Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.
Photo by Terri Loewenthal.
Snowblink, with Evening Hymns and Forest City Lovers
Music Gallery (197 John Street)
June 16 at 7 p.m
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Bless her, this Daniela Gesundheit. As the driving force behind Snowblink, she’s responsible for some of the most mesmerizing, soothing, and transformational instances of the folk/pop this city has—and that’s a lot. She and bandmate Dan Goldman can even make “Thriller” sound like a lullaby.
And we’re lucky to have her here in Toronto, having made the migration north all the way from California to settle in Toronto in 2008, gaining guest collaborators and notable friends along the way—collaborators who include members of MGMT, Dirty Projectors, Keepaway, Extra Life, Bruce Peninsula, and Alex Lukashevsky, and friends like The Wilderness of Manitoba, Owen Pallett, Timber Timbre, The Hidden Cameras, Apostle of Hustle, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Ron Sexsmith… We could go on. Check out Snowblink tonight to see why their debut album, Long Live, caught both our ears and our eyes.
Torontoist: Tell us why we should see you at NXNE, in 10 words or less.
Daniela Gesundheit: Imagine Dolly Parton and Enya jamming in a church.
Congrats, you actually did it.
(Laughing) Yeah! I take this stuff seriously.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
It’s actually the Music Gallery; we’re really lucky that’s where we’re playing. It feels like a proper event, but it’s also casual. And it has an outdoor space, which is really a great aspect for a venue, especially in the summer. And the sound is always really great.
Does the Northeast beat the Southwest, and why?
Well, I’m from L.A. originally, so I’ll have to say that I love all my children equally. I don’t have favourites; I think they’re both great.
Who’s going to be the breakout act of NXNE this year?
I don’t know if I can say who’s going to break out, but I can comment as to who’s going. I know I’m making special efforts to go see Jennifer Castle—she’s a friend and favourite. I feel really strongly about her and her music. It’s really great.
What’s up next for the band?
We’re touring Canada and Europe in the fall; that’s with our debut record Long Live. And we’re playing a few shows with the National Parks Project this summer; those start on Canada Day, and there’s a few throughout the summer. And, finishing a new record.
Any last words?
I guess … budget your time, and make sure you have some downtime. My bandmate and I were joking that we should make our apartment a safe space where people can come do aromatherapy and just sit quietly, sip lemonade …That might happen, listen out for that (laughs).