Is Dan Mangan’s new album the first great Vancouver record of 2015?

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith released Club Meds this week.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith released Club Meds this week.

Is Club Meds the first great album out of Vancouver for 2015?

It certainly looks that way, as singer/songwriter Dan Mangan’s third full-length garners acclaim both here and oversees. So what makes Club Meds different from the singer/songwriter’sΒ previous releases?

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Is Dan Mangan’s new album the first great Vancouver record of 2015?

What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary on CBC Oct 20

Dan Mangan concert photo

Dan Mangan at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 13 2012. Photo credit: Christopher Edmonstone

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.

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What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary on CBC Oct 20

My best Olympic line-up: Shane Koyczan’s book signing

Shane Koyczan reading in front of Chapters on Robson

I only heard about it this morning: Shane Koyczan, possibly North America’s most famous poet since Robert Frost thanks to his Opening Ceremonies love letter to Canada, was going to read at Chapters on Robson.

Of all the things I will remember about these Winter Games, it is Shane’s performance of “We are more” that will linger longest. He made me so proud to live in this country that is “an experiment going right for a change.” I had never heard of the guy before Feb. 12. Tonight I stood in line to buy his book.

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My best Olympic line-up: Shane Koyczan’s book signing