By Pyper Geddes – Kelowna Capital News
Published: August 18, 2011
After 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 made the transition 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,” Best said.
The venue located on Leon Avenue 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.
The new license also comes with a few new changes including increased hours of operation (11 a.m. to 1 a.m.) as well as an increase in capacity from the previous 133 occupants to 225.
Although Best pushed for a minors endorsement, upon receipt of the liquor primary license Habitat will now operate as a 19+ venue. “‘All ages’ with liquor has always been a challenge for any establishment in B.C. We hope to revisit this a year from now as safe, all-ages events are very important to the cultural fabric of Kelowna.”
It has been a long time coming for Habitat to arrive at this point and without the support from the City of Kelowna, as well as the community, this might not have all come together.
Habitat’s first show with their new license will be with Rococode, featuring local guests Fields of Green and Kingdom Cloud on Friday, Aug. 19.
Rococode, hailing from Vancouver, is unfamiliar band made up with the familiar faces of Laura Smith, Andrew Braun, Shaun Huberts and Johnny Andrews. The band played its 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 Sept. 9.
So if you like good music and you like the fact that Habitat has its new liquor license, come on down 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 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Habitat is located at 248 Leon Ave.