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Steven Page, formerly of the Barenaked Ladies, will open the 25th Anniversary of the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival on August 22nd, 2013.

24 years later, one of the carnival’s original buskers from 1990 and former member of Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, will open the 2013 Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival. From an unknown in a band from Scarborough to an international superstar, this will truly be an Opening Ceremony worthy of the carnival’s 25th anniversary.

It was August of 1990 and the 2nd Waterloo Busker Carnival featured 25 acts over a 6day period. There was everything from jugglers to acrobats, mimes, and yes, musicians. One of the acts was a trio of young musicians from Toronto who called themselves “Barenaked Ladies. Their bio in the program read:

“Contrary to what their name suggests, Barenaked Ladies consists of a trio of multitalented, tonguein cheek musicians who can make your gloomy day quite bright. Ed Robertson (guitar, lead vocals) and Steve Page (guitar, vocals) founded B.N.L. a few short years ago and recent addition, Jim Cretan (upright bass) rounds out their full, acoustic sound that is accentuated with excellent harmonies and lots of funfilled energy. Their most recent LP “Barenaked Lunch” has been getting lots of airplay across Canada and they’ll be debuting songs from their new eightsong LP (yet to be titled) at the Waterloo Buskers Carnival.”

Interestingly enough, that untitled album (Barenaked Recess) was never released but it included the song “Brian Wilson” which later resurfaced on the album “Gordon” and has become a fan favourite. It was written by Steve Page and undoubtedly was played during their sessions at the carnival. LIttle did the people at that carnival realize that they were witnessing stardom in the making. It was at the 1990 Waterloo Busker Carnival that drummer, Tyler Stewart, met the trio and came on board as their drummer. This event was noted in a September 1990 People Magazine article on B.N.L.

Where: UpTown Waterloo

When: August 22 – 25, 2013

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