In a letter dated July 19, 1990 currently on display at the National Music Centre in Calgary, Steven Page wrote to a music festival making his case for why the then-nascent Barenaked Ladies should be made part of the lineup.

“We’re beginning to build quite a nice Toronto following,” he wrote, adding that the band’s last gig had attracted 150 people.

“It’s so hard to read things you wrote when you were, like, 20 or whatever,” said Page, in an interview at Studio Bell, home of the centre, after the official plaque ceremony marking the Barenaked Ladies entry into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. “I was trying to get into the Montreal Buskers Festival, which we didn’t get into.”

Since then, the band has amassed a huge global following with its tuneful and often-comedic songs, sold 15-million records and won multiple Junos in a career that has spanned nearly 30 years. On Wednesday afternoon, the four current members of the band, guitarist-vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and drummer Tyler Stewart, were joined by Page, who co-founded the band in the late 1980s and left in 2009.

Earlier this year at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, they became the 51st act to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which has been permanently housed on the fifth floor of the National Music Centre since 2016. As has become a tradition the last couple of years, the band placed their plaque on the wall alongside those of past inductees such as Rush, Oscar Peterson and Neil Young, displaying a trademark dose of goofiness as all five attempted to squeeze around the small area where the magnetic plaque was placed.

“It’s still hard to get our heads around, I think,” said Robertson about the induction. “One of the first things I said to …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

      

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