by Donald Wiedman

1 Nov

Welcome to my writing samples. I have been producing written work professionally since… before the internet, engaging and motivating people to take a closer look at everything from veterinary medicine to non-prescription drugs, from the stigma surrounding mental illness, to Canadian Architecture, public transit, blue box recycling and the Ontario greenbelt.

Lately I’ve been writing about workplace health and safety, promoting bicycle and transit travel in and around Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and steering people toward donating a used bicycle during their next vacation South.

As well, I have had the recent pleasure of interviewing and writing about some of the greatest personalities and music of Irish (and Cornish!) Rock & Roll.

Please read on…

Donald Wiedman
Toronto, Canada

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Snowy White – One Man, One Guitar

8 Mar

by Donald Wiedman, for Vintage Guitar, June 2015

Snowy White, one of the finest blues and rock musicians to come out of the U.K., built a career on near-anonymity. Deliberately. “It is my nature,” he explains. “If the spotlight hits me, my inclination is to step out of it. I’m actually quite a private person.”

Thin Lizzy by Jari Salonen

Photo courtesy of Jari Salonen and Peter Nielsen, Thin Lizzy Guide

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Driven Snowy

28 Nov

Cornish blues guitarist Snowy White has been there, all along!

You may think you’ve never heard of him before, but chances are you’ve heard Snowy White play guitar. That is if you ever liked Thin Lizzy in the early ‘80s, saw a Pink Floyd or Roger Waters concert live or online. Or once owned Pink Floyd’s Animals album… on 8-Track.

by Donald Wiedman, for Celtic Life International, December 2014

snowy white

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Celts on Ice

8 Oct

NHL’s ‘Celtic Era’ came and went anything but quietly

A dig into the history of the National Hockey League reveals that the NHL’s ‘Celtic Era’ came and went anything but quietly. From 1919 to 2010, 30 professional ice hockey players born in the Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland and Wales left quite a loud impression on the North American game.

by Donald Wiedman, for Celtic Life International, Spring 2013

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Jim Fitzpatrick sticks to his pacifist principals

9 Apr

Irish artist patiently awaits legal transfer of his iconic Che artwork to Cuba

In today’s world where hundreds of people are ‘famous just for being famous’, Dublin resident and Celtic Art master draftsman Jim Fitzpatrick is perhaps the exact opposite.

by Donald Wiedman, for Celtic Life International, Spring 2013

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Phil Lynott’s really big year

9 Apr

Late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott riding a growing new wave of appreciation

Despite not being with us for over twenty-five years now – twenty-seven years this January 4th – Irish singer, songwriter, bass player and Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott still managed to have quite a year in 2012. Perhaps not adding up to much ‘money in the bank’, Lynott’s words and music did however ride a growing new wave of appreciation.

by Donald Wiedman, for Guitar Planet, January 2013

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Got a new bike? Here’s what to do with the ‘old one’

5 Dec

As much as 98% of your old bike is reusable or recyclable

If you’ve invested in a new bicycle in the past few years, bought one or more for the family, even upgraded to a better used bike, chances are you still have an ‘old bike’ or two in your basement, garage, or cluttering up the storage. With as much as 98% of any bicycle reusable or recyclable, it doesn’t have to end that way.

by Donald Wiedman, for Pedal Magazine, Fall 2012

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“My Boy” is back in town!

1 Oct

Irish rock superstar Phil Lynott’s mom has a #1 bestseller now available on e-book in Canada

Philomena Lynott has been a popular celebrity in Ireland and the UK for years. A gifted public speaker and best-selling author, she is adored worldwide by rock music fans who know her as the sweet, straight shooting mother of Phil Lynott, Dublin’s celebrated “Black Irishman vocalist with the unmistakable voice.”

by Donald Wiedman, for Celtic Life International, Summer 2012

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Bikes and Transit Travels – the Welland Canal

1 Sep

The sixteenth day trip added to

Port Colborne, Ontario // Wow… that was easy. I didn’t expect that, on a bikes and transit daytrip along the Welland Canal with my nine year old. [Note: Same bus service (motorcoach – takes bikes) to Port Colborne, but now branded as Megabus]

by Donald Wiedman, for

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A Greenbelt Valentine

1 Aug

Roses are red, Valentines too, Our Greenbelt is green, So how about you?

The Golden Horseshoe, Ontario // Thinking of doing something romantic, healthy and green this Valentine’s Day? The Greenbelt has much to offer to help you express your amorous feelings.

by Donald Wiedman, for Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

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