Dan Mangan / Rural Alberta Advantage
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON, October 25
While the RAA weren't short on crowd support, Dan Mangan and his ever-expanding band filed onstage to rapturous applause. Opening with the recently released "We Want to Be Pleasantly Surprised, Not Expectedly Let Down" from his "Radicals" 7-inch, Mangan then launched into a set showing off Oh Fortune and its beloved predecessor Nice, Nice, Very Nice.
Songs like "Sold" and "Post-War Blues" had everyone on the floor clapping along, while the more sombre ones like "If I Am Dead" and "Regarding Death and Dying" allowed for dramatic walls of sound to build.
Mangan took a couple ridiculous shouts from the audience in stride, laughing along, but gave the masses a chance to be heard when he surfed over the crowd for the always sing-along-friendly "Robots." When it came time to close out the night, he made his way back into the crowd to stand on a stool and conduct the building for "So Much for Everyone," which has become a staple in his live set.
While the show may have been a bit familiar to fans that have seen recent tours, the Vancouver songsmith proved to everyone that robots need love too — and that Mangan still deserves it for his live show.
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