Last night, I performed at the top of the Banff Gondola, and wow, was it an amazing experience! I arrived for a special event, and wow was the ride up the mountain beautiful and a little scary at the same time! I have to admit, my violin didn’t love the air pressure up there, but it was a super fun show, my violin held out and it was a great experience all around… Check it out! In summer or winter, it’s a pretty spectacular highlight of the mountains here in Alberta Canada.
Don’t forget your jacket even if it’s not quite winter, it’s colder up the top than I expected! If you saw my instagram stories, you would have seen my ride up the gondola- are you on Instagram?
I’m really excited to share with you the video for the title track of the album The Journey! Featuring guitarist Pavlo, this video was filmed by Ringtail Films in the Badlands of Alberta, which has some crazy amazing land formations, which they are famous for! Also, to film out there, we stayed in the ghost town of Wayne, population 27 (that’s twenty-seven, no zeros lol!). It was a very different experience, totally unforgettable, with people telling us the hotel was haunted, the history of the town, the very unusually shaped mountains with beautiful cactus flowers… I’ll never forget this place! Thanks Thanks to Ringail Films, and my brilliant makeup team Maison Blu, and Jerome Salon!
Check it out:
So I have renamed this album The Journey= the act of traveling from one place to another, which I felt was more true to what I set out to do artistically. I hope you love it even more, it’s available now!
After a busy year, collaborations, recording, filming, writing, and rehearsing a new ensemble I’m excited to share with you my new group! Click here for dates! Coming up this winter I’ll be performing a few shows, until baby #2 arrives in March! Check out upcoming dates here: https://sophiearmstrong.ca/gigs/ We are planning a tour with my new band! Stay tuned for more info !Also coming up, our little guy turns 1!! I can’t believe it’s been a year almost since he arrived! Time flies…Sophie xox
Inspired by my trip to Morocco and Spain, here is a mix of music written across both continents and finished in the UK! Morocco was one of the most beautiful and different places I have ever visited. I am absolutely loving that what I do allows me to see the world! Check out some of my snaps from my days exploring and on stage!
Last weekend I had a blast performing at the Victoria Women’s Show and exploring this beautiful part of British Columbia! It was my second time in Victoria, and it was great to create some new memories there. It is such a beautiful city! My faves have got to be Fisherman’s Wharf where you can feel the otters (!!!!) and the Butchart Gardens (being a flower fanatic, I could NOT help myself!).
I absolutely recommend a visit here! Such a stylish, well manicured city with loads of places to explore among the old buildings (Victoria is one of Canada’s oldest cities!), I couldn’t get enough!
Fun at Fisherman’s Wharf feeding otters!
Checking out the beautiful Butchart Gardens, which were absolutely amazing!
The heat, the fun, and the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – that’s the Calgary Stampede! This is my first year in Calgary and my first Calgary Stampede – and WOW! It’s 10 days of non-stop entertainment (ok, and a bit of partying 😊) at the beginning of July every year. I’ve heard of the Calgary Stampede, but never had the opportunity to experience it first-hand. Now I know what all the excitement is about… Giddy up!
Last month, I was invited to perform country music – another first for me – during the Cowboy Up Challenge (an equestrian event that challenges horse and rider). I was excited to share some of my own music as well! The Cowboy Up Challenge was held in the Calgary Saddledome – home to Calgary’s hockey team, the Calgary Flames – and seats an impressive 19,000+ fans. This Calgary Stampede was even more memorable because it was the Stampede’s Centennial celebration this year. Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson was the Stampede Parade Marshall – and his love of Canada really showed as he led the parade.
I love the display of the Stampede Parade, seeing the beautiful Stampede Princesses, and, of course, the creative country and western fashions! I bought my outfit from Lammle’s Western Wear, which is THE go-to place to get your Stampede outfit, and the official apparel supplier of the Calgary Stampede. But, truth be told, I did NOT like the cowboy boots! They hurt my feet and I longed for a pack of Band-Aids at the end of every show. Everyone – including news anchors, executives, and who’s who – wear western-style clothing during the event. In fact, you’re the odd person out if you don’t!
There are so many events and places to visit in and around Calgary during the Stampede. Below are my top 10 for when you visit Calgary during the Calgary Stampede:
1. Take in a concert (or two). Some pretty big names perform in Calgary during the Stampede.
2. Watch the GMC Rangeland Derby, followed by the Grandstand Show
3. Have some fun at the Midway
4. Taste some of the adventurous (fried cricket, anyone?) creations at the Stampede Midway
5. Head to the neighbouring towns of Canmore and, of course, Banff and Lake Louise. You need to check these quintessential mountain towns for yourself!
6. Visit Calgary Tower and get a bird’s eye view of Calgary and the Foothills Mountains
7. Head to Lammle’s Western Wear and get fitted for your Stampede outfit!
8. Carb-up with a free pancake breakfast every day during Stampede 😊
9. Stroll through Prince’s Island Park – it reminds me of a mini-version of Central Park in NYC
10. Sip a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine at any of the fabulous outdoor bars and patios
I’m so excited to be out here in Denmark! I have to say, I was a little bit nervous playing for Crown Prince Mary and Crown Prince Frederik at the Sculptures by the Sea Gala, simply because I’m such a fan of Mary! It was quite surreal.
My favorite part of Denmark was defiitely the unique culture and the art all around the city! It was amazing to be in the homeland of Hans Christian Andersen and to absorb all the new things.. we humans are so interesting!
Love to you all!
Sculptures by the Sea- in Arhus, this was one of my favorite sculptures- it reminded me of home.