Weakerthans' John K. Samson and Director John Waters Team Up for Winnipeg Symposium

Weakerthans' John K. Samson and Director John Waters Team Up for Winnipeg Symposium
John K. Samson, frontman of Winnipeg's the Weakerthans, has always had a conflicted relationship with his home city - just take a listen to the embittered "One Great City!" It's fitting then, that Samson will be teaming up with cult director John Waters during a symposium about the relationship between artists and their city.

The symposium is called My City's Still Breathing, and it will run from November 4 to 7 in Winnipeg. The name of the event is taken from a lyric from the Weakerthans song "Left and Leaving."

The four-day event will kick off with a speech by John Waters. According to a press release, he "will give a public talk on Nov. 4 about his life, career and the city that shaped him." Waters comes from Baltimore, a city that has always had a significant impact on his work. His films such as Hairspray, Pecker and Cry-Baby, among others, were all filmed and set in Baltimore.

The evening will also feature a performance from Samson, and tickets will be available next month from Arts of All.

As we recently reported, Samson will soon be releasing Provincial Road 222, his second seven-inch EP inspired by the roads of Manitoba. The EP will take a more orchestral approach than the first EP in the series, City Route 85.

Provincial Road 222 will be released on September 21 via Epitaph/Anti-. It will be available on vinyl and digital formats. See the tracklist below.

Provincial Road 222:

1. "The Last And"
2. "Petition"
3. "Stop Error"