It’s not every day that making Canadian music increases your popularity online but for Oyen local Shane Kimber, also known as OGR-Scintilla, he has been doing just that.
A popular mobile app called Tik Tok is Kimber’s mainstay place for funny content as it has reached over 204,000 followers.
His following rapidly increased as he started constantly uploading Canadian-themed remixes and hilarious videos, getting him to where he is today.
“It’s kind of insane to think that this thing that I started doing less than a year ago is maybe going to help me maybe actually take this to a full career sort of situation which is awesome,” said Kimber.
His fan base stems from Canada but also a substantial amount from the United States who ‘enjoy the novelty’.
As the stereotypes of hockey, Tim Hortons and eating poutine were joked about, hockey brands started to notice, sending Kimber their own products for him to use in future videos.
Instead, Kimber felt hosting a contest would be better as it gave young players the chance to win some gear they needed more.
In the end, about 15 brands were on board, offering $50 or substantially more in product for the contest.
It recently ended on July 12 with thousands entering.
“I thought it was awesome to get free stuff but I thought it would be even cooler if I could just give this stuff to younger hockey players who actually need it,” he said.
“It was a big win-win. Some people were really ecstatic to get their stuff. It’s been super fun.”
He recently released his first Canadian-themed album on Canada Day called Greatest in Canada Volume 1.
Kimber has started to see his hard work paying off after tens of thousands have already streamed his new cuts since the release.
“I’m trying to do it in a way that is genuinely bringing people together and reminding us of how awesome our country is and trying to counteract the divisive things going on in the country,” he said.
“I want to bring Canadians together instead of debate politics and things like that.
“Not that it isn’t important to discuss important issues [but] if that’s all you do then I think it also loses its weight because if that discussion just never stops then people start to take it for granted and tune it out.
“So it’s important to take some time to just laugh and enjoy yourself.”
Kimber believes this may be the first of many niche songs focussed on the Great White North and all it has to offer but will also be releasing other types in the future as well.
“My goal is to become the greatest rapper in Canada and so whether or not all of my music is always based around Canadian stereotypes and jokes, it will always be feeding into my goal of trying to become the greatest,” he said.
“I definitely enjoy making the Canadian music because it is very fun and easy and stress-free and the other side of that is that I have big ideas and I have artistic ambitions that I know I’ll have to go outside of my Canadian niche to fulfil.
“But it will always be about that Greatest in Canada tagline because I’m always going to be proudly representing where I am from,” said Kimber.
Kimber played hockey at a young age but not for very long after he grew much taller, six foot six inches by the time he reached high school in fact, which led him to pursue basketball and volleyball instead.
He later attended the University of Alberta Augustana Campus where he played on the school’s volleyball team.
This past winter, he realized that his father and he could spend more time outside to keep physically active by playing hockey out on their frozen dugout.
That was his main reason for keeping the pond clear throughout the cold months but then it eventually led to the inspiration for his videos since they had spent so much time out there already.
“So what started out as me just trying to come up with this fun activity for me and my Dad to spend some time together ended up turning into 200,000 Tik Tok followers,” he laughed.
Although COVID-19 has put a wrench in Kimber’s summer plans, he still hopes to be able to travel in the future to different parts of the country to share his music.