Updated January 7, 2017
Bidiniband @ Castro's Lounge, 2116e Queen Street East Toronto, ON 9PM-11PM
Thursday February 16 2017 - Bidiniband and Bryan Trottier @ Hockey Day In Canada, Kenora, ON
Saturday February 18 2017 - Bidiniband and Bryan Trottier @ Time Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Winnipeg, ON 7PM-9PM
Dave helps induct Rush to Songwriters Hall of Fame
Dave joins Adventure Canada to circumnavigate Labrador
Dave joins Adventure Canada to tour the world's largest estuary, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as on-board musician/author in September. Click here for more info.
Film, video and theatre ... the other performing arts
Five Hole film now online!
The goalie with the fabulous legs (you gotta see it to believe it) introduces a magisterial sweep of the camera from waaay above the nosebleeds down to a post-game scrum and then a face-off at centre ice between Bidini and "the "greatest" hockey player ever in this tale of unrequited love.
After its repeat broadcast on Bravo!, the short film is now available online ...
... at the site of its creators ...
... and on YouTube if you want to leave a comment.
And more hockey on film
Fandom on YouTube
30 songs in 30 days to save Lake Ontario
This is a missive direct from Dave in support of Waterkeepers.
30 Short Songs about Lake Ontario
The Swim Drink Fish Music Club is an online music and audio experience
developed by Lake Ontario
Rarities and newbies
These albums can't hardly be found anywhere in record stores but are available as digital downloads exclusively from Zunior. Check 'em out and, if you don't have 'em, see what you're missing.
As well, db's written and performed the theme song for a new animated series called The Somethings about a time-travelling rock band. He's developing the series with Trace Pictures, the folks responsible for several Rheostatics videos, including "The Tarleks." The tune features db on drums and acoustic, Paul Linklater on bass, and Janet Morassutti on guitar, and was produced by Don Kerr at Rooster Studios.
Reading and writing
Home and Away is an uplifting tale describing Dave's travels with Team Canada as they compete for the Homeless World Cup in 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.
Click here for more information.
Is Stephen Harper reading Dave Bidini?
On December 7, 2009, Martel sent Harper his 70th gift, Dave's Tropic of Hockey. Has Harper read it? Who knows? His office has sent only five responses to the 72 offerings made by Martel, not one from the PM himself.
This is what Martel says about Tropic.
"Nothing loved can be reduced to mere entertainment, to mere anything. So just as I have an exalted view of literature and bristle at the notion of art as mere entertainment and cannot fathom anyone having a good, thinking life that doesn’t include reading, so Dave Bidini exalts, bristles and cannot fathom on the subject of hockey. Each one of us cares, defends and justifies what he or she loves. Put all those passions together, and you have a society, a culture, a nation. A last word, then, on Tropic of Hockey: it’s the most Canadian book I’ve sent you."
To see the rest, click here.
To learn more about Tropic of Hockey, click here.
db's books available for purchase online
On January 23, Hockey Night in Canada was among the many who paid tribute to Quarrington. HNIC opened with a video montage featuring quotes from the author and the Rheostatics' "Dopefiends and Boozehounds." Click here to view.
Dave also wrote a tribute to Quarrington published in the January 21 National Post.
On October 24, Dave hosted a celebaration of the life and times of Canadian author Paul Quarrington, whose novel Whale Music has figured so prominently in the history of the Rheostatics and whose friendship has meant so much to Dave. The occasion included a Rheostatics 'reunion,' some of which was caught on video and in still photos.
Desmond Howl (how's that for a Whale Music fan?) has posted a video of the Rheos performing "Claire" to YouTube and still photos to Photobucket. Rockin' rock photographer Beth Hamill has also posted still photos to Flickr.
Dave championed Quarrington's King Leary to first-place in the annual Canada Reads competition in 2008.