john mann

Episode 89 | Remembering John Mann-And Critics Choice Awards



Jan 11, 2020

John Mann. leader of Spirit of the west  actor…songwriter. wild spirit

when his friends found out he was stricken with early-onset Alzheimers they gather at the commodore ballroom in Vancouver  Nov 2017 and raised funds for his day to daycare.

I was honored to host the event but between working the microphone I did interviews with his closest friends – the fellow musicians

Saturday there is a celebration of life in Vancouver for John. and for those who can’t be there, we want to remember him here.

Jim Cuddy, Alan Doyle, Sarah McLachlan, Colin James, Jim Byrnes, Ed Robertson, and BNL, Craig Northey and Odds, Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall, Shari Ulrich, Daniel Lapp, the Spirit Kids..and Spirit of the West and of curse John partner Jill Daum. Sail on John.

We finish with an update on the 25th Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles…Our guest is Joey Berlin CEO

Mulligan Stew Nov 23rd 2019- Dedicated to the heart & soul of John Mann


Spirit of the West frontman John Mann, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, walks off stage following the band’s final concert in Vancouver, Saturday, April 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

We all lost an outstanding man this week and many of us lost a friend.

John Mann, frontman and co-writer for Spirit of the West

There are many many people in this country dealing with heavy hearts because of John’s death.

He was a rock. To his beloved wife Jill Daum and their children.

We will remember John on Saturdays Stew . It won’t be just once… I’ll play his/their music as long as I’m able.

We also salute our radio neighbor Holger Petersen from Natch’l  Blues.   The Stew has only been around for 24 years.  Double that with Holger.

Dude is an audio marathon runner.

TWO guests this week


Marcus King – is only 23 years old but he started playing guitar and singing when he was like  6 months old.  OK..maybe 3 years old but he was YOUNG.

Marcus has a new album coming – Eldorado – and we’ll talk about it and play some tracks.

(The complete interview can be heard on Mulligan Stew Podcast – Spotify. Google Play or Apple Podcasts)


And the final guests are Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole from TSN Sports Center.


Love these guys..we have talked  Super Bowl and Grey Cup for a couple of years now. But we do it through food, drink, music and personal hygiene!

For your dining and dancing pleasure here’s the complete playlist
And finally the last guest on this Grey Cup Weekend. Jay and Dave.  Sorry Dan


Mulligan Stew Nov 23 2019
This Stew is dedicated to the heart & soul of John Mann Guests include Marcus King plus Jay & Dan from TSN
Thank You John Mann The Waiting Room
Christine Stephen Fearing The Unconquerable past
Hey Hey (song for Gord) Leeroy Stagger Strange Path First Guest today – Marcus King
Old Man (live) neil young and stray gators Tuscalusa
Nothing Manx/Marriner Hellbound for heaven
Brother John/Iko Iko Neville Brothers Fiyo on the bayou
NEXT – Marcus King brings solo album Eldorado
Marcus King Interview complete interview on mulligan stew podcast
The Well Marcus King Eldorado
Marcus King Interview complete interview on mulligan stew podcast
Rita is gone Marcus King Band The Marcus King band
Marcus King Interview
Wildflowers and Wine Marcus King Eldorado
Marcus King Interview Podcast on Spotify. Google Play. Apple Podcasts
Slipback Marcus King Band Due North EP
That’s how strong my love is Otis Redding The very best of Otis NEXT – Brothers and Sisters
Locked up The Avett brothers Closer than together
Good love The Bros Landreth 87
Babylon Sisters Steely Dan Gaucho
Sisters of Mercy (live) Leonard Cohen Live in London
Cry over nothing The Wood Brothers Kingdom of the Mind
Roll away the Stone Leon Russell Leon Russell
Big Yello Taxi Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon
Coming UP – Jay Onrait/Dan O’Toole Grey Cup HooHaw
Memphis Lonny Mack The wham of Memphis
crossroads Ry Cooder Crossroads Soundtrack
Green River CCR Best of NEXT – Jan and Dan – TSN talk Grey Cup Chili
If not for you George Harrison All things must pass
Jay Onrait & Dan O’Toole – TSN Talking Grey Cup halftime and Stuff
Helpless (live) The Band and Neil Young The Last Waltz
Home for a Rest Spirit of the West Save this House
Thank You John Mann You were loved. You are forever with us.


Mulligan Stew March 3rd 2018- John Mann


A couple of weeks ago Jim Byrnes and I visited John Mann in his special care residence in Yaletown.

His shape and form are the same but his memory has departed. If he recognized us I didn’t see it.

Our memory of John is/was of a dynamic, brilliant human. The kind of man who you instantly wanted as a best friend.

John was lead singer and co-writer for Spirit of the West. He was a wonderful actor. (we shared an agent)

He raised funds for an African village. If money was being raised for a friend..John was always there.

If there was a movement he identified with – he lent his name and music.

Sounds too good to be true?  Believe me, that was his life.

Well, that and his family.  His wife and love and partner is  Jill Daum.  They have two children.

John has battled Cancer and now early onset Alzheimer.  All his friends have stood behind John and Jill with love and compassion.

They’ve gathered in Toronto and now Vancouver.

Nov 11 we all gathered at The Commodore Ballroom.

It was one of the very best nights any of us could remember. Everyone on the guest list below sang and played.

John danced his way across the stage and back again but only once did he speak into a microphone. He said “this is fun”

For over 30 years they left their mark and became one of Canada’s most popular bands..even though they weren’t churning out pop hits.
They were a wicked combination of punk, folk, Celtic and roots.
Over the past number of years John Mann, lead singer and co-founder succumbed to early on-set Alzheimer’s. It robbed him of his memory but not his strength and drive.
It was my pleasure to host the evening, more like a traffic cop, as bodies were flying in and out.’s hard to watch your friend disappear but we all CAN do something. There’s a Go Fund me page for John Mann. $41,000 has been raised so far for his support and care. The goal is $50,000.  Please help if you can
The video is from my iphone at the side of the stage for the finale…
A rousing all-star cast version of Home for a Rest.
I swear it’s taken on a life of its own.

Alan “freaking” Doyle took all cast into the men’s Washroom at the Commodore and had them sing and play the song.
The video at the top of this post is from Alan Doyle.
You can HELP. A GoFundMe page has been set up in John Manns name.

Have you got some coin you can sent his way??
He needs care and that’s where the money is going.
Thank You


Mulligan Stew Nov 25 2017
you don’t know like i know Jim Byrnes Burning (vinyl)
Pharoah’s Kitchen Col. Bruce Hampton Pharoah’s Kitchen
On top of the World Imagine Dragon Night Visions
River takes the town The Wood Brothers One drop of truth
Top yourself The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely Coming UP – Sarah McLachlan.Jim Cuddy.Alan Doyle Spirit of Canada – For John Mann
Everybody knows Jim Byrnes Long hot summer days
Mulligan Stew Year 22 NEXT Sarah McLachlan
TD Mulligan – The Stew
Vince Ditrich (drums SOTW) Backstage at Spirit of Canada
If Venice is sinking Spirit of the West Faithlift
Barney Bentall Backstage at Spirit of Canada
The Miner Barney bentall The Drifter and the Preacher
Alan Doyle Backstage at Spirit of Canada
Canada Dry BareNaked Ladies Fake Nudes
Jim Cuddy Backstage at Spirit of Canada
Home for a rest Spirit of the West Save this House/Hit Parade
Mulligan Stew Year 22 tdm
Sarah McLachlan Backstage at Spirit of Canada
Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan Bulding a Mystery
Jill Daum (John’s wife and soul mate) Backstage at Spirit of Canada
Thank you John Mann The Waiting Room Coming Up Paul Simon
So Beautiful. So What Paul Simon So Beautiful. So what
Pouring water on a drowning man Elvis Costello Original LP series
It’s all right The Impressions Best of
Mulligan Stew Year 22 NEXT = Stones, Pearl jam, Beatles
I cant quit you baby The Rolling Stones/Clapton Blue and Lonesome
The May Queen Robert Plant Carry Fire
Jockey full of bourbon John Hammond Wicked Grin
I’ve got a feeling (live) Pearl Jam Let’s Play 2
While my guitar gently weeps The Beatles White LP
Any Party Feist Pleasure
Situate yourself The harpooniist and the Axe Murderer apocalipstick