John K Samson

Winnipeg, MB

John K Samson

Winnipeg, MB

Biography

John Kristjan Samson is a musician from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is a singer-songwriter and currently the frontman of the Canadianindie folk/rock band The Weakerthans. He also played bass in the punk band Propagandhi during the mid-1990s. Samson is married to Canadian singer-songwriter Christine Fellows. He is an adjunct professor with the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.

In 1993, while still a member of Propagandhi, Samson released a fifteen-track solo album on cassette tape, entitled Slips and Tangles. In 1995, six of these songs were featured on a split album shared with the now-defunct punk band Painted Thin. Following the critical success of The Weakerthans, Samson’s side of the split was re-released online by G7 Welcoming Committee as a digital EP in 2006.

In 2006, he and his wife Christine Fellows recorded The Old House, an album intended as a Christmas gift for friends and family. They eventually released two songs, “Taps Reversed” and “Good Salvage”, for airplay on CBC Radio 3 in 2007. Fellows and Samson also performed live on the network on March 17, 2007, to mark the final night of the network’s terrestrial simulcast on CBC Radio 2. Both Samson and Fellows also participated in writing and performing music for Clive Holden‘s multimedia project Trains of Winnipeg.

In 2008, Samson collaborated with electronic musician Blunderspublik and Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak on the song “Keewatin Arctic”, as part of the collaborative music project Record of the Week Club.[3]

Shortly afterward, Samson announced his first solo project since 1995’s Little Pictures: a series of 7″ releases about Manitoba roads, which he plans to release over the next 18 months. The first, City Route 85, was released on November 3, 2009 through Epitaph and ANTI-.[4] In August 2010, Samson announced his next EP,Provincial Road 222, to be released on September 21.[5] In December 2010, the Weakerthans performed four concerts in Winnipeg, one for each of their albums. In their final concert at the Burton Cummings Theatre, they performed all four of their albums in one night.

In 2011, Samson, Fellows and Sandro Perri participated in the National Parks Project, working with filmmaker Daniel Cockburn to produce and score a short film about Ontario‘s Bruce Peninsula National Park.[6]