A 21-year-old singer-songwriter and guitar player from Milton ON, Gavin McLeod started playing guitar at the age of 8 and landed his first professional gig at the age of 11. He has been performing his blend of rock, folk and blues music for over a decade.
Gavin burst onto the Toronto Blues scene in 2019 to rave review with the Toronto Blues Society labeling him a “blues phenom”. That year his band traveled to Memphis Tennessee to represent Canadian youth at the International Blues Challenge. This led to a Summer of festival debuts including Ottawa Bluesfest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Sound of Music Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival main stage, and a set at the Horseshoe Tavern. Gavin played 70 live shows in 2019 all while balancing business school at Ryerson University.
Making YouTube videos in high-school, Gavin amassed an online following of over 100 thousand subscribers and gained over 18 million views on his content. His recent pursuit of music has led him to appearances on two seasons of Family Channel's TV show “Backstage”, an offer to appear on the 2021 season of American Idol, and work in Nashville and Chicago as a content creator for Eastwood Guitars.
With momentum on his side in early 2020, Gavin booked a summer tour that included the RBC Bluesfest main-stage opening for King Crimson as well as the Havelock Country Jamboree. When COVID-19 hit however it forced Gavin into the studio. He independently recorded an EP with Nixon Boyd (Hollerado, Anyway Gang). Gavin now sets his sites on recording his debut full-length album with Ross Hayes Citrullo. Seeing the pandemic as an opportunity for artistic growth, Gavin will emerge from 2020 having recorded both an EP and a debut LP, ready for whatever 2021 may bring.