Posted on October 17, 2021 at 4:15 p.m.
Nancy Inch poses with members of Triumph, left to right, Gil Moore, Rik Emmett and Mike Levine
Being an ardent fan of the band Triumph, Nancy Inch is thrilled with the arrival of the documentary about the Canadian power trio from Mississauga as she played an important role in a key aspect of it.
The 52-year-old Burlington resident, who first saw Triumph perform in 1985 at Maple Leaf Gardens, said a conversation she had with the band’s drummer Gil Moore in 2018 resulted in birth to the idea of creating a fan day in 2019. It is captured in the documentary, Triumph: Rock and roll machine, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. At the fan event, Triumph surprised fans by playing three songs, the first time the band had performed in front of a crowd in 11 years.
“I have acquired a loneliness of trust with the group to be in the position that I am with them now,” she said. “I can honestly say this is probably one of my greatest accomplishments in life.”
Inch first discovered Triumph in 1981 when she was 13 and lived in Brampton and heard the band’s song, Magic power, play on the speakers of an arcade room.
“It was kind of that moment that changed my life,” she said. “I know it sounds a bit dramatic, but I remember precisely that is when I thought, ‘Who is this? I discovered Triumph, but from a point of view of 13 years.
She attended the group’s last show of its founding members in 1988, but maintained a long-standing passion for the music of Triumph. In 2017, while traveling through Mississauga with her daughter Summer, Inch stopped by MetalWorks, which Moore owns and operates. MetalWorks is where many of the world’s best musicians have recorded. This is also where there are a lot of Triumph memorabilia and memorabilia, and Inch and her daughter were invited inside to take a tour of MetalWorks.
“For a Triumph fan, MetalWorks is the land of the Holy Grail,” she said. “It’s more than just a building.
She posted something about it with photos on a Triumph Facebook site that she administers. She posted other images, including some locations in Mississauga, documenting the group’s roots.
“I had the opportunity to visit what a Triumph fan would consider historic rock and roll venues that represented the band and I had a platform to share it with people on Facebook who wouldn’t see it. never otherwise because the fans are global, ”she said. “I kind of became that patriarch for the band and for the fans unknowingly trying to bring a part of life that I had access to.”
In 2018 Inch sent a letter to Moore, saying how amazing it was to see the inside of MetalWorks and wondering if a tour could be arranged for around 50 Triumph fans. She was contacted by the company to come and meet Moore three days later.
“This is where the next chapter in our story began,” she said.
Moore told them that Banger Films, the company producing the film, might want to connect with her to discuss a fanfestival. Moore originally suggested doing it in a convention center, but Inch said the idea would work best inside MetalWorks. Triumph fans were notified of the event and the opportunity to attend by Banger Films and Inch was tasked with selecting 150 people from thousands of entries. The Triumph Superfan Fantasy took place on November 16, and what Inch was made aware of but vowed to keep a secret is that the group will be performing at the event at a MetalWorks warehouse. It played out in a spectacular fashion.
“We had just sat down and watched a teaser (of the documentary) on a big white curtain, which pushed us over the edge to see it come to fruition, and in the blink of an eye the curtain falls and the band starts playing.” Inch said. “There are no words to describe the shock, the fear and the outpouring of love. People were screaming, laughing, crying. It was an overwhelming battery of emotions occurring simultaneously with 150 people allegedly donating their left arm to witness this event. You can anticipate something and I kept this a secret for months, but I was not prepared. When it happened, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.
Moore said the fan event became a really great element in the movie.
“Much better than I expected,” he said. “It made it look like a small concert hall and the fans were shocked.”
There is another element of serendipity to all of this. Moore suggested that the film’s writer, Ralph Chapman, contact Inch to find out more about a fan’s take on the group. It turns out that Inch and Chapman are close friends – she said they’re practically cousins - who haven’t seen each other in over 30 years.
“It was interesting because all of a sudden Triumph collided my family,” she said. “It was crazy.”
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