Beau Soir- Filmed at Phantom Creek Estate Winery, Oliver BC Canada

Beau Soir- Filmed at Phantom Creek Estate Winery, Oliver BC Canada

A peaceful and calm song by Debussy… one of my favourites, filmed at Phantom Creek Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia- one of the most beautiful wineries I have had the pleasure of visiting with a beautiful peaceful song. Oliver is known as the wine capital of Canada! It really was one of the most beautiful places in the world!

These beautiful sculptures were created by Wu Ching Ju, Pro Terra et Natura (For Earth and Nature) and are one of three sets by this artist.

Thank you @PhantomCreek for having us, and thank you Anna Kova dress rental for this stunning white dress!

#NotYourAverageViolinist #MusicVideo #BeauSoir #Debussy #NewVideo #HappyMonday

Making Music & Travelling with Kids!

Making Music & Travelling with Kids!

Hey friends!

So, I get a lot of comments about traveling with the kids and how hard it must be, and I have to say honestly, my heart hurts when I’m not with them! So why not? If you have the right gear, it can be easy. Having an easy to use travel crib can make all the difference, or in this case, a great portable high chair! It all helps. When you home school and have some flexibility within your daily routine, it can be done!

We have discovered this gem of a high chair- The Stokke Clikk high chair – which is not only a great for at home, but it travels really easily which is great for us- especially travelling so much for performances (hopefully again soon!) We couldn’t be more pleased with this product- easy to assemble, disassemble, easy to clean, high quality, strong, sturdy and safe and watch to the end to see how easy it is to pack it all up and get rocking! I rarely leave the kids at home unless it’s an overnight thing only, so I like to be ready for travel. Check out our video on this awesome high chair:

Other great items for travel that we take:

Portable potty
iPads with educational software for kids for long flights
Travel table for airplane seats or car rides
Travel crib
Carrier for tired toddlers

Any tips? We always love to hear them! There’s ALWAYS room for improvement!

Sophie XO

 

The Art of Self Care- WIN a Weekend Away at Sparkling Hill!

The Art of Self Care- WIN a Weekend Away at Sparkling Hill!

Happy Monday everyone!

You guys- WOW. I had the most wonderful two days away last weekend at Sparkling Hill Resort I’m so grateful that I had the chance to sneak in a break. Self care is so important, especially for busy moms trying to do it all! Burning the candles at both ends is easy to do… I saw a hilarious meme about how impossible it is to be present for the kids, your partner, do a great job at your career, entertain, keep up with all your friends… and yet, as much as I laughed, that is what I expect from myself. Crazy right? I might need a daily reminder.

So where is this place? What is this place? Sparkling Hill is one of the most amazing spas I have ever been to, and I’ve been to many around the globe! From the stunning premises created by the Swarovski family, they offer a range of wellness oasis amenities and services unprecedented in North America. Beautiful surroundings, farm to table dining philosophy and holistic spa treatments, Sparkling Hill also offers wellness programs on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and personal wellness.

As an often tired Mom, my goal for my own weekend away was to SLEEP for a full night, and not have to a million things in the morning, and just to catch up on a little rest- and wow, I got that and so much more! I was so inspired to make more time for self care in my daily routine and to take regular breaks which I tend to forget when I’m so darn busy- I usually wait until I crash, which, is NOT a good habit.

So my fellow Mamas, especially the ones writing asking how I get the energy to do it all, (and I don’t always!) here’s YOUR change to win your own weekend away! I am partnering with Sparkling Hill to give you guys the chance to win a 2 night introductory wellness package at this fabulous resort in beautiful British Columbia Canada, which includes the following:

Package Inclusions:

* 2 nights’ accommodation
* Daily 3 course dinner per guest in Peak Fine Restaurant
* One wellness activity class per guest
* 20% off spa treatments at KurSpa*

Resort Inclusions:

* Daily complimentary à la carte breakfast
* Complimentary high speed Telus Wi-Fi
* Valet parking – one vehicle per room

KurSpa Inclusions:

* Heated outdoor infinity pool
* Indoor serenity pool and hot pool
* Kneipp Hydrotherapy
* Keiser equipped fitness studio
* Tea and serenity relaxation room

How to win? Head over to my Instagram Page to find out how!

SophieXO

Spring and Summer in the Okanagan, BC Canada!

Spring and Summer in the Okanagan, BC Canada!

Hey friends!

We have spent a lot of time in the Okanagan, but since relocating here last year, we have really started to get to know this beautiful place intimately! Every city has its own charms and while our little ones definitely miss the Science Centre and the zoo in Calgary, there is SO much to explore here! Even with the Covid restrictions, we have managed to find safe and healthy outdoor activities for the kids and we’re so grateful for that!

You guys KNOW that I miss being on stages and meeting you all, but it’s been a great time for reflection, writing and some good family time in the outdoors. Friends, if you want to visit, let us know, we cannot wait to re-connect with you all.

Here are our absolute favourite things to do here to share with you!

Favourite date night activities:

Paddleboard class with Okanagan Lifestyle
Mission Hill Winery– amazing restaurant, fabulous wines and view.
Sitting by the Beach at Bertram Park – a beautiful leafy green space which is a little far from the crowds downtown
El Dorado Resort– beautiful water front spot that has become a regular for us!
Pulp Fiction Coffee House – so much scope for the imagination! Not only a cafe but a second hand book store as well.
Hiking on Most Boucherie- and so many great spots to hike!
Grey Monk Winery in Lake Country- we love the view and their Pinot Noir!

Favourite family & kids activities:

Picking Fruit at Paynters Market in West Kelowna- check in with them what fruit is available at what stage of the season
Turtle Pond in Mission Creek Regional Park
Horse Riding- lots of great spots for kids to learn!
Janzen Garlic Acres- not only can you feed the animals, you can even learn how to pot a plant, take eggs from the chicken coup and buy some delicious veggies while you’re there.
H20 Fitness Centre- perfect for when you need some indoor fun.
Strawberry picking at Duggan Farms in Lake Country
Bertram Beach Park, our favourite beach just far enough away from the crowds, a beautiful leafy beach and playground!

If you’re planning on visiting, I hope you enjoy Kelowna as much as we have!

Sophie, Dionysius & the fam! XO

 

 

 

 

 

June in the Okanagan

June in the Okanagan

Happy Monday you guys!

We’re back in Calgary, and I’m still dreaming of our beautiful days in Kelowna! Days by the water, building sand castles…. after lock down it was such a blessing.

So while I’m saving up the new album material for next month’s Patreon Show, I thought it a perfect opportunity to share with you one of my favourite pieces of music to play. I have performed this for my own family at a very special occasion, and many others as well. I hope you enjoy this Patreon exclusive video, shot by my own husband and edited by yours truly, no special hair or makeup, this is a first! Check out the preview below, and you can sign up to my Patreon Membership Page for fans for as little as $1 a month!

Huge thanks to the Quails  Gate Winery for hosting us- side note- we also had two absolutely amazing meals at their world renowned restaurant, Old Vines, as well. It was pretty relaxing to know too, that there were no cases of Covid-19 in the Kelowna area where we were too, and everyone just seemed so relaxed! It was truly wonderful.

My little ones really are my biggest lesson and my biggest inspiration. Their innocence and random proclamations of love are just so beautiful.. even though as their mother, I guide them, and do my best to lead them, they teach me so much as well their little spirits often uplift mine, as much as I do for them in all the comfort and love that mothers provide.

This performance was just a perfect representation of the great moments, fit in amongst the chaos!

Love to you all,

Sophie Xo

 

Shooting Unvanquished in Scotland

Shooting Unvanquished in Scotland

You guys!!

I just had the three most magical, and challenging days here in beautiful Scotland. I should always start to expect the unexpected, because I could never have guessed how this was going to go. I had in my mind, that we were going to film an epic music video…. And I think we did thanks to Ringtail Films… But the experience was so much more!

I landed in Glasgow and went to stay with family, which was awesome. Then on day two, we started filming early in the morning. We started at some famous forest areas (some of which were used in Outlander- I know some of you on social media have asked if it was from Highlander- did you mean Outlander?) and walked down to a waterfall right down in a deep crevice between some rocks called The Devil’s Pulpit. It was amazing to hear how my violin sounded down there on a large speaker! I had planned to host a Facebook Live session down there, but alas, terrible reception! I can see why it’s called the Devil’s Pulpit- you feel like you’re right down underneath the earth in a hidden place…. Hopefully we shone some musical light down there!

In Skye, I wanted to stay right out near the farms, however… we had trouble getting there! Google maps had trouble identifying the location and right out there, the reception was terrible, and…. There were no streetlights out there and it was quite dark by the time we arrived! Anyway, we found each other and all was well. The things you don’t expect! Well, at least, the things I didn’t expect. Once daylight arrived it was just breathtaking. It could have been a scene from 100 years ago. The rolling hills with the small houses and the farms, with very majestic and magnificent coastline everywhere, were just so dreamy! Check it out this picture of one of the very cute little houses and the scenery! Bonus- a double rainbow! It had been a LONG time since I saw a full rainbow let alone a full or double rainbow. It was very pretty, very mystical.

The little white houses with the grey slate roofs were just so cute and the local farmers provided a lot of the local restaurants with fresh bread and dairy, and the landscape like a scene from an old film.

My favorite location was definitely The Fairy Glen (this is a shot from the drone! Ringtail Films totally rocked it!)

Locals tell me that the Fairy Glen was simply the result of what they call a land slip, but that there is some legend floating around that it is home to fairies and magical happenings! It was a awe inspiring location and we found it just fascinating, and beautiful to film. I would have enjoyed being on top of the peaks much more if it hadn’t been so darn cold and windy though! There was the challenge: staying warm on top of very high peaks in the very cold wind. But we did it, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

The single Unvanquished will be out October 8th, and the video clip will follow soon after.

Sophie xo