Tale of Two Festivals

This weekend two festivals with strong grassroots foundations will fill our city with music and entertainment. They couldn't be more different. One is aimed at the sports orientated, electronic dance music, bikini loving crowd with some amazing live bands headlining while the other is a" salt of the earth", community orientated, artist collective showcase festival. 
Lille Gard, July 25th - 27th, Bottega
This festival is produced by the Tribehouse Artist Collective. They do some really creative events and workshops in our community. I'll give you fair warning that the event is heavily rooted in their faith but it isn't some sort of Bible thumping festival. It's a grass roots, start small, and build it up festival celebrating all things creative. It will feature visual artists, dance, speakers, spoken word and "all the music your ears can handle".  For their full line up and tickets you can go to their site but if your looking for a good wholesome celebrations of art and culture I highly recommend this festival.
A few years ago we had new friends who came and their review was "its events like this that make us want to move here". A couple months later they bought their new home in Kelowna. Bring the whole family and soak up the good vibes, good music, and small town feel to this festival in the forest (well amongst a few trees at least).
Monster Energy Center of Gravity, July 25th - 27th, City Park
2014 Line up
I don't know why but in all the chatter about this festival folks seem to forget that this event features over 150 professional athletes competing in 7 different sports; Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Wake-boarding, Freestyle Motor-cross, BMX, Skateboarding, and Freestyle Mountain Biking.  On top of that there are some of the best touring indie bands in N. America performing including Matt and Kim, Capital Cities, and Tegan and Sarah (full line up on their site: http://centerofgravity.ca).
With the new date and the new format (more live bands to round out the EDM artists) it's the first time in years that I've had an interest in checking out this sport/music festival. While the event isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea I'm confident that anyone checking it out during the day will discover Kelowna's premier sports event and perhaps a bikini competition. 
This event is produced by WetApe productions. I interviewed the founder of WetApe, Scott Emslie, last year. Full interview here: http://www.castanet.net/news/What-s-On/91798/Keloha-2013).

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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