Canadian Celtic rock band Spirit of the West on Tuesday October 25tth – 7pm at the North Island
College theatre in Courtenay. Spirit Unforgettable (86 min.) follows John Mann’s battle with early
onset Alzheimer’s. Music, courage and friendship are the only medicines left.
Mann states “ I don’t need to be reminded about what Alzheimer’s is like. It’s like a white wall.” With
the support of his wife, he and his bandmates decide to give their fans a final performance at Toronto’s
legendary Massey Hall. However, with Mann reading lyrics from an iPad, the band has had to make
some adaptations. Drummer Vince Ditrich comments “I think we’re all starting to feel like we’re kind of
propping Johnny up to a point where its starting to lose dignity”.
With candid interviews from family and band members, we have a “back stage pass” to one of
Canada’s most charismatic performers. It’s hard to imagine a film about someone facing early-onset
Alzheimer’s ending on a high, but when the subject is John Mann, the joy just flows.
From the director of Facing Ali and Sports on Fire, this film is an emotional and musical tribute to one
of Canada’s greatest rock bands. Top 5 Audience Award, Hot Docs 2016
Everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation.
FMI: 250 337- 5412