Night In June, 1991

The Rivoli on Queen street has a cool logo designed by Mary Margaret O’Hara. It looks like a signature blown up in a photocopier. A special place to play years ago, not so much now. Queen street was then about the Bamboo, Garbo’s, The Horseshoe, The Cameron, The Bamboo, The Legion, The Bohemian Embassy and The Holiday Tavern. There was less Yorkville there unlike now. These things are inevitable.. who among us, not from the 60s, can imagine what Yorkville was previously?

Can’t recall how Ann(e) Howard got involved with videotaping or whatever happened to her but pleased very much that someone like her did shoot so many of us then like this video that she did of me. Jack Layton was at the show, he and Olivia were city councilors then. At the end of the night he walked up and told me Olivia was into my music too but couldn’t be there that night. I didn’t know if he was for real or being political but whatever, I was flattered he came and wanted to be friends. I saw him one time at the Y near Yonge street in 2007, wearing a bandana and sweatpants walking from the locker room to the jogging area. I didn’t stop him but I was thrilled that the leader of the opposition was walking among us like an ordinary guy. He was proud to be an ordinary guy – which was extraordinary.

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