Attention Spirit of the West fans: There’s another benefit for John Mann coming up.

John Mann, the frontman for Spirit of the West, continues to battle early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was diagnosed at 51 and at 56, this cruel, cruel disease continues to ravage his brain.

John and his family need more support than ever, so friends and fans are coming together for a special benefit at The Phoenix in Toronto on January 31.

From the press release:

“Inspired by John Mann’s courageous fight against dementia, Spirit of John brings together celebrated Canadian musicians for a special performance to support the Alzheimer Society Music Project, which helps those suffering from dementia rediscover pleasure in the world through the power of music.

“Live performances from Spirit of the West and guests Andrew Cash, Jim Cuddy, Andy Maize & Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Dayna Manning, Chris Tait (Chalk Circle), Damhnait Doyle (Shaye, The Heartbroken), Jessica Mitchell, Danny Greaves (The Watchmen), Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath), Dustin Bentall, Miku Graham & more!”

If you can attend or even just help out, go here. You can also check out the event’s Facebook page.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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