Originally from Scotland, David Leask is a veteran live performer with an outstanding voice, great original songs, and stellar guitar and piano playing. A born song-chaser, natural storyteller, and creator of seven critically acclaimed records, David has won multiple international songwriting awards in different genres. Indeed, Songwriters Magazine called him, "the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner". David was named Mississauga Music 2021 Songwriter of the Year. His music draws from Celtic soul, folk/pop & roots-rock.
His latest recording, “Voyageur in Song”, was nominated for Canadian Folk Music Association Contemporary Album of the Year and reached #8 on the Canadian Roots Music Chart. It includes some of the best work of his career but is also an artistic work of cultural significance. A unique concept record inspired by 6 pieces and their amazing stories from the Six String Nation Guitar (nick-named Voyageur and made of 64 pieces of Canadian culture and history), it was a journey that brought him a deeper connection to the places and people in 5 different provinces and closer to his adopted Canadian home. His hope is for the songs to have a similar effect on Canadians when they hear the record. The Toronto Star described "Voyageur In Song" as, "Possibly the most Canadian album on Canada's most historic instrument." The UK's Rock 'N Reel Magazine called it, "That rare thing, a genuinely inspiring album."
A gifted songwriting teacher, David has been a songwriting mentor for 11 years with the School Alliance of Student Songwriters, on the songwriting faculty for Guitar Workshop Plus and is currently a mentor for Humber College's Graduate Certificate Program in Music Composition. He has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at folk festivals and on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada with students ranging in age from 7 to 70+ and has the experience, passion and people skills to motivate any individual to write a song. Find out more about David's songwriting workshops.
“Voyageur In Song is something truly special… the album is a unique and uplifting, almost spiritual listening experience...that rare thing, a genuinely inspiring album.” Rock 'N Reel Magazine
“Classic singer songwriter styling...the songs combine Leask's compassionate thoughts and messages along side some fine playing” Lonesome Highway
"The manner in which David interweaves each song through its component parts keeps our attention throughout and adds to the lyricism in the suite of songs - a good idea and it’s been realised with noble intentions." Northern Sky
"Could be the most truly Canadian record ever" Prairie Post
"Six in 6/8’ does more in 20+ minutes than many albums do in 60. Expertly produced and performed by a first-rate selection of musicians, a terrific record full to the brim with fantastic songs."
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2020 - Finalist in the Love Songs Category in the International Songwriting Competition - "Perfect Imperfections"
2020 - Semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "The Legend Of Joe Labobe" & "Perfect Imperfections".
2019 - Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - Video - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2019 - Nominee Independent Music Awards - Video - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2018 - Finalist in Unsigned Only Vocal Performance - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2018 - Finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition - "Undo" & "Everybody Sing"
2018 - Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2018 - Semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "Red Balloon", "Between Him & Me", "Caught in the Tide"
2014 - Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "Everybody Sing"
2011 - 1st Place USA Songwriting Competition Comedy Category - "Infomaniac"
2011 - Runner-up in the John Lennon 70th Birthday Song Contest - "Everybody Sing"
2009 - Overall winner OCFF Songs From The Heart - "While I Still Breathe"
2009 - Top Ten Finalist Toronto Song Contest - "The Toronto We Know"
2009 1st Place Unisong Song Contest - "Freedom By The Barrel"
2007 1st Place OCFF Songs from the Heart Political Category- "Freedom By The Barrel"
2007 1st Place in the International Songwriting Competition - "Strong in Broken Places",
2006 Finalist in the John Lennon Song Contest - "Undo"
2005: 1st Place in the International Songwriting Competition - “The Honey I Want”, Blues Category
2005: Winner OCFF Songs From The Heart - “The Honey I Want”, Blues Category
2004: 1st Place in the NSAI Single Song Showdown - “You Can Cry”
2003: 1st & 2nd Place in the Unisong Song Contest - “Five Minutes” & “You Can Cry”
2003: 1st place in the Quinte Spirit Songwriting Contest - “Halfway to Heaven”