Gayle Ackroyd is an engaging performer. She has appeared on festival and night club stages all across the country. Venues include: The Calgary Stampede, Mariposa Music Festival, Harbourfront Water’s Edge Cafe, the C.N.E., Hamilton Blues Festival, Albert’s Hall in Toronto, London’s Home County as the lead guitar player in the all girl band The Tulips, and most recently The Rose Theatre in Brampton, Ontario.
Gayle has hosted numerous songwriting workshops, including the TV series “It Started with a Song” on Graham Cable. Awards include a Top Ten placement for “Train of Love” in radio station Mix 99 FM’s songwriting competition, and Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR grants that allowed her to spend time writing in Nashville. Her workshop skills are honed through her regular teaching activities.
Gayle was born and raised on a dairy farm and spent her teens in Brampton. She attended Sheridan College in Oakville for the Musical Theatre Program and spent the majority of her adult years as a resident of Toronto. She worked with many musicians honing her skills as a guitar player and consistently hired vocal coaches to develop her singing voice.
Her distinctive personal style has been described by Lenny Stout In the Toronto Star as “a whole lot of tender, and a little bit tough”.