The conscientious singer/songwriter is likely most famous for fronting the melodic and introspective Winnipeg indie-folk group the Weakerthans, which was formed in 1997, just after he left punk band Propaghandi.
In 1996, Samson co-founded the worker-owned and operated Arbeiter Ring Publishing company — a book publisher and distributor specializing in progressive, radical and anarchist fiction and non-fiction.
According to his website, Samson is an adjunct professor with the Creative Writing Program at the UBC with his partner, Christine Fellows, and helps run a curling league and a chapter of Book Clubs for Inmates.
A couple of years ago, Samson toured Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and the UK, performing songs from his full-length, debut solo album entitled Provincial. This orchestral rock record —Samson’s musical map of Manitoba — conjures ghosts of long-forgotten hockey players, prairie roads, and particular small towns around his home province. The album was released in 2012 — at the same time as his book Lyrics and Poems, 1997-2012.
In 2015, Samson wrote the live score for For the Turnstiles — a musical, choreographic and visual response to Neil Young’s 1974 album On the Beach.