“Five Minutes With” Calgary Based, Indie Folk singer, Okay Mann

Meet Katlin Mathison, otherwise known as Okay Mann – a schoolboy heart with wandering toes whose childhood fascination with campfire singalongs sent him across the pond for a mentorship with Paul McCartney, a gold single in Norway, and back to the harsh weather and friendly faces of the Canadian prairies.

Now based in Calgary, Okay Mann is releasing a string of upbeat singles ahead of his sophomore album. Listen for heart-on-your-sleeve rock & roll that worships the hook but keeps thoughtful storytelling front and centre. His is the tale of a curious nomad: living and dying, one song at a time.

Okay Mann


Katlin Mathison / Okay Mann


Indie Folk



# of Albums:


Latest Release:

Little Mersey (album)

Latest Single:

A Lot

Latest Video:

Favourite musician as a teenager:

Kings of Leon

Favourite musician now:

Bon Iver, Big Thief, Tallest Man on Earth

Guilty Pleasure Song:

I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

Live Show Ritual:

Introduce myself to the sound-tech, bar team, and other musicians on the bill

Favourite local artist:

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Wyatt C. Louis

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Definitely a night owl.

Road or studio?

Studio. I like playing live, but I have become used to exploring sounds on my own

Any shows or albums coming up?

I’ve got a single coming out this fall called Sous I’m really excited about – follow me on Spotify to be notified when it’s out!


Rapid Fire Calgary Qs

Favourite local Restaurant:

Probably Pigeon Hole / Model Milk

Favourite Street?

I live in Bridgeland and love the Centre Ave NE strip. So many cool independent businesses are popping up!

Favourite Park?

St Patrick’s Island

Favourite Music Venue?

Koi! It’s intimate, brings out really nice folks and has a wonderful team.

Favourite Vancouver Staple?

Phnom Penh restaurant. If you eat meat, the Marinated Butter Beef is life-changing.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify



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