Singer-songwriter Sophie Léger weaves her luxuriant vocals together with solid instrumentation to form a rich tapestry of sound and emotion that delights, challenges and inspires audiences. The multi-instrumentalist (guitar, djembe, harmonica) animates her passionate poetry with rich harmonies and buoyant beats that expand contemporary folk and pop traditions, and she’s playing at Gaia Java on Friday, October 24 at 7:00pm.
Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Sophie grew up singing in both of Canada’s official languages. Her songs lead listeners on an intimate journey, bridging geographical, cultural and spiritual distance as she celebrates relationships and experiences she has enjoyed with people across Canada and around the world.
Sophie composed her first album, As I Am (2002), while teaching in Haiti and Thailand. She received a grant from the Northwest Territories Arts Council to record her second album, A Place in Me (2009), which honours her adopted home of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where she teaches music and provides literacy support to elementary students by day and lights up club and concert stages by night.
This week she will be joined by her brother for harmony vocals on some songs, and she assures me that she will be bringing some of her CDs to sell. So come along and join us for what promises to be a lively and entertaining evening of music, and anecdotes. No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a donations jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.
See more details at www.gaiajava.ca where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next couple of months – everything from High School students to seasoned professionals who are willing to come and share their talents with you. There are even some weeks where we will offer you 2 music nights in one week – such is the demand for space at this intimate venue!
Paul Jay is one of the owners at Gaia Java Coffee Company on Stittsville Main Street.