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• His work with Artists for Peace and Justice
• UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Hour's interview with Dave Bidini, formerly of The Rheostatics, delves into his roots with the Toronto band, who's trademark was it's unabashed love of the land.
"People struggle really hard to establish the Canadian identity & what it means to be Canadian. It's all around us, it's palpable, it's ok to say you love it."
He's recently published a book, "Around the World in 57½ Gigs", where he travels the globe solo with a guitar, his musical passport in being a welcomed guest worldwide, to find the commonalities of Rock N' Roll in different places & cultures. He talks about teenage Rock N' Roll rebellion, where in N. America it's an ipod ad, and in other parts of the world it's real. "It's tangible. It's something to savor......as it might not be there tomorrow."
I also found a fascinating recent review on his book, by Mark D. Dunn, a writing instructor.
He can be seen live for anyone in the area interested in a show:
Dave Bidini Band
April 27/08 @ the Casbah,
with The Billie Hollies, Designer Jeans and Paul Linklater
306 King Street W
Phone: (905) 521-4441
Doors @ 8:00; show begins @ 8:45.