On September 13, 2017 in Toronto there’s going to be a very special event in support of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s initiative to provide music to dementia sufferers by way of personal media players. It’ll be a rare chance for all of us in Spirit of the West to get together onstage along with a wonderful host of awesome performers, and we are looking forward to it. (As many of you are aware, our band is no longer touring due to John’s illness.) The event’s blurb is below, along with a link to purchase tickets to the concert.
“The Spirit of John, now in its third year, is an incredible night of music and revelry that celebrates John Mann, his music, and the powerful effect melody can have on memory.
“Join Spirit of the West with host Dave Bidini for an incredible night of music with performances by Danny Michel, Andy Maize & Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Tom Wilson, Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath), Danny Greaves (Watchmen), and many more.
“Doors open at 7PM and performances start at 8PM on September 13, 2017 at the Mod Club Theatre, 722 College Street in Toronto, Ontario. Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-spirit-of-john-tickets-36523607092
“Since 2015, John has used the power of song to raise awareness about music therapy for people living with dementia. Now that his own young-onset Alzheimer’s has progressed it’s our turn to play the music with a set list of songs custom made by John’s friends and family to help unlock his memories.
“All proceeds from the concert support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Music Project, which provides personalized playlists and iPods for people living with dementia in Toronto. Concert-goers will be participating in the second annual Fund-A-Need, which aims to raise enough money to supply music to 400 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, so get ready to donate!”