Daniela Gassi is a former Big Canoe staff member and current teacher and all-around amazing musician in Toronto. She is our second story in our #whatsyourstory blog posts. We absolutely love her story and we hope you do too! 

Playing the song “Hurricane” at 4th Session Cheesehouse 2001, with Mitch, Alex, Flo, and Steve my first year of staff, will always remain one of my most memorable moments at camp. If CBC peeps had not practically forced me out of my comfort zone of classical music to learn a Bob Dylan song, and if they had not encouraged me to take a huge risk and play with them in front of the camp that night, which would be the first time I ever played violin at camp, and if it wasn’t met with the most special, loving, energetic, crazy, positive enthusiasm that is only possible at a CBC Cheesehouse, I don’t think I would have had the courage to do it over again, and again, and again….at campfires, more Cheesehouses, jamming at rest hours, playing songs for goodnights, for the next 6 years.

After camp I continued to play violin in independent folk groups, including my main band with Liam and Graeme Gerussi, which I still play in today. I can’t imagine my life without this aspect of music.

Woah. When I think about it CBC has had a huge impact on my life. It is where I decided I wanted to become a teacher. It is where I learned about leadership. It is where I decided I loved music. It is where I met so many friends who I still consider to be family. 🙂

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Camp Big Canoe is a not-for-profit overnight recreational camp for kids ages 6-16 in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

1 Comment

Heather Dahmer · April 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hey there, would love to share my story about camp….it is the most awesome place on earth and it is such an integral part of me. Please let me know how you would like me to submit it and any other points I would need to know before submitting. Thanks!!!

Heather D

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