Hi everyone – hope your winter is treating you well. I’m writing you with a few announcements, the first being that I will be stepping down as Pope effective February 28th. Apparently the Vatican just found out that I’m Jewish.
Second of all, I wanted you to know that I have indeed been busy doing shows and working on new music for you to hear. I have a bunch of new songs in various stages of completion and am in the midst of organizing which songs go with which. Stylistically, they’re all over the map (what’s new?) and after agonizing over the ongoing “Is The Album A Dead Artform?” arguments, I’ve decided I should, for now at least, release music in smaller doses on a more regular basis, and then these can be compiled at a later date onto a long-form album release for those who still cling to such things (as I sometimes do). So, that being said, watch for a new EP this Spring, with more to come shortly thereafter. I’m aiming to release the short-form releases digitally and on vinyl, and then trot out the old CD burner for the full-length one when it comes along.
I’ve also been busy getting our garden ready for spring. Neither my wife nor I are fans of the traditional North American lawn, both for environmental and aesthetic reasons, and we’ve decided to turn most of ours into a flower and vegetable garden. The flowers and meadow will be Christine’s domain, and the vegetables are mine. We had a smaller vegetable garden last year that was basically a disaster, but this time I’m SERIOUS. We tilled most of it up last fall and she planted bulbs and wildflowers, and I’m getting ready to start a bunch of my vegetable seeds indoors. Which leads me to my next point:
In order to make room for my seedstarting, we’ve been cleaning out the boxes and boxes of stuff I have in the basement and have decided to have an impromptu ONLINE GARAGE SALE on eBay. Between the two of us, we had a lot of duplicate items, and, being something of a hoarder myself, I had even more duplicates of things. Rather than just leaving them at the local Salvation Army store, I thought perhaps some of you would be interested in some of these pieces from my collection. They include a wide selection of laminates (backstage passes) spanning the last 20 years, t-shirts, hockey jerseys (you know me: Mister Hockey), and other bits and pieces. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Real Diaper Association (http://www.realdiaperassociation.org), a non-profit that promotes the use of reusable cloth diapers.
The link for the eBay auction is: http://bit.ly/YY3hxW and the auctions will only be up for 5 days. If you win an auction and want it signed, please let me know when you pay for it. Hope you find something you like, and thank you for helping with the basement. Next time I see you, I will give you a radish.
Did you guys see my brief appearance on How I Met Your Mother last week? I had a couple of lines in their “Everyone from Canada Talks About Robin Sparkles” episode. It was a fun shoot, but no, I didn’t get to meet the cast. I sat in a room in New York City in front of a green screen and talked to the producers, writers and directors via Skype while I did it. I was totally flattered that they asked me to be a part of the show, and the fact that it’s one of my kids’ favourites gave me a couple of extra Cool Dad Points, which is probably the best part.
If you missed it, here’s a link to the CBS site – I’m not sure if this works outside of the US, but if it doesn’t, I bet our old friends at Google can help you. http://bit.ly/11XSeEV
Speaking of video, please feel free to take video if you’re at any of my shows – sometimes I get home from doing a bunch of shows that I’ve been really happy with and want to show my family and then realize that people were being polite and hadn’t posted stuff. I think YouTube is a pretty cool resource for archiving shows, and you can be a part of that. Basically what I’m saying is that if they announce on a ticket or onstage that no photos or video is allowed, it’s not coming from me!
We’re also going to start posting some of my favourite live moments from YouTube on my site, www.stevenpage.com, so you can go there to watch them, already curated (or with the embarrassing flubs edited out).
One thing I am seeing more and more of, which I think is super cool is people uploading videos of themselves singing songs I’ve written. This is totally flattering and humbling. There are some really great performances out thereWe’re also going to start linking to many of these on the videos page of my site. If you want to try your hand at singing one of my numbers, go ahead, and tag them with my name and we’ll start linking to your video on my page.
Either way, you should check on the videos on the “media” section of my site – we recently uploaded a fun documentary on the Page One tour of 2010 that was made by our violinist, Karen Graves. It’s also on YouTube if you’d like to look there. http://bit.ly/X5RXAW
I’ll leave you with a list of shows I have upcoming – I’ve been doing shows in many configurations lately: solo acoustic; as a duo with Craig Northey from the Odds; as a duo with Kevin Fox on cello; or with my full band, featuring Bryden Baird on Keyboards and Trumpet, Jay Baird on Bass, Sax and Clarinet; Jesse Baird on Drums; Kevin Fox on Cello and guitar, and Karen Graves on violin (although Karen is currently on the road with Sarah Slean and Miranda Mulholland has been doing an awesome job filling in).
Pass the Music On: A Night of Music Benefitting Kids in Camp (Club Revival,Toronto, ON) – band show
WXOU 47th Annual Birthday Bash (Rochester, MI) FREE EVENT ON OAKLAND UNIVERSITY CAMPUS – band show
Mecca Music presents: Steven Page (Leduc, AB) – solo show
Verrado Founder’s Day Celebration (Saturday Night Block Party) Buckeye, AZ– band show
Duo show with Craig Northey (St. John’s, NL)
Duo show with Craig Northey (Clarenville, NL)
Duo show with Craig Northey (Marystown, NL)
Osprey’s 10th Anniversary (Shelburne, NS)
But keep checking stevenpage.com for more shows to come, and for more details about these ones. They’re also up on my facebook page, facebook.com/stevenpage which I urge you to “Like,” because I don’t use any of those facebook-fan-buying schemes like some other musicians do. Unless you consider my bribe of a free radish. I’m also on Twitter, @stevenpage if you are a tweeting type.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’re feeling a little more caught up now. Now back to gardening and music!