currently serves as guitarist and musical director of the live band.
Justin was part of the Canadian Idol house band on CTV from 2006-2008. During this time, he backed up international artists such as Martina McBride, Tom Jones, Anne Murray, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) and Denis deYoung (Styx).
Selected composition credits include “Truth Anthem” (Fefe Dobson track on Much Dance 2005), Wild Wolf: Mysterious Beauty (Solitudes CD - nature sounds with original ambient, cinematic acoustic instrumental compositions), Labatt Blue Light, Publix (U.S. National TV spots), The Gavin Crawford Show (Comedy Network), Decorating Challenge (W Network) & Gardening Gamble (Slice), UpRooted (Slice). One of Justin's songs (“Complicating Things”, co-written with Mark Masri & Justin Gray) is included in the DVD release of Beverley Hills 90210 (Season One).
In addition, Justin has also released two CD’s of original material with singer/songwriter, Nikki Loney "Lies and Accusations" (2002) & "Tourists In My Life" (1998), which combine elements of jazz, pop, roots and world music, showcasing his contrapuntal side on a custom 8-string guitar.
Justin received his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) from the University of Toronto in 1995.