Sammy Krenshaw’s will be full – if not overflowing – Saturday, August 17th for one of the biggest music shows of the year in Tillsonburg.
Steven Page, musician, singer and songwriter, a founding member and primary songwriter with Barenaked Ladies until he parted ways with the band in 2009 for a solo career, will be headlining ‘An evening with Steven Page,’ which also features opening acts John Wozniak of Marcy Playground and James Black of Finger 11.
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Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 19-plus show start at $40, available online at Eventbrite, and at Bell Store Tillsonburg and Sammy Krenshaw’s (51 Broadway). Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show.
Page has been touring since 2018 promoting his latest solo album, Discipline: Heal Thyself Pt. II, a followup to 2016’s Heal Thyself: Pt I.
Currently coming off a two-week break in his touring schedule, the longest since they started last May (except for Christmas), he has a few shows in Ontario, followed by shows in Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and more, until mid-October.
“I didn’t do a lot of touring for about the first eight years or so of my solo career,” said Page. “I did a lot of shows, but they weren’t full-on tours. I would do shows for five days, then go home for four days. Do shows for a couple days. They were all kind of scattered instead of these concentrated tours.”
The ‘full-on’ tours started in the fall of 2017 with his first UK trip since going solo and it was such a big success they went back to touring in the spring of 2018 just before his latest album released.
“We’ve two big US tours, one east coast, one west coast and a bunch of stuff in the midwest, and this tour is mostly picking up areas that we didn’t get to before. So Texas, and the southeast.
“We did the big Canadian tour in May.”
Heal Thyself, Parts I and II, he said, are both about ‘being older’ and ‘being a parent’, and all about being and artist – what does it mean to be an artist and spend your life doing that. And finding purpose in it.
“It’s how I paid the bills, it’s how I raised my kids, and supported my family and so on, and I’ve been super lucky to be able to do that, and I’ve always known lucky I am. But as you get older, you can make certain choices too, in what you want to say no to, and what you want to say yes to. Both the joy and stress of being able to say yes to whatever you want.
“What I’ve learned as a solo artist is that the decisions are all mine. And I have to live with them… but it also gives me a lot to look forward to.”
His music Saturday night will include songs from both Heal Thyself albums, as well as some material from his earlier solo days. But he also plans to include a healthy dose of his Barenaked Ladies songs.
“I always play lots of stuff from the old days, it’s just because that’s part of who I am. I know that’s what got me to where I am, it’s what got me an audience. And I know that those songs mean something, something different to every person there. I would hate to not honour that. An old song, something like Brian Wilson, might remind somebody of their first year at university, or whatever, and I want to celebrate that with them. I don’t play all of it, but I play a good percentage of it.
“I can’t expect that everybody’s there just to hear the new stuff, but hopefully if it’s… I try to treat it like were catching up with old friends, and when you do that people want to hear what you’re up to now, too.”