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Multi-Platinum, award winning entertainer Tim Hicks has announced his return to the live stage with the 2022 ZERO to SIXTY Tour. A combination of festival stops and headlining shows across Canada, Hicks expands the ZERO to SIXTY Tour with the addition of eight new shows featuring special guest and CMAOntario and CCMA Award winner Robyn Ottolini. The new dates bring Hicks and his raucous live show to Vancouver, Edmonton, London, Kitchener, Halifax, and Fredericton before wrapping in Moncton in November.
The multiple JUNO-nominated and CCMA and CMAOntario-Award winning artist also shared the exciting news of new music on the way with his fifth full-length studio album titled ‘Talk To Time’ set to be released on September 2, via Open Road Recordings.
Pre-order / Pre-save “Talk To Time” HERE
In addition to the seven new dates with Ottolini, Hicks’ ZERO to SIXTY cross Canada tour includes previously announced main stage sets at the Calgary Stampede on July 11, Lasso Festival in Montreal on August 13 and on September 18, Hicks will join the legendary John Fogerty for his Budweiser Stage show in Toronto.
Tickets for all dates are available now at www.timhicksmusic.com.
2022 ZERO TO SIXTY TOUR DATES:
** w/ Special Guest Robyn Ottolini
7/8 – Club Regent Event Centre – Winnipeg, MB
7/11 – Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
7/30 – Kee To Bala – Bala, ON
8/5 – Queen City Exhibition – Regina, SK
8/6 – Canada Games Opening Ceremony – St. Catharines, ON
8/9 – Dawson Creek Exhibition and Fair – Dawson Creek, BC
8/13 – Lasso Festival – Montreal, QC
9/8 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC **
9/9 – River Cree Resort & Casino – Enoch / Edmonton, AB**
9/18 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON (with John Fogerty)
9/23 – London Music Hall – London, ON **
10/6 – Centre In The Square – Kitchener, ON **
11/17 – Rebecca Cohn Theatre – Halifax, NS **
11/18 – The Playhouse Theatre – Fredericton, NB **
11/19 – Capitol Theatre – Moncton, NB **
(Source: Press Release)
Judges Include: Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Gloria Estefan, Tom Waits, The Lumineers, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert, and More
Established in 2002, ISC is considered to be the world’s most prestigious songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed and unsigned. Called “the songwriting competition to take note of” by The New York Times, ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, shared by 74 winners in 24 categories, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and much more. CMAOntario Members will be interested to note that the list of 2022 country-centric judges includes: Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Rosanne Cash, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Tenille Townes and industry judges from several of the major record companies, music publishers and media corporations.
For more information and to enter, go to: https://www.songwritingcompetition.com
(Source: ISC Press Release (edited))
On Sunday night, Meghan Patrick led the list of winners at the 10th Anniversary of the CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, taking home trophies for Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and the Compass Award.
The Country Music Association of Ontario hosted the awards show at Centennial Hall in London. Other notable winners in the 20 categories included Tebey, Tim Hicks, Steven Lee Olsen, The Abrams, The Western Swing Authority, Nate Haller, and Robyn Ottolini.
(Source: FYI Music News)
Cam Bogle has released his latest single, “Bring Me Back Again”. The track is available on all music platforms.
(Source: Member Submission)
This summer’s country feel good song has arrived. Rob Fitzgerald’s 2nd release for 2022 “Good Ole Country Song” is hot on the heels of his successful single “Another Town” which played to country radio across the US and Canada as well as streaming services everywhere. Written by Rob Fitzgerald and recorded and produced in Nashville, “Good Ole Country Song” features world class musicians that bring this up tempo, toe tappin’, hand clappin’, get on the dance floor fun country song to life, breaking down our lives to just the simplicity of what we all really need…just a Good Ole Country Song.
Making strong gains in 2021, Rob’s previous single, “Can I Get An Amen”, found it’s way to country radio stations across Canada and also landed a finalist spot in the World Songwriting Awards competition in the Traditional Country category.
With his newest release, available at all streaming services as well as US & Canadian country radio, a tour, music videos, and follow up releases already scheduled, 2022 looks to be a strong breakout year for this country artist you won’t want to miss. Be sure to add Rob Fitzgerald to your favourite streaming playlist.
Good Ole Country Song: https://soundcloud.com/robfitzgeraldmusic/good-ole-country-song
(Source: Member Submission)
After three consecutive successful single releases to Canadian Country Radio with the trio New Moon Junction, Matt is ready to turn heads with his debut solo project, featuring his anticipated single “Crazy”.
Rogers is fuelled by his passion for music, and has been developing a fresh new sound that blends everything he loves about new and old country, which supports the incredible storytelling in his lyrics.
(Source: Member Submission)