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Dave Bidini


Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold RoadTropic of HockeyAround the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, the Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for "Travels in Narnia." He writes...

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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 288 pages | McClelland & Stewart | Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians
978-0-7710-1263-1 (0-7710-1263-2)

July 3, 2012 | $21.00

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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771012631
Our Price: $21.00
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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...

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Baseballissimo
Written by Dave Bidini

eBook | pages | McClelland & Stewart | Sports & Recreation - Baseball - Essays & Writings; Travel - Essays & Travelogues
978-1-55199-676-9 (1-55199-676-6)

December 21, 2011 | $17.99

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Baseballissimo
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551996769
Our Price: $17.99


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 favourite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game...

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The Best Game You Can Name
Written by Dave Bidini

eBook | pages | McClelland & Stewart | Sports & Recreation; Sports & Recreation - Hockey; Biography & Autobiography - Sports
978-1-55199-228-0 (1-55199-228-0)

December 21, 2011 | $18.99

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The Best Game You Can Name
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551992280
Our Price: $18.99


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 defence with the Morningstars in the E! Cup tourney. While thrashing around the ice, swiping at the puck and his opponents, Bidini got to thinking...

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Tropic Of Hockey
Written by Dave Bidini

eBook | pages | McClelland & Stewart | Travel - Adventure; Sports & Recreation; Sports & Recreation - Hockey
978-1-55199-674-5 (1-55199-674-X)

December 14, 2011 | $17.99

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Tropic Of Hockey
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551996745
Our Price: $17.99


One hot afternoon in 1998, Dave Bidini – who loves hockey, watches it, plays it, and breathes it – found the Stanley Cup final so tedious to watch that at one point he clicked channels to Martha Stewart – and never switched back. This made him wonder where in the world...

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On a Cold Road
Written by Dave Bidini

eBook | pages | McClelland & Stewart | Music - Rock; Performing Arts
978-1-55199-675-2 (1-55199-675-8)

November 2, 2011 | $9.99

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On a Cold Road
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551996752
Our Price: $9.99


David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent...

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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini

Hardcover | 288 pages | McClelland & Stewart | Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians
978-0-7710-1262-4 (0-7710-1262-4)

October 18, 2011 | $29.99

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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780771012624
Our Price: $29.99
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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...

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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini

eBook | pages | McClelland & Stewart | Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians; Music - History & Criticism
978-0-7710-1259-4 (0-7710-1259-4)

October 18, 2011 | $13.99

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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780771012594
Our Price: $13.99


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...

Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs
Written by Dave Bidini

eBook | pages | McClelland & Stewart | Travel; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians
978-1-55199-149-8 (1-55199-149-7)

March 5, 2010 | $13.99

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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551991498
Our Price: $13.99


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 is...

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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 328 pages | Emblem Editions | Travel; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians
978-0-7710-1367-6 (0-7710-1367-1)

October 28, 2008 | $19.99

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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771013676
Our Price: $19.99
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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 is...

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For Those About to Write
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 136 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - Language Arts - Composition & Creative Writing; Juvenile Nonfiction - Language Arts
978-0-88776-769-2 (0-88776-769-9)

October 9, 2007 | $12.99

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For Those About to Write
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887767692
Our Price: $12.99
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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.


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The Best Game You Can Name
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 312 pages | McClelland & Stewart | Sports & Recreation; Sports & Recreation - Hockey; Biography & Autobiography - Sports
978-0-7710-1460-4 (0-7710-1460-0)

September 5, 2006 | $24.00

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The Best Game You Can Name
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771014604
Our Price: $24.00
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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 defence with the Morningstars in the E! Cup tourney. While thrashing around the ice, swiping at the puck and his opponents, Bidini got to thinking...

Also available as an eBook.

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Baseballissimo
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 360 pages | McClelland & Stewart | Sports & Recreation - Baseball - Essays & Writings; Travel - Essays & Travelogues
978-0-7710-1462-8 (0-7710-1462-7)

March 22, 2005 | $22.99

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Baseballissimo
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771014628
Our Price: $22.99
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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 favourite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game...

Also available as an eBook.

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For Those About to Rock
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 144 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - Music - Rock; Juvenile Nonfiction - Music
978-0-88776-653-4 (0-88776-653-6)

October 12, 2004 | $12.99

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For Those About to Rock
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887766534
Our Price: $12.99
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Playing in a rock band is the stuff of dreams. What is the reality? Dave Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics and acclaimed author of On a Cold Road, knows firsthand. In this wise, witty, and often irreverent book, he tackles the questions that any kid with a penchant to be...


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Tropic Of Hockey
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 312 pages | McClelland & Stewart | Travel - Adventure; Sports & Recreation; Sports & Recreation - Hockey
978-0-7710-1458-1 (0-7710-1458-9)

September 18, 2001 | $22.99

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Tropic Of Hockey
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771014581
Our Price: $22.99
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One hot afternoon in 1998, Dave Bidini – who loves hockey, watches it, plays it, and breathes it – found the Stanley Cup final so tedious to watch that at one point he clicked channels to Martha Stewart – and never switched back. This made him wonder where in the world...

Also available as an eBook.

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On a Cold Road
Written by Dave Bidini

Trade Paperback | 288 pages | McClelland & Stewart | Music - Rock; Performing Arts
978-0-7710-1456-7 (0-7710-1456-2)

October 1, 1998 | $21.00

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On a Cold Road
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771014567
Our Price: $21.00
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David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent...

Also available as an eBook.