The Rheostatics Return

This September, Toronto’s art rock heroes, The Rheostatics, will return to the stage for the first time in 8 years with 3 special concerts at the AGO. This announcement was unexpected, to say the least. 

It was just a few years ago that the band attempted to reform for reunion shows at the Horseshoe Tavern, but after nearly selling out the run, the band pulled the plug.

Those are sounds from the 1995 Rheostatics recording, Music Inspired ByThe Group Of 7. The title is strait forward. It’s the 20th anniversary of this mainly soundscape and instrumental album, which is a loving tribute to Canada’s most beloved collective of landscape painters.

Dave Bidini is an author, columnist, hockey enthusiast and the frontman for The Rheostatics. He joined Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM studios to shed some light onto this unexpected Rheos reunion in the name of art.

Other musicians joining the Rheostatics this September include Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn who originally appeared on this record, violinist Hugh Marsh, and visuals from Award–winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier who have created a video backdrop featuring archival photos, film clips and original footage of the Group of Seven. You can search for tickets at

The concerts will be held at the AGO’s Walker Court for three intimate performances on Sept. 4, 5 and 6.