Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini's memoir On a Cold Road is being defended by Stacey McKenzie in the Canada Reads 2012 debates.

Dave Bidini was the rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics, who are still widely considered one of Canada's most influential and unconventional rock bands of the 1980s and '90s. With them, he wrote and released the album Whale Music, which was inspired by the novel of the same name by the late Paul Quarrington. The popular Canadian author loved the album, and insisted that the Rheostatics write the soundtrack for the 1994 film adaptation, starring Maury Chaykin and Paul Gross. The soundtrack spawned the hit single Claire, which also won a Genie Award for best original song. Whale Music and Melville, another of the band's successful albums, are often cited as two of the most iconic Canadian albums of all time. The Rheostatics were inducted into the Independent Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

In 1998, Bidini published his first book, On a Cold Road, an account of the band's tour with fellow Canadian icons The Tragically Hip. The success of the book set him on a new career path, and he has now written 10 books, including his latest, Writing Gordon Lightfoot, which was published in October. He is also a columnist for the National Post.

A huge hockey fan, Bidini turned his book Tropic of Hockey into a Gemini-winning sports documentary called Hockey Nomad in 2005.

In 2006, Bidini was awarded the F. G. Bressani Literary Prize by the Vancouver-based Italian Cultural Centre for his contributions to Italo-Canadian letters, an honour he shares with such notable authors as Nino Ricci and Michael Ondaatje.

Get to know Dave Bidini by watching our video chat here.

Listen to Dave Bidini read an excerpt from On a Cold Road here.

Listen to Dave's interview on The Next Chapter here.

Read the replay of our live chat with Dave Bidini here.

Check out Dave's playlist inspired by On a Cold Road here.