Leo went the warm weather Portland, Jamaica to Calgary in the dead of winter more than 30 years ago. A product of the Jamaica School of Music, he began his career as a performer and music teacher. He would eventually also receive a BA in Music from the University of Calgary and graduate from Mount Royal University’s broadcast journalism program.
For half a century, Leo has hosted Caribbean LinkUp on CJSW, with his name becoming synonymous with Reggae in the Calgary music scene. Not only was he instrumental in the growth of Caribbean music within the city, but he spread his love and knowledge of the style across the country through radio.
Leo has received many accolades: he’s one of the 50 Jamaicans in Canada listed in the publications for Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2011; a recipient of several awards of excellence including the Peter Tosh Memorial Award from the Canadian Reggae Music Awards, Black Achievement Award Society of Alberta, Community Services, 2010 Decade in Dominance Award for Exceptional On-air Radio Personality and Media
Leo is also a founding member and the President/Producer of the Calgary International Reggae Festival, he has helped to bring the festival international status bringing to Calgary some of the biggest name in the genre.
Secret to success: Life is too short to stress the simple things. Always keep your joy!
Words of Wisdom: The Journey of a 1000 miles begin with the very first step
Loves and Interests: Music of every kind, Family, Friends, Travel, ReggaeFest