The Gift of Music 2019

The Gift of Music


Are you ready to enter the draw for a FREE GUITAR?
Would you and your family love a musical instrument yet don't have much this holiday season?

As per the post below, Soupa Cafe and our awesome Victoria (and whistler) community have banded together to get 22 new and used instruments together which Soupa Cafe will wrap and gift away on Dec 24th. To Enter, simply comment on a post you see on facebook or write us on facebook messenger.

Dead easy!

If you're not entering, tag 3 people to help spread the love and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card.


1. Please comment with the size of the instrument you'd like

  • If you have a very small child, the Ukulele's would be perfect, these can also be played up to adult
  • Ages 6-9 the half size guitars are great, again these can be played by adults, ages 
  • Ages 10-13 would be a 3/4 size and over 13 years would be a full size. 
  • Please note we have far less full size than anything else so please keep it honest to help everyone get the gift which best suits them.

2. You must be able to collect from 736 View St on the 24th dec

3. You must bring the child you have entered - we will be requesting consent for your photo though it is not any issue at all to decline

If you have an instrument you'd like to donate please reach out to us at our facebook page

If you'd like to donate to the gift of music campaign, we will be using any remaining money for new instruments, strings, carry bags or the like. 100% of all money donated will be used to help children without much get musical instruments for this holiday season.

Tapestry Music for donating a fantastic Ukulele and tuner, totally awesome and very much appreciated

Long and McQuade for donating 3 Ukulele's and a guitar and offering discount pricing to help us buy more than we could ever afford

Guitars Plus for helping repair and re-string any and all broken donated instruments, they made our used instruments like new and we can't thank them enough! :)

Mike Arensen from Long and McQuade Victoria (Left) and Avi Lugassy (Right)
showcasing 11 new guitars including 4 donations from Long and McQuade. Huge Thank you!

Charmaine (left) and Monique (Right) from Tapestry Music with their donation. Special thanks to Ann Irwin who couldn't be happier to join the Gift of Music Again This Year! Thank you!!!

Soupa Cafe: All the donated guitars and all the purchased guitars ready to become "The Gift of Music"

More guitars are arriving (12/12/2019)

Good friends Bruce and Karen bring 2 brand new guitars with tuners and cappos
-- Huge Thank You

Incredible Book Keeper Alison turns up to a meeting with a guitar to donate in hand from her Daughter so "another kid can have a better Christmas" 



Pictured: Megan Di Lucca and Carly Murray From Sopa Cafe

The Gift of Music

The gift of Music started in 2018 and you can read all about how last year went here.

The concept behind the Gift of Music is to get donated instruments from people who no longer need them in to the hands of Children who don't have much for Christmas. Last year Soupa Cafe and our incredible community managed to get 5 guitars in to the hands of Children without much and the event was just as magical as it sounds.

In some cases the families turned up with their Children and in other cases the families asked us to deliver their guitars but both ways, each child received a wrapped guitar and tuner. We shared stories, some tears of joy and we ate soup! Christmas eve was particularly special for me (Avi Lugassy - Part Owner) as my very first guitar was donated to me on a cold night in London, UK, probably 15 years ago. To this day I still have that guitar and it has traveled to many destinations with me, as far as India and Thailand and South America, the United States and now, resides in Canada with me. My point is, as a young guy who couldn't play guitar but at that time, living without much, this instrument changed my life for the better. It is still in use today all these years later.

    Pictured: A family receives their Gift of Music at Soupa Cafe

For many of you who may already play an instrument, you will know music is a gift which keeps giving and best of all, is a wonderful and beautiful universal language.

This year in mid October we started "The Gift of Music" for 2019 and the response has been great, people from the community have offered all kinds of instruments and we are in the process of trying to get everything to one place where we can assess the shape and where needed, re-string, buy missing parts etc. 

To date Tapestry Music Victoria have donated an instrument and carry bag and Long and McQuade Victoria have donated a 3/4 Size Guitar and a Ukulele and offered us discounted pricing on any new instruments. The zone radio have kindly said they will announce us in December and put this information on their website :) 

We have received one clarinet (complete), one Ukulele, one glockenspiel and the above 2 ukulele's and a 3/4 size guitar, we have the promise of one full size guitar too. Soupa Cafe will purchase 2 full size guitars as gifts and our campaign has readed $300 in donations which is enough almost to purchase another 2 full size guitars!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

Let's create the Gift That Keeps Giving this Christmas!

If you'd like to be a part of the Gift of Music this year, WE NEED YOUR HELP

Do you have an old instrument in good shape which you no longer use or never learned? Would you be willing to part ways with it so a child who doesn't have much can receive it as a gift for Christmas? If so, we want to hear from you! We will gladly exchange you a bowl of Soup or a Sandwich if you are able to deliver the instrument to either location at 736 View St or to 3050 Douglas.

If you don't have an instrument but would like to help anyway we have a Go Fund Me page, this page aims to help buy a few additional guitars and any needed extra's to make all the instruments like new again. Please reach out to us today!

You can message us at our facebook page:
Or write us an email via our contact us section here

Thank you so much for being a part of The Gift of Music
We love our local Victoria Community.

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