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The Flairs

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Employment History

Vocalist and Guitarist
The Flairs

Chief Financial Officer
Mint Technology Corp

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The Flairs - Official Band Website

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Dawn Mandarino

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After virtually growing up in their previous pop/punk band Tuuli, and opening for bands such as The Donnas, Disturbed and rock legends CheapTrick, Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums andvocals) decided it was time to form their own band.
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The Flairs story began in the summer of 2002 when Dawn and Jen met Bif Naked's guitar slinger, Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) as they played North American outdoor festivals and concerts.


THE FLAIRS PRESS CLIPPINGS

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Perhaps it was the Fickle Finger of Fate that brought Canadian guitarists Dawn Mandarino and Gillian Hanna together in the summer of 2002.

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The two guitarists' playing is complimentary, with Mandarino concentrating mainly on rhythm, and Hanna covering riffs and solos.
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Mandarino : My favorite guitar is my Gibson SG-1, which only has one pickup, and I use Dean Marley LTHB strings (.010-.052). I play through a Marshall JCM-2000.
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Mandarino: We've grown a lot since then as songwriters.
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Mandarino : If it happens, it happens.
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In other news, I recently spoke to Flairs frontwoman Dawn Mandarino to find out what's been happening in camp
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Singer Dawn Mandarino presents lyrics that focus primarily on romantic scorn, which fits with the aggressive music. But she never loses her sense of melody, and the music, while propulsive, never gets really wild.
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The Flairs' full-length follow up to 2004's self-titled EP has this four-piece returning with a mature, polished sound that is impossible to miss. Formed by ex-Tuuli members Dawn Mandarino and Jen Foster, along with Gillian and Ryan Hanna, the Flairs aim to combine a powerhouse sound inspired by trash rock and power punk.
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THE FLAIRS consist of Gillian Hanna (ex-BIF NAKED) on guitar, Ryan Hanna on bass, Dawn Mandarino (ex-TUULI) on guitar and vocals and Jen Foster (ex-TUULI) on drums.
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The Flairs' Dawn Mandarino Doesn't Mind Being The Centre Of Attention
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Singer/guitarist Dawn Mandarino adds, "We'd probably stay on the road forever if we could."
The tour-loving band is comprised of Mandarino and Hanna plus bassist Ryan Hanna and drummer Jen Foster, with Mandarino and Foster being well-known refugees from goth-punk group Tuuli. The tour-loving band is comprised of Mandarino and Hanna plus bassist Ryan Hanna and drummer Jen Foster, with Mandarino and Foster being well-known refugees from goth-punk group Tuuli.
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Mandarino describes The Flairs experience as being "the complete opposite" from Tuuli, although the irrepressible chick-rawk vibe is similar - even in the face of an increasing "boys' club" mentality in the music scene.
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Mandarino agrees.
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"No." Mandarino's instantly deadpanned answer gets laughs from the entire group. She shrugs again before continuing, "Seriously though, we're all in this because we love doing what we do - it's our job, really, and we're happy to have it.
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based Dawn Mandarino left up and coming girl rock outfit Tuuli, taking with her the bands on hire drummer Jen Foster.
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Here we have a very strong Canadian band called THE FLAIRS, consisting of 3 female and 1 male member, of whom Dawn Mandarino is the lead singer.
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"Recently there have been a lot of shoe gazers, "sighed Dawn Mandarino, the vocalist/guitarist of The Flairs. "Where have all the bands gone that want to put on a good show?
Mandarino is lamenting this while sitting in the B.C. accounting firm where she works when she isn't one quarter of Vancouver glam-punkers The Flairs. With a giddy bounce of pop-punk, glam-rock, and 80s metal (Skid Row is a band favourite and a heartfelt tribute to "18 and Life "is in their repertoire), The Flairs are a rock outfit with Canadian rock veteran status. Mandarino and drummer Jen Foster were formerly of the doomed to CanCon medium rotation goth rockers Tuuli.
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"When fans leave our show, we want them to say that show kicked my ass, "said Mandarino with obvious zeal to be back on stage.
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"David Lee Roth was so cool, "gushed Mandarino.
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Still, Mandarino sees progress.
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"Getting compared to bands with a female lead singer is understandable, "explained Mandarino.
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The Flairs are (from left) drummer Jen Foster, guitarist Gillian Hanna, her brother bassist Ryan Hanna, and singer Dawn Mandarino.
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The group formed when Foster and Mandarino moved to the Lower Mainland to form a group with
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The Flairs, an up-and-coming rock band featuring the talent not only of Gillian Hanna, but also her brother Ryan Hanna, Jen Foster and Dawn Mandarino, got things moving for the concert, headlined by Bif Naked.
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Just over a year ago, Foster and Mandarino did pack up and head west, and it seems to be a smart move as The Flairs were formed and hit the ground running.
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"We needed a change - musically and otherwise," Mandarino said.


Mint Technology Corp :: Disclosure Plus

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Dawn Mandarino, Chief Financial Officer:

Ms. Mandarino was appointed CFO in April 2008 after working with Mint for over one year. She possesses over five years experience working in the public and private financial sectors.


The Flairs - Official Band Website

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Dawn Mandarino


The Flairs* Dawn Mandarino Doesn*t Mind Being The Centre Of Attention

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The Flairs' Dawn Mandarino Doesn't Mind Being The Centre Of Attention

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The tour-loving band is comprised of Mandarino and Hanna plus bassist Ryan Hanna and drummer Jen Foster, with Mandarino and Foster being well-known refugees from goth-punk group Tuuli.
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The tour-loving band is comprised of Mandarino and Hanna plus bassist Ryan Hanna and drummer Jen Foster, with Mandarino and Foster being well-known refugees from goth-punk group Tuuli.
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Mandarino describes The Flairs experience as being "the complete opposite" from Tuuli, although the irrepressible chick-rawk vibe is similar - even in the face of an increasing "boys' club" mentality in the music scene.
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Mandarino agrees."I think all of our songwriting has matured, even just from starting this band.I think the songs we're writing now are way more improved than our songs from the beginning."She pauses thoughtfully."And as for me, I guess I had to learn how to become a frontperson."
So was becoming the center of attention difficult for her?
"No." Mandarino's instantly deadpanned answer gets laughs from the entire group.She shrugs again before continuing, "Seriously though, we're all in this because we love doing what we do - it's our job, really, and we're happy to have it.
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The Flairs' Dawn Mandarino Doesn't Mind Being The Centre Of Attention

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