The Waiting Room - Arts Club Play



September 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015

“An extremely personal, contemplative, angry—and appreciative—musical journey” —The Globe and Mail on John Mann’s album The Waiting Room premiere.

A moving story about family, healing, and hope, The Waiting Room is the highly anticipated collaboration between Spirit of the West’s John Mann and acclaimed Canadian playwright Morris Panych. Drawn from Mann’s own experience and his solo album of the same name, this musical follows “J” as he navigates life before and after diagnosis. It’s a story told with grace, honesty, and a sharp sense of humour, with a score that adds a layer of poignant commentary and thoughtful observation.


Also available with the Granville Island Series


A personal statement from John Mann

Monday September 8th, 2014 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to let you know that I have been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. I know this will come as a shock to many of you. It wasn’t for me. I’ve had my fears and suspicions, but I was remaining hopeful that there was some other cause for the problems I was experiencing.

Hearing the news has been a difficult blow. My family and I have taken some time to try and absorb the ramifications as we struggle to come to terms with the changes that have occurred and are yet to come. 

But I don’t want to spend any more energy trying to hide my symptoms. I don’t want to feel embarrassed. I want to accept what has happened and live. I will continue to make music and I will continue to do shows.I need to use an iPad now to help with the lyrics and for my solo shows, either Al Rodger or Tobin Frank will accompany and support me with their diverse and abundance of talents. My Spirit of the West band mates have circled me with care and we will forge ahead as we’ve been doing the last 30 sum odd years with humour and friendship, playing our hearts out. I will continue to write and tour, because this is what I do and what I love.

Thanks for being there,



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John Mann and Forward Magazine



John Mann

An unexpected journey through colorectal cancer delivered some

equally unexpected gifts for the actor, singer and songwriter

On stage, he is lithe, muscular and full of life. But

John Mann, the accomplished actor and lead

singer/songwriter of the Canadian folk rock band

Spirit of the West, quickly softens as he talks

about being diagnosed with colon cancer five

years ago.

As John tells it from the quiet confines of his eclectic character

home in East Vancouver, he was rehearsing for Les Misérables

at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in the spring of 2009 when he

suddenly started experiencing painful abdominal cramping.

Most colorectal cancer (94 per cent of new cases) is diagnosed

in people over age 50, and John, then 47, was just on the edge of

that milestone. And, while diet and lifestyle are among the most

significant risk factors for colorectal cancer, John had lived a

healthy, clean, fit life. Still, symptoms of abdominal pain prompted

his family doctor to send him for a colonoscopy. The diagnosis: an

early-stage, slow-growing tumour in his lower intestine.


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John Mann - The Waiting Room Available Now!


John Mann - The Waiting Room - Released 2014 

“The Waiting Room’ is a powerful testament to the journey John Mann took while he was sick with Cancer in 2009 through 2011. For several months John was bedridden in the hospital and confronted by the challenge of his life and for his life.

John’s lyrical approach on the Waiting Room captures his experience and creates a natural script and visual journey taking the listener to the powerful realization that everyone knows someone touched by Cancer. 

Each song delivers heartfelt tears and uplifting laughter as he reveals the most vulnerable moments of recovery from this life threatening disease. 


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John Mann to be presented with Access to Music Foundation’s Beautiful Heart Award, alongside BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction for Spirit of the West

February 18, 2014: The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is pleased to bestow renowned Canadian band Spirit of the West with a bronze star, destined for Vancouver’s Starwalk on Theatre Row, and inducting the band into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the annual Spirit of the West show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on March 15th. Spirit of the West members are John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly, Hugh McMillan, Tobin Frank, Matthew Harder & Vince Ditrich.

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If one honour wasn’t enough, Access to Music Foundation (formerly Music BC Charitable Foundation) is also pleased to present the bi-annual Beautiful Heart Award, in recognition of a person whose charitable spirit and musical contributions have made a significant impact to British Columbia and Canada. The recipient of this year’s award is the inimitable John Mann, Spirit of The West frontman and acclaimed solo artist.

John's efforts towards, a Swazi-based children's charity, and his work with the BC Cancer Foundation will be recognized by Access to Music President & CEO Elka Yarlowe, who will be joined onstage at the March 15th show by representatives from and the BC Cancer Foundation, to present the award.

John Mann's newest solo offering Waiting Room is quickly becoming a critical success, and the recording highlights his recent battle with cancer. The presentation of the award reflects his creative efforts surrounding this challenge and others he's faced in his life & career. 

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.

Doors: 8:00pm | Show: 9:00pm

Tickets $34.50 plus applicable fees, available at the Commodore Box Office or through

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