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Monster Energy Center of Gravity 2013

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This weekend Wet Ape Productions hosted their 6th annual Monster Energy Center of Gravity event in downtown City Park. Thousands of people from BC, Alberta and abroad flocked to Kelowna to participate in or spectate at the three day event. Tickets for the event sold out quickly online at around $200 a pop. Individual passes for the sporting and musical sides of things were available.

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The musical line-up, catering to party goers, consisted of DJ’s, rappers, and rock stars. Like Keloha, another Wet Ape Productions festival hosted earlier this summer, MECOG2013 featured several stages. The Beach Stage was a 19+ beer garden that hosted the Bikini Model Search on Saturday and Sunday, the Dirt Stage hosted live music throughout the weekend, and the Sun FM Main Stage hosted all the major DJ’s including world renowned artist Tiësto.

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The festival was also a great place to catch a wide arrangement of sporting events in one place. Competitions consisted of “Best Trick”, “Best Line”, and “Tournament”. Several areas were dedicated to their particular sports. The Dirt Zone featured massive dirt jumps for Mountain Bike and Moto Cross sports, The Water Zone had pools and jumps for Wake Board and Wake Skating, Urban Zone was a course that hosted Skateboarding, BMX, and Break Dancing, Hot Sands had Volleyball and Hoop Zone had basketball.

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Wake Boarding/Mountain Biking

Like at Keloha there were plenty of vendors and merchandise tables. The layout of the grounds was a bit awkward with limited walking paths to get between areas, usually separated by fences or tents, but it’s understandable considering the scope of COG.  Throughout my time there I witnessed a few athletes take some spills and cuts (one which occurred at the Urban Zone was particularly bad) and I think that medical atttention could be improved for next year. Security presence was up to par with plenty of contractual support and police officers patrolling the grounds and it felt pretty safe for spectators. The event is intended as an all ages outing and I highly recommend families to come out and attend the sporting events during the day, but the music portion of the festival is undoubtedly a bigger draw for adult audiences.

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Lights

The full line-up for the festival was as follows:

  • TIESTO, KASKADE
  • Dada Life, Wolfgang Gartner, Cazzette, Tommy Lee & DJ Aero w/ SOFI, Lights, Just Blaze
  • Hopsin, Hoodie Allen, CLOCKWORK, Le Castle Vania, DVBBS, Keys N Krates, Robbie Rivera
  • Prok & Fitch, Project 46, LOUDPVCK, M O D, MAK J, Manufactured Superstars
  • The Wild, Kytami, Mishap & Phonik Ops, Kai Sky Walker, Cityreal, Immaculate

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Just Blaze

After the gates were closed festival goers could continue the party at the COG House, Kelowna’s very own Curling Club transformed into a night club with more live DJ’s spinning tunes until late into the night. Afterwards people could get home or to their hotels safely thanks to a shuttle program put in place specifically for the festival that ran to stops and hotels along the highway. It’s easy to see why Center of Gravity is “Canada’s Hottest Beach Festival”.

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Tiësto

Contagious Smiles

It’s no secret that building a career as artists is nothing short of exhausting work that takes full dedication, as with any entrepreneurship one wants to succeed at. Making  the arts a full time job often means that you must live without many of todays luxuries. Combine this career with the personal need to make a difference in peoples lives that rivals that of some of the worlds philanthropists and making a living is five times the work.

This however doesn’t stop two Shuswap based musicians, Aimie Laws and Shelby B, as they are continuously donating performances, and often all the proceeds from these performances, to charities. Even after making the plunge to full time musicianship, basically deleting the safe haven of a day job from their means of living, the two are hitting the road with the goal of once again raising funds for charity.

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The charity of choice this time around seems to be a no brainer for those that have seen the “million dollar” smiles of these two young professional musicians. Operation Smile, after all, changes lives in children on an international level, simply by providing reconstructive surgery on many of those born with cleft lips, something that, in many cultures, results in a lonely life lived in shunning, and often ridicule. Something that both girls say “breaks our hearts to hear, so it’s only natural for us to do something about it, and this is the only way we know how to help”.

So what does any of this have to do with the Okanagan?  Laws and “B” have chosen Kelowna to be the city that they kick start this tour in. Minstrel Café has graciously provided the venue for August 6th, as the kick off party begins, with live performances by both Laws and “B”, including plenty of new songs on the set from both, the show runs from 8-10:30 PM.

Hot and Dry Sessions: Windmills “Clocks”

As part of our own Throwback Thursday and keeping the #aokendlesssummer going strong, today and every Thursday for the next 10 weeks we’ll be releasing a live video by bands who performed at our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off at Habitat on July 4-6, 2013.

Here is Vernon’s Windmills covering Coldplay’s “Clocks.”

The Okanagan Tattoo Show

The Okanagan Tattoo, Art and Culture Show is the first of its kind in the BC Interior region that unites a community of tattoo shops, artists, and clients. This inaugural year had an exciting and contemporary twist to Kelowna’s already rich and vibrant arts & culture industry. Over the weekend of July 26-28, 2013 DLD Productions and Events Rising is hosted The Okanagan Tattoo Show at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna, BC. A convention-style weekend that hosted 23 tattoo shop booths with artists in action, 23 retail vending booths and 23 Hot Rods creating an exciting atmosphere.

There were many talented tattoo artists in Kelowna for the weekend.

Many people were there to meet tattoo artists and learn about techniques in hopes of getting a high quality tattoo. Others are there for the social aspect of enjoying the company of others and having a good experience.

High Tide Fashion Show

Awesome Okanagan recently paired with CREAM Salons to board the high seas* (otherwise known as Habitat) together with some of the freshest talent the A-OK has to offer. We set sail in nautical clothes for “High Tide,” the 2013 Summer Fashion Show & Fundraiser benefiting the Elizabeth Fry Society.

Clothes by Man + Woman
Live music by Windmills
Choreography by Zebra Eyes Contemporary Dance / Cosmic-co-motion
Donations by Kelowna Actors Studio / CREAM Hair and Makeup Lounge / DunnEnzies Pizza / Mosaic Books

Music by DyE, their song “Fantasy.”

Hot and Dry Sessions: The Fangles “Concrete Wave”

As part of our own Throwback Thursday and keeping the #aokendlesssummer going strong, today and every Thursday for the next 10 weeks we’ll be releasing a live video by bands who performed at our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off at Habitat on July 4-6, 2013.

For lovers of punk get to know Kelowna’s The Fangles with their song “Concrete Wave.”

Off to England: The Lake Monsters Take on the English Channel

Photo by Angelique Duffield www.BrightSparkMedia.ca

The Lake Monsters in our team suits: Phred, Denise, Tracey, Leora, and Mike. Photo by Angelique Duffield

Well, the time has finally arrived! The Lake Monsters head to Dover, England this week for our chance to tackle swimming the English Channel. We have been told by our support boat captain that if the weather remains good we will likely make our attempt on August 1st. If the weather doesn’t cooperate right away, we have until the 6th of August to make our attempt.

Just as a refresher: the Channel is 35km across in a straight line, but because of the currents we will likely swim a greater distance than that. We are not allowed to wear wetsuits and the water temperature in the Channel is currently 16ºC. We’ve been training in the lake since it was 8ºC so that we won’t become hypothermic in the 16º water. Our start time will likely be around 1 or 2am as that is when the tides are retreating from the English coast, giving us some help getting out into the Channel (but we’ll have to start by swimming in the dark with glow sticks on our caps to make us visible to our support boat). We each swim for one hour at a time and then rotate through. If anyone can’t complete their shift, touches the support boat, or touches anyone on that support boat before their hour is up the entire team will be disqualified. The swim will be monitored by a member of the Channel Swimming Association and will be considered “complete” when a swimmer from the team clears the water line on the French coast. We anticipate that it will take us between 15 and 18 hours based on our swimming abilities, but again if we run into rough waters, jellyfish, or bad currents it could take us much longer.

I am excited to go and feel that we are ready! The majority of the team completed the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim this weekend and we all put in good times for that 2.1 km swim. Now we get to take it easy on our bodies until we get to Dover and start training in the cold water again (our lake is currently around 22ºC).

My last submission for Awesome Okanagan will be published in late August or early September (after I get back from my travels) to let everyone know how it went. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Awesome Okanagan (particularly Brandon) for letting me use this forum to talk about my experience training for this over the last year and for being so supportive of our swim!

Finally, we are raising money for the Y Strong Kids campaign as part of our Channel Swim attempt. If you’d like more information about this charity or would like to support my team please go here.

Hot and Dry Sessions: My Kind of Karma “Ho Hey”

As part of our own Throwback Thursday and keeping the #aokendlesssummer going strong, today and every Thursday for the next 10 weeks we’ll be releasing a live video by bands who performed at our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off at Habitat on July 4-6, 2013.

We’re stoked to hear Kelowna band My Kind of Karma cover The Lumineers with “Ho Hey.”