An articulate and mesmerizing speaker, Steven Page is utterly at home on the stage. Page—singer, songwriter, host of The Illegal Eater, and Canadian icon—has made an indelible mark on our country’s music scene as well as its cultural landscape. He’s spent years entertaining audiences, telling stories, and carving out his place in our national conversation.
A witty, endearing, and introspective speaker, Steven Page enjoyed two decades of success as co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, the popular band from Scarborough, Ontario, who dominated MuchMusic, sold millions of albums, and received two Billboard Awards and six Junos along the way. His evolving artistic path now has him blazing a solo trail, where he continues to take chances and catch the public’s attention with a variety of new projects—including some of his best material yet.
Having left the Barenaked Ladies in 2009 to focus on his solo career, Page had always wanted to shift some of his attention to his passion of food, wine, and travel. The idea for a show started in 2012, in San Francisco. Page wanted to uncover underground eateries, capturing the essence of a city through their culinary scene. The show’s premise is based on uncovering private, borderline illegal eateries and revealing those who skirt the rules—so it's bound to be tasty, and thrilling! Featuring his music, including the theme song, The Illegal Eater is on Travel and Escape.
The fruits of Steven’s solo journey have borne three Stratford Shakespeare Festival scores, and four solo albums: The Vanity Project, A Singer Must Die (in collaboration with the Art of Time Ensemble), Page One, and, released this year, Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct.
An Evening with Steven Page
Promoting Mental Health Everywhere
In a 2011 episode of CBC’s The Current, Steven Page came out about his long struggle with depression and bipolar disorder. Now, he speaks passionately on a twofold approach to promoting mental health as a society: increasing awareness and decreasing stigma. “We sustain this stigma ourselves,” he says—by not talking about our mental health issues, and thinking them a source of shame, we dissuade people from reaching out and seeking help. “Sadness, grief, those are all things we all deal with,” Page says. “The healthy brain processes it and learns to cope with it and overcome it. Sometimes the sick brain gets stuck in it.” In this talk, Page reminds us that anyone (even our favourite musicians) can suffer from mental illness, and that everyone has a role to play in ending the stigma. At the end of the night, he brings the crowd back up with a few moving songs.
The Illegal Eater
You may know Steven Page as a Canadian rock icon, or even as a mental health advocate, but his other great passion is food. Page hosted The Illegal Eater on Travel + Escape, where he journeyed across North America to discover our greatest underground restaurants, secret eateries, and pop-up diners; he’s had his own blog on Wine Spectator; and he even competed on Season Four of Chopped Canada! Enjoy an evening with Steven Page, as he explores the links between food, music, literacy, and life—and, as always, finishes off with a few choice tracks.