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SOUND SEEKERS: Bidiniband releases its second album, frontman Dave Bidini submits to a Q&A (that’s Dave Bidini, not Bikini)

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Bindiniband (L-R): Don Kerr, Dave Bidini, Paul Linklater, and Doug Friesen.

That Dave Bidini — he offers up an easy metaphor by his very existence.

Y’see, I was about to say something about him wearing many hats — author, columnist, rock icon — but the thing is that he actually wears a lot of hats: bowlers, fedoras, and the like. Stick a toque on him and you’ve got the ultimate signifier of his very subject matter: Canadiana.

He wrote about it plenty when he was part of The Rheostatics, and continues to do so in his National Post columns, in his many books, and in song with his current outfit called Bidiniband.

Their newest album, released in January, is titled In the Rock Hall. The band plays an afternoon show at Irene’s this Sunday. Ahead of the gig, Ottawa Magazine razzed Bidini via Q&A. (more…)