Upcoming Music Festival in Wasaga Beach Cancelled
Is it actually surprising that Wasaga’s music festival Centre of Gravity has been cancelled? The festival was set for August 19-21st on the beach, but only days ago the website made their announcement:
“We sincerely apologize to everyone affected by this decision, including all fans, artists, industry partners, venue, and the community of Wasaga Beach. Ticket purchasers that have paid by phone or online will automatically receive full refunds including all service charges. All other ticket holders can receive a refund from their point of purchase.”
At first it was speculated that the Festival was not able to sell enough tickets despite the fact that it is less than 2 months away. But it has become pretty apparent ticket sales are not the problem.
Although the lineup had some massive headliners like Tiesto, Hardwell and even Ice Cube, it’s pretty clear that the banger-type, mainstream EDM artists bring in some of the youngest and most reckless crowds. If anyone remembers Electric Elements Festival in Wasaga during the May 24 long weekend this year, there were 2 stabbings that occurred that weekend. Toronto Star reported, “ the [second] victim was stabbed while in Wasaga Beach attending the Electric Elements music festival.”
CP24 reported that the boys charged for the stabbings were at the ages of 18 & 19, and from cities Whitby, Pickering, and North York. Festivals like these that bring in thousands of people from outside of Wasaga seem to have made more than a rough weekend for the locals.
The Town of Wasaga Beach released a statement regarding the cancellation of the event, which can be read in full here. “The Town was advised that this business decision was made at the discretion of the event organizers, after consideration of a number of factors.” It seems that these number of factors implies that the safety of patrons is more important than the festival itself. It’s a pretty respectful decision and is not something people should be emotional about considering the lives that were lost at Electric Elements. The community within Wasaga Beach is a very family friendly environment, hosting motorcycle rallies and jazz in the park type events. Perhaps the Greater Toronto Areas have demographics that cannot behave outside of their… elements.
“Center of Gravity – Kelowna will move forward as scheduled on July 8 – 10 at Kelowna’s City Park.”