Originally from Athens Greece, Demetri Petsalakis is a Toronto based musician participating in the multicultural music scene of the city.  Performing in a variety of styles, he is involved with bands such as Ventanas, Near East, Samba Squad,  Nesma, The Ken McDonald quartet and the Heavyset Quartet where he is featured playing a variety of stringed instruments including  guitar and outi(oud).

Demetri has a Master of Music degree in jazz guitar performance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from York University, where he made the deans list for the honour roll in 2009. During his studies at York University he was awarded the Oscar Peterson Scholarship in 2008, and he was the recipient of the Millennium Excellence Award in 2009.

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