In Conversation with Dave Bidini

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Date(s) - Friday, September 21, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts


Book reading and presentation by Dave Bidini followed by Bidiniband performance (30 minute set).

Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North, on sale September 18, 2018, by bestselling author, Dave Bidini uses his stint as guest columnist at the Yellowknifer newspaper to explore the “Gateway to the North,” the meaning of community, and the issues facing residents and their daily lives.

As a member of the legendary band the Rheostatics, Dave Bidini has had the great privilege of exploring Canada’s incredible geography from coast to coast to coast. Yet, in his many travels, he’d never visited the Northwest Territories. After an all-too-brief visit to a literary festival in Yellowknife, Bidini was hooked on the place and its people. From the time he returned home, all he could do was think about going back to the North. Midnight Light is Dave Bidini’s fast, funny and, at times, powerfully poignant chronicle of the incredible time he spent “up there” in the NWT.

As David Bidini says: “This book, my (lucky) 13th, deals with working at a newspaper in Yellowknife as a way of discovering the North, and when it comes out we’ll be gearing up to launch our second year of West End Phoenix, which, last year was the only new paper launched in Canada. And, newspapers work as a glue between all the different groups in which we live.” This is the power and importance of newsprint.

Musician, author, and filmmaker Dave Bidini is one of the founding members of Canadian rock group the Rheostatics and currently performs with Bidiniband. He is the only Canadian to have been nominated for a Genie, Gemini, Juno, as well as CBC’s “Canada Reads.” He has published twelve books, including Tropic of Hockey, BaseballissimoOn a Cold RoadWriting Gordon Lightfoot, and, most recently, Keon and Me.

After the demise of Rheostatics, Bidini formed Bidiniband, featuring former Rheostatics member Don Kerr on drums, Paul Linklater on guitar, and Doug Friesen on bass.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind.

In Conversation With… is a speaker series providing you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

Tickets $30

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