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The Weakerthans are a four-piece (and sometimes six-piece) Canadian indie rock band, whose blend of punk-inflected folk rock with literate, witty, introspective lyrics have made them one of the most popular bands in the current Canadian music scene.
Formed in 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the band was started by John K. Samson after he left the popular punk band Propagandhi to write and start a publishing company. Samson hooked up with bassist John P. Sutton and drummer Jason Tait, and created The Weakerthans as a vehicle for a more melodic, introspective brand of songwriting than his time in Propagandhi.
The band's debut album, Fallow, was released in 1997 on G7 Welcoming Committee Records, and garnered the band positive reviews from Canadian music critics. Guitarist Stephen Carroll joined the band later, and in 2000, Left and Leaving was released.
In 2003, the band released Reconstruction Site, moving from the G7 Welcoming Committee imprint to Epitaph Records, and were awarded with rave reviews  from Canadian and international critics for their ambitious combination of punk, rock, folk, country, sonnets and lyrics about getting an emotional pep talk from a cat. It also became their best-selling record to date, and their airplay breakthrough on Canadian radio.
Sutton, who played on all three of the band's albums, left the band in August 2004 and was replaced by Greg Smith.
In 2005, Left and Leaving was named one of the ten best Canadian albums of all time in Chart magazine's reader poll.
In 2006, the Weakerthans, with the exception of Samson, performed on Greg Graffin's second solo album, entitled Cold as the Clay. Tait has also recorded and performed with Broken Social Scene. Samson frequently collaborates with his wife, Christine Fellows; Tait, Samson and Fellows have all also collaborated with poet and filmmaker Clive Holden.
-John K. Samson.