DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH BRINGS 'CLUB MEDS' TO HALIFAX ON FEBRUARY 18

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Last week Dan Mangan + Blacksmith released its acclaimed new album Club Meds on Arts & Crafts in North America. The Vancouver band performs in Halifax on February 18 at Rebecca Cohn Auditorium with label mate Hayden and Calgary’s Astral Swans. All tour dates can be found HERE and are also listed below.

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The follow up to 2011’s highly acclaimed, multi JUNO-Award winning Oh Fortune sees the Vancouver-based artist return and officially join forces with his long-time, now integral, band members from the Vancouver experimental music scene to play under the moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.

Blacksmith is Kenton Loewen (drums), Gordon Grdina (guitar), John Walsh (bass) and often JP Carter (trumpet), Jesse Zubot (violin) and Tyson Naylor (keys). They bring an unmistakable character to Club Meds; a stark glassy edge that swells and sways like a roaring ocean. Through a fog of analog feedback loops and synths, the band's performances breathe deeply and steadily like a dragon at rest.

The album title, Club Meds, is one of the driving lyrical motions of the record; the idea that we’re all on vacation from having to be honest with ourselves – that sometimes it’s easier to medicate than deal with reality.

Club Meds is about sedation” Mangan writes in the record’s liner notes. “Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe there always has been. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog.

And yet, for all its social commentary, Club Meds was never intended as a grandiose political record, nor is the outlook overtly cynical; more a touching and thought provoking collection of deep rooted sentiments and observations.



DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Jan 30 – Whitehorse, YT – Yukon Arts Centre
Feb 18 – Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium^
Feb 19 – Fredericton, NB - The Fredericton Playhouse^
Feb 20 – Quebec City, QC - Imperial#
Feb 21 – Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre^
Feb 24 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre^
Feb 26 - London, ON - London Music Hall^
Feb 27 - Ottawa, ON - Theatre at NAC^
Feb 28 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall#
Mar 1 - Guelph, ON - River Run Centre^
Mar 5 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick^
Mar 6 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brians Event Centre^
Mar 7 - Regina, SK - Darke Hall^
Mar 9 - Banff, AB - Eric Harvie Theatre^
Mar 10 - Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Concert Hall^
Mar 11 - Edmonton, AB - Francis Winspear Centre for Music^
Mar 13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre^
Mar 14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre^

^ - w/ Hayden and Astral Swans
# - w/ Hayden

DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Apr 9 - Cologne, DE - Gebäude 9
Apr 10 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Apr 11 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte
Apr 12 - Graz, AT - Postgarage
Apr 13 - Vienna, AT - Wuk
Apr 14 - Munich, DE - Strom
Apr 15 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol
Apr 16 - Berlin, DE - Postbahnhof
Apr 17 - Hamburg, DE - Übel & Gefährlich
Apr 18 - Bremen, DE - Nordlicht Festival
Apr 19 - Heidelberg, DE - Querbeet Festival
Apr 20 - Gent, BE - Cafe Video
Apr 21 - Amsterdam, NE - Paradiso (Upstairs)
Apr 22 - Paris, FR - Batofar
Apr 24 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
Apr 25 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
Apr 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Apr 28 - Bristol, UK - The Thekla
Apr 29 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
Apr 30 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall


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