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Countdown to Rockin’ the Island is on

Victoria’s Quoia will take to the stage this weekend as part of the Rockin’ the Island music festival. - Photo submitted
Victoria’s Quoia will take to the stage this weekend as part of the Rockin’ the Island music festival.
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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 Quoia.

Quoia {Kwoi - a} has built a reputation on the strength of their high-energy live shows,  a mix of playful and inspired lyrics, and an uplifting sound that sets them apart. Quoia emerged out of the thriving music scene in Victoria, British Columbia and continues to call Vancouver Island home. Together multi-instrumentalists Mike Hann, Jeff Scotney, Keith Gallant, Alex Nicholls, Hugh Mackie, and Tyler Harvey create a genre-hopping sound that is equal parts original and accessible. This group of devoted and focused musicians are at their best when performing for crowds who love singing and dancing along to songs that epitomize the West Coast Vibe.

Through a mix of dedication to perfecting their sound and the power of their live shows, these six Islanders continue to develop a loyal fan base. Quoia has also excited audiences at festivals such as: Shambhala, Big Time Out, Rifflandia, Victoria International Jazz Fest, Blue Sky Festival, Deraylor Music Festival, Sunshine Music Festival, Kulth Festival, Winterfest, Pacific Rim Whale Festival, and the VIC Fest.

Members of Quoia are also dedicated to the promotion and growth of the wider Vancouver Island and BC music scene and are instrumental in founding and producing the highly successful Tall Tree and Song and Surf Music Festivals in Port Renfrew, B.C.  In May 2013 Quoia released a self-titled EP. This release features songs that the band crafted where they are most comfortable - in front of live audiences.

Give Quoia a rockin’ welcome on Saturday, August 16 at the first annual Rockin’ The Island.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.

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