Cindy McLeod Biography



Cindy McLeod has been performing for over 40 years in Canada and around the globe. McLeod has performed and/or recorded with Canadian jazz notables Miles Black, Rick Kilburn, Bob Erlendson, Linton Garner, Brian Buchanan, Sandro Dominelli and P.J. Perry, as well as international artists such as Keith Copeland (Frankfurt), Quyen Van Minh (Vietnam), Victor Mestas (Venezuela) and Roberto Aymes (Mexico City), to name a few. She has released three full length CDs; Easy Living (1996); Ask Me Now (2002) and Conversation With Love (2005). A talented lyricist, Cindy has composed lyrics for jazz instrumentals penned by the masters and in collaborations with composers from Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.

Cindy's writing credits include her Canadian jazz & blues news website www.jazzelements.com and as contributor to internet-based jazz sources Jazz Review, ejazznews, and Jazz News. She also writes copy for radio, print and other advertising and promotional items. The prestigious Canadian Music Institute of the University of Toronto published Cindy's article featuring Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (2006).

A founder of the Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) as well as the Calgary International Blues Festival and the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, Cindy acts as Producer and Artistic Director for the organization and has been instrumental in creating what has become one of the largest blues music festivals in Western Canada. Cindy brings programming, marketing, publicity & promotion, media relations, graphic & web design, management, production, artist liaison, logistics & travel, volunteer coordination and host of other skills to the not for profit organization.

Cindy produces major concerts in Calgary for world-class jazz vocalists, including presentations with Sheila Jordan, Gino Sitson, and Jay Clayton; and contracts her services to other presenters, among them: Afrikadey! (General Manager 2003-04); Calgary Wordfest (Stage Manager 1997-2014); BBQ on the Bow, Production Manager 2006-15), and Heritage Park (Stage Manager, Emcee, Voice Over Artist 2005-present).

Cindy's voice-over work in the studio can be heard on several advertisements (Calgary Blues Music Association), live for the Heritage Park's Thomas the Tank Engine event (2005-present) and Canada Day celebrations.

As a publicist, Cindy has been contracted by numerous artists: Prime Time Big Band, Gary Wolfe, Pat Hatherly, Guy Chaput, Mae Anderson, Kaitee Dal Pra; Debra Power, Vernon Wills, and by organizations such as Alliance Francaise, Universal Records, and the Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region (Publicist, Program Administrator - CMC 50th Anniversary Celebration - New Music In New Places).

With a strong commitment to the arts and the future of the industry, Cindy invests in emerging and established artists through artist development, website and promotional package design, publicity, and is a regarded voice clinician (workshops, clinics, private).

A recognized leader in Canadian music, Cindy has been asked to sit on multiple juries for the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), Eastern Canadian Music Awards, PEI Awards, JUNOs, Harvard, FACTOR; the International Blues Challenge/Edmonton (2012), and the Mayor's Arts Awards (2014-16), and on various Boards including Calgary Blues Music Association (2005-12), Jazz Is Society of Alberta (2010-11), JazzYYC (2011-13), the Alberta Music Industry Association (2012-2014), and the Alberta Touring Arts Alliance (2015 to present).

Cindy is the host of The Blues Witness radio program, which can be heard weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm at CJSW Radio 90.9FM in Calgary, and online at www.cjsw.com or at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.