Published Aug 19, 2010John 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"
3. "Stop Error"