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Dave Bidini_Writer / Host
Dave Bidini's first book, published in 1998, was the popular and critically acclaimed On a Cold Road, about what it's like to tour Canada as a rock and roll band. When he is not writing or traveling the world or playing left defence for his rec team, the Morningstars, Bidini is the rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics. The band has released ten albums to date including Music Inspired by the Group of Seven, the soundtrack to the film Whale Music, which yielded the hit song "Claire," and The Story of Harmelodia, a children's album. A contributor to The Original Six: True Stories from Hockey's Classic Era and to Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories and Dreams 1931-1999, Dave Bidini lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Toronto.
Mike Downie_Director / Co-Producer
Mike Downie is the president and primary director for House on Fire Productions, a film and video production company based in Toronto.
Mike directed and produced for CBC Television for 8 years. He was a producer for "The National News", "Venture", "Gilmour On the Arts" and "Hot Type with Evan Solomon".
Mike directed "Blue Rodeo - The Scenes in Between", a CBC music documentary for which he received a best director Gemini nomination. Mike has directed music videos for Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, The Skydiggers, Wide Mouth Mason, Midnight Oil and The Mahones.
Mike Downie was a producer for "Gilmour On the Arts" in 1997 when the show received a Gemini television award. In 1998 Mike won a MuchMusic Video Award for The Tragically Hip's music video for the song "Poets".
House on Fire Productions has recently wrapped production on a 13 part documentary series called "First Day" for The Life Network. First Day is a documentary series that captures Canadians who are about to experience the first day of a new life. First Day episodes include a young man who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler, and a young woman who dropped out of university to attend the National Circus School in Montreal.