A 22-year-old singer-songwriter and guitar player from Milton Ontario, Gavin McLeod started playing guitar at the age of 8 and landed his first professional gig at the age of 11. Gavin’s raw guitar-based sound is rooted in classic rock and blues as well as the modern sounds of Sam Fender and James Bay. From fuzzed-out blues guitar riffs to classic Neil Young inspired folk songs, Gavin has been consistently crafting his sound in the studio and at venues across Ontario.
Throughout high school and university, Gavin spent most of his time playing gigs with his band and working on his Youtube channel, which amassed over 100 thousand subscribers and 18 million views. He was able to capitalize on his Youtube notoriety by landing a role on two seasons of Family Channel's TV show “Backstage” as well as filming skateboard interviews with Tony Hawk. After performances at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee, Gavin went on to book slots at the Tremblant International Blues Festival, Sound of Music Festival, Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival, Sauble Sandfest, and opened for Ariel Posen at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.
Over the course of the pandemic, Gavin stayed busy releasing multiple singles and music videos, landing festival slots with the Born Ruffians and Mono Whales, performing for the city of Toronto at the El Mocambo, honouring Alex Lifeson for his Casey House award acceptance, and making the top 100 of the CBC searchlight competition. As live music gradually reopened, Gavin got back into the Toronto clubs landing his first headlining show at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in December of 2021. Gavin used this show as an opportunity to support his ‘Jammin’ for Joy’ charity concert that he has organized and performed at for the past 9 years.
Recently, Gavin has been stockpiling music for his next release and is looking forward to debut band performances at Lee’s Palace, the El Mocambo, and will be playing at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest after a three-year delay.