Tom Lavin
(Powder Blues Band)

As leader of the Powder Blues Band, Tom Lavin, has written many of the band’s best-known songs, including ‘Doin’ It Right’ [‘On the Wrong Side of Town’] and ‘Boppin With the Blues’. Originally born in Chicago, Illinois, Tom moved to Vancouver in the late sixties and has been singing and playing guitar for over 35 years. He has been presented with a number of awards including B.C. Music Industry Association awards for Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year, a Canadian Music Industry Association Juno award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy award for ‘Best Foreign Blues Band’. He has over a dozen “gold, platinum and double platinum” record awards for playing in, writing for, or producing such bands as Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, Susan Jacks, The Good Brothers and P.J. Jackson.   He is currently Director of Pacific Audio Visual Institute ( and continues to perform with Powder Blues.