Steven Page is “Playful, witty and engaging…” The Huffington Post
A brand new kind of SONGBOOK. Steven Page, a founder and former lead of the iconic band Barenaked Ladies, joins Toronto’s highly inventive Art of Time Ensemble in an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen, Page himself, and others. These gems are reimagined and reinvented by some of the greatest minds in classical, pop, and jazz, and delivered by a defining voice in contemporary rock. SONGBOOK is chamber music for the modern era.
Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 with the support of a small group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms, beginning with one-off concerts to small but enthusiastic audiences. Word quickly spread through Toronto's cultural scene. Today, Art of Time works with the best Canadian artists in the performing arts, film and literature, and noteworthy international musicians.
Art of Time presents an annual subscription season at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Theatre, and regularly appears as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music performance season at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. The company is invited to perform at festivals and events across Canada, including Music in the Morning in Vancouver, the Banff Centre, Chamberfest and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Art of Time also tours Canada, having taken American jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux and Canadian pop stars Steven Page and Sarah Slean out on the road with the Ensemble.
The artists with whom the Ensemble have worked represent the finest in their genres, including writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje; choreographers Peggy Baker, James Kudelka and David Earle; dancers Evelyn Hart, Rebekah Rimsay, Michael Sean Marye, and Piotr Stancyzk; singers Madeleine Peyroux, Jackie Richardson, Steven Page and Sarah Slean; actors Brent Carver, Tom McCamus, R.H. Thomson, Ted Dykstra, Lucy Peacock and Julian Richings; and filmmakers Peter Mettler and Tess Girard.
Music and musicians are at the heart of Art of Time Ensemble; the ranks of our musicians are deep and their talent unmatched. Featured musicians include Branford Marsalis, Margot Timmins, Gavin Bryars, Jonathan Goldsmith, Rachel Mercer, Benjamin Bowman (concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre), Stephen Sitarski (concertmaster of Esprit Orchestra), Roman Borys (Gryphon Trio), Steven Dann (soloist and former principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra), Thomas Wiebe (soloist, cellist for the Duke Trio and Professor at the University of Western Ontario); Phil Dwyer (renowned composer, arranger and saxophonist) and Rob Piltch (the great Canadian guitarist and former member of Blood Sweat and Tears).
Steven Page’s distinctive and powerful tenor is among the most immediately familiar voices in popular music today. A founder of the Barenaked Ladies, the singer/songwriter has traveled the globe with the band and sold millions of albums. On his own, Steven Page continues his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects. “I’d like to think I’m still delivering that thing that has connected with audiences for so long. I enjoy the process of being artistic, of taking chances and not knowing what might come next.”
To that end, Steven Page is working on his sixth Stratford Festival score, and with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time Ensemble, he has collaborated on several live concerts and two album releases, A Singer Must Die and Sgt. Pepper. With his flair for writing literate songs with catchy melodies, Steven Page continues to release original music including his critically acclaimed album Page One and its long-awaited follow album Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct, already a hit in Canada and slated for U.S. release in 2016.
A life-long food and travel enthusiast, Steven Page journeyed across North America as host of The Illegal Eater, a television series which uncovers underground eateries and explores off-the-grid dining experiences. The show, which airs in Canada on AUX-TV and globally on the Discovery Network, also features a theme song and incidental music penned by Steven.
Steven Page appears courtesy of SRO Management Inc. / Agency for the Performing Arts