A 22-year-old singer-songwriter and blues 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. The young performer burst onto the Toronto Blues scene in 2019 to rave reviews with the Toronto Blues Society labeling him a “blues phenom”. That same year, Gavin traveled to Memphis Tennessee to represent Canadian youth at the International Blues Challenge. This led to festival debuts including Ottawa Bluesfest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Sound of Music Festival, Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival, and a set at the Horseshoe Tavern opening for Ariel Posen.
Alongside multiple singles and music video releases during the pandemic, Gavin stayed busy with gigs at the El Mocambo performing Oh Canada for the City of Toronto, honoring Alex Lifeson for his Casey House Award acceptance ceremony, placing second in the Live City music competition, and making the top 100 of CBC searchlight. As live music gradually reopened, Gavin hit the road opening for the Born Ruffians and Mono Whales and started selling out clubs around Toronto. This effort culminated in a headlining slot at the Horseshoe Tavern in December of 2021 that Gavin will be playing in support of his charity concert series Jammin for Joy.
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. He has appeared on two seasons of Family Channel's TV show “Backstage”, and has been offered to appear on the 2022 season of America’s Got Talent. Gavin is currently recording his debut full-length album with Ross Hayes Citrullo and preparing for a 2022 Summer festival tour that will include appearances on the main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest opening for King Crimson.