Barenaked Ladies (BNL) is a rock group, formed in Scarborough, Ont, in 1988 as a partnership between the self-taught Ed Robertson and the classically trained Steven Page, who studied musical theory at York University and sang in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. Other members were brothers Jim (bass) and Andy Creeggan (percussion/piano), both alumni of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Tyler Stewart (drums). Andy Creeggan later left the band and was replaced in 1995 by Kevin Hearn, formerly a member of Jaymz Bee's band The Look People.

The Barenaked Ladies' unique brand of "acoustic hip-hop" was first featured on a 5-song cassette that included the comic single "Be My Yoko Ono." Page Publications, run by Steven's father, Victor, released the tape, and Barenaked Ladies soon became an unlikely sensation in southern Ontario - drawing large crowds to shows, winning a $100 000 recording grant from Toronto radio station CFNY-FM and receiving national publicity after being banned from a New Year's Eve concert in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square because city officials deemed their name offensive. The tape eventually sold 70 000 copies and was the first independent release to reach the top-20 of Canada's national album chart.

BNL's debut album, Gordon (1992), built the momentum to fever pitch; catchy, melodic and frequently humorous fare such as "Brian Wilson" and "If I Had a Million Dollars" caught the public's imagination to the tune of a staggering 800 000 sales in Canada. Their popularity in Canada waned, however, as Page and Robertson opted for a less zany approach on Maybe You Should Drive (1994) and Born on a Pirate Ship (1996).

Under the direction of Sarah McLachlan's manager Terry McBride, the same pattern of grassroots fan support developed in the United States as it had earlier in Canada. Stunt (1998) dominated the US album charts behind such lively singles as "One Week" and "It's All Been Done."Maroon was released in 2000. Produced by Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt), it included the hit single "Pinch Me."Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001) wrapped up BNL's first decade. In 2002, a year after winning three more Juno awards of their own, the band hosted the music awards show at Mile One Stadium in St John's, Nfld. Everything to Everyone was released in 2003.

The Au Naturale tour of US arenas in 2004 paired BNL with Alanis Morissette. The band's festive spirit, which first emerged when Robertson wrote "Green Christmas" for the How the Grinch Stole Christmas soundtrack in 2000, continued with the full-length album Barenaked for the Holidays (2004). Page and long-time collaborator Stephen Duffy released an album jointly as The Vanity Project in 2005.

In 2005, BNL reconvened with Stunt producer/recording engineer Susan Rogers and cut the 29 songs that would be released the following year on 2 albums: Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men. The band hosted the first in a series of its Ships & Dip fan cruises in 2007. Live recordings from the Caribbean cruises are part of a BNL official bootlegs series that covers practically every tour date the band has performed since 2004; the shows can be downloaded from BNL's website in FLAC and mp3 formats.

The band's first children's album, Snacktime!, was released in 2008. It included the "Canadian Snacktime Trilogy," a send-up of Gordon Lightfoot's "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" that featured celebrities revealing their favourite snacks. The guests included Lyle Lovett (watermelon), Jason Priestley (macaroni and cheese), the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie (crackers with peanut butter) and Lightfoot himself (pasta).

On 25 February 2009, Steven Page left the Barenaked Ladies in order to pursue solo projects.