September 29, 2011 12:24 ET

International Renowned Artist Headlines a Talented all Canadian Line-Up for Animal Welfare!

Steven Page Teams up With Ontario SPCA for a Life Saving Concert

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) - The Ontario SPCA is pleased to announce STEVEN PAGE AND FRIENDS LIVE & UNLEASHED, an evening in support of the Ontario SPCA. Hosted by comedian Colin Mochrie and actress Debra McGrath and presented by Iams, this award winning line up will not only entertain audiences but support the lifesaving work of the Ontario SPCA.

"I'm excited to be participating in this fun yet important event!" says Steven Page. "As a dog lover and owner (if that's the right word!), I am grateful for the work of the Ontario SPCA; this will be an evening to remember as we support all of the animals in need across Ontario."

The evening is themed around a young dog named Rocky! www.rockysrescue.ca. Rocky was severely abused and neglected and was close to death when he was rescued by Ontario SPCA investigators.

While Rocky has had a challenging recovery, he is now on the road back to having a chance for a new life with a forever home. Rocky's story represents the thousands of animals the Ontario SPCA and its communities encounter every day. This concert is to support all the Rockys out there. It is a chance to enjoy a wonderful evening of talented singer songwriters and supporting animal welfare in the province!

Right now, the demand for the Society's investigation services has reached critical levels. Last year alone, Ontario SPCA investigators responded to 12,819 complaints of animal cruelty, issued 1,618 orders, laid 124 criminal charges, and removed 1,991 animals from life-threatening situations. Last year more than 11,000 animals were adopted through Ontario SPCA and its communities. Live and Unleashed will directly support the rescue and adoption services of the Ontario SPCA.

When: Monday, November 28, 2011
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
Line-up: Steven Page (Formerly of the Barenaked Ladies)
with opening band Planet Earth
Press Conference/Photo Opp: 6:00pm Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
Concert: 8:00 pm

To learn more about this event, visit www.liveandunleashed.ca.

For more information the lifesaving work of the Ontario SPCA please visit www.ontariospca.ca.

Steven Page - Formerly of the Barenaked Ladies.

Steven Page's distinctive voice is among the most instantly recognizable in Canadian music and Page One, Steven's newest album, is immediately familiar but undeniably fresh as he captains the ship in the album's opener, "A New Shore". Page One marks his first solo release since leaving the highly-successful band he co-founded, wrote and performed with for more than 20 years, Barenaked Ladies. Steven Page will tell you that the themes explored in Page One are those of love, loss, and new beginnings. These are universally felt, and no less so for Page.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Adopt – Volunteer – Donate! Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002

Contact Information

  • Provincial Media Contact:
    Ontario SPCA
    Alison Cross, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications