In His Own Words: Steven Page Heals With Words and Music

Steven_PageSteven Page is best known as the fun comedic frontman of Canada’s Barenaked Ladies, but the singer, who’s spent the last 10 years on a notable solo career, still has a lot more to say.

In 2011 he revealed that he suffers from bipolar disorder and that he has gone through periods of self-medicating in order to relieve the symptoms. Since leaving Barenaked Ladies in 2009, he has been able to focus more on managing and treating his illness and has cited his songs as being his source of strength for keeping healthy and continuing treatment.

His latest album Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II was released last year with the leadoff single White Noise and he’s been speaking openly about mental health at speaking engagements.

He’ll be speaking, and performing, at The Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County Breakfast of Champions on May 7. He spoke with 519 about mental health and how music has helped him through his journey. Tickets to the Breakfast of Champions are $50 each and are available at windsoressex.cmha.ca.

Does speaking about your own issues help you in some way?
Does speaking about your own issues help you in some way?
When did you first discover you had a mental health issue?
When did you first discover you had a mental health issue?
Do you think that it was hard for you in the position that you're in for people to believe that you had a mental health issue?
Do you think that it was hard for you in the position that you're in for people to believe that you had a mental health issue?
Did you ever struggle with medication?
Did you ever struggle with medication?
5. We've had the same thing. We're leery about seeing a doctor because we've had so many bad experiences with them not listening?
5. We've had the same thing. We're leery about seeing a doctor because we've had so many bad experiences with them not listening?
Some of the best music ever written comes out of some of the worst experiences.
Some of the best music ever written comes out of some of the worst experiences.
You've had so many accomplishments with Barenaked Ladies, I really hope that the depression didn't take away from some of those good things.
You've had so many accomplishments with Barenaked Ladies, I really hope that the depression didn't take away from some of those good things.
I remember one day you're there in BNL and then you're gone.
I remember one day you're there in BNL and then you're gone.
You've bounced back and have been fairly productive musically since 2010.
You've bounced back and have been fairly productive musically since 2010.
Discipline Heal Thyself, Pt. II has a lot to say.
Discipline Heal Thyself, Pt. II has a lot to say.
It seems like you've found yourself again on the last album.
It seems like you've found yourself again on the last album.
What's up for you later this year?
What's up for you later this year?
Photo: David Bergman