178 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7, Canada
Dave Bidini performing with Rheostatics at Massey Hall in 2007.
Bidiniband. Dave Bidini (second left)
1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
Dave Bidini works at his desk in the Gladstone Hotel.
Dave Bidini with his book "Midnight Light."
College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Dave Bidini studied at Trinity College.
Rheostatics. Dave Bidini (leftmost)
147 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2, Canada
Dave Bidini with his "West End Phoenix."
Dave Bidini with his book "The Five Hole Stories."
(In 1996, when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically H...)
In 1996, when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically Hip on their Trouble at the Henhouse tour, Bidini kept a diary. In "On a Cold Road" he weaves his colorful tales about that tour with revealing and hilarious anecdotes from the pioneers of Canadian rock. The result is an original, vivid, and unforgettable picture of what it has meant, for the last forty years, to be a rock musician in Canada.
(Bidini's encounters with odd-sized rinks and players of w...)
Bidini's encounters with odd-sized rinks and players of wildly different talents and experiences have inspired him to interweave his stories of hockey in unlikely places with funny and eyebrow-raising stories about places and players back in Canada. As a bonus, readers are also treated to some striking observations about the game, its fans, and the testosterone, the profanity, and the moments of grace that enrich it.
(In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, I...)
In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favorite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. For six months Bidini followed the fortunes of the Serie B Peones, Nettunese to the core. The result of his summer in Italy is vintage Bidini: a funny, perceptive, and engrossing book that takes readers far beyond the professional sport to the game that people around the world love to play.
(From the serious considerations to the frivolous issues, ...)
From the serious considerations to the frivolous issues, Bidini takes young readers through forming a band, practices, performing, and the business of show business. Interspersed with advice and observations are hilarious anecdotes pulled from his own experience and the experiences of musicians he knows. This is a sure-fire winner for all young musicians, even if their instrument of choice is the air guitar and their only venue is their shower stall.
(Bidini returns to the game he loves best In 2004, Dave Bi...)
Bidini returns to the game he loves best In 2004, Dave Bidini laced on his skates and slid onto the ice of Toronto's McCormick Arena to play defense with the Morningstars in the E! Cup tourney. While thrashing around the ice, swiping at the puck and his opponents, Bidini got to thinking about how others see the game. Afterward, he set off to talk to former professional players about their experiences of hockey. The result is vintage Bidini - an exuberant, evocative, highly personal, and vividly colored account of his and his team’s exploits, interwoven with the voices of such hockey heroes as Frank Mahovlich, Yvan Cournoyer, John Brophy, Steve Larmer, and Ryan Walter.
(Each of the six stories in Dave Bidini's playful, irrever...)
Each of the six stories in Dave Bidini's playful, irreverent new book takes a headlong run at the hockey dressing room and knocks the door down. In one story, a chronic minor-leaguer discovers the wonders - and the pitfalls - of the game in Europe, both on and off the ice. In another, an NHLer is tight with his teammate, the league's leading goalscorer, but dreams of getting MUCH tighter. A star on a losing streak turns to a magical salve to turn his game around. A conversation between two friends yields surprising facts about Joan, everyone's favorite female goalie. A hundred bucks are all that stands between a hockey groupie and eternal happiness in 1950s Detroit. And finally, the eponymous "Five Hole" itself speaks - though it never reveals all of its secrets.
(Dave Bidini's quirky personal path to becoming a writer (...)
Dave Bidini's quirky personal path to becoming a writer (as well as a well-known rock musician and sports enthusiast) began when he was very young and loved to pick at the typewriter.
(The strengths of Bidini's two best-loved books, "On a Col...)
The strengths of Bidini's two best-loved books, "On a Cold Road" and "Tropic of Hockey," music, and travel to unlikely places, come together in this account of his search for rock'n'roll. When it looks as if the Rheostatics are breaking up after more than twenty years together, Dave Bidini has left feeling adrift from his moorings and decides to go on a very long road trip, playing solo and finding out about the state of rock'n'roll around the world. Accompanied much of the way by his friend Al, who also has a solo act, Bidini sets out for London, England, his springboard for travel to Finland, Russia, China, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, punctuated by trips to Newfoundland and Gananoque in Canada, and New York City.
("Home and Away" offers a powerful look at the poor and di...)
"Home and Away" offers a powerful look at the poor and dispossessed, from the barrios of Mexico City and the shanties of West Africa to the streets of North America and Europe, illuminating the renewed meaning that these players find in such an inspiring game.
(From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a br...)
From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk-rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival. July 1972. As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation's biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a series of events unfold that will transform the country politically, psychologically - and musically. As Bidini explores the remarkable week leading up to Mariposa, he also explores the life and times of one of the most enigmatic figures in Canadian music: Gordon Lightfoot, the reigning king of folk at the height of his career.
(For the 40th anniversary of what was arguably the single-...)
For the 40th anniversary of what was arguably the single-most-important sporting event in Canadian history, a writer shepherded Canadians of all backgrounds - artists, athletes, politicians, and pundits - shared interviews, anecdotes, and memories of September 28, 1972. The Summit Series between Soviet Russian and Canadian hockey teams is as much ingrained in Canadian culture as it is Canadian sports history, but its impact is much broader than one nation alone. In this exploration of the eventful "Game 8," the author recalls the epic struggle of the hockey players from both sides alongside myriad personal accounts. Fans of the sport from any puck-playing nation will appreciate the examination of the game that many think opened the door to North America for Russian and European hockey players.
(Hockey is the lens through which we see our lives - how w...)
Hockey is the lens through which we see our lives - how we measure right and wrong, how we understand our hopes and fears. So it was for Dave Bidini in 1974, the last year Dave Keon played in Toronto. In a new grade in a new school, Bidini found himself the victim of a bully - depredation he could understand only by thinking about what the Leafs dauntless captain went through game after game. Throughout his twenty-two-year career, Keon was only in one hockey fight, in his last game as a Leaf on April 22, 1974. It was on this day that the eleven-year-old Bidini decided to fight back, an occasion that the writer looks back on with breathtaking courage and honesty. But while Bidini would remain a blue-blooded Leafs fan into adulthood, Keon became estranged from the franchise with which he'd won four Stanley Cups, two Lady Byng's, and the first-ever Conn Smythe Trophy in 1967. Told in two narratives - one from the young Bidini growing up in Toronto in the early 70s and one from the perspective of the man looking for his absent hero - Keon and Me tells not only the story of a hockey icon who has haunted Toronto for decades but of a life lived in parallel to Keon's.
("Midnight Light" introduces readers to an extraordinary c...)
"Midnight Light" introduces readers to an extraordinary cast of characters, including Dene elders and entrepreneurs adapting to a changing way of life, various artists who are giving the region a powerful voice to the rest of the world, politicians and law enforcement officers who are dealing with the community's difficult history and economic realities, and an assortment of complicated souls from the South who have traveled North as a "last chance" to build lives for themselves.
Dave Bidini attended Trinity College in Dublin.
Dave Bidini is the musician and author for more than three decades.
He is a guitarist. Dave is one of the founders of the Canadian band Rheostatics in 1979. He performed with Rheostatics drummer Dave Clark. His band Rheostatics played its first live show in Etobicoke, Ontario, in early 1980. The group subsequently released such popular albums as "Whale Music" and "Melville." The band lasted for 27 years.
Later Dave established his Bidiniband in 2007. The band released three albums: "The Land Is Wild," "In The Rock Hall," and "The Motherland."
Dave Bidini's first poem was published when he was 11 years old. It was a poem about Maple Leaf hockey player Eddie Shack.
He wrote for a national high school newspaper, "Sunshine News." Later for an alternative rock magazine, "Shades." Also, he wrote for an "OP Magazine" and "Village Voice."
From 1991 to 1993, Dave Bidini was a columnist for the "Toronto Star." Dave also wrote a weekly Saturday column for the "National Post" until 2015. He is the publisher of the "West End Phoenix" community newspaper in Toronto.
Dave Bidini has written thirteen books, most of them about hockey or music. His books include "On a Cold Road," "Tropic of Hockey," "Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs," and "Home and Away."
His first book, "On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock," chronicles the tour the Rheostatics made across Canada as openers for the more commercially successful band the Tragically Hip in 1996. In addition to his personal stories of the tour, Dave interweaves the stories of forty-seven older Canadian rockers.
In addition to music and writing, Dave Bidini has another passion shared by many Canadians: ice hockey. His second book, "Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places," Dave takes a global odyssey - from China to Russia to the Middle East - in search of people in far-flung places who, unlike the professionals, play for the mere joy of the game. His book is a humor-filled story of dedicated players with quirky personalities. Dave also sets forth his views on what is wrong with contemporary hockey, especially on the professional level.
He also has written two plays: "Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica," and "The Night of the Dogs."
Dave Bidini is a board member of Street Soccer Canada. He has attended two Homeless World Cups, traveling with Team Canada to Melbourne and Milan.
("Midnight Light" introduces readers to an extraordinary c...)2018
(For the 40th anniversary of what was arguably the single-...)2012
("Home and Away" offers a powerful look at the poor and di...)2010
(Bidini's encounters with odd-sized rinks and players of w...)2001
(Bidini returns to the game he loves best In 2004, Dave Bi...)2005
(The strengths of Bidini's two best-loved books, "On a Col...)2007
(Dave Bidini's quirky personal path to becoming a writer (...)2007
(From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a br...)2011
(From the serious considerations to the frivolous issues, ...)2004
(In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, I...)2004
(Each of the six stories in Dave Bidini's playful, irrever...)2006
(Hockey is the lens through which we see our lives - how w...)2013
(In 1996, when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically H...)1998
Dave Bidini wrote in one of his articles: "I am a deeply religious man, which is not to say that I have one. I'm not Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, Methodist, Muslim, Jewish, or Pagan. Nor am I a Raelian or Snake Charmer or Parrothead, although I once sang "Margaritaville" with Dave Hodge and Mike Keenan, a spiritual moment in its own right. Instead, my faith, my religion is found in the impossible power and surprise of life, and the ethereal force - manifested. However, you choose: bearded and sandalled and hanging from a cross or twinkling in the starry depths of the night sky - that produces something from nothing out of nowhere, and, then, zing, like fingerpicks across an autoharp, one's life and perspective and way of being are forever changed."
Quotations: "People are always saying you should write about what you know. It's a natural subject for many Canadian musicians because so many of us know hockey. And for a writer, the game lends itself to poetry and romance."
Dave Bidini is married to Janet Morassutti. They have two children: Lorenzo and Cecilia.