Stouffville, Ontario Canada

Andrew Lopatin is the big instrumental guitarist from the little country-town of Stouffville, Ontario. The release of his

debut album, Quicksand, marked a turning point in music as he demonstrated how to turn a single guitar into a sizeable orchestra and expand the horizons of the magical instrument.

The development of Andrew's unique style took years of sound-searching and a lifetime of experiences. Since he was raised by artistic parents, it's not a surprise that he took an interest in music. His mother (a classically trained pianist and a visual artist) and his father (an artist of all visual forms) played a crucial role in the subtle influence of his development.

Andrew first laid his hands on a piano at the age of five when his seemingly meaningless childhood music composition foreshadowed a lifetime of training and passion. This passion slowly grew and developed through various art forms. At the age of 13, he picked up a guitar and knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

Andrew was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, but it wasn't until he spent some time in Canada that his religious and unconditional training in music began. Not long after that, he began breaking the commonly misconstrued limitations of the instrument as he continuously pushed himself to become a master of the guitar.

After being recognized throughout his high school for his talent, Andrew began performing at restaurants and competitions throughout the Greater Toronto Area. His name quickly spread amongst the locals.

Eventually, Andrew’s music began to take a turn and focused more on calmness and Zen when he finally found the sound he heard in his dreams.

As he grew older and the responsibilities of life became more present, Andrew's music career began to slow down. It wasn't until he aced an audition to perform in the subways of Toronto that he quit all of his jobs and was provided an opportunity to perform every day and be back behind the guitar, training and composing. Now, he has completed six international tours! He has traveled across North America and overseas every year and performed at festivals such as Scotiabank Buskerfest, Halifax International Busker Festival, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Dundas International Busker Festival, Artsplosure in Raleigh, Port Credit Busker Festival, Downtown Milton Street Festival, Tall Ships in Halifax, Buskers on the Boardwalk Festival, Owen Sound’s Summerfolk, Downtown Cobourg International Buskerfest, Edmonton/Vancouver/Saskatoon International Fringe Festivals, Mayor’s Cabaret in Burlington, Ball's Falls Thanksgiving Festival, Robson Valley Music Festival, and a long list of venues, restaurants, and private and corporate functions for clients such as Roland, Strathallen Capital, the Consul of Belgium, Covenant House, E=MC2 Events, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, and the City of Toronto.

Understanding the music Andrew listens to means understanding his musical development. His influences include many CandyRat and CandyRat-like artists such as Erik Mongrain, Don Ross, Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, and Ewan Dobson. He consistently listens to the soothing unique music of Patrick Watson. However, he would emphasize his greatest influence to be Michael Manring after an encounter at the Canadian Guitar Festival in 2010 marked the turning point in his career. He even made a custom acoustic-guitar version of Michael’s ‘Hyper-Bass’ and named it the ‘Hyper-Guitar’.

After years of sound searching, Andrew has released his most unique album, which is based on the development and sudden turn in his music. His music features lively guitar playing and unique rhythms while focusing on calming the mind.