Oscar Lopez

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For other people named Oscar Lopez, see Oscar Lopez (disambiguation).

Oscar Lopez (born 1954 in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-Canadian folk and nouveau flamenco guitarist. He has won many awards from the Latino community.

Lopez moved to Canada in 1979 and settled in Calgary, Alberta.[1] He began pursuing music as a career, becoming a popular draw on the Canadian folk festival circuit, and released his debut album, Hola, in 1989. Several of his albums have been nominated for Canada's Juno Awards, and 2000's Armando's Fire was his first Juno win, for Best Instrumental Album. He has recorded on the Narada label. He was also named instrumentalist of the year by the Prairie Music Awards.[1] Classical Soul broke the Latin Charts during the first few weeks.

Although he has continued recording, Lopez had not toured or performed in several years due to a battle with depression.[2] As a result, Spirit of the West recorded a tribute song to Lopez, "Come Back Oscar", on their 2004 album Star Trails. On July 24, Lopez appeared on stage with Spirit of the West at the Calgary Folk Music Festival to perform the song.

In 1997 Lopez began playing with James Keelaghan in a group known as The Compadres. In 1998, he co-produced the album, "Volcán: Tributo a José José", a tribute album dedicated to the iconic Mexican singer Jose Jose. They recorded a self-titled album that year and toured Australia in 2005. In 2007 they recorded another album, ¿Buddy Where You Been? and toured various venues including Hugh's Room in Toronto where they appeared on October 16.

His last album Tri-fecta was released in 2009, on this album collaborated with Pavlo and Rik Emmett (lead guitarist from rock group, Triumph).

JUNO Awards Nominations & Wins[edit]

1995: Best Global Recording: Dancing On The Moon Contigo, Nominated: Oscar Lopez

1998: Best Roots & Traditional Album - Group: Compadres, Nominated: James Keelaghan & Oscar Lopez

1998: Instrumental Artist(s) of the Year, Nominated: Oscar Lopez

2002: Best Instrumental Album: Armando's Fire, Won: Oscar Lopez

2005: Instrumental Album of the Year: Mi Destino/My Destiny, Won: Oscar Lopez

2008: Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group: ¿Buddy, Where You Been? Nominated: Compadres - James Keelaghan & Oscar Lopez

2010: Instrumental Album of the Year: Trifecta, Nominated: Pavlo, Rik Emmett, Oscar Lopez

Total Nominations: 7

Total Wins: 2

Other Awards Nominations & Wins[edit]

1999: Prairie Music Awards Winner Instrumentalist of the Year

2002: SOCAN Winner Hagood Hardy Jazz/Instrumental Award

And Is a two-time recipient of the Hispanic Excellence Award for the achievements as the Hottest Latin Guitarist.


  • Hola (1989)
  • Sueños (1991)
  • Dancing on the Moon Contigo (1994) Nominated for a Juno Award for Best Global Recording
  • Compadres (1997) (James Keelaghan & Oscar Lopez) Nominated for a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album - Group
  • Heat (1997)
  • Seduction (1998)
  • Armando's Fire (2000) Won a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album
  • Flashback: The Best of Oscar Lopez (2002)
  • My Destiny (Mi Destino) (2003) Won a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year
  • ¿Buddy Where You Been? (2007) (Compadres, with James Keelaghan) Nominated for a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group
  • Trifecta (2009) (Pavlo, Rik Emmett & Oscar Lopez) Nominated for a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year
  • Apasionado (2014) coming on October 21 !

Other Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Masters of Acoustic Guitar (1997) (Narada) (Track 5 - Classical Soul (Edit))
  • Narada Smooth Jazz (1997) (Narada)
  • Narada World A Global Vision (1997) (Narada)
  • The Next Generation - Narada Sampler (1997) (Narada)
  • Gypsy Passion: New Flamenco (1997) (Narada)
  • Gypsy Soul: New Flamenco (1998) (Narada)
  • Stories (Narada Artist Collection) (1998) (Narada) (Track 3 - Looking Back)
  • Narada Film and Television Music Sampler (1998) (Narada)
  • Narada Guitar: 15 Years of Collected Works (1998) (Narada)
  • Obsession: New Flamenco Romance (1999) (Narada)
  • Latino Christmas (1999) (Narada) (Track 2 - Happy Christmas, Track 6 - White Christmas, Track 9 - Little Town of Bethlehem)
  • Nuevo Flamenco (1999) (Virgin France)
  • Gypsy Fire (2000) (Narada)
  • Global Transmissions (2000) (Narada)
  • Narada Guitar 2: The Best of Two Decades (2000) (Narada)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 1 (2000) (Baja Records)
  • Tabu: Mondo Flamenco (2001) (Narada)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 2 (2002) (Baja Records)
  • Best of Narada New Flamenco Guitar (2003) (Narada)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Latin Christmas (2005) (EMI Music/Metropolitan Museum of Art) (Track 1 - Happy Christmas, Track 13 - White Christmas)
  • The World Of The Spanish Guitar Vol. 1 (2011) (Higher Octave Music)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 3 (2013) (Baja Records)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.theagencygroup.com/artist.aspx?ArtistID=4671
  2. ^ "I've Seen Fire. Rain." Calgary Herald, November 9, 2007.

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