Put a scarf on it and call it art!…Get close for comfort!!! #theeverythingbagel
Beginning with a gig at Grinders’ Café in Toronto in 2014 with Ben McColl, Allan Kinney, and Ryan Carr, Ben’s Motel, by 2016 consisting of Scott Corkery and Allan Kinney, joined forces with JoAnn Brooks and Jack van der Meer with Allan Kinney doubling as the third member of “The TripLettes” in playing to a full house at Castro’s Lounge in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood on Monday 16 May 2016. When Allan Kinney moved back to Ottawa later that year, Ben’s Motel added Michel Danis on guitar and the vocalist Natalie L’Amour at the Atomic Rooster and at The Cross on Elgin.
In 2017, soon after Al joined Ras Lee and the Vibes Band at their regular Westboro Beach Café gig, drummer Howie Inniss reached out to Al with the idea of a reggae and soca cover band. Howie also took a shine to the Ben’s Motel original repertoire. As our musical family changed and grew, rather than forcing ourselves to choose between original or cover music, the new band membership restyled ourselves “Ben’s Motel and the GuruRebels” with the “everything bagel” sound we’ve come to be known for since.