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,
For More Information Please contact:
Allen Moy / Divine Industries Inc
Telephone - 604 761 2025
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
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.
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.