- June 21, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(Bring a blanket or festival chair. We will have some chairs on hand.)
Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti (ES:MO) have been featured in each other’s projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth being the vocalist and pianist for Michael Occhipinti’s The Universe of John Lennon, and Michael touring as the guitarist in Elizabeth’s group promoting her albums Montreal and The Signal. Their new duo album, The Weight of Hope, was released in October 2021, and the two are touring across Canada to support the album’s release.
ES:MO’s recording started in June of 2019 as the two entered the studio at the Banff Centre For the Arts to record the songbook they’ve built up over years of touring. The completed album includes songs by Canadian legends such as Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as the music of Stevie Wonder and forgotten Toronto soul legend Jackie Shane’s Any Other Way. Michael and Elizabeth are working on a new and very different second album, which will consist entirely of original music, much of it started when the two bubbled together with their families at Elizabeth’s home in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec.
Michael Occhipinti has been called a guitar chameleon for his ability to work with many colours in different genres, while Elizabeth Shepherd’s unique voice and adventurous compositions also resist easy labelling. Between them, the two have received over a dozen nominations for Canada’s JUNO Award, and two Polaris Prize nominations. Together they create a magical and compelling world of sound and are now venturing out into their post-Covid 19 touring.