Dan Mangan has announced that he’s returning to the road for a string of tour dates throughout Canada beginning February 25. Artist presale began on December 7, followed by general public on sale as of Friday, December 10 here. All dates are listed below.
Recently, we marked the 10th anniversary of Dan’s pivotal, JUNO Award-winning album, Oh Fortune. The LP has been re-released and arrives complete with a bonus disc of ten ‘mostly’ unheard album outtakes, demos, and live versions of tracks from that era.
In an essay reminiscing about the making of Oh Fortune, Mangan says:
“Four years of thought and trial-by-fire manifested in the creation of Nice, Nice, Very Nice. I’d spent that time cutting my teeth in the corners of noisy bars to people who were there for the drinks and, almost specifically, not for the music. My presence was not anticipated, but, more accurately – tolerated. Sometimes I’d had other musicians with me, but most often, I was alone. I felt like a comedian, chiseling my material in the underground. Figuring out what kept people, and what didn’t. I had to earn every perked ear. I played cafes, living rooms, back yards, sports bars – literally anywhere that would have me.”
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“Oh Fortune was born of a different kind of storm,” continues Mangan. “Luckily, Nice, Nice, Very Nice had succeeded. Those bars became theatres, and the momentum of a burgeoning career demanded a more consistent cast of faces in the van.
I knew that I had learned how to hold an audience. I knew that I had begun to unfold my mind through lyrics and melody.
Oh Fortune is about changing. Shifting. Adjusting to new footholds in new sands. Finding glory in letting go. Surviving another day and being a touch stronger for it. It’s about dangling your legs for the sharks. It’s about stories to tell as we age. It’s about aching for rain. It’s about the taste of something. It’s about the veins of a leaf mirroring the rivers of its forest. It’s about flags burning together. It’s about the daylight forgiving you.”
Read Dan’s full essay HERE.
Vinyl LPs of the Oh Fortune 10th Anniversary will be released in 2022.
Dan Mangan has partnered with TreeEra to plant one tree for every ticket purchased. For more information about TreeEra, go HERE.
Toronto based live music photographer and journalist
I love to express my passion for live music through my work and showcase the amazing sound and artists coming out of the Canadian scene.