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Dan Mangan Hosting an Event to Raise Awareness and Funds for Youth Homelessness

Vancouver, British Columbia – April 11, 2011 –

Dan Mangan and End Homelessness Now partner to present SMORGASBORD, a fundraising event on Saturday, April 16 featuring music, spoken word, and multi-medium artistry in support of homeless youth initiatives. Host of the event, Dan Mangan, will be joined by co-performers Veda Hille, Aidan Knight, The Crackling, Mike McGee, and Charles Demers, who are donating their time and talents to create this inspirational evening aimed to increase awareness of youth homelessness in Vancouver.Special Guest Mayor Gregor Robertson will present this year’s Local Hero Awards to recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership and commitment to Ending Youth Homelessness in our City. Rumors suggest that the Mayor, who plays the tuba may add to the entertainment by joining Dan Mangan in a duet on stage.

Quick Facts About Youth Homelessness:

• There are more than 900 homeless youth in Metro Vancouver. This number could jump to 2000 if you include the hidden homeless youth who are couch surfing.
• 20% of the confirmed homeless youth in Metro Vancouver are under the age of 19.
• A study by the British Columbia Federation of Foster Parent Associations estimates that 65% of people who live on the street are former foster children.
• Aboriginal youth are disproportionately represented among youth living in the streets.
• 70% of those who are homeless are dealing with mental health issues.

Note: Proceeds from the concert are generously being donated to local organizations to support their work with the youth homeless in Vancouver. Tickets: $20 in advance through

Location: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
Corner of Nelson and Burrard, Vancouver, B.C.

Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Time: 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

About Dan Mangan
A young Canadian, indie folk-rock singer-songwriter who is receiving international attention for his concerts as he uses music to reach out to young people, Dan is heralded as a favorite among Canada’s new breed of independent musicians. His debut album was Postcards And Daydreaming, which helped to build a dedicated following and his second album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice (named in reference to a Kurt Vonnegut calypso), was recorded with musical collaborators from around the country.

About End Homelessness Now
A faith-based community action group from St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, the group takes a proactive role in educating the public, business and community leaders and governments regarding the issues of homelessness and mental health. The group works to encourage and foster political will at all three levels of Government to adopt policies that will end homelessness in Vancouver.

For more information, please contact

Ken Beattie
[email protected]
End Homelessness Now
Don Evans
[email protected]