Justin Duhaime is a passionate and versatile guitarist and teacher with the rare skill and desire required to play almost any style of music. Whether it be pop, top 40, rock, blues, jazz, Latin, tango, gypsy, folk, funk, technical death metal, reggae, ska, punk, afrobeat, Ghanaian music, soul, R&B, Indian classical music, free form improvisation, country, new music, baroque or modern classical music Justin has done it all and continues to do it.
Justin has performed at such prestigious events and venues as CBC Radio, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Folk Festival, The Canadian Tulip Festival, Library and Archives Canada, the Arts Court, Kailash Mital Theater, Zaphod Beeblebrox, D’Arcy McGee’s Sparks Street and Orleans, Irene’s Pub, The Brass Monkey, The Rainbow Bistro, and many more. He has performed with Juno winner Jesse Stewart, Mark Ferguson, Kalle Mattson, The Balloon Orchestra, Fraser Holmes, Glenn Nuotio and his younger brother Sean Duhaime to name a few.
Justin currently performs an eclectic set of pop, rock, jazz and blues every Monday night at Ottawa’s Lowertown Brewery with singer/guitarist Danielle Allard to a rapidly growing group of fans. In August he will be playing reggae with Nile Groove every Friday at the Westboro Beach Café. You can catch Karolyne & Justin playing violin and acoustic guitar covers of gypsy jazz, tango, Irish jigs, pop, classical, country and famous TV/movie themes at public and private events across Ottawa. Justin is also the newest addition to Drums 4 Life, a group that performs music inspired by African and Latin traditions. Justin is delighted to be sponsored by DK Guitars with a beautiful Black Sword guitar. Check out his upcoming concerts.
Justin has been teaching guitar since May 2005 and has taught hundreds of students privately and at various institutions across Ottawa. He teaches technique, ear training, theory, improvisation, reading, audition preparation, repertoire/songs, and virtually any style of music. Here’s what some of his students have had to say about him.
Justin began his musical endeavours at the age of 12 when he bought his first guitar with his own savings. He began by trying to keep up with his uncles around the campfire playing rock and roll classics. In middle school he started a punk rock band with his friends that evolved into an original skacore band, then eventually into a metal cover band which by the end of high school transformed into an original instrumental metal band. Justin’s fiery passion for music and his mother’s guidance encouraged him to pursue music studies at first with a private instructor and then in university. In 2012, Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with high honours distinction from Carleton University. Justin has also studied with David Liebman, Vic Juris, Ken Rosser, Roddy Ellias, Jesse Stewart, Mark Ferguson, Tim Bedner, John Geggie, James Wright, James McGowan, Wayne Eagles, Mike Essoudry, Malcolm Goldstein and Anthony Ridi.
Justin writes and publishes FREE LESSONS on justinduhaime.com and has written reviews and interviews for the Ottawa Citizen’s jazzblog.ca and for ottawajazzscene.ca including interviews with John Scofield, David Mott, Matt Brubeck, Ellwood Epps, Vic Juris, and reviewed concerts by Ben Monder/Theo Bleckmann, Ari Hoenig Quartet, Big Satan and Marc Ribot.