New chapter begins for Page as solo artist

Steven Page concedes he’s had a rough time, but he has no regrets.

Steven Page concedes he’s had a rough time, but he has no regrets.

Minutes before making his solo debut on Sunday and taking a step into the future without the Barenaked Ladies, Page briefly talked about his former bandmates.

“There are a lot of things I’ll miss about the band. They are my great friends,” he said. “The time I’ve spent with them is what I’ll probably miss the most. We made amazing music together, but no regrets. I feel good about the future, too.”

Page, the band’s former frontman, hosted a fundraiser for People for Education at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District.

In his first performance after leaving the iconic Toronto group in February, he sang What A Good Boy from the band’s album Gordon for the packed hall.

Page said he was happy to perform for a good cause. “Anything that benefits people for education, benefits me and my family,” said the singer, whose three children live in Toronto.

It was his first performance after drug charges against him in New York state were dropped last week.

“It’s nice to have that behind me,” he said. ... (I) feel like a big weight has been lifted.”

Dale Young, a fan, was glad Page was back. “I’m happy he’s made his comeback in a good cause. But it’s always a shame when a band loses a member.”

 
 
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