After training for four years in opera at the University of Toronto, Justin Anantawan decided that classical music was not for him anymore. He went back to school and completed his bachelors of education and afterward his diploma in deaf and hard of hearing education. From 2015 to 2017, he taught at a school for the deaf in Gambia. In 2018, he decided to return to school once again and completed a diploma in social work, doing his internship at Asian community aid services.
As a person living with HIV, Justin participates in HIV activism, working as an HIV outreach worker and counselor in Kenya and volunteering at the PWA (people with aids) foundation in Toronto. He is active in the HIV community, bringing awareness to issues affecting pleas like HIV stigma and criminalization. He is an ambassador for the Canadian Foundation for aids research (canfar) and appeared in the 2019 much studio documentary, “Positive”, which illuminates the lives of queer and trans Millenials living with HIV.
Justin is an avid photographer and regularly creates photo stories about lgbtq+ and poz folks which are regularly published in ‘where love is illegal.’
He is currently a choir director at two churches and loves to sing gospel and RnB music. His proudest moment as a singer was singing last summer at the Toronto aids vigil. He is happy to be a part of the southern time band as a rock band opera singer and HIV advocate.