Canadian singer-guitarist-songwriter, Steven Page is the first to admit that between his divorce, his split with the Barenaked Ladies and his infamous cocaine bust, he’s had a rough couple of years. But what didn’t kill him has made him stronger. The 39-year-old Juno winner now says he’s turned a corner and is back on track, professionally and personally.
This week, Page released his first post-BNL album A Singer Must Die, on which he covers tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Radiohead and Elvis Costello with the backing of Toronto pianist Andrew Burashko and his avant-garde jazz and classical group The Art of Time Ensemble. His next move is a string of Ontario tour dates over the next three weeks with the AOTE, which begins Wednesday.
Post that Page wants to focus on getting his solo record out, which he says is basically done, and once that is out he wants to go on a coast to coast North American tour. Recorded with pop producer John Fields, the disc of new songs deals with Page’s recent problems — but he says that it still has a lot of upbeat songs.