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Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies has earned their status as Canadian icons by serving up rock with a shot of wry. The band is famous for its offbeat humour, its infectious enthusiasm on stage and its own unique brand of music, which sits somewhere at the intersection of indie-rock, alt-pop and what you might call improv-rap.

The band, originally formed in Scarborough, Ont., in 1988, has enjoyed outstanding success and remarkable longevity. In 25 years, it has collected a hatfull of honours, including seven Junos, four MuchMusic Video Awards and two Grammy nominations. BNL have sold more than 15 million records, and their numerous self-penned hits include If I Had $1000000, One Week, It’s All Been Done and Pinch Me. In 2013, in the “first space-to-Earth musical collaboration,” they performed on a TV hookup with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who was aboard the International Space Station, singing a song specially commissioned by the CBC.

But it’s on stage that Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart really come into their own. They’re irreverent and irrepressible, funky and fun but also not afraid to show a serious side with songs such as Brian Wilson. They possess formidable instrumental skills, a knack for penning the unforgettable musical hook, and a rapport with their audiences that is truly legendary.

As The New York Times once said: “It’s not easy to be hyperactive, brooding and whimsical all at once. But the Barenaked Ladies do just that.”

Barenaked Ladies will be the Friday evening Main Stage headliner!

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