Meet the Artist: Caleb Turgeon

Name: Caleb Turgeon aka LEB

City: Brantford, Ont.

Genre: Alternative/punk/rap


A bit about myself:

I am part Native on my father’s side (Cree, Attawapiskat Band). My father was a binge drinker and was frequently in and out of jail. When I was born, he was in jail. His relationship with my mother was short-lived. When I was two years old, my mother took me down south to the city making arrangements with my father that I would see him when I turned 16. Soon after moving down south she married a Christian worship leader. Though their marriage did not stand the test of time, I was gifted a baby brother as well as an early involvement in music.

When I turned 16 I was told that my biological father had passed away; I flew up north to his very humble funeral and met his father, brothers, sister and other family. That same year, my grandfather on my mother’s side also passed away from lung cancer. Among other hardships, this was the year I experienced the most heartache and struggle, which led to many years of binge drinking, smoking, partying and promiscuity. However, this was also the year where the stars aligned in regards to my music being an avenue to express my pain, sorrow, story and struggle. My 16th summer was the summer the spark for live performance and sharing my experience was ignited in my soul.

In my 21st year, I came to the sudden realization that I was headed down the same path as my father; binge drinking, partying, getting into trouble, heavy promiscuity etc., and that it was becoming a problem. It was time to make a decision: end up like my deceased father or pursue my dream of becoming a musician, sharing my story and helping others through their struggle. At the age of 21 I put down the bottle and quit smoking cigarettes. I also became involved in a committed relationship with the love of my life. It has now been three and a half years that I have been pursuing music, truthful expression, self betterment, and doing what is meaningful with every ounce of energy I can muster. I want to share my experience with others for them to study and learn from.

Musical influences:

Simple Plan, System Of a Down, Hollywood Undead, Eminem, Protest The Hero, Cage The Elephant, Logan Staats, Paper Beats Scissors and the local Brantford music scene.

The first album I bought:

Probably some underground rap or alternative punk album from an underground band at a show at a local youth centre.

The first concert I went to:

A church concert of some sort.

The last concert I went to:

The last real concert I attended was a local festival called WTFEST, when I performed an opening set on the side stage. The headliners were Our Lady Peace and Collective Soul. I got VIP section tickets for free 🙂

The last song I listened to:

Drowning by Nick Celino.

My favourite song of all time:

What You Love by Logan Staats.

The one song I wish I’d written:

What You Love by Logan Staats.

My dream gig:

To play at a local venue which I will not disclose here, with three other local artists who I will also not disclose here 🙂

Myself in three words: 

Short, driven, honest.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:

“Do what is meaningful, not what is expedient.” – Jordan Bernt Peterson

Beatles or Rolling Stones:

Beatles. I was raised a sheltered child and probably wouldn’t be able to tell you who the Rolling Stones are if I heard one of their songs.

What I do to pay the bills:

I just started working for a small but growing company doing drywalling, insulation and renovations. I am their first full-time employee.

When I’m not making music, I’m …

Watching Youtube lectures, biking, hanging out with the fiancee (probably wrestling, cooking, biking, working in the books), visiting my friends and family, working on organizing my musical pursuits.

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:

I am allergic to cockroaches, no joke.

What I’m currently working on:

Saving money, developing my skills in the trades, getting my G2 so I can drive my Ford Escape, developing my mixing/production skills, jamming with a couple friends trying to get a strong band together, setting up a recording booth in my room, putting together a hip-hop EP with my bro, and completing my debut full length album Please Smile (which is now four years old), so I can continue to release new music as I write it starting with the books full of lyrics I’ve collected over the past couple years. I hope to eventually be able to release well-produced new music as I write it.

If my life were a song, the title would be …

NOW

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