Steven Page + Craig Northey + Kevin Fox! Ottawa & St.Catharines Shows

Steven Page Ottawa & St. Catharine’s Show Updates: The upcoming show in St. Catharines will feature Steven and Craig Northey (Odds) on guitars and vocals along with Page’s frequent sideman, Kevin Fox, joining them on cello and backing vocals. The evening will kick off with an enchanting opening set by cellist and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Fox. The Ottawa show will feature Steven and Craig. It has long been a plan to start rolling out new Steven Page music with this configuration and the St. Catharine’s show will be the first time the “dream team” will have the opportunity to work as a trio.  Although this concert will feature Steven Page solo material, a few Odds songs, and lots of Barenaked Ladies classics, you’ll also get a sneak preview of some of the new, as yet unreleased, Steven Page material. The Ottawa will feature Steven and Craig. You don’t want to miss your chance to see Steven, Craig and Kevin, and hear both old and new, exciting Steven Page tunes!

Get your tickets here:
Ottawa- http://nac-cna.ca/en/event/9951
St. Catharines- http://www.arts.brocku.ca/performances/viewperformance.php?scode=2014&ecode=14CA47

Garage Sale

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).

March 1st

Pass the Music On: A Night of Music Benefitting Kids in Camp (Club Revival,Toronto, ON) – band show

March 18th

WXOU 47th Annual Birthday Bash (Rochester, MI) FREE EVENT ON OAKLAND UNIVERSITY CAMPUS – band show

March 23rd

Mecca Music presents: Steven Page (Leduc, AB) – solo show

April 6th

Verrado Founder’s Day Celebration (Saturday Night Block Party) Buckeye, AZ– band show

April 25th

Duo show with Craig Northey (St. John’s, NL)

April 26th

Duo show with Craig Northey (Clarenville, NL)

April 27th

Duo show with Craig Northey (Marystown, NL)

July 13th

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!

Steven

The Album Is Dead! Long Live The Album!

Blogging. I will blog. I promise to blog. I am blogging. There. How hard was that, now? Lately I’ve been enjoying the brevity and occasional intimacy of Twitter and Facebook updates over the more detailed endeavour of blogging. I’m sure it’s largely out of sheer laziness; the sight of the blank page of a new Microsoft Word document can sometimes be daunting, but I also enjoy the feeling that I’m text-messaging a whole bunch of people out of the blue. It’s like releasing a single every few weeks rather than waiting for an album to be completed, marketing plan established, and shops to be stocked. They DO say the album’s dead, don’t they?

And that, friends, is why I am, most morbidly, nearing completion of my first real solo album (2005’s The Vanity Project, which will eventually be rebranded under my name, was recorded initially as a record with Stephen Duffy). I’ve been working in Los Angeles, Ontario, and in the basement of my Central New York home on this album for the past few months and I’m truly excited about it. I’ve been working mostly with producer John Fields (Paul Westerberg, Bleu, Semisonic, Jimmy Eat World, and, um, The Jonas Brothers), and it’s been a blast. Before I started recording, people would ask me what kind of record it was going to be, and I really couldn’t answer. I never know what an album will sound like until I’m making it. Maybe it was going to be an album of downtempo folk songs reflecting on the inner and outer tumult in my life the last few years. Or a cabaret-style album of perverse art songs. Or some kind of screaming noise catharsis.

Turns out, it sounds a lot like Steven Page: Power-pop, gay disco, big band swing, acoustic ballads. It seems as eclectic as the the best BNL albums were, but I guess I’m biased that way. Songs were written with Stephen Duffy, Craig Northey, and on my own. Guests include Pete Thomas of The Attractions and The Impostors playing drums on most tracks, vocals from Esthero and Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, cello from Kevin Fox.

Who knows what the world will think of it. I’ll have to wait until it finally comes out, some time in 2010. Then, a tour will be mounted. As will my horse as I ride by LIKE LADY GODIVA.

Will the album be truly dead by then? Will this collection of songs seem like a quaint relic of a simpler time? Or the out-of-step ramblings of a crazy man? Perhaps once this album’s out of my system, like the baby in Alien, I’ll move on to a more rapid succession of singles and EPs, or maybe I’ll still do both. If Twitter is the single, is the Blog the album? I hope not. Music is better than either.

One More Summer Show!

Well I’ve been hopping around from Folk Festival to Folk Festival like a tourist on vacation with my main man Kevin Fox on cello, although I’ll be solo at the upcoming Calgary Festival and a couple of others. This past weekend’s Vancouver Island Festival was a blast (despite my guitars missing the flight connection, everything showed up in time for the gig), as was the huge crowd at Winnipeg. Vancouver is this coming weekend, and I encourage anyone who’s coming to the festivals also check out the daytime workshops. They’re the heart and soul of the folk fest world, and where you’ll often get the most amazing and surprising performances and collaborations. In Winnipeg I had the great honour of sitting onstage with Loudon Wainwright III, Arlo Guthrie, Tom House and Serena Ryder. 

One of my favourite places to play, however, is at Jackson-Triggs winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. I’ve done a few solo gigs there in past years, and I’m always asked by fans when I’m playing there again. Well, the answer is August 19th. It’s a big gig called “Rootstock, ” and it features myself, Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, John Mann of Spirit of the West and Kathleen Edwards in a songwriters-in-the-round format. Tickets go on presale TODAY. Call the winery box office at Call Jackson-Triggs Box Office at 905-468-4637 or 1-866-589-4637 ext. 2 and quote “ROOTSTOCK” for tickets and information.

There are only 450 tickets available for this show, so call this instant. Or wallow in your own laziness and regret it forever.