Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon

 Michael Occhipinti presents a pre-concert talk from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm and Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon performs at 7:30 pm on Saturday October 15, 2016 at the Merrickville United Church

120409 Shine On_V0W9106 copy_2Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon is a spectacular group performing music by John Lennon and The Beatles uniquely arranged by eight-time JUNO nominee Michael Occhipinti. The all-star lineup collectively boasts over 20 JUNO Award nominations, and includes the unique voices of Elizabeth Shepherd, Yvette Tollar and Dominic Mancuso, paired with the instrumental talents of Mark Kelso (drums/vocals), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), and Michael Occhipinti (guitar/vocals). The group has started to perform in the US also, and recently had a successful run of shows and performance workshops presented by Jazz Arts Columbus (Ohio).

Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon was a Top Pick of 2012 by the staff at Jazz FM Toronto, and the group has performed at jazz festivals across Canada, from the Vancouver Jazz Festival to the Wreckhouse Festival in St. John’s Newfoundland. The group connects with audiences on big outdoor stages and in intimate theatres and clubs, as the  music is familiar yet surprising and the musicians are among Canada’s best.

The musicians came together in December of 2010 for a concert to mark the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. Taking utter delight in the audience’s enthusiasm and the chance to work together performing an iconic repertoire, they recorded and released the album The Universe of John Lennon in the summer of 2012, and have since appeared at festivals and venues from St. John’s to Victoria to New York.


Michael Occhipinti – guitar

Yvette Tollar – vocals

Dominic Mancuso – vocals

Elizabeth Shepherd – vocals, keys

Mark Kelso – drums

Kevin Turcotte – trumpet

Roberto Occhipinti – bass