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Snowblink aims to share musical joy

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jul 15, 2014 - 2:49 PM |
Husband and wife Dan Goldman and Daniela Gesundheit make up the Toronto-based band indie pop band Snowblink, which is one of the headliners at the River and Sky Music and Camping Festival, coming up this weekend in Field, Ont. Supplied photo.

Husband and wife Dan Goldman and Daniela Gesundheit make up the Toronto-based band indie pop band Snowblink, which is one of the headliners at the River and Sky Music and Camping Festival, coming up this weekend in Field, Ont. Supplied photo.

Husband-and-wife band headlines River and Sky

Daniela Gesundheit — one half of the Toronto-based indie pop musical duo Snowblink — loves connecting with audiences so much that she's developed a rather quirky service.

By filling out a form on Snowblink's website, people can request Gesundheit sing to them or a friend over the phone. 

Before you start complimenting her on her entrepreneurial spirit, note that she does all of this for free.

People have variously ordered the singing telegrams for happy and sad occasions, including for their child's birthday and in an attempt to make up with a girlfriend.

“Playing on stages to larger audiences, you lose a certain intimacy you can achieve just one on one with people,” Gesundheit said.


“It's just a way for me to have a connection to people who are connecting to my music in one way or another.”

Of course, the musician said she loves getting up on stage, too, something she'll do July 20, as one of the headliners at the River and Sky Music and Camping Festival, which takes place this weekend in Field, Ont.

Gesundheit said she's also part of the group Bruce Peninsula, who played at the festival a few years ago, but she wasn't able to attend herself.

“I guess I'm just feeling satisfied that I get to experience it for myself,” she said.

Describing Snowblink's sound as “non-denominational devotional pop music,” Gesundheit said River and Sky audiences can expect both songs from their current catalogue of music and new material they're developing for an upcoming album.

Gesundheit's partner in music — and life — is husband Dan Goldman, the other half of Snowblink. For River and Sky, they're also bringing in Steve Foster, a drummer and singer.

Working with her spouse is a bit a double-edged sword, she said.

“It's full of adventure, and we've travelled all over the world together, bringing joy to people's lives,” Gesundheit said.

“But we drive each other crazy in rehearsal and we fight about the littlest detail, because we're two people with strong ideals trying to create something together. It's always fruitful, but there's a lot of compromise involved.”

Those little squabbles are worth it, though, as the couple are able to produce much better music together than they're able to separately.

“You could take a song that I wrote by myself ... and then do sort of the before and after picture of the song,” Gesundheit said. “You can hear it with just my input and then hear it with Dan's input. It's night and day.”

Snowblink isn't the couple's only musical project — they're part of several different bands, including Hydra, which besides Gesundheit and Goldman, is made up of Feist and the Montreal duo AroraA.

“It's so fun,” Gesundheit said. “They're great people. Just all around, full respect in every direction. They're just amazing musicians. It's an amazing time. I love that band.”

Weekend passes to River and Sky — which runs July 18-20 — are sold out. However, a limited number of advance day passes are still available ($45 for Friday; $70 for Saturday; and $30 for Sunday).

For more information, visit www.riverandsky.ca. Learn more about Snowblink by visiting www.snowblinksays.com.
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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