Pavlo Simtikidis

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Birth namePavlo Simtikidis
Born (1969-06-29) June 29, 1969 (age 49)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresNew Flamenco, Instrumental, Latin, Jazz, World
Occupation(s)Musician, guitarist, composer, record producer
Years active1998–present
LabelsSleeping Giant Music, Hejaz Entertainment, P.R.O.
Associated actsVasyl Popadiuk, Konstantine, Oscar Lopez, Rik Emmett

Pavlo Simtikidis (Pavlo) (born June 29, 1969) is a guitarist who plays, "a Mediterranean sound mixing the folkloric styles of Greek, Spanish and Latin music with pop sensibilities."[1] Born in Toronto, Canada, he is the son of Greek immigrants, George & Freda Simtikidis, of Kastoria, Greece. His albums Pavlo and Fantasia certified Gold in Canada, and album Fantasia was nominated in 2001 for a JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy) for Best Instrumental Album.

His next recording project Trifecta was released in 2009 in collaboration with Oscar Lopez and Rik Emmett (lead guitarist from rock group, Triumph) was nominated in 2010 for a JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy) for Instrumental Album of The Year.

Pavlo has sold more than a 500,000 records.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Pavlo awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Juno Awards 0 2
Awards won0
Juno Awards

The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Pavlo received 2 nominations.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Fantasia Best Instrumental Album Nominated
2010 Trifecta (Pavlo, Rik Emmett, Oscar Lopez) Instrumental Album of the Year Nominated

Juno Awards Artist Summary Pavlo

Music Canada Gold and Platinum Certification Awards Certifications[edit]

Certified albums[edit]

Pavlo (1998) Certified: Gold

Fantasia (2000) Certified: Gold

Music Canada Gold/Platinum Artist Summary Pavlo

Career Highlights[edit]

  • PBS Special "Pavlo: Mediterranean Nights" – aired nationally by networks: Bravo and CBC Bold in Canada and PBS in the U.S.A.
  • Best Instrumental Album of the Year for "Trifecta" (2010 – Juno Nomination – Canada's Equivalent to the Grammy's)
  • Best Instrumental Album of the Year for "Fantasia" (2000 – Juno Nomination)
  • Performs average of 150 concerts per year
  • Half Million Records Sold worldwide
  • Two Gold Albums (Fantasia and Pavlo)
  • Selected and Performed for His Royal Highness Prince Charles (April 2001)
  • In 2002, Pavlo won a lawsuit against R&B Mega Stars: R-Kelly and Jay-Z. The R&B stars sampled Pavlo's music and made a Top 10 hit song "Fiesta" based on Pavlo's original melody "Fantasia". Pavlo's actual guitar work was lifted and placed repeatedly into the song 27 times. Pavlo now shares in the publishing of the song as a co-writer.
  • World Artist of the Year (2005)
  • Billboard Top 10 (May 2005)
  • Touring Artist of the Year (2006)
  • Montreal Jazz Festival – Headlined Main Stage for 20,000 + people (2006)
  • Top Choice Awards 2006 "Greek Man of the Year"
  • Top Choice Awards 2007 "Greek Man of the Year"
  • Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year (2007 Nomination)
  • Music Featured in "So You Think You Can Dance"; Marine Life (starring Cybil Shepherd); CTV's Eleventh Hour;Just Cause; Showcase/Showtime L Word; The Chris Isaak Show (2 episodes)
  • Pavlo owns his own line of nylon string acoustic guitars retailing online and across Canada, called "Pavlo, Signature Series".
  • Pavlo is known for giving away his guitar to someone in the audience at every concert
  • Pavlo organized a Canadian Guitar Trio made of himself and 2 Time Juno Award Winner, Oscar Lopez and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Rik Emmett (Rock Group, Triumph). Together they composed all songs on their album "Trifecta" which was later nominated for 2010 Juno, and they completed a national sold out tour.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Certifications Nominations/Awards
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 01)
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 02)
Nominated for a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album[3]
I Feel Love Again
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 03)
Frostbite: Music for the Holidays
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 04)
Mediterranean Lounge
  • Type: Remix album
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 07)
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 08)
Live at Massey Hall
  • Type: Live album
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Sleeping Giant Music (#SGM 09)
Mediterranean Nights
  • Type: Live album
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Hejaz Entertainment (#HEJ-01)
Trifecta (Pavlo, Rik Emmett, Oscar Lopez)
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: P.R.O. (#PRO-001)
Nominated for a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year[3]
Six String Blvd
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Hejaz Entertainment (#HEJ-10)
Guitarradas (Pavlo & Remigio)
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Hejaz Entertainment
Live in Kastoria
  • Type: Live album
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Hejaz Entertainment

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Certifications Nominations/Awards
Mediterranean Nights
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Hejaz Entertainment (#HEJDVD01)
  • Formats: DVD
Live in Kastoria
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Hejaz Entertainment
  • Formats: DVD

Other Appearances[edit]

  • Vasyl Popadiuk – III (2004) (Produced by Pavlo, written by Pavlo & Konstantine)
  • Konstantine – Mediterranean Rendezvous (2004)

Other Compilation Appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Papapostolou, A. (February 26, 2010). "Pavlo Simtikidis Forms Greek – Canadian Guitar Trio for New Performance". Greek Reporter. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Artist Summary Pavlo". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Artist Summary Pavlo". Juno Awards. Retrieved 10 November 2015.

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