Sarina Haggarty has been making music for as long as she can remember. As a young child she would regularly improvise songs while pretending to play guitar. At age four, she began learning cello with an old converted viola. From there, she branched out to piano and vocal lessons. At age 10 she taught herself guitar and has been refining her music ever since. Once a regular fixture around London Ontario’s Convent Garden Market, Sarina would regularly spend time on the weekends busking in front of the market or performing at local events. She has performed the national anthem for the London Lightening, performed on Canada Day in Harris Park, various local open mic nights and regularly uses her music ability to raise money for various charities including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Bethany’s Hope, Make-A-Wish, London Health Science centre and other foundations locally and internationally. She was also invited to perform at a cocktail party for Chef Micheal. One thing is clear, she has no fear when it comes to performing, no matter the size of the crowd.
Despite anything, Sarina has never let anything or anyone stop her from performing or making her own music. At the age of 9, Sarina suffered her first seizure on route to a performance. Following her second attack, doctors at the London Health Sciences Centre diagnosed her as having epilepsy. Despite anything, Sarina has never let anything or anyone stop her from performing or making her own music At the age of 17, Sarina became a Make-A-Wish ambassador and had the opportunity to perform an original song for Canadian artist Shawn Mendes’ at a sold out show of over 22,000 people @ Quicken loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio. – Becoming a Make-A-Wish internationally highlight of the year.
Even while in the hospital, she was still playing music for the nurses on the floor and even had a visit from the band; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. She recorded a video of her performing between surgeries, which was posted to social media and has since received over thousands of views!
In less than 2 years, Sarina has released two EPs – Missing Pieces (November 2016) & Compass (January 2018). Proceeds from Missing Pieces – EP have been donated brain research. Selling out some of the most amazing venues in London, Sarina plans to keep writing and release more music in the near future. Sarina will always be grateful for the local and world-wide support that is given and shown.