Wake up early the morning of October 20, turn on the TV and tune into CBC at 9 a.m. PST. Instead of watching Saturday morning cartoons you can catch the national network premiere of What Happens Next? a new documentary about Dan Mangan.
One of the most celebrated singer/songwriters to come out of Vancouver in recent years, the musician first came to the nation’s attention with “Robots”, a song with the searing refrain “Robots need love too.” The song was taken from his 2009 album Nice, Nice, Very Nice. Oh Fortune, in 2011, followed, and brought the singer even more acclaim, including a number of awards.
Mangan is known for his intelligent, insightful lyrics, his folk-pop melodies and his entertaining stage show, which he’s taken to countries all over the world. On Oh Fortune he also showed a willingness to branch out and experiment with his sound by adding noisy electric guitars, horns and strings to the layered arrangements.
For his efforts, this year he was awarded with two Juno Awards and three Western Canadian Music Awards, as well as a BUCKY Award from CBC Radio for Best Song (“Rows of Houses”).
Mangan has also opened for, or shared stages with, a diverse array of artists, including Lucinda Williams, Metric, Jackson Browne and many, many more. What Happens Next? follows Mangan and his band as they prepare to play one of the biggest shows of their career, a sold-out hometown concert at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.