Located on Kensington Road and now the home of yet another Nellie’s breakfast joint, the Kensington Deli Cafe was my home base for my early acoustic act. It was where I met Tom Phillips (who was apparently a “contemporary” music act at the time), Mark Sadlier Brown (who was a long haired jug band music act), Anne Loree (actually, I already knew her from Marty’s Cafe which is now Cilantro Restaurant on 17th ave. S.W.), James Keelaghan, Oscar Lopez, John Campbell, Good MacCullough and a host of others. If I recall correctly, “Larry and Curly” was Karl Roth’s old band. Harvey Cohen and Linda Kitchen also owned a place in the Devenish Design Centre called Rooster’s Pub where I found employment. I watched the Flames win the Stanley Cup at Rooster’s.
One night I pulled up to the Deli Cafe followed closely by a police car. They spent about 15 minutes booking me for a number of driving violations while the customers watched through the big bay windows. I made quite an entrance that night!