May 2, 2005:
November 5th, 2004
After 30+ years as Minneapolis' premier independent music venue First Avenue has closed it's doors due to bankruptcy. We have replaced the show with another all
ages show at The Triple Rock. We're opening for Mike Mallman who recently preformed a 52.4 hour song.
Doors at 5. Weakerthans at 7.
Weakerthans Commincations Desk: Begin Transmission.
The Weakerthans Mobile Rock Unit
The Great Plains Tour
November 02 Detroit, MI @ St.Andrews Hall (good riddance to Bush celebration)
Nov. 03 Chicago, IL @ Logan Sqaure Auditorium
Nov. 04 Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock
Nov.05 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (opening for Mathew Sweet) (21+)
Nov. 06 Lawrence, KS @ Granada (18+)
Nov. 07 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Green Door
Nov. 08 Austin, TX @ Emo's
Nov. 09 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room (17+)
Nov. 11 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
Nov. 12 Nashville, TN @ The End
Nov. 13 Louisville, KY @ Jillians
Nov. 14 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog
See The Weakerthans and their giant rock orchestra--featuring Greg Smith, Brain Poirier and Dave Mackinnon--perform a miracle cure-live-before-your-eyes concert.
Joining us will be Piebald, Despistado, and many more. Your presence is longed for and appreciated.
Thank you: End Transmission.
The Weakerthans win three awards at the Western Canadian Music Awards!!!
The Weakerthans (Reconstruction Site) — Outstanding Album (indie)
John K. Samson (The Weakerthans) — Outstanding Songwriter
Michael Carroll and Marcel Dzama - Best Album Design.
from Weakerthans Communications Bureau:
--We have launched our new web site, you will love it. I do.
--We have been nominated of the short list of music prize, we will not win, but we are flattered.
--We have many concerts planned for this fall in North America see below.
--We will be performing live this fall with three friends joining us on stage to play all sorts of instruments both musical and scientific.
You will not understand but you will be amazed - isn't that enough? Greg Smith, Bass Guitar. Dave Mackinnon, Keyboards and Science. Brian Poirier, Vocals and other Guitars. It is cool to be big.
--We thank you for your time
--The Weakerthans Mobile Rock Unit:
09/09 Vancouver, BC @ Pits Pub UBC
21/09 Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
22/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ The World
23/09 Philadelphia @ Beyond Nightclub
24/09 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
25/09 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
26/09 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (16+)
28/09 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
29/09 Providence, RI @ The Call
30/09 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East (18+)
01/10 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
02/10 Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
03/10 Guelph, ON @ Peter Clark Hall, University Centre, University of Guelph
All shows allages unless otherwise noted
09/09 With The Doers and The Feminists
21/09 - 30/09 With Lucero and Murder By Death
02/10 - 03/10 With Fembots and The Constantines
Weakerthans, bassist part ways
WINNIPEG indie rock band The Weakerthans has parted ways with one of its founding members, John Sutton
"Bass player John Sutton is no longer a member of The Weakerthans," singer John K. Samson said yesterday in a brief official statement. "We wish him well, and are continuing without him."
The crtitically acclaimed Winnipeg band, which has recorded three albums and earned two Juno nominations since its inception in 1997 is now comprised of Samson, drummer Jason Tait, and guitarist Stephen Carroll.
Samson would not say why Sutton is no longer in the band or whether anyone would replace him.
-- Winnipeg Free Press staff
July 15, 2004
The Toronto Bluesfest has been cancelled. Therefore the weakerthans scheduled Toronto Blue Festival July 23rd performance has also been cancelled.
As a replacement for this performance the weakerthans have put together their own show at the Mod Club in Toronto for that same day, July 23rd.
Tell all your friends.
Full details below:
With guests Raising the Fawn
Fri. July 23, 2004
Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 at the door
Venue: The Mod Club - 722 College St. W. - Toronto
All Ages/Licensed event
Anyone holding tickets for the Toronto Blues Festival should contact their vendor for refunds.
MAY 27, 2004
THE WEAKERTHANS will be on stage at Rockpalast "Rock am Ring" on Sunday, 6th June 2004, broadcasted by WDR German-Television.
THE WEAKERTHANS will be chatting on our Internet-Page the same day. rockpalast
The Chat starts at ??.?? p.m. (Mid-European Summer-Time)on Sunday, 6th June 2004. Due to the fact that the time is stillunknown, please check our homepage for latest details. If you like,you can use the Chat-Logo, that you'll find on our page.
Further on we'll transmit many concerts of "Rock am Ring" as Multimedia-Stream on www.rockpalast.de during the festival. Please have a look at the timetable on our homepage on the 4th, 5th and 6th June 2004.
I am Released
August 26th at The El Macombo
The Weakerthans will play a free show to deliver unto the public their/our new album Reconstruction Site.
Entrance is 1st come, 1st served, no advance tickets.
Doors at 5pm.
Listen and Learn
New Weakerthans MP3, Psalm for the Elks Lodge Last Call from the upcoming album Reconstruction Site, posted chez Epitaph.com, listen and learn.
New tour dates on their way, hang in there full details to arrive any minute.
The Wait Is Over
The new album Reconstruction Site in stores August 26th. It contains 14 new songs, a directors cut of the Music video for Our Retired Explorer, and other interesting, maybe even compelling CD-Rom content.
A Piece of Cake
August 26th @El Macombo
Free Concert and CD release party with cake for you and everyone you know or once knew and wish you still did.
Doors @5:00 p.m.
Show @ 6:00 p.m
May 22th, 2003
US Shows and Toronto too:
F the system. We are going on the road. See shows page for our latest dates.
Video with music: The Weakerthans, along with our visual collaborators - Simon and Caelum (directors of all our previous video) - shot a music video for the song Our Retired Explorer Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961.
We spent a day carousing on frozen Lake Winnipeg in March. Speeding across slushy ice in a 1950's Auto-neige (aka bombadier) on snowmobiles and on dog sleds (for real!) in period appropriate explorer costumes. (Really, does anything sound more fun?) The video features an animatronic penguin, John K as an 80 year old man, JPS as Michel Foucault, a recreation of Richard Bird's Antarctic hut where he spent 6 months and well lots of beautiful footage of frozen Lake Winnipeg. Video will begin airing sometime in the Future, start requesting it now.
Weakerthans in Europe (3 Countries, 3 Shows):
Special Summer Offer -- Weakerthans play 3 European dates in late July (hang tough for full details).
August 26th, 2003:
Our new album Reconstruction Site will be released on August 26th, 2003.
Message Transmission: Begin
Source: The Weakerthans Communications Bureau
Subject: The Weakerthans' Westward March
Contents: Weakerthans to play two Alberta shows march 21st and 22nd.(Alberta we have you in our sights.)
21/03 Edmonton, AB @ Grant MacEwan College MPR - downtown campus - (18+) w/Mico (G7 Records) and Mad Bomber Society .
22/03 Calgary, AB @ The University of Calgary Campus @ The MacEwan Ballroom- (Licensed/All ages) with Mico and Lorrie Matheson.
For more information see The Weakerthans
Message Transmission: End
...And A New Alliance Is Made: The Weakerthans Sign to Epitaph Records
Late last night at a pay phone on the Trans-Canada highway outside Wawa...
Blowing snow, semi-trucks charging past in the background.
"Oh Hi, What's up?"
"We just signed to Epitaph Records. They are going to release our next album in North America."
"Hey, Cool! Are you excited?"
"When is it coming out?"
"Hopefully, like, late this summer."
"Excellent. What's it called?"
"I think it's going to be called 'Reconstruction Site'."
"Yeah it is all really really good. Epitaph is truely a great label.We've be admiring them from a distance for a while now... (like our whole lives - you should have heard the version of Voice of God is Government - the Bad Religion song - me and John K's 1st band did.
We were 17, need I say more?)
It's like we grew up together... us and the label...
You know... Punk-rockers with a political conscience,
who fell in love with all sorts of other music along the way.
I really feel that they make sense of us as band. ...
...We are still working on details regarding Europe,
but should know for sure what we are doing there real soon."
"So is everything still cool with G7 and Sub City?"
"Oh yah. Man - they both are solid labels to be on...
And you know ..we wouldn't be the band we are if it were not for all their work on our behalf...
oh,... hey I got to go, the guys are all in the van."
Sporadic Concerts - Is There Any Logic? Answer: No.
Hamilton, ON - Is it really there? Answer: Yes.
The Weakerthans to play Steel Town. After years of denying it's existence, The Weakerthans have conceded that the town of Hamilton, Ontario does in fact exist. To celebrate this change in geographic status they will play their first concet ever in said city.
Weakerthans have issued this statement on the "Hamilton there/not there" issue:
"We were wrong, what can we say,...like... we'd heard about the place, but our road atlas had a section of Ontario missing... and I guess... we just assumed it was still wild frontier land down there. Listen, we don't want to focus on the errors of past routings, the shows are happening and listen man, it's gonna rock."
See shows page for further details.
Surprise!Salvation is nearer than you thought.
THIS JUST IN: FRESH WEAKERTHANS JULY AND AUGUST DATES
July 30 Cleveland, OH. @ The Grog Shop
July 31 Grand Rapids, MI. @ Intersection Cafe, early show, 4 pm doors.
August 01 Detroit, MI. @ The Shelter
Why keep these shows an secret any longer?
Please tell everyone you know to come out to these shows.
Because no one is immune to the blazing vitality of this rock'n roll spectacle!
Romantic Intrigue, Action Packed Scenes, Great Special Effects, Weird But Compelling Voodoo Magic and ...Lives Changed ... some FOREVER!
Rock'n Roll Learning Curve?
To help re-stabilize the declining IQ of America the weakerthans have asked the AK Press Book Mobile to join us in delivering culture to the masses. Pete, AK Press Book Mobiler, will be at all shows on our Western US Tour with the Promise Ring.
(confused?:AK Press Book Mobile is a roving book store; AK Press is a publishing house and distributor that specializes in thought provoking reading materials and related goods.)
Dawson City Music Festival
JKS Plays the big smoke solo
Misc adventures in other cities yet to be announced
Weakerthans US Tour: new date added....
16/05 Oklahoma City, The Green Door (when I say 16/05, I mean May 16th. Somebody please make international guidelines for writing dates already!)
The Weakerthans and Promise Ring United!
Evil lurks, darkness encroaches, there is a rustling behind you..."ack!"... Rock'n Roll is your only salvation!
The Weakerthans are returning to the open road, supporting Promise Ring though the western United States starting in Minneapolis March 27th. A little wiser, a little meaner, with more gadgets than you can shake a stick at, the Weakerthans come out of their winter hibernation to rescue individuals from the perils of their darkest hour in a city by city campaign.
See Tour Dates section for more info
The Weakerthans live in Texas.
The Weakerthans-Mobile-Rock-Unit will be arriving in Texas to perform feats of magic and wonder this March.
Three spectacles are being planned - in Dallas, Huston and Austin - around this years SXSW festival.
Canada's poet-laureate-of-rock, John K Samson, will be present - dispensing his Arctic visions to southern folk, accompanied as always by his Modern Side Show of Electric Machine Operators.
Events not to be missed.
Thursday March 14, Dallas,TX @Gypsy Tea Room 2548 Elm Street w/Selby Tigers, Atom and His Package, The Weakerthans, Moldy Peaches
Friday March 15, Huston, TX @ Mary Janes
4216 Washington Ave. w/ AM/FM, Selby Tigers, Atom and His Package, The Weakerthans
Saturday March 16 Austin, TX @Room 710 (venue still tentative) SXSW Hopeless/Sub City showcase w/Digger, Selby Tigers, Atom and His Package, The Weakerthans, Avenged Sevenfold.
ONTARIO SHOWS ADDED!!!
Thursday Feb. 14 London @ Call The Office - (All ages+licenced) w/Elevator
Friday Feb. 15 Buffalo @ Mr Good Bar
Saturday Feb.16 Toronto @ Lee's Palace - Afternoon All Ages - w/Carnations + Blurtonia
Saturday Feb.16 Toronto @ Lee's Palace -Evening 19+ - w/Carnations + Royal City
Sunday Feb.17 Guelph @ Trasheteria with Moneen
5 years - 4 Shows - 4 Nights in WPG Rock-City
The Weakerthans' 5th Anniversary Rock'n Roll Weekend
February 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2002
4 Nights, 4 different venues.
Featuring 9 incredible bands, 4 DJs,
various Short films, Celebrity appearances, Champagne, Euphoria, other Sensational Attractions.
And the Weakerthans every night!
Thursday Feb. 21 @ The Royal Albert with Telepathic Butterflies & the Vagiants
Friday Feb. 22nd @ the Pyramid Cabaret with Carter Monrose & The Waking Eyes
Saturday Fed 23rd @ Wellingtons with The Paperbacks & Jay Churko (Chords of Canada)
Sunday Feb.24th @ the West End Cultural Centre (all ages concert) with Sixty Stories & Greg MacPherson
Tickets on sale January 7th
Tickets for each night $10 in advance, $12 at the Door
Available at Into the Music, Sk8, Music Trader, The Mondragon and through the venues box office.
Credit card ordering through G7 Welcoming Committee
/or tel 204 947 2002
Performances by Paperbacks, Jay Chruko, the Waking eyes, the Vagiants, Telepathic butterflies, Greg Macphereson, 60 Stories,
Carter Monrose, special guests, and of course The Weakerthans
Trophies for everyone:
Weakerthans and friends won all around at this years Prairie Music Awards in Edmonton (sept 29-30th).
Since we didn't make it out there to deliver teary-eyed-godthanking acceptance speeches we will do so now. Ahem...
Thanks to everyone who worked on and for 'Left and leaving', namely, G7 crew(special thanks to Derek Hoag), Ian Blurton(producer/rocker at large), Daryl Smith too, Roberto Zifarelli(phone solicitations), Jake Moore(our own Artiste), Simon Huges and Caelum Vatnsdal (airband initiators), SubCity crew, Doit Booking, Marcus of/is B.A., Manitoba Film and Sound (especially Kevin Walters for accepting the awards on our behalf) and of course Cameron Loeppky(..."the 5th member"; note: he still out ranks Steve).
-Jake Moore our graphic designer won Best Album Design for her work on Left and leaving
-The collective efforts of directors Simon hughes and Caelum Vatnsdal won Best Rock Video for our Watermark Video.
-Left and leaving won Best Independent Album
The Weakerthans play Halifax,NS. October 12 and 13th as a part of Halifax Pop Explosion, see shows section for details.
Also, details are still being sorted regarding the postponed September shows, we should have a schedule figured out soon. Information will be posted here as it comes in.
A message from the weakerthans:
Due to the tragic events that occurred in the United States of America on Tuesday and the ensuing transportation crisis, The Weakerthans have decided to postpone our appearances in New York City, Cambridge, Quebec City, and Montreal scheduled for this week.
We will be rescheduling our shows in those cities for later this fall.
Please check back here for more information on how already purchased tickets will be dealt with.
Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by these atrocities.
Although, it seems, they have left no one untouched.
Stephen Carroll, John K Samson, John Sutton, Jason Tait.
The Weakerthans will be on Mucheast (on Muchmusic) this Sunday April 15th. Mike Campbell invited Winnipeg's sweethearts to his house for dinner. Wanna see what went on?? Tune in to Muchmusic's Mucheast this Sunday and find out.
The Weakerthans are nominated for Alternative Album of the Year!! The Weakerthans have been nominated for a Juno (Canadian Music Academy Award) for their album Left & Leaving in the Best Alternative Album category. The Awards are handed out March 4th.
The Watermark EP
With the following songs on it:
1. Watermark (with Full Screen Video for those of you with computers)
2. Illustrated Bible Stories For Children (live)
3. The Last Last One (live)
The Weakerthans new album "Left and Leaving" was voted 3rd in the top 100 albums of 2000 on Canadian Campus/Community Radio!!
The Weakerthans were featured on Muchmusic again. This time on MuchEast on Sunday October 8th. If anyone saw this interview and taped it, please let us know, we'd appreciate a copy of it. thanks.
There is a new e-zine called Line and Ink. It features an interview with the weakerthans. Go to Line and Ink
to read it.
Weakerthans 'Down Under': The Weakerthans are super happy to announce that
Shock records from Australia is releasing "Left and leaving" Sept 4, 00.
Look out out back. So any one in their region should nolonger go with out.
Contact Shock at Shock
The Weakerthans were featured on Ductape radio on April 14 2000. Go here
to find out more.
The Weakerthans played the Exclaim Birthday Bash in Toronto on Saturday April 1st. theiceberg.com has the show in real player so go check it out. Go to: theiceberg.com
to watch it. Go to archive shows and click on Exclaim Anniversary and then click on The Weakerthans.
John K Samson is featured on Christine Fellows CD: 2 Litle Birds with a spoken word piece.
Stephen Carroll plays guitar on the CD and Jason Tait plays the saw. Not only does this CD feature three of the four Weakerthans it is an amazing CD and we recommend it.
Jason Tait plays drums and tympanies on Greg Macpherson's CD: balanced on a pin. This is an excellent CD and we also recommend it.
There is an Interview with John K Samson at the Buddyhead
Anyone with Pictures of The Weakerthans from shows who wouldn't mind us putting them up on this site for all to see please send them to us or e-mail us so we can work something out. Full credit will be given, THANKS!
E-mail us if you have any questions