Om makes waves

Vernon locals The OM Sound have hit the road to success, and are finding it in Montreal.

MONTREAL — Vernon locals The OM Sound have hit the road to success, and are finding it in Montreal.

Originally from Vernon, the power-trio plays a mixture of conscious hip-hop, jazz-funk, and electro, and are well- known in the underground B.C. scene for their deep bass, powerful sound and funky beats.

“Last fall we headed on a one-way cross-Canada tour, destination Montreal,” said Orion Miller, emcee, guitarist, bassist and vocalist in the band. “B.C. has been amazing to us, and it’s definitely home, but we have found an incredible population of people thriving on our style in Montreal and throughout Canada that pushes us onwards and upwards. In the hub of the city we find constant inspiration that reaches much farther than our current physical location.”

The rest of the band consists of Marina Miller and Varoujan Mardirossian. Miller is another Vernonite and plays keyboards, synth bass, and vocals in The OM Sound. Mardirossian is originally from Toronto and completes the band as drummer.

After gigging constantly all winter in Quebec and Ontario, The OM Sound’s influence has spread.

“Things have grown this summer,” said Orion. “We’ve broken into the Quebec festival scene, and we were recently asked to perform for the Landmark Events festival in Montreal.”

The Landmark Events Showcase is part competition, part showcase of local talent. After winning the first two rounds, the Vernon locals are on to the final, where they have the opportunity to win huge amounts of recording time, have their music distributed around Canada, and potentially work with major producers and labels.

The final round takes place Sept. 5 and will be live-streamed around 6 p.m. Get your digital tickets by emailing