About Lennon.Live

A Celebration

Lennon.Live is a celebration of the music of John Lennon that showcases songs from all phases of his illustrious career. With great attention to detail in song arrangements, instrumentation and costumes, the seven splendid Lennon.Live musicians take audiences on a “magical mystery tour” that tracks Lennon’s musical life in the “Fab Four” through to his emergence as a cultural icon promoting peace and love. 

 

The History 

Hear John Lennon’s soundtrack from his days of “Live Peace” with the Plastic Ono Band, to his years in New York City with The Elephant's Memory Band. Continue the experience with his so-called "Lost Weekend" era, and relive the time Lennon spent at The Dakota when revitalized his musical career with the Double Fantasy project.

    The Show

    Witness the musical legacy of John Lennon come alive in two memorable Acts featuring vintage costumes and period-correct instruments played by seven accomplished musicians!

     

    Show Features:  

    • Appeals to audiences of all ages  
    • Ideal for theatre, festival & fundraising events  
    • Period-correct instruments, gear and costume changes  
    • Memorable music from all phases of John Lennon's career  
    • Showcases superb musicians all playing live, with no backing tracks  
    • Professional, polished, approachable & personable performers  
    • Opportunities for audience interaction and participation!

    Band Bio's

    Andrew McCarthy on drums. Photography: Keith Bernard

    Andrew McCarthy

    Drums

    Andrew McCarthy was born in St. John’s Newfoundland and has been an active member of the diverse Canadian music scene for the past decade as a drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator.

    In 2014, Andrew received the Side Musician of the Year award from MusicNL and won the 2019 ECMA for Jazz Recording of the year with Ouroboros on the album “Kitchuses.” In 2020, Andrew is looking forward to releasing his first album as a composer for small jazz ensemble which is titled Day Late, Dollar Short.

    Andrew also is a fantastic educator who and is in constant demand for lessons - live or socially-distanced - as well as studio recording.

    Brant Garratt

    Guitar

    Toronto based musician and naturalist, Brant has a passion for all things musical. Since studying voice and playing guitar at Humber College Lakeshore Campus, he constantly busy as an in-demand freelance musician.

    Be sure to check out his fantastic Toronto-based country and bluegrass band, Duke Street Turnaround!

    Kim Manning playing keyboards

    Kimberly Manning

    Keyboards

    Kim is a professional vocalist, keys player and songwriter. She performs regularly and offers individual piano and vocal instruction.

    She also has built a unique music therapy and teaching practice in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

    She currently is a featured keyboard player and vocalist for the renowned bands Whose Cat is Dead and Zuffalo. Moreover, her excellent original music is definitely worth a listen!

    Eric Wong

    Saxophone

    Eric Wong is a Canadian professional musician in Toronto focused on performing and teaching music. Starting at the age of 6, Eric began piano lessons, and quickly picked up the saxophone at age 10. Eric has performed in provincial and national classical competitions on both instruments, and has represented Saskatchewan at the National Music Festival Finals in 2016 in the Chamber Ensemble category.

    After studying classical piano and saxophone for many years, discovering jazz music led Eric from his hometown in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Toronto in 2016, and has been playing and teaching professionally around the city ever since. He plays saxophone, piano, flute, and clarinet professionally, and is involved with many projects around the GTA.

    Dean Aivaliotis

    Keyboards

    Dean’s musical talents are in high demand in the Toronto music scene. He is an accomplished performer, songwriter, producer and session keyboard player. Dean has performed with various artists and has been fortunate enough to share the stage as a supporting act for notable artists such as K’naan, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg.

    Dean began piano lessons at the age of six, and continued his formal music education which led to the completion of his Master’s Degree in Composition at York University. The music community, both locally and globally, is something Dean holds close to his heart. Dean enjoys connecting with and sharing the joys and love of music with individuals from all walks of life. 

    Jerritt Craig

    Bass

    Based in the GTA, Jerritt is a Bassist, vocalist, and educator. He has worked with artists like Taya Marquis, Loony Moonchild, Gabriella Rodgers and more.

    Jerritt is extremely proficient on the Bass, with the ability to perform a wide range of styles ranging from jazz, to some of the most eclectic styles of world music.

    Jerritt, who attended Humber College for a degree in Jazz Performance, also teaches all levels on the Electric, Fretless and Acoustic Bass.

    John MacDonald

    "JOHN LENNON"

    As a seasoned member of The FabFour and performer with other acts such as the classic rock band, The Shakers, John has extensive experience playing to audiences across Canada and around the world. During his years as a secondary school educator, John has earned several honours including awards for creating the musicals "Everybody is a Somebody" and "The Tikbalang and Me" - both of which underscore the importance of mental health among the youth in contemporary society.

    FUN FACTS

    - Once played trombone for the Pope
    - Favourite Food: Maple Syrup 

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