Each day during Canadian Music Week, Torontoist is tracking down one of the festival’s performers and hounding them about their show(s) and the city on your behalf.
Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.
Who: Dan Mangan
From: Vancouver, BC
Mangan is the latest in a line of brainy singer/songwriters to charm a legion of Canadian (soon, world) indie-folk fans. The twenty-six-year-old had a breakthrough year with Nice, Nice, Very Nice, a collection of songs that ranks on the Chad VanGaalen scale of quirk and craft and whose wordy, observational narratives and hearty, well-worn rasp keep the pop sheen at a minimum.
Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
Dan Mangan: Because there’s hardly any shows happening around the city. If you leave home, you’ll probably end up at my gig.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
I dig the Dakota Tavern, but it’s not exactly a “listening room.” I think some of my best concert experiences in Toronto happened at the Cameron House before they got all screwed up with capacity laws.
What’s your favourite Toronto band, and why?
Right now I’m really into the Timber Timbre record…which is great, because I’ll get to check ’em out while I’m there. We’re playing together at the Great Hall on Thursday!
What are you excited about seeing and adamant about avoiding at CMW?
I’ve learned the hard way, and too many times, that late-night hot dogs might be worth avoiding. I’m excited to see a little bit of snow—here in Vancouver we had a pretty mild winter and I’m feeling a little like we missed out. I’m also hoping to check out Zeus, Jason Collett, and Bahamas at Lee’s on Wednesday.
What are the best and worst things about big, citywide music festivals?
Best: they help foster a musical community where people care about each other and make great music.
Worst: they make you feel completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
What’s happening for you after CMW?
I’m taking a cast of musicians down to Austin for the SXSW festival. Very excited—I’ve played there a few times before but this is my first time with a band. I’ll be back through Toronto on April 22nd at The Horseshoe!
Dan Mangan plays Thursday, March 11 at the Great Hall; Friday, March 12 at the Courthouse; and does an in-store at Criminal Records on Saturday, March 13. Details can be found on the CMW website or Mangan’s MySpace.