The band was formed in 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba by John K. Samson, after he left the punk band Propagandhi to start a publishing company. Samson joined forces with bassist John P. Sutton and drummer Jason Tait, and created The Weakerthans as a vehicle for a more melodic and introspective brand of songwriting than that of Propagandhi. One origin story for the bands name, as quoted in the liner notes of Fallow, is a line from the 1992 film The Lover: ""Go ahead, Im weaker than you can possibly imagine.""The bands name may also refer to a Ralph Chaplin quote from ""Solidarity Forever"": ""What force on Earth can be weaker than the feeble strength of one?"" The band alludes to this line in the song ""Pamphleteer"" from the album Left and Leaving. The Weakerthans, with support from Jim Bryson, at a 2007 concert in Toronto In 2003, the band moved to Epitaph Records and released Reconstruction Site. The album was met with rave reviews from Canadian and international critics for its ambitious combination of punk, rock, folk, country and sonnets. It also became the bands best-selling record to date, as well as its airplay breakthrough on Canadian radio. It was the second Weakerthans album to be produced by Ian Blurton. Sutton, who played on all three of the bands first albums, left in August 2004 and was replaced by Greg Smith. In 2005, Left and Leaving was named one of the ten best Canadian albums of all time in Chart magazines reader poll. In the same poll, Samson wrote the capsule review for another top ten finisher, The Lowest of the Lows Shakespeare My Butt, which he cited as a major influence on his own music. Reunion Tour was released on September 25, 2007 in North America by Epitaph and ANTI-. The band released a video for ""Civil Twilight"", which consisted of a single, unbroken camera shot of the band on a Winnipeg Transit city bus. Epitaph also re-released the Weakerthans first two albums, Fallow and Left and Leaving, in Canada on November 6, 2007.+ More details
Film – Clive Holden – http://cliveholden.com Music – Jason Tait – http://www.theweakerthans.org CFMDC film synopsis – http://cfmdc.org/node/2502 Stephen Bulger Gallery – http://bulgergallery.com Part of the Trains of Winnipeg film cycle – http://trainsofwinnipeg.com Trains of Winnipeg - Limited Edition DVD Multiple – http://cfmdc.org/node/2647+ More details
Designed for junior high and high school-aged students, the Musical Mentors Program brings the opportunity to learn about folk music and songwriting to youth at participating schools. The program pairs professional local musicians with school groups to delve into the world of folk music, the craft of music making and songwriting. The 2014 spring session included student groups from: Churchill High School Elmwood High School Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Isaac Newton School David Livingstone School Hugh John McDonald School General Wolfe School These groups met weekly for six to eight weeks to work collaboratively on songwriting. The students approach songwriting as a creative outlet while incorporating basic musical arrangements. Mentors this season included Sheena Grobb, Vanessa Kuzina, Keri Latimer, Rusty Matyas, Julie Penner and Jason Tait. Each group worked towards a final project, which included recording their song in a professional studio. This video captured some of the magic.+ More details
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