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Oms focuses on the Island

Kuba Oms - Photo submitted
Kuba Oms
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Saturday, Aug. 16 is the date for Campbell River’s first annual music festival – Rockin’ The Island.

With 10 All-Canadian bands and artists performing, this year’s talent will deliver an incredible show that all ages will enjoy.

One of this year’s festival artists will be Kuba Oms.

For Oms, it’s all about love. But it’s not your typical tale of love and loss. Oms’ new album, entitled ADHD, is an insight in to the human condition and our rapid development to an age of technology and electronics: losing our attention spans and part of our humanity along the way.

During the recording of his new album Oms discovered, just like many artists (Tim Burton, Justin Timberlake and Jim Carrey, to name a few) that he has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Apparent when covering genres ranging from pop and electronic to soul, reggae and funk, ADHD reflects a personal embrace of what makes us who we are, and digs to the root of our inability to focus on what is most important in life: love.

Oms loves writing songs.

“I really enjoy trying to write something meaningful and sneak it in to a pop song. I’ve been the longtime frontman of B.C.’s influential electronic jam band Velvet, and I’ve been blessed to share the stage with artists such as Common, De la Soul, Metric, The Chemical Brothers, Maceo Parker and Mark Farina to name a few.  I’m blessed to play with some amazing musicians and think I speak for everyone when I say that Festivals are where we truly thrive,” Oms says.

Oms opted to co-produce many of the songs on this latest album and it’s given him the opportunity for tremendous growth as a producer. To share the studio with guys like Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, Tragically Hip) and Joby Baker (Alex Cuba), Davey Badiuk (Dragonette) and Greg Reely (Serena Ryder, Delerium) is both humbling and terrifically educational. Now it’s time to tour and Kuba is excited to tour this album worldwide.

Tickets for Rockin’ the Island are online at www.tidemarktheatre.com till Aug. 11; then on site at the music festival site, 1490 Island Highway North in Campbellton from August 12 - 16.  Tickets are $70 for adults, $50 for students, $40 for children 4 – 11 years and free for 3 and under; Family Passes available July 30th for $199.

For more details, www.rockintheisland.ca

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