You’re the best! It’s been another incredible year and I couldn’t have done it without you – my fans! From performing in Calgary at the Water Lantern Festival to filming at the Bonneville Salt Flats to capturing Unvanquished in Scotland. You’ve been with me with every journey, every song, and every step. What better way to give back than with 12 days of giveaways at Christmas?!
To show my love and gratitude of your support, #santasophie is launching an entire week of giveaways on Instagram! We’re kick starting the holiday spirit by giving away some amazing prizes to celebrate the launch of the festive season here, and the release of the new Christmas album!
Starting Wednesday, December 4th, follow me on Instagram – @sophieplaysviolin– and follow the contest instructions. We know you’re going to love the prizes we’ve got in store! From luxury accommodation at a Fairmont Hotel to a glam makeover to free music lessons for a year. We’ve got something for everyone. You can even win copies of my albums AND a performance for your special event! Check back on Instagram everyday starting December 4th for your chance to win some fabulous prizes – just in time for Christmas, celebrating the release of Christmas Classics , on December 3rd. One giveaway daily starting Wednesday, December 4th, right after my Christmas album Christmas Classics with @littleharpist is released on December 3rd!
Some of the companies that will be sending some Christmas joy to our winners:
Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
VA Hill Violins
Maison Blu Makeup Artistry
Chinook School of Music
Dr For Moms and more!
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe Christmas – and here’s to a fabulous 2020!
Photo by @Kerim_photography Location: @FairmontPalliser
*Entries for any of the 12 Days Giveaways can be done anytime between 10am on 4th December until midnight on Sunday 15th December. Winners will be announced at 10am EST on Monday 15th December.
You guys! It’s been SUCH a whirlwind few weeks. I’m so excited to share finally, a preview of a BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM! Recorded with Toronto based Harpist Chantal Dube (known for her work with Drake) we recorded in two different cities (when I was 8 months pregnant and couldn’t travel!) to create this beautiful serene instrumental Christmas album with all your favourite Christmas Carols! Out NOW: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/christmas-classics/1544864440
Coming up, you may see Chantal with me on some of my appearances for this Christmas album- stay tuned! Here is an introduction to Chantal, and please check out her website and her amazing team of musicians out in Toronto! http://chantaldube.com/
*Photo of Chantal by https://fungke.com/
Chantal began her musical journey when she was just four years old under her mother’s expert tutelage. Her mother, who owned and operated a piano studio, remained a constant inspiration in Chantal’s life as she explored her passion for music and ultimately, the harp.
In 1992 Chantal attended the Royal Conservatory Summer School of Music at Ridley College, which was sponsored by the Niagara Symphony. Here she began her enduring relationship with the harp and she continued to take lessons with the Niagara Symphony’s Principal Harpist, Doris Scharing.
As Chantal advanced her harp-playing techniques, she initiated studies with the Principal Harpist from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzanne Thomas.
In 2006 Chantal and violinist Cheryl Hodgson recorded a Christian album entitled “Unto His Name”, a collection of spiritual songs interwoven with some well known classical pieces. After many requests for a solo album, in 2008 Chantal recorded her third album entitled “Still Moments”, a collection of hymns that have helped her through her spiritual journeys. Chantal also recorded a solo harp Christmas album titled “Heavenly Peace” which debuted on 100 Huntley Street Dec 7, 2012. You can purchase her latest albums on iTunes or email her at email@example.com to purchase the CD.
Since 1996 Chantal has been sharing her musical prowess with others through performances at occasions such as weddings, banquets, funerals and cooperate events. Her repertoire is very current including songs from the Top 40 charts and consists of many genres of music to please the varied tastes of her audiences. Chantal performs for over 50 events a year, with her years of experience in the wedding industry she comes highly recommended by Toronto’s top wedding vendors and venues.
Most recently Chantal was contacted by Drake’s producers to record for Drake’s album VIEWS. She received credits for her work on Drake’s album VIEWS which was released in April 2016. The harp can be heard on the tracks titled: Keep the Family Close, U With Me & Child’s Play.
In her spare time, Chantal enjoys volunteering at the Credit Valley Hospital playing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the premature babies. The harp has been scientifically proven to benefit preemies. This is a unique way that Chantal is able to give back to her community.
“Chantal’s harp music brings a wonderful calming effect. The music creates a soothing environment for the infants, moms, and dads. It gives family members a moment to pause in an environment that can be very stressful and make families very anxious.” ~ Nancy Frank Patient and Care Manager, NICU.