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Dan Mangan

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An intelligent songwriter who is always stretching the limits both lyrically and musically. Friday night is going to be a real ride and Mangan was a great selection to headline the night. Creative and always moving musically, Mangan's enthusiasm always comes through. Friday night is going to be special.From Dan Mangan

Never one to rest on his laurels or do what’s expected of him, Dan Mangan has, yet again, transformed his sound. From the traditional stripped-down acoustic folk of 2010’s Nice Nice Very Nice, to the sweeping orchestration and avant-jazz arrangements of 2012’sOh Fortune, Dan Mangan works best when he’s moving forward and challenging himself. And so, what’s more challenging than departing from the sound that has earned you two Juno Award wins, international critical accolades, and radio chart success? His latest release Club Meds, released in 2015 by Arts & Crafts, is a departure, both sonically and thematically. The music is darker and more complex, but just as affecting as anything he’s ever done, with the richness and honesty of his singular voice ascending over the music. Perfectly suiting to his no-holds-barred approach to lyricism. The critically acclaimed album includes “Vessel” - both a Top 5 charter on Canadian radio as well as the focus song from the film score he wrote for Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike.

Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO award winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and son. With Jesse Zubot, he scored Hector And The Search For Happiness, a feature film starring Simon Pegg. Dan has also infrequently been a contributing writer for some publications such as Huffington Post Canada, Montecristo Magazine and The Guardian (Arts section).

Mangan has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Australia. He recently released his fourth LP, Club Meds, to much critical acclaim, under the moniker “Dan Mangan + Blacksmith” (Blacksmith referring to his long-time collaborators).

HERE ARE SOME BRIEF NOTES ABOUT DAN MANGAN

  • BLACKSMITH is John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor;
  • Has shared stages or toured with: Father John Misty, The Walkmen, Japandroids, Jeff Mangum, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar, Lucinda Williams, Broken Social Scene, Tune-Yards, Arlo Guthrie, José González, Junip, Stars, Marina And The Diamonds, Phox, Sharon Van Etten, Run The Jewels, Hot Chip, Cake, Metric, The Decemberists, Julian Casablancas, Timber Timbre, Sarah Harmer, The Broken Family Band, Elliott Brood, The Acorn, Alison Krauss, Howe Gelb, Jackson Browne, Bowerbirds, The Head And The Heart, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blind Pilot, Patrick Watson, Jenn Grant, Brett Dennen, KD Lang, Mother Mother, Great Lake Swimmers, Basia Bulat, Veda Hille, Hannah Georgas, Charlie Parr, Bear’s Den, Hey Rosetta!, The Shins, Sam Roberts Band, Jason Collett, Bahamas, Rich Aucoin, Zeus, Macklemore, Vampire Weekend, City & Colour, Yukon Blonde, Sondre Lerche, Warpaint, Other Lives, Suuns, Spoon, Tegan and Sara, Lucius
  • Recipient 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards “Alternative Artist/Group Of The Year”
  • Recipient 2012 JUNO Award “Alternative Album of the Year”
  • Recipient 2012 JUNO Award “New Artist of the Year”
  • Recipient Long-list 2012 Polaris Music Prize for Oh Fortune
  • Recipient Short-list 2010 Polaris Music Prize for Nice, Nice, Very Nice
  • Recipient 7 WCMA Awards
  • Recipient 6 CBC3 BUCKY Awards
  • Recipient 2010 iTunes Canada “Artist of the Year”
  • Recipient 2009 Verge Award “Artist of the Year”
  • Nominee 2 Canadian Screen Awards
“One of the most thought-provoking writers of his generation”

     ~ The Sunday Times

 

“Vivid, wildly ambitious… musical realms where straightforward hooks never go”

      ~ NPR

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