Keloha Music & Arts Festival Brings Island Oasis to Kelowna

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Keloha Music & Arts Festival is BC’s newest festival set to bring amazing entertainers to Kelowna’s Waterfront Park along the beautiful Okanagan Lake on July 6 – 8, 2012. Not just another music festival, Keloha is an escape into a tropical oasis of music and art. Alongside shows by 26 of the hottest bands in indie, alternative, folk, pop and rock music, Keloha offers a family-friendly space to create and enjoy art.

25+ artisans will showcase their work for free at Keloha, creating an outdoor gallery the whole family can enjoy. Waterfront Park will be transformed into an exotic oasis where families can lose themselves listening to music and exploring local art exhibits: from the ‘Instrument Petting Zoo’ where kids test out various instruments to ‘Art Ave’, featuring local artisans along the beach-side boardwalk.

“Keloha Music & Arts Festival is a way for us to further embrace the culture of music, arts, and community that makes Kelowna one of the best summer destinations in Canada. We take a lot of pride in creating successful events for Kelowna,” stated Scott Emslie event founder, Wet Ape Productions.

Keloha is a festival for the true music fan. The lineup features 26 bands with one thing in common: an amazing live show. Acclaimed Toronto rockers Tokyo Police Club headline the first night, along with local stars We Are The City. Day two sees Welsh alt-rockers The Joy Formidable, taking a break from putting the final touches on their second album to treat music fans to dirty guitar riffs and melodic lyrics. Plus, Cali band Cold War Kids will bring some punk soul to the musical mix.

The final day of Keloha features Said the Whale and Hey Ocean from Vancouver, as well as Victoria natives Acres of Lions. Deemed ‘New Artist of the Year’ at the Junos, Dan Mangancompletes the list of BC artists. Fresh from Coachella and Sasquatch, three-time Juno winnersThe Sheepdogs offer up their blast-from-the-past rock and roll, while punk-rockersAWOLNATION give fans something to head-bang about as the final act of the festival.


To win a pair of weekend passes to Keloha Festival in Kelown July 6-8, 2012. You must do one of the following.

1. Copy and past the following into twitter and tweet it:

  • Win a pair of weekend passes to keloha_festival in #Kelowna via @VancityBuzz  RT to Enter!

2. If you don’t have twitter, leave a comment by simply telling us who you are most excited to see at the Keloha Festival.

Contest ends July 2, 2012. One winner will be drawn at random. The winner is responsible for traveling to and from the Festival as well as accommodations.

A Keloha weekend pass ranges from $99.50 – $109.50; single day tickets are $49.50 – $59.50. With a paying adult, Kids 6 – 12 are half price and Kids 5 and under are FREE. To view complete line-up times, accommodations and to purchase tickets, visit

KELOHA 2012 Music Line Up:

Friday, July 6

  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Graffiti6
  • The Limousines
  • We Are The City

Saturday, July 7

  • Cold War Kids
  • The Joy Formidable
  • The Dudes
  • Dirty Radio
  • Daniel Wesley
  • USS
  • Ill Scarlett
  • The Boom Booms
  • The Pack AD
  • Bucknife
  • Kytami

Sunday, July 8

  • The Sheepdogs
  • Dan Mangan
  • Said the Whale
  • Hey Ocean
  • Jon & Roy
  • Shout Out Out Out Out
  • Acres of Lions
  • Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
  • Devon Coyote
  • Thomas Kjorven
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