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Steven Page to Join Barenaked Ladies for 2018 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction

[![Barenaked Ladies [Photo Credit: Matt Barnes]](/content/images/2018/01/Barenaked-Ladies-300x294.jpg)](/content/images/2018/01/Barenaked-Ladies.jpg)Barenaked Ladies [Photo Credit: Matt Barnes]
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC have announced the 2018 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be the [Barenaked Ladies](https://rockitpromo.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d1467bf8d3fb8336d45a795f3&id=8c9a7071cd&e=55f9e4f320) – Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart – alongside original member, co-founder, and singer-songwriter [Steven Page](https://rockitpromo.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d1467bf8d3fb8336d45a795f3&id=3d7bcb3bfc&e=55f9e4f320). The band celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades as legendary performers and one of Canada’s most celebrated collectives, earning countless accolades including eight JUNO Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and multiple Grammy nominations.The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created by CARAS in 1978 to acknowledge artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the international recognition of Canadian music. Barenaked Ladies will come together for a one-time special appearance with Steven Page on Sunday, March 25 at The 47th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC, to mark their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Page will appear on stage alongside his former band mates to accept the honour, though it’s not known yet if they will perform together. Page left the band in 2009 to pursue solo projects following an arrest for drug possession.

[![Steven Page [Photo Credit: David Leyes]](/content/images/2018/01/Steven-Page-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2018/01/Steven-Page.jpg)Steven Page [Photo Credit: David Leyes]
“I hope it’s fun,” Page said in an interview with the [Canadian Press](http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/barenaked-ladies-junos-hall-fame-1.4492727?cmp=rss). “I honestly haven’t been in the same room as the other guys — all the other guys at once — since I left the band. It’ll be good to see them all, but it’s going to be odd. It’s not like we’re getting back together.”“It’s a delicate thing to address,” added Ed Robertson. “At the end of the day we’re all just looking forward to celebrating this achievement together. We’re going to figure out how to do that in a way that’s fun for everybody and makes sense.”

The band will join the ranks of Canadian music icons in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, including Alanis Morissette, Anne Murray, Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, Rush, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Shania Twain and 2017 inductee Sarah McLachlan. In 2016 the Canadian Music Hall of Fame found a permanent home with the opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

“We are honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” said Robertson in a statement. “For almost 30 years we’ve worked hard to write the best songs we can, make the best records we can make, and do the best shows possible. We’ve travelled the world with our music, but Canada has always been home. This is very special for us.”

“I have so many great memories of my years with Barenaked Ladies, from our beginning in our parents’ basements to playing our songs for audiences all over the world,” adds Page. “I’m incredibly proud of all we achieved together, the greatest of all being the fact that our music continues to be a part of so many Canadians’ lives. Congratulations to the guys – I’m humbled by our induction into the Hall of Fame. Here’s hoping that next year we will be inducted into Hall and Oates.”

“We are thrilled to be inducting the Barenaked Ladies, alongside Steven Page, into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For nearly 30 years, their work has dominated charts both globally and domestically as they have grown to become one of the country’s most celebrated musical acts, ” says Allan Reid, president and CEO CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We look forward to celebrating all of their achievements and welcoming them into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver.”
For more information, go to www.junoawards.ca.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.