Spirit Unforgettable…Premieres at Canada Music Week

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With the early onset of Alzheimer's at 52, John Mann, front man for Canadian Celtic rock band Spirit of the West, confronts the reality that he's losing grasp of the poetic and political lyrics he shared with millions.

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With the support of his wife, he and his lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, hoping John can hang on for what could be his final performance at Massey Hall. From the opening line—"You'll have to excuse me, I'm not at my best"—to the climactic refrain of "take me home," the lyrics to the band's greatest hit, "Home for a Rest," have taken on new meaning.

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Bandmate anecdotes and archival material are interwoven with John's struggle to retain a sense of self in this emotional tribute to an incredible artist making the most of every moment as he fights with dignity against a crippling disease. Alexander Rogalski

Music Docs at Hot Docs co-presented with Canadian Music Week.

Co-presented by Alzheimer Society Toronto.

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Press & Reviews! 

  • NOW Magazine - 4/5 stars, "The joy just flows"
  • Globe and Mail - "Smart and sensitive - without being sappy."
  • Global News - 13 documentaries to see this year
  • Toronto Sun - 10 to watch at Hot Docs festival
  • cp24 - Spirit of the West singer`s early-onset Alzheimer`s subject of new doc
  • Toronto Sun - 'Unforgettable' Spirit of the West documentary
  • Global News - "Poignant, at times heartbreaking journey."
  • POV Magazine - "Easily a standout"
  • q - The unforgettable spirit of Spirit of the West