Summer Live: Dan Mangan caps off a weekend of music in Stanley Park
Vancouver's Dan Mangan capped off the Summer Live festival Sunday evening with a set that had the crowd singing along late into the night.
The singer-songwriter took to the main stage as part of a 15-piece band, which included string and horn instruments, as well as a stand-up bass.
The set featured plenty of popular tracks from Mangan's 2009 album Nice, Nice, Very Nice, including "Tina's Glorious Comeback" and "Basket". But the audience also had a chance to get a preview of the singer's upcoming album, which will be released in September. Among the new songs that Mangan debuted was a track called "Post-War Blues", and the song "Oh Fortune", which he recently released on his website in advance of the new record.
The set also included some surprises, including a cover of Elliot Smith's Waltz #2, and an appearance from Aidan Knight, who performed earlier in the day. Mangan introduced the musician to the crowd by informing them that "if you don't know who he is, you should" and accompanied Knight on his single Jasper.
Mangan's other on-stage collaborators included Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, who joined in on a version of "Happy Birthday" to mark the city's 125th.
Coinciding with Mangan's set was a performance by Hey Ocean! The Vancouver band put on a lively show for a large crowd at the Trail's Edge stage. Judging from the amount of traffic between the two stages during the sets, many fans seemed to be torn between the performances.
Hey Ocean! was part of a day of impressive local music at the Trail's Edge stage. The venue also featured a solid performance, and one of the most energetic of the day, from Kelowna's We Are The City. The three-member band was cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd as they bounced around the stage, guitars and mics in hand.
The festival grounds were packed throughout the day, as a varied crowd including families, seniors and young people took in the event at Stanley Park. The weather and scenery provided the perfect accompaniment to the music, from sunshine and the occasional bald eagle sighting, to a surreal light show on the trees surrounding the main stage after the sun went down.
Mangan closed out the festival at around midnight with a massive sing-along version of his ubiquitous crowd-pleaser "Robots". In an ending that seemed fitting of the three-day concert celebrating the city, the singer invited up other performers from the weekend to send off the crowds with a stage full of local musical talent.