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Gavin McLeod Will Be Jammin’ For Joy At The Horseshoe

The singer-songwriter's 11th annual charity concert is a fund-raiser for SickKids.

Hosted and headlined by Gavin McLeod, Jammin’ For Joy is an annual charity concert celebrating its 11th year. The event began more than a decade ago in McLeod’s hometown of Milton, ON, to raise money and toys for underprivileged children during the holidays. This year, the concert will be returning to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Proceeds from the Dec. 14 show will be donated to SickKids Foundation.

“Growing up, my band and I were lucky enough to have our health, and I know that opportunity isn’t afforded to many children,” McLeod said. “Hopefully, this donation is able to give at least one kid a better Christmas with their family. It’s very exciting that music is able to make that happen.”

This year’s lineup will include an acoustic set by English singer-songwriter Zach Oliver, as well as performances by Niagara Falls blues/psychedelia band Jin and McLeod. Oliver kicks off the night at 8:30 p.m., followed by Jin at 9:15 p.m. and McLeod at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 plus fees online, or $25 at the door. Tickets are available HERE and HERE. The event will include raffle prizes and special guest appearances.

In years past, Jammin’ For Joy has been able to donate thousands of toys to United Way, and has fundraised on behalf of Covenant House and The Salvation Army. The concert has always been committed to helping children in need during the holidays. This year’s partnership with SickKids allows Jammin’ For Joy the opportunity to donate directly to a hospital that is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children.

McLeod is a 24-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. Growing up in a musical family, he played his first professional gig at the age of 10 and spent his teenage years performing live at hundreds of venues across Canada. With a foundation rooted in raw, guitar-driven melodies and honest lyrics, Gavin proudly wears his influences, drawing inspiration from heroes Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. On stage, he is accompanied by his band, which includes childhood friends Patrick Mills on guitar, Tyler Dewar on drums and Joey DePaiva on bass. He began work on his inaugural full-length album in early 2023. The first single is due in early 2024.


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