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In The News (May 2022)

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Radio Still #1

Recent research revealed by Luminate Data¹s Music 360 study should settle a few arguments out there. Through data gathered around the world, the numbers show that in the major English-speaking countries (US, UK, Canada and Australia) and significant European countries (France, Germany, Spain and Italy) Radio is still the #1 method of discovering new music in about half the population. The #2 discovery method is “Friends & Relatives”.  However, in many Latin American countries (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile), Video Streaming is #1. The study also shows that short-clip video platforms (such as TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts) continue their significant growth.

(Source: Luminate Data)

Tim Hicks Literally on Key!

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to country music star Tim Hicks on April 27, prior to the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games’ “Rise with Glowing Hearts” concert at Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. Hicks is a five-time Juno Award nominee and has won a CCMA Award and four CMAOntario awards. He’s racked up a double platinum-selling single, three platinum-selling singles, nine gold singles, one gold album and two No. 1 chart-topping singles “What A Song Should Do”, and “No Truck Song”. He was also nominated for Country Album of the Year for the Junos, set to take place May 15.


(Source: Office of Mayor Sendzik)

On The Radar: Josh Ross

Now based in Nashville, Ontario’s Josh Ross was recently snapped up by UMC and The Core Entertainment. From Pro Motocross rider to his Country gig, the path he took landed him in the Top 8 in SiriusXM’s Top of the Country, 2022. Last year’s “Before I Loved You” set up the Valentine’s Day release of “First Taste of Gone”, which was climbing through the Top 30 in the Billboard Canadian Country Chart as of the end of April. 


(Source: Various)

Carroll Baker to Make Rare Appearance at The Regent Theatre in Oshawa

The Queen Of Canadian Country Music, Carroll Baker, who will receive the CMAOntario Impact Award at this year’s CMAOntario Awards Ceremony June 5th in London, will be making a rare concert appearance Sunday, June 12th, at The Regent Theatre in Oshawa. Baker will be making her first concert appearance of 2022 and will be supported by local Country Rock band, Johnson’s Creek, whose latest single, “Burn It Up”, is receiving serious traction at Country Radio.
Tickets are available by linking to
For further information please contact Keith Sharp at

(Source: Member Submission)

Malcolm Foenander Readies New EP

New CMAOntario member Malcolm Foenander is preparing his new EP to be released this year. The singer/songwriter has released 2 EPs – Magic Visions and Epic Wonders – as well as 2 singles to date, including “Canada My Home” and “Mother”, a tribute to his mother. Malcolm’s songs are available on all major platforms, including YouTube.

(Source: Member Submission)


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