Six years have now gone by since Habitat first opened its doors on July 16, 2005. Four hundred plus shows and events later and Habitat is gearing up to celebrate its 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 its 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 going strong.
The building and the room have seen many changes since it first opened as basically a blank canvas—a big empty room with four white walls and a small Red Bull booth as the bar.
The venue has now developed into a unique downtown space with a personality that is all its own.
On its 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 16. The evening will feature a look back at where Habitat has been as well as a look into what is to come.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doors for Habitat’s 6 Year Anniversary open at 9 p.m. and admission is by donation.
Habitat is located at 248 Leon Ave. For more information visit www.thehabitat.ca.
Pyper Geddes is the general manager of
Habitat and an A-OK contributor.