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Date of Birth: 1973
Graduation: 1991

John K. Samson

John K. Samson is the lead singer for the critically acclaimed indie rock band The Weakerthans. Formed in 1997, the group consists of Samson, fellow Kelvin graduate Stephen Carroll, Jason Tait, and John P. Sutton. Difficult to categorize, the band’s music is a mixture of punk, rock, alternative, folk and country. They have released five albums: Fallow (1999), Left and Leaving (2000), Reconstruction Site (2003), Reunion Tour (2007), and The Falcon Lake Incident (2010). In 2005, Chart magazine’s reader poll named Left and Leaving one of the top ten Canadian albums of all time. At the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2004, the band was honoured for the Outstanding Independent Album and Samson for the Outstanding Songwriter. The Weakerthans have been nominated for three Juno awards. In 2012, Samson released Provincial, his first full-length solo album.
“John Samson’s smart, soulful music has saved my life so many times. He’s the prairie poet voice of my generation and also of my kids.”
- Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness,


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