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Steven Page

Singer, Songwriter & Musical Icon

Singer, songwriter, and musical icon Steven Page has made an indelible impression on the international music scene. A witty, endearing, and captivating stage presence, Page enjoyed two decades of success as the lead singer and co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Overcoming Adversity
In his funny and self-deprecating keynotes he offers insightful tips on how to feel better, live well, express ourselves every day, and how music helps to heal us. Through moving anecdotes, Page shares his creative processes, how it helped him through his issues. Page talks about overcoming embarrassment, and learning to appreciate, love, and harness his voice. Late in the talk, he picks up an acoustic guitar and starts to strum, reminding us why he’s counted among Canada’s premiere musicians.

Ending the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
Page first came out about his mental health struggles in 2011, when he guest hosted an episode of the CBC Radio current affairs show The Current. Since then, he has been an outspoken advocate for more mental health awareness, and to help decrease the stigma around mental illness. Page encourages others to share their stories and seek help; “When we educate everyone about the truths and myths of mental health, we can open up dialogue, and get down to the business of promoting good mental health.”

  • He was so accommodating during the meet and greet and the crowd loved his talk and the short Q&A. He had the whole room singing… it was amazing!

    - Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Steven was very accommodating and easy to work with. The presentation and performance were exactly what we were hoping they would be.

    - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • He was perfect for our event. His speaking and singing were amazing! - Cornwall Collegiate & Vocational School
  • Steven was an excellent speaker, engaging and inspiring. The audience appreciated his approach and honesty.

    - CMHA, Sudbury
  • Steven was brilliant. Did just what we were hoping he would do. Very well received.

    - Room 217 Foundation
  • Your talk was such an intriguing blend of personal stories about school, the library, and the music business. We thoroughly enjoyed the mix of talk and music – you have a phenomenal voice!

    - Ontario Library Association
  • What was especially nice was that many of our most dedicated and serious minded students were there and were deeply inspired by the proceedings. Steven made a very real and palpable impact.

    - University of Rochester

Summary Profile

For twenty years, Steven Page was the lead singer and songwriter with Barenaked Ladies, the Toronto-based band he formed in 1988 with Ed Robertson. Known for his dynamic, physically exuberant performances, his powerful tenor, quick wit, and an arsenal of songs that span the gamut between humor and pathos, Steven and the band toured the world, selling out venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the Royal Albert Hall; sold nearly 15 million albums and won numerous Juno awards as well as two Grammy nominations, and two Gemini awards for their work on Canadian television. He left the band in 2008 to pursue a solo and theatrical career.

In 2011, while serving as a guest host on CBC’s “The Current,” Page acknowledged his own struggles with depression and other forms of mental illness. Steven Page speaks passionately on a twofold approach to promoting mental health as a society: increasing awareness and decreasing stigma. An intelligent, honest and witty speaker, Page also performs during his presentation, treating the audience to songs he has written throughout his career that speak to the topic.