Advertisement

Barenaked Ladies Junos reunion: Steven Page joins former band for Hall of Fame induction

The reunion of beloved Canadian band Barenaked Ladies at the 2018 Juno Awards was a million-dollar moment.

The pop-rock band’s members — Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart and Kevin Hearn, along with estranged member Steven Page — reunited onstage after nine years of separation. The band performed a medley of their popular songs One Week and If I Had $1,000,000 to a deliriously happy Junos crowd to commemorate their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. (You can watch part of Sunday’s performance in the video, above.)

READ MORE: ‘Isle of Dogs,’ Wes Anderson’s latest movie, under fire for cultural appropriation

For their second performance, other Canadian music icons — including Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall — joined the band onstage, supplying a true Canadiana feeling.

Story continues below advertisement

In 2009, Page and the rest of his bandmates announced that he would be leaving the group to pursue other opportunities; Page has said that his drug arrest around the same time was the catalyst for him leaving. (The charges were later dropped.)

“Frankly, the band itself was a five-way democracy and one of the great things about it is that it’s been about the five-way collaboration, but it’s also one of the things that’s made me decide to be a solo artist,” he said at the time. “Even after [the drug arrest], everybody was very supportive of each other, which was great, but what last year forced everybody to do was take a good hard look at what it was they wanted from their future.”
Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: ‘Deadpool 2’ trailer: Ryan Reynolds superhero movie introduces the X-Force

“I will miss being a Barenaked Lady like crazy, but there are lots of other things I’m really looking forward to,” he continued. “No one’s going anywhere. I’m going to continue to make music and those guys are going to continue to make music as well. I think it will be good for everybody.”

Rush icon Geddy Lee introduced the band and orated about its 30-year history.

“Something that flies under the radar with BNL is what effin’ great musicians they all are,” Lee quipped onstage in Vancouver.

Canadian celebrities from Sarah McLachlan to Jason Priestley shared their love for the band in pre-recorded messages. Others, like Canadian Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds, tweeted their fandom.

Story continues below advertisement

Page and his ex-bandmates accepted the award together, and each member delivered their own speech. Robertson appeared to cry a few tears in the moment, and Hearn brought up his two-time battle with cancer.

“I’m not crying, you’re crying,” said Page. “Thank you guys for the chance to make music with you for 20 years.”

READ MORE: Anton Yelchin’s parents reach settlement with Fiat Chrysler over 2016 fatal accident

“Thanks to Steve for starting this with me, and the rest of the guys for continuing it,” said Robertson with a laugh. “For any kids out there with a dream, this can happen, so drop out of school as soon as possible!”

Story continues below advertisement

While it was like the band never took any time off, the guys made it clear this was a one-time thing. There are no imminent plans for the band to get back together.

Sponsored content

AdChoices