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InPrint: K Comp Vol. 2 artists announced

Jeff PiattelliOn Friday, August 26 the twelve artists that will make up the second installation of the K Comp were announced on K96.3 – Kelowna’s Classic Rock.

The K Comp emerging artist series created by K96.3 and Music BC aims to give up and coming artists in the Okanagan publicity through the album and on-air promotion, career development through Music BC workshops with industry professionals as well as a variety of live performance opportunities.

The following local artists will be featured on K96.3’s K Comp Vol. 2 to be released in October: The Flu, My Kind of Karma, Jayson Bendera, Mark Irving, Calum Hughes, Aaron Gordon, Dan Oig, Trinity’s Tattoo, Devon Coyote, Thomas Kjorven feat. Shameless, Jeff Piattelli and Bucknife.

Submissions came in from across the Okanagan for the second installation of the emerging artist compilation and K96.3 and Music BC would like to thank all those who applied and urges those who didn’t make it to this year’s compilation to reapply next year.

The K Comp Emerging Artist Series started off in 2010 as a way for K96.3 – Kelowna’s Classic Rock to promote and lend a helping hand to local emerging artists. “In the first year of the K Comp, our main goal was to create new opportunities for our local emerging artists and to help them build relationships within the industry. How great would it be if we could discover some of the nextBucknife classics in our own backyard? We are very proud of last year’s accomplishments and we are very excited to be able to provide the same opportunities for this year’s twelve K Comp artists.” quoted Dallas Gray – Station Manager.

Be sure to stay tuned to K96.3 – Kelowna’s Classic Rock for the official release date of the K Comp Vol. 2. For more information on the K Comp visit

To read the full article, pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, September 1st, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

InPrint: Rococode launches new era at Habitat

RococodeAfter months and months of waiting, Habitat is now the proud bearer of a liquor primary license.

Through numerous city council meetings, re-zoning of the building, an abundance of consultations with the BC liquor board and the undying support of the community of Kelowna, the downtown venue has now transitioned from a food primary license to an event driven liquor primary license.

Owner and director of operations, Quinn Best, couldn’t be happier to see the license finally mounted at the entrance of Habitat, “We look forward to getting back on track with live music in Kelowna specifically with a larger capacity and later operating hours. This license gives us a whole new scope of events that we can host at Habitat.”

The venue located on Leon Ave. can now focus on its primary purpose: providing Kelowna with a one-of-a-kind space that caters to the arts and culture community through live music and special events.

Habitat’s first show with their new license will be with Rococode featuring local guests Fields of Green and Kingdom Cloud on Friday, August 19th. Rococode, hailing from Vancouver, are an unfamiliar band made up of familiar faces featuring Laura Smith, Andrew Braun, Shaun Huberts and Johnny Andrews. The band played their first live show ever here in Kelowna back in October during the BreakOut West Festival.

Our local boys Fields of Green will not only be joining Rococode on stage at Habitat but they also join them as part of the 2011 PEAK Performance Project Top 20 artist line-up – a great achievement for the young, eclectic rock quartet.

Finalizing the line-up for Friday night is the three-piece pop ensemble of Kingdom Cloud who also hail from Kelowna. The electronic trio made up of Laura and Evan Jeffery along with Jaeden Leimert are making waves for themselves as well as they are set to open for Handsome Furs in Victoria on September 9th.

So if you like good music and you like the fact that Habitat has its new liquor license, come on down on Friday night and let the good times roll. Tickets for Rococode with Fields of Green and Kingdom Cloud are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors are at 8pm, show at 9pm. Habitat is located at 248 Leon Ave.

To read the full article pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, August 18, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

InPrint:Fusion Festival makes use of downtown’s park space

PechaKucha PosterWith the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival now just a couple days away, it is shaping up to be another great festival addition to the Okanagan’s summer months.

This one day free, family-friendly event taking place in Downtown Kelowna on Saturday, August 13th features a little bit of everything from culture to music to food and I believe that it will become a flagship event on Kelowna’s cultural calendar.

The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival offers programming ranging from Kerry Park to Stuart Park and everywhere in between. There is sure to never be a dull moment throughout the day with programming scheduled from 11:00am until 10:00pm. The full schedule has now been announced online so you can see for yourself some of the great acts that will be performing on the Kerry Park and Stuart Park stages.

Another great addition to the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival is Kelowna’s second installation of PechaKucha Night presented by City of Kelowna Cultural Services.

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

As a unique and creative addition to the festival, PechaKucha Night will take place on Jim’s Orchard in Stuart Park beginning at 8:20pm.

For more information on the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival including schedule, site map, performer bios and much more, visit

To read the full article pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, August 11, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

InPrint: Last call for Music BC and K96.3’s emerging artist compilation

K Comp Vol. 2 - Apply Now!Music BC and K96.3 – Kelowna’s Classic Rock are putting out a final call for all Okanagan artists to apply to take part in the K Comp Vol. 2 emerging artist compilation.

Locally based artists are invited to apply to be one of the 12 artists featured on the K Comp Vol. 2 which will be released in the fall of 2011. Rules and regulations along with the application form can be found at

Artists not only have the chance to be part of the Okanagan’s only emerging artist compilation, but they will also take part in a Music BC career development series providing talks and mentorship from BC music industry professionals. New to this year, the 12 artists chosen to be part of K Comp Vol. 2 will also have to opportunity to showcase at the Pop Okanagan Festival in October – a legacy event to replace BreakOut West that took place in Kelowna last October. Artists will perform at a number of Downtown Kelowna venues on the opening night of the festival which will give them a chance to play to a varied festival audience as well as the chance to open for some great Western Canadian artists.

Applications for K96.3’S K Comp Vol. 2 will be open until August 12th and then submissions will be juried by a panel of industry professionals selected by Music BC. The 12 artists chosen to be on the K Comp Vol. 2 will then be announced August 19th on air on K96.3 – Kelowna’s Classic Rock.

For more information on the K96.3 K Comp or to apply visit

For the full article pick up a copy of today’s (Friday, August 5, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

InPrint: Komasket Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Komasket Music FestivalAugust long weekend is here! I’m sure by now, most of you have weighed your options of how to spend you 3.5 days of weekend whether it be camping, attending one of the numerous events happening around the valley, or just plunking yourself down at the beach.

Although we all know that Center of Gravity is happening right here in Kelowna but if you missed the boat on buying tickets before it sold out (or it just isn’t your scene), there is another great festival happening just a quick drive away in Vernon.

Komasket Music Festival taking place in Komasket Park (Vernon) from July 29th – 31st and this year the festival will be celebrating their 10th and biggest year yet.

The festival weekend offers three days of bringing attendees together to celebrate joy, love, music, dance, art, culture and family on the beautiful shores of Lake Okanagan. Take the awesome scenery along with the friendly, loving atmosphere and then throw into the mix four stages, over 40 artists, camping, a Yoga Zone, a Kids Zone, vendors, art installations, swimming, kayaking and 25 free workshops ranging from drumming to poi spinning, and I think you have yourself one fabulous August long weekend.

This year’s line-up will feature Jon Anderson (Yes, the owner of a lonely heart), Buffy St. Marie, OKA, Digable Planets, Sweatshop Union, Tambura Rasa and Kytami from Delhi 2 Dublin, to name a few.

There will also be plenty of Okanagan talent present including Cod Gone Wild, Paperboy, Sound Splash and Lorelle Raindown.

Today is the last day for $95 weekend passes (camping extra) and tomorrow prices will go up to $120 and will be sold at the gate only. A great plus for those with wee ones, children 14 and under get in for free! Tickets are available at So if you’re still wondering what to do with your long weekend, take a trip down to Komasket and you probably won’t ever have to wonder what you’ll be doing on August long weekend again.

Fore more information on Komasket Music Festival, visit

To read the full article pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, July 27, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

InPrint: Habitat celebrates six years

Habitat 6 Year AnniversarySix years have now gone by since Habitat first opened its doors on July 16th, 2005. Four hundred plus shows and events later and Habitat is gearing up to celebrate their sixth year anniversary.

In six years, the little venue that could has been through many ups and downs but 2011 has been Habitat’s best year for growth yet. With their re-licensing phase nearing an end, owner Quinn Best being awarded a City of Kelowna Civic Award for Honor in the Arts, as well as the venue’s nomination for Best Live Music Venue at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Habitat is still going strong.

On their sixth year anniversary, Habitat would like to extend a sincere “Thank you” to anyone who has played a show, organized an event, showed support through all the changes, or attended one of Habitat’s many past events. Over the years, Habitat has proved to be a community effort and without the support from the City of Kelowna and the community, the venue might not have seen as many successes.

To mark this momentous occasion, Habitat will be hosting its 6 Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 16th and the evening will feature a look back at where Habitat has been as well as a look into what is to come for the venue’s sixth year. DJ Toddy Rockwell, a mainstay at Habitat since the beginning and Grizz Lee will be spinning all night so don’t forget to bring those dancing shoes. Food and drink specials will be featured and there will be a special surprise for those in attendance at the end of the night.

If you have a favourite Habitat story or funny memory that you would like to share, Habitat wants to hear from you! Email your stand-out moments to

Doors for Habitat’s 6 Year Anniversary are at 9pm and admission is by donation. Habitat is located at 248 Leon Ave. For more information visit

InPrint: Center of Gravity weekend nears sell out

Disclaimer: Please note that this article was submitted before Center of Gravity 3-day Music and Sports passes sold out. Sports passes are still available and word on the street is that your BFF’s at Awesome Okanagan might still be able to  get you into Center of Gravity so stay tuned!

Winch JamWe all know how Kelowna is a very last minute city when it comes to buying tickets. Normally this is just fine because everyone does the same and there are plenty of tickets left at the doors when it comes to the day of the event. For Center of Gravity however, I will advise you to not put it off until the last minute because if you do, tickets will be gone.

For the first time, Center of Gravity is nearing a sell out just weeks before the event weekend. Taking place in City Park and Hot Sands Beach in Downtown Kelowna from July 29th – 31st, it’s no wonder why tickets are becoming harder and harder to track down for Canada’s hottest beach festival.

The last batch of tickets have been released and can only be purchased on A three-day sport and music pass is $148 and gets you in on all the action for all three days so this is definitely your best choice. Daily concert passes are also available starting at $58 per day.

Beach VolleyballThe lineup was announced a couple of months ago and ticket holders are exhilarated to finally get to see the likes of Busta Rhymes, Calvin Harris, Chromeo and many, many more.

But apart from all the great music that is going to be pumping around City Park all weekend, lets not forget all the awesome sports action that makes up the other half of Center of Gravity. The weekend will see over 150 pro athletes competing in five different sports around the site including the Dirt Zone, Water Zone, Beach Volleyball, Hoop Zone and the all new Urban Zone featuring skateboard, BMX and breakdance demonstrations.

For more information visit and to purchases tickets visit

To read the full article, pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, July 7th, 2011) copy of the Kelowna Capital News.

InPrint: How to spend your Canada Day

Canada DayCanada Day will be upon us tomorrow and is, as we all know, a welcome day off but also a great day to get out and celebrate this absolutely awesome country of ours.

So you have all your flags, your face paint, your patriotism, and all of your other Canadian paraphernalia but now… What do you do?

You might find yourself tomorrow morning, or today even, wondering what you’re going to do with yourself on the birthday of our true north strong and free.

Well, Kelowna has no shortage of opportunities to busy yourself on the start of your three-day weekend.

So to start things off, Kelowna style, I would suggest leaving the car at home. We’ve all sworn under our breath about never being able to find a parking spot in downtown Kelowna during busy summer weekends and tomorrow will be no exception. Plan to bike, skate, board, walk, or public transit your way down to Kelowna’s Canada Day hot spot.

Once downtown, “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” will be kicking off at 10am. The celebration is an annual, free community festival held in Prospera Place and Waterfront Park produced as a community partnership between Festivals Kelowna, Folkfest, and the Kelowna Canada Day Concerts Society, bringing the community a huge number of activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Later in the evening, of course, come the fireworks. This blessed display of all things patriotic, bright, glorious (and yet generally underwhelming) over Lake Okanagan will kick off at 10:30pm. Although this is an exciting and breathtaking moment for most – for some, this is also the highest point of tension from a days worth of mass crowds, sunshine, and consumption of numerous beverages so let’s keep things cool, safe, and positive. We all love to celebrate and we want to make sure that our city is still allowed to celebrate.

After the evening’s festivities my final advice would be to head down to Doc Willougby’s, enjoy the good company, and listen to Red Eye Empire rock, reggae, pop, and ska the night away.

Happy Canada Day!

To read the full article, pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, June 30, 2011) copy of the Kelowna Capital News.