Dan Mangan has become one of my favourite artists over the past couple of years. I was opened up to his music in 2010 thanks to CBC Radio 3, and have fallen in love with the brilliant lyricism, the intense musicality, and the depth of this artist.
You know how you meet people and you are certain that they are genuine? Though I have met Dan Mangan, after one of his shows here, it's not like I know him personally. But he seems so real, down to earth, and wise beyond his years. His ambition is as seemingly boundless as his talent.
He was recently featured in a short documentary by a fantastic filmmaker Brent Hodge and his fellow producer and director Jon Siddall, and a crew of very talented people.
It is called 'What Happens Next' and it is an intimate look at a show that took place last year. A performance at an opera house venue called the Orpheom was a paramount goal of Dan's, and this film takes a look at the reflections surrounding Dan's success thus far in life. This film also features his incredibly talented bandmates and his loving (and lucky!) then-fiancee, now wife.
I felt compelled to share, so here you go. If you've never heard of Dan Mangan, I hope that his music and ambidextrous words reach you the way they have me.