"Everyone thinks that life is going on somewhere else, that you have to move to New York or--in Canadians' case--Toronto or Vancouver. I've never felt that was necessary," says John K. Samson, singer-guitarist for the Weakerthans and former member of political punk band Propagandhi. While other bands grapple with the New York/L.A. decision--or Seattle, Portland, Chicago or Boston, if they're being "different"--Samson stays put in Winnipeg, Manitoba, something like Canada's version of Minneapolis, with half a million people and an economy based on farming and the land that, Samson says, has "more in common with places like North Dakota and Minnesota than with places like Quebec... More >>>
"I think that loving a place means having to look at it clearly and honestly," says John Samson, center, vocalist-guitarist for the Weakerthans.