The multi-talented Dave Bidini—musician, award–winning writer, and sports enthusiast—brings wild intelligence and wit to all his creative pursuits.
A founding member of the acclaimed indie-rock band, The Rheostatics, Dave’s latest musical ventures are with The BidiniBand, whose wide–ranging first collection, The Land is Wild, came out to wide acclaim in 2009.
Dave has written regularly for the National Post, This Magazine, and other publications, and his essay, “Travels in Narnia” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards in 2009. His film, Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica, was named a top–ten Canadian Short at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009.
He is the author of nine books, most of them about his twin passions of sports and music. Baseballissimo was named a Notable Book of 2005 by USA Today and has been optioned for film by Geddy Lee, while The World in 57 ½ Gigs won ringing praise from Booker–Award Winning writer and musician Roddy Doyle: “Bidini’s enthusiasm, his love of the music and the world, hop off the page. I loved this book.”
Dave’s most recent release, Home and Away: In Search of Dreams at the Homeless World Cup of Soccer, is an uplifting tale of travelling with Team Canada as they compete for the Homeless World Cup. 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, and illuminates the renewed meaning that these homeless players find in the beautiful game.