shows & music

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone Into Kelowna’s Music Scene

I’m a natural introvert. 90% of the time, you’ll find me curled up under a blanket at home, snuggled up with my cats. When I make plans, I dread them come the day and when they get cancelled? True bliss. My idea of a hot Friday night consists of a good Netflix binge, and maybe a little Okanagan red wine, as well. What can I say? I love to be at home where I feel comfortable. Where I feel safe.

So, this past weekend when I was forced out of my natural habitat, I started to feel a little edgy. To give you a quick rundown, Friday night, I decided to finally buy a laptop, only to discover the one I loved was sold out and they couldn’t sell me the floor model (sigh). Saturday, I was invited to the cutest five year olds birthday party, so I hit up Toys R Us in the morning and headed to the festivities that afternoon. There must have been about 15 kids in attendance. In the evening, I had a BBQ at a friend’s house, where there were tons of new faces and a whole lot of food. Phew, that’s a lot of plans for an introvert!

As you can see, the weekend was already jam packed. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how stressed I was over the Fortune Killers tickets I had for Sunday night at 9:30PM. They were a gift and I made a commitment. So there I was, slipping on my brand new body suit and some high-waisted shorts! Off my man and I went to The Habitat to rock out with a band I’ve never heard of! Yay.

Game on! Rain is gone and the vibes are 100%. Come hang!

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Walking up to the Habitat was interesting to say the least. Have you ever been? Picture this: My boyfriend and I strutting up and down Leon trying to find the entrance to this place, stepping over sleeping bags and dodging grocery carts, being yelled at by someone sitting (living?) on the streets. For the life of us, we could not find the entrance. Deep within, I was frightened because I’m the first to admit I’m sheltered and overly scared. We were ready to call it a night and head home. Finally, we found a sign on the door that said the entrance was out back. Like a cloud of dust, I was headed into the venue.

After getting a Habitat stamp on my hand and gathering myself back together, I took a good look around. You guys, The Habitat is really nice inside. I would describe it as having a “cottage theme” which immediately reminds me of my hometown, Thunder Bay. Everything was wooden and rustic, and I loved it. I felt immediately more comfortable. The only problem my introverted and anxious self could spot was the fact that it was literally us, the band, and the bartender. No one was there. I felt squeamish.

High love ❤️ on now fortune killers on next

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The opening band, High Love took the stage, and my anxiety almost instantly fell away. This singer has serious pipes. She was singing as if there were 2000 people in the crowd, rather than two. The gal was hitting these high notes that reminded me a bit of Mariah Carey, however what followed after the high notes were gorgeous, deep, jazzy type vocals. She sounded like an angel and looked like a punk rocker. I may have found my new favorite band in High Love. The fact that she performed as if it was a sold out concert blew me away. The music felt hauntingly eclectic. The vibe felt dark, yet upbeat. The singer sounded like a jazz musician who really needed to rock out. I was truly impressed.

Sadly, High Love didn’t play their full set because of the lack of people in the venue. I understood.

Fortune Killers took the stage, and rocked out just the same. This group is what I would describe as an electronic-rock band that played undeniably catchy music. The lead singer sang in soprano that was bird-like and melodic in nature. She had a beautiful voice. The music was upbeat and fun and it definitely made you want to get up and dance. She put these cool effects on her voice that almost made the music echo? I’m not sure how to describe it, but it really was awesome.

Yaaaas! @fortunekillers are rocking it at @habitatkelowna 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎶🎶🎶

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Even with the lack of crowds, both bands were having a great time at The Habitat, and you could tell. They had their friends there! They were doing what they loved! Performing. Art really is beautiful.

But, with it being Sunday night at 9:30PM (I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt this was too late on a work night?) maybe that’s what held them back from the big, music-loving crowd they deserved.

My evening at The Habitat was interesting, to say the least. By simply removing myself from my blanket fort, I found two new bands that I loved, paired with a cool new music venue that I’ll keep an eye out on in the future. But, let’s be honest… on a Friday or Saturday night, rather than Sunday in the late evening.

My boyfriend and I left hand in hand, back home to our bed, blankets and cats. But, that night, I skipped the tea, and instead fell into a deep sleep dreaming about great music and good times.

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