Collective Concerts & MRG Concerts Present
DAN MANGAN - MORE OR LESS 2019 TOUR
147 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON, M4K 1N2
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO award-winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter.
2018 brings Dan’s 5th full length More or Less, an album about witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth. It’s about feeling disconnected from a popular identity and becoming acclimated to a new one. It’s about raising kids in a turbulent world. It’s about unanswerable questions and kindness and friendship and fear. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes), More or Less features singles “Troubled Mind”, “Fool For Waiting” and “Just Fear”.
Aside from his own recordings, Dan has scored a feature film (starring Simon Pegg) as well as TV series for Netflix & AMC and has infrequently been a contributing writer for several international publications. Dan has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Australia. In 2017, Mangan co-founded Side Door, an online platform that connects hosts with artists for intimate performances in unique spaces. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two sons.
Born to a Polish father and a Quebecer mother, Matt Holubowski grew up in Hudson, in the bucolic village west of Montreal.
It was not until he was 17 that he decided to pick up the guitar, in part out of admiration for his cousin, also a musician. His first influences were much heavier (Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Disturbed), which led to him joining a punk band in CEGEP as a guitarist. At that point, he still did not have much of an interest in singing.
In 2008, he discovers Elliott Smith, an artist who would become a revelation for Matt, who would later be his band, sheds the electric and pick up his first acoustic guitar. So begins a transition into the world of folk music that would also lead to finding a voice.
An avid traveler and lover of the world and its various cultures, he signs up for a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Concordia University, and also goes abroad for a semester at Sciences Po, Paris.
Until then, music has been more than ambitious, but he still makes the rounds in various bars and restaurants around Montreal. He further pursues his travels and writing throughout Uganda and South East Asia, regions that would leave an important mark on his future compositions.
At the start of 2014, he is going to become a teacher, finally takes the decision to give music a real chance. He returns to Canada and begins putting his songs together into a record. 15 months later, in July 2014 he quietly puts out an album called "old man" under the pen name "Ogen" to a small crowd of about a hundred friends and family.
Partly inspired by a painting that has a friend and coworker, Lydia Marier, created of an old man, the album is a contemplation on the art of getting old with grace, and according to one's own rules. It's a diary of spells that relate to the adventures of the past five years, he regained a lost feeling of youthfulness.
100% home-grown collaborator, Connor Seidel, Matt Holubowski writes all lyrics and music, and accompanies himself with the guitar, ukulele, mandolin and harmonica. His greatest inspirations - Bob Dylan, Ben Howard, Alt-J, Patrick Watson, Green Dallas, Radiohead, among endless others - contribute to the listener into his musical universe.
A month later, Matt receives an invitation to audition for the popular television show "The Voice". After being unanimously chosen, he embarks on an adventure that would change his life. While the show was airing in January 2015, Matt was off again and again, meandering Egypt with some friends. His song of choice, Burn, by Ray Lamontagne, creates a gigantic impact, and he quickly understands the impact of the performance as a social media.
On his return home, he is submerged in album sales, and decides to quit his job as a bartender to focus on fulfilling the orders for his new and very numerous fans. Hardly expecting this amount of success with the album, Matt had not set himself up very much to produce a hand-stamped, handwritten and assembled by hand. Having imagined selling a few hundred copies at most in a lifetime, he avoided a standardized product that would be factory-made. Still, in spite of the overwhelming task at hand, he managed with the help of his friends and family to create almost 10,000 copies.
As a finalist of La Voix, under the tutelage of Pierre Lapointe, Matt managed to increase not only a large following of the public, but also within the industry. As a result, the pound up fast. Moreover, he is also featured in the Montreal International Jazz Festival, where he sells all his tickets, and the Metropolis, which also ends up nearly selling out. A series of shows throughout the province, where the audience is inevitably seduced by his voice and captivated by his songs.
On September 9, 2015, Matt Holubowski finally made a second choice with Audiogram, beloved local label and producers of reknown names, such as Isabelle Boulay, Pierre Lapointe, and Daniel Belanger.
By November's end, the first - and very spontaneous - tour will end, and Matt will head out for his next album, to be released from time to time. fall of 2016.
Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes