center of gravity

2008 - 2018

"canada's hottest beach festival"

Center of Gravity, or COG as it was more colloquially known, was one of the biggest attractions in Kelowna for the 11 years that it ran. Unfortunately, a change in dates plus a drug related death at the festival led to its ultimate demise.

Center of Gravity billed itself as "Canada's Hottest Beach Festival" and it was hard to argue with them on that. Hosted during what is usually the hottest weekend in one of the hottest cities in Canada, and adding to that an always impressive lineup of bands and athletes, COG consistently delivered what for many people had become the highlight of their summer, whether they were from Kelowna or traveling here from elsewhere.

Here's a little known fact... the festival actually started in 2007 as Volleyfest. It featured professional beach volleyball teams and utilized local musicians and bands.

Here is just a partial list of some of the many artists that played Center of Gravity over the years:

  • A-Trak
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Calvin Harris
  • Chromeo
  • Classified
  • Hey Ocean!
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Morgan Page
  • Steve Aoki
  • Tiesto
  • Tommy Lee

And many others, including Anjolie, Bad Boy Bill, Bloody Beetroots, Bucknife, Cain, Cassette, Chris Lake, Clockwork, Code:e, Craze, Dada Life, Dev & The Cataracs, Dirty Radio, Downlink, Dragonette, DVBBS, Faber Drive, Haley Sales, Hard Rock Sofa, Hoodie Allen, Hopsin, Jenn Losinski, John Byrne, Just Blaze, Karl Wolf, Kaskade, Knife Party, LA Riots, Le Castle Vanie, Lights, Lofi, Loudpuck, Lucky Date, Makj, Malibu Knights, Manufactured Supterstars, Mat The Alien, Miami Horror, Mikey da Roza, Mikey Wong, M|O|D, Naughty By Nature, Nero, Nester Deland, Project 16, Prok & Fitch, Random Hero, R3hab, Seelo Mondo, Shy Brothers, Small Town DJs, Sonreal, Sweatshop Union, Sweet Thing, Team Canada DJs, The Latency, Vince Vaccaro, Wolf, Wolfgang Gartner, Yelawolf, Young Empires, and Zeds Dead.