Concerts Concerts Dan Mangan and Aidan Knight Pack the Horseshoe

Dan Mangan and Aidan Knight Pack the Horseshoe

Dan Mangan at the Horseshoe Tavern
Dan Mangan
Aidan Knight
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
April 22, 2010

Review by: Sara Harowitz
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

The Horseshoe was sold-out, making it both packed and hot, with excitement buzzing in the air. It was obvious this was a show that people had been waiting for, and both of the musicians on the bill made it worth the wait.

Dan Mangan

The smile that Vancouver’s Dan Mangan wore when he walked onto the stage greeted by thunderous applause didn't leave his face until he walked off again. It was a high-energy show with Mangan playing all the favourites from his newest album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, and his debut, Postcards and Daydreaming. The crowd sang along with hits like "Robots," "Road Regrets," "Tina's Glorious Comeback," and "Sold." If the sheer happiness on Mangan's face wasn't enough of an indication that he was giving his all, one look at the sweat dripping from his beard proved that this guy was determined to give his best possible performance. I have seen Mangan twice before, but this was definitely the best I've seen him to date. He also played one new song, so hopefully that means there's more Mangan music coming in the near future. For the encore, Mangan invited opener Aidan Knight back on stage and together they played Knight's hit "Jasper." Then Mangan ended with his own song "So Much For Everyone," complete with an audience sing-a-long on a series of harmonious "ooooo's". Needless to say, the atmosphere that night was pretty awesome.

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Aidan Kight

Aidan Knight of Victoria, BC kicked off the evening. Though not incredibly well-known yet, word around the music industry is that his popularity is going to explode, and I can't help but agree. Knight is a laid-back spirit and a true musician. His set was not without flaws; sometimes his guitar was tuned wrong, or his alternate guitar was placed in the wrong spot on stage. But he admitted to these errors, using sarcasm to lighten the mood, mentioning how he's "a professional" and "gets paid for this," all while the audience howled at his awkwardly charming personality. He passionately played all the favourites off of his debut, Versicolour, as well as throwing in a few new tunes.

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