If you’re like me, then chances are you’ve had some down time right now. This also means it’s time to do ALL of those little tasks you told yourself you’d do when had some spare time. Right now, I’ve had a lot more time with my husband which I’m grateful for. My kids are usually home with me anyway, so that’s remained the same… I definitely have redirected my efforts from upcoming live shows to other tasks… I’ve set up a home studio which is a total first for me, I’ve always been way too technologically lazy to do that, but I kicked that and started with some help from my guitarist Mike! For those of you staying isolated, I hope you’re making the most of the time and keeping positive! I know it’s not easy. I hope you’re all keeping well during this time. It’s not easy! The above photo is the first image I have ever shared of me in PJs…we had a great movie night and fun was had by all. Since isolation started, many nights are like this! Cuddles and PJs and fun. We’ve been painting, starting indoor gardens, doing dance, music and even soccer classes online. Crazy, fun, creative and also scary times.
I’ve been cooking SO much more.. not the usual three meals and two snacks a day for everyone, but cupcakes from scratch, cakes… things I don’t usually do. My husband has been making his own keto bread (he’s very into this keto thing.. I’m not into diets but it actually tastes good!).. in light of most of our work being cancelled we’ve cut every expense possible, and are just focusing on what we have. So many good things from all this. But I’m scared honestly. I wonder how long this will last. I wonder if any of the conspiracy theories floating around might possible be real (like you do at 3am after my littlest wakes up and you peek at twitter and read crazy tweets). I miss hugging friends. Which I already did since leaving Australia, but now I miss my Canadian friends.. my Aussie friends… my British friends.. I miss YOU ALL! I miss seeing you guys at shows. One thing I have LOVED since moving to Canada is photos. I put them up everywhere. Of my family, friends, good times. And I try to look forward into the future and imagine what that might look like…
One of my goals was to go through my photos throughout the years to organize them… but, I couldn’t help but get distracted by my travel pics! I’ve been fortunate to visit and perform in some very Instagram-worthy destinations; from Copenhagen to Istanbul to Rome, Milan, and Turkey. Here’s a favorite from my album… in Venice more than ten years ago with a fellow violinist!
Looking over travel images makes me miss you – my fans – and miss travelling to undiscovered destinations. We can’t wait to tour Europe again and, perhaps, the Middle East to create new music for you to move to. Let’s continue this journey soon… news to come. Loads of love to you all.
Hey everyone! We will be trialling some new platforms for Sophie’s performances coming up. Today, you can watch Sophie’s show via StageIT (with a free album included!) and on Facebook Live and Instagram Live! See you out there… Sophie xo
Firstly today, I want to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful daughter Victoria. Three years ago today, people were asking why I wasn’t as vocal as I usually am on this important day, and my answer was that I had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl! I can’t believe she is THREE TODAY! Time really does fly!
Next, HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! I’m proud to be a woman in today’s era. We have rights and privileges that didn’t exist for our mothers and grandmothers. Come to think of it, we didn’t have these same rights today as we did 20 years ago! But we’re not there yet. The purpose of International Women’s Day is to recognize the progress women have made towards gender equality in their communities and workplace, and to champion women’s achievements. It’s a cause that’s very dear to my heart. I, along with some fabulous women, created the Every Woman Foundation, which ran for a decade. We held our signature event, the Every Woman Festival, for seven years and, during that time, we held it in Canada, Australia, and France. In fact, the Every Woman Foundation was voted one of Canada’s top 100 women’s organizations. Although I had to make the very tough decision to put my family and my work first since becoming a mother, I’m proud of the work we achieved. Over ten years we celebrated women, supported women with our programs and raised money for partner organizations. Although I’m now focused on Motherhood,
This year, I’m honoured to celebrate International Women’s Day with a performance at the Women & Wealth Gala in my hometown of Calgary. It’s a rare treat to perform in my own town, where I get to meet so many talented women, and this year’s Women & Wealth Gala has a pretty impressive line up! The emcee is award-winning journalist Aisling Tomei, and also appearing is award-winning entrepreneur Jess Tetu, fabulous TV host Jillian Harris! I’m excited to join this fabulous lineup.
The Women & Wealth Gala (@WomenandWealthGala) started in 2016 and continues to celebrate International Women’s Day annually.
I question the legacy I want to leave for my daughters. I want them to have the confidence to be who they are, love who they are, and be proud. After all, my daughter, Victoria, was born on International Women’s Day!
I love celebrations – and Valentine’s Day is one of my favourites! Love is the most beautiful thing in the world, and I get to celebrate this special day with my loves: my husband and my children. They’re simply my world. While we should say “I love you” to our someone special everyday, Valentine’s Day is the one day where we should appreciate the love in our lives. And, let’s agree, “What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork” – Pearl Bailey.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I performed John Legend’s All of Me, which is also our wedding song, at the @COREShopping Centre (Calgary). Head to my Instagram page – @sophieplaysviolin – and you’ll see my performance along with the candy and heart-themed display at the CORE Shopping Centre. The kids had a blast and my husband adored my rendition of our song
To help me dress for my performance, the fab team (thank you Estella, François, Joanly, and Lisa!) from Calgary’s Simons’ store at the CORE assembled a range of dresses to try from their current collections. The dresses were all so fabulous, but I narrowed it down to three: a short REDValentino cocktail dress, an eye-catching gold Luxxel floor-length gown, and an avant-garde design from Canadian designer Denis Gagnon. Simons has eight private labels and designer brands, and I fell in love with this store! Both my husband and I are wearing Simons clothing in this video!
This one was my absolute favourite, by Denis Gagnon:
I was so thrilled to discover Simons at the CORE. I wish I had discovered them sooner! It’s five levels of fabulous clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor, and everything you need for your bathroom, kitchen, and dining room. They even have their own in-store café, and they produce and sell their own honey (which is made on the roofs of the stores in Laval, Mississauga, and Quebec). It’s delish! One more Simons’ bragging right is their energy efficient store at the Londonderry Mall in Edmonton. Very impressive, make sure you check them out!