A Conversation With ...Steven Page
In the tumultuous realm of modern music, Steven Page emerges as a luminary, a bard with an uncanny ability to plumb the depths of the human psyche.
By Bill King
In the tumultuous realm of modern music, Steven Page emerges as a luminary, a bard with an uncanny ability to plumb the depths of the human psyche. With a voice that carries the weight of a thousand stories and a pen that weaves intricate narratives, Page's sonic odyssey transcends mere notes and lyrics. It's a soul-baring journey that resonates through the heartlands of contemporary melody.
As a troubadour of introspection, Page crafts anthems for the disquieted souls of our era. He lays bare the raw nerves of existence, delivering verses that slice through the haze of everyday life. In the finely tuned cadence of his ballads, you'll find echoes of joy, sorrow, and the unending quest for meaning. A tapestry of emotions, a chiaroscuro of experiences — Page's songs etch themselves into the collective consciousness, leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape. This is more than a melody; this is a symphony of the human condition.
Steven Page plays Koerner Hall In Toronto on Sept. 30. More on Page and the night:
The co-founder and former lead singer of Barenaked Ladies is thrilled to be returning to Koerner Hall with his trio, which features Craig Northey on guitar and Kevin Fox on cello, with some special guest appearances by Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and Andrew Burashko (Art of Time Ensemble). The set list will be a real mix of material from his last few albums along with a few choice covers and a sizeable dollop of old-school songs from his Barenaked Ladies days - both deep cuts and hits.
Following the release of his latest album, Excelsior, in September 2022, Steven’s non-stop touring included an opening slot with The Who, symphony shows and tours in the UK, US and across Canada.
He continues to perform his virtual Live From Home concerts (LFH #110 is coming up on October 21) which began during the pandemic. The musical communion and shared humour with his Trans-Canada Highwaymen bandmates has yielded a new album, Explosive Hits Vol. 1, which comes out on October 27. Steven Page Trio symphony performances with the WSO and Laurier University (with son Isaac conducting) as well as a tour of Northern Ontario are also on the autumn 2023 calendar.