SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE (Pete McCormack, Canada). 86 minutes. Rating: NNNN
It’s hard to imagine a film about someone facing early-onset Alzheimer’s ending on a high, but when the subject is John Mann, lead singer of Spirit of the West, the joy just flows.
Spirit Unforgettable follows Mann and his bandmates as they prepare for a gig at Massey Hall – which we’re frequently reminded could be their last, since Mann’s condition could deteriorate rapidly. But Spirit of the West is not a band given to melancholy or morbidity, and as soon as Mann takes the stage, the worry behind his eyes disappears.
And what happens at Massey Hall when the band plays its signature tune, Home For A Rest, is, without mincing words, goddamn inspirational.
Apr 30, 9 pm, Isabel Bader May 2, 3 pm, Hart House May 8, 12:30 pm, Royal