Commemorating Canada's 150th Anniversary in Scarborough

Barenaked Ladies

“Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state. Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait –”

TV viewers around the world will recognize the first lines of the theme song for hit show The Big Bang Theory, by Canadian alt-rock band, Barenaked Ladies.

“Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state. Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait –”

Known for crooning about lost love in One Week and playfully dreaming of affluence in If I had $1000000, Barenaked Ladies continues to enjoy nearly 30 years of success.

Founded in 1988, the band began with two Scarborough residents, Ed Robertson and Steven Page. Robertson and Page attended Churchill Heights Public School before becoming friends and bonding as counselors at Scarborough Music Camp in McKellar, Ontario. The group grew to include fellow Scarborough resident Jim Creeggan and other Ontario musicians, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart.

Over the decades, Barenaked Ladies explored musical styles that included acoustic, hip hop, pop and more. They have produced 15 studio albums, won eight Juno awards and earned two Grammy nominations.

Even as the band tours the world, they remain neighbours with members of the band living in Toronto and performing frequently around the country.

Page, former lead singer, stepped down from the group in 2009. In 2012, he spoke as part of U of T Scarborough’s Mental Health Awareness Month about being diagnosed with manic depression, which is now called bipolar disorder, in 2008. In an interview with U of T Scarborough News, he encouraged students to take advantage of mental health resources on campus, saying it’s “important to deal with problems early on.”

Photo credit: Reverend Mick man34 via English Wikipedia (taken August 2012)

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