Exclusive Music Video Premiere Event Hosted By Public Records

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Public Records is rolling into Kelowna this Tuesday and bringing along tons of local talent that we all know and love! The show will be held at the Habitat on July 17th, and trust me folks, you’re going to want to clear your calendars for this one. The evening is centered around exclusive premieres of the 2014 Public Records Music Video Grant holders, and we will be getting the first look at the finished products.

Tuesdays event will feature a performance by our favorite local heart throbs Van Damsel, and then showcase brand new, hot off the press videos by Van Damsel, Icelandia, Andrew Judah, Nuuka, Young Sparrows, Paperboy, Stage, and Matt Brevner. So much excitement packed into one night, I can’t even handle it.

We will also be getting a super special visit from one of the most talented, stylish, and handsome Kelowna-ite we know, Brandon Fletcher of Faked Potatoes. Since he ventured from Kelowna to pursue his passion as videographer extraordinaire in Vancouver, Brandon has been killing it in the film world and is snagging some amazing opportunities. For example, the new video he produced for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” was featured on the Nylon Magazine website. Yes you read that right, NYLON! Tuesday will be the grand unveiling of Brandon’s newest video with Van Damsel for their song “Begins With A Return”. The guys road-tripped down to California to shoot the video, and considering how stoked and insanely jealous I was of their Instagram teaser pictures, I can’t even imagine how mind-blowing the final product will be!

Swing by Tuesday night to support all the local talent! Doors open at 7pm and because Public Records is the best, the show is free for our viewing pleasure!

Also, to get a taste of what you’ll be seeing on Tuesday, check out the video for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” by Brandon Fletcher, and check out his website Faked Potatoes.

Great Lake Swimmers Live In Kelowna

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Habitat has just dropped the news that they are hosting the Great Lake Swimmers live in concert on July 22nd 2014, and oh my goodness gracious are we ever excited! Not only is this 5-piece band from the best country in the world (Canada, duh), but they also have the ability to capture the essence of what makes Canada so beautiful in their sounds. It’s as though you can hear the Rocky Mountains drifting through the soft hum of violin, and vast forests of pine being held within the strum of their guitars. The bands most recent album New Wild Everywhere was released April of last year and beautifully builds on the sounds of past albums, while adding fresh elements of instrumentation and vocal harmonies. The end result is a stunning creation of nostalgic and folk driven tunes that are the perfect accompaniment for your next cross-Canada roadtrip. Or just pop the record in during your daily Tim Hortons double double run, because let’s face it, that’s as Canadian as it gets! I had the pleasure of seeing lead vocalist for Great Lake Swimmers Tony Dekker play at the Streaming Cafe late last year, and if his performance is any indication of what the show will be like on the 22nd, I am beyond ecstatic!

Tickets are going to be flying off the shelves, so grab yours soon at participating stores or at the Habitat E-Store

Here’s a taste of what your ears will be enjoying during the show, have a listen!


Five Hole For Food Kelowna 2014

Every year, Five Hole for Food travels the country playing ball hockey for local food banks. To prepare for such a long journey, you need a good warm-up, so we’re headed to Kelowna to kick things off a little early, and take advantage of that early summer that the Okanagan has to offer.

The idea is simple: to take part and play some street hockey, all you need is a hockey stick and a can of food. We’ll supply the rest. Think of it as a giant game of drop-in hockey: hang out and play for 5 minutes or the full 4 hours! All age and skill levels are welcome!

Meet us at Stuart Park Plaza between 1:00PM-5:00PM on June 7th and bring your donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Let’s play hockey for food!

This event benefits the Kelowna Community Food Bank Society. In 1983, the Kelowna Community Food Bank Society set up operation in a church basement to meet emergency food needs for the community. Over the next two decades, the Kelowna Food Bank grew from serving 600 people per year to nearly 2, 500 individuals per month, with nearly a third of them children under age 16.


Awesome Okanagan Official 4 Year Anniversary Party

Hey party go-ers, are you ready for the fourth anniversary party for Awesome Okanagan? Cause Friday 18th at 8pm The Habitat will be presenting some local talent with a spring fashion show by FROCK.  Come and get your FROCK on by viewing some specialty, one-of-a-kind clothing as well as handmade garments and accessories designed by Canadian female designers. If you want to see a full blow out come and check out the sweet updos  done by Darcy and Paige for the fashion show, and finally local artists DJ Popular Mechanix and Otiz Avery will spin  you around the dance floor all night long.

Awesome Okanagan is committed to bringing the Okanagan together to represent a strong community that supports local art, culture, food, fashion and music. We believe that all of these talents deserve to be recognized and unite together to make one Awesome Okanagan…now that’s a good reason to get together and celebrate one another!

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Media Greet @ 8pm

Party @ 9pm

$10 tickets available at the door

19+ (no minors)

 


Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski (& The Deadcoast)

z0JLC1e_VZv620z6QwlkSm4mrxVQi_DphlT4tC4UTv0Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast will be performing at the cafe on Sunday, March 23 with special guest Astral Swan. Jay is best known for his work as frontman for Canadian trio Bedouin Soundclash.
Martel will be released on February 11th through Pirates Blend / Sony. An eighteen-song album, dichotomously perched between two sides, The Pacific and The Atlantic (tracklisting below), that brings to life the perpetually curious side of Bedouin Soundclash’s front man Jay Malinowski. Using the tumultuous life of his ancestor, Charles Martel, as a springboard, this album is part family tree; part introspective. The interactive website – www.whoismartel.com – houses a treasure chest full of audio and visual pieces of Martel, including the lyric video for the first single, Patience Phipps, and a black and white video for Tall Shadow From Saint-Malo.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing Martel alive onstage, enlisting the help of Krief (The Dears) and Vancouver three-piece string trio The End Tree into our onstage crew,” describes Jay Malinowski. “This show is going to be a departure from the past. It’s moody, ominous, destructive and beautiful all at the same time. Martel is a sailor, a man confronting his world. The audience participating in the story is integral, and we all can’t wait to start that journey. Come down friends, meet us at the gate.”

Astral Swan was the first act to be signed to Dan Mangan‘s new label Madic Records.

Tickets available online here or at both Streaming Cafe and Milkcrate Records locations!


Comedy Blood Sport is back! Read a rare interview with the champion, Kyle Patan!

 

Comedy Bloodsport is back!  Everyone should be partying right now! Hope you are ready to get your brain kicked in with laughs! Reigning champion Kyle Patan defends his title against swarms of hungry sharks on February 7th. If you haven’t seen Kyle before, you have missed a local treasure! Stop doing that! I was lucky enough to snag an interview with him between his private ninja lesson and his appointment with hot babes.  Kyle was leaning on his sports car, drinking a cola. I tried not to let his coolness intimidate me while I hastily jotted down his golden replies.  Enjoy….

Q: What message do you have for the comedians who want to see you crying in defeat?

A: My message for them is that if they’re going to see me cry, it’ll be tears of joy when I win, or they’ll be at my house and we will be watching The Vow.

Q: What can audience members expect to see from you on February 7th?

A: They can expect the k-dog to do the things he always does: Tell fully jokes and refer to himself as the k-dog in the third person.

Q: What do you have to say to critics who say you sold out and went all commercial?

A: I will tell the critics to go shove it! And by it, I mean the new swiffer wet jet and its ultimate cleaning abilities (I am the new spokesperson).

Q: Do you do it for the prizes or for the glory of winning comedy bloodsport?

A: Nothing can beat the glory of winning such a prestigious event like bloodsport, nothing except delicious gift certificates!

Q: Thanks, Kyle! Good luck with your new penis enlarger.

Don’t miss Comedy Bloodsport on February 7th.

Doors at , Show starts 9:30 sharp

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Focus Friday: Silver Star

silverstarThe Okanagan winter is so short that many of us forget to take advantage of it. The major ski resorts offer cheap tickets and rentals on Friday nights — it’s a great way to embrace winter and have some fun. I thought Ryan’s shot from Silver Star over the holidays captured some of the energy and positive vibe of those warm nights at the hill.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade at Silver Star by Ryan Van Veen


Winter is the best time of the year to Laugh out loud

The Habitat is excited to become the new destination for stand up comedy in Kelowna and 2014 is going to be a busy year. The first show, on January 25th, starts it off right with Vancouver’s John Beuhler. John began performing stand up comedy at the age of nineteen and in his first few years he starred in a national comedy special called Chill, won the Just for Laughs Home Grown Comedy Competition and shot two stand-up specials for Canadian national television. All before the age of twenty-five. John has performed in the Just for Laughs Festival Gala where he won over the crowd and was touted as saving the show.

John then went on to win the Corner Gas Comedy contest, giving him $10,000 and an appearance on Corner Gas with his mentor Brent Butt. John has opened for the likes of Dennis Miller, John Rivers, Martin Short, Zach Galifianakis and Craig Ferguson to name just a few. John’s style has been described as wickedly funny, fearless and poignant.

I have seen John perform several times in Vancouver, where he frequently headlines shows at the Comedy Mix. I was blown away, so when we needed to decide which comedians to bring into Kelowna to start off the new year, John was at the top of the list. I recently spoke with John about the show and was able to ask him a few questions.

Me: We had our first big show at the Habitat (Comedy Bloodsport) last week and it was a success. When I announced that you would be headlining on the 25th, people were excited. I think you have a good fan base out here.

John: Thanks. I am really looking forward to it.

Me: When was the last time you laughed till it hurt?

John: If it hurts when you laugh, you should see a physician. Car trips with comics I find eventually deliver some crazy laughing fits.

Me: What is the source of your material?

John: I plagiarize Family Circus cartoon strips.

Me: What was it like writing for the Junos? Did you write anything they wouldn’t allow on television?

John: I said that a barefooted KD Lang arrived in a limo with no floor and that she stopped it like the Flintstones.

Me: What was it like meeting Lou Diamond Phillips when you were in that movie with him?

John: He made me feel like I was the only person in the world and then our conversation went straight to VHS.

Me: Where did you record your last CD and where can people get it?

John: I recorded it in Oregon and you can get it on iTunes or in my garage in the the box under the BBQ.

Don’t miss John’s show on January 25th at the Habitat. Come early as tickets are only sold at the door. Tickets are $10.

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