Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti (ES:MO)


  • Elizabeth Shepherd - vocals
  • Michael Occhipinti - guitar

Friday June 24th 7:00 pm @ National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

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After years of touring together, decorated Canadian artists Michael Occhipinti and Elizabeth Shepherd have teamed up to create ES:MO - a musical duo focused on genreless creativity and exploration. With extensive musical backgrounds, international acclaim, and a lengthy list of prestigious awards and nominations, namely, their combined fifteen Juno nominations, both artists have had successful, independent careers before embarking on their new venture.

Elizabeth, a multi-dimensional vocalist, has twice been long-listed for the Polaris Prize and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl. Michael, a versatile, creative guitarist, has performed with multiple legendary artists including DVSN and Bruce Cockburn. Having now teamed up to create an album of reimagined musical works including one original song due out in November, the duo are gearing up to release their first song off of the project, "Any Other Way" on Friday, October 8th 2021.

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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