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Country music comes to Kawartha Downs this weekend


The second annual Kawartha Country Music Festival, billed by organizers as “the largest and most anticipated event of the season,” is returning to Kawartha Downs on Canada Day weekend.

The weekend-long music festival, presented by KX96fm and Pure Country 105, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a lineup of Canadian country performers.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. each day.

Saturday’s Canada Day lineup features headliner Dean Brody, along with homegrown rising star Jade Eagleson, and a surprise artist as the opening act.

The Canada Day show is expected to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. ahead of a “massive” fireworks show (the only display happening during the weekend-long festival) in celebration of the holiday.

On Sunday, concertgoers will be entertained by opening act Sacha, followed by The Reklaws, and James Barker Band.

Eagleson, a platinum-selling country music artist who hails from Bailieboro, is making his return to Kawartha Downs after appearing at last year’s Kawartha Country Music Festival.

“(Eagleson) has done many interviews over the last few months sharing his excitement of coming home to do a show and explaining that there are few shows like Kawartha Country Music Festival where his whole family and friends are all there at the same time. Kawartha Downs is thrilled to be welcoming back multiple artists from the first festival during Canada Day Weekend of 2022,” states a news release from the Fraserville-based entertainment hub.

The Reklaws, a Juno-winning duo, are also set to make their second appearance at the festival.

Brody, an iconic Canadian artist who has maintained a top spot in the country music landscape, earning 34 top-ten singles, two JUNO awards and more than 435-plus million global streams, is making his debut to the festival as this year’s headliner.

“We feel very lucky to have such a fantastic lineup,” said Summer Nickerson-Hagen, marketing director at Kawartha Downs.

Along with this year’s festival being a day longer than the 2022 Kawartha Country Music Festival and including more Canadian artists to the lineup, organizers have added a “VIP Experience Package/Add-On” as a ticket option.

It includes a 4 p.m. pre-show dinner with a special artist appearance — Jade Eagleson on Saturday and The Reklaws on Sunday.

“We wanted to do something special. It is our goal to have our country music festival become bigger and better every year,” said Nickerson-Hagen.

Tickets are on sale now via and


Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.


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Inaugural NZ On Air New Music Pan-Asian Funding


Fifteen artists have just been announced as the very
first recipients of funding via a NZ On Air New Music
Pan-Asian focus round, the first funding initiative of its
kind to support the Pan-Asian music community in Aotearoa
New Zealand.

The new focus funding round was designed
to support artists to connect with Pan-Asian and mainstream
audiences and increase the amount of quality Pan-Asian
content across Aotearoa. It was created due to the lack of
equitable representation of Pan-Asian artists in the music
sector identified in the NZ
On Air Music Diversity Report, a report produced by NZ
On Air since 2020.

“Our Music Diversity Report had
clearly shown that Pan-Asian New Zealand musicians were
under-represented in the music sector in Aotearoa,” says
Teresa Patterson, NZ On Air Head of Music. “And I think
that is reflected in the number of applications we received
for funding in this focus round.”

“We received
107 applications for 15 grants, which is outstanding, and it
was a really wonderful range of genre, gender and
ethnicity,” says Patterson. “We received applications
from artists who identify as Chinese, Indian and Filipino,
as well as South Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Sri Lankan,
Malaysian, Thai and Iraqi. And in terms of genre, the
applicants varied from alternative/indie and pop, to hip
hop/RnB, dance/electro and folk/country.”

is exciting too is that when it came to the gender split of
applicants, it was quite even, with 49 male and 41 female
identifying applicants, and the rest being gender diverse
and group applicants.”

Of the 15 funded songs,
seven are from first time-funded recipients and six are for
bilingual songs featuring Pan-Asian languages, including
Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Malay and

“This range will really help to reflect
the many voices of Aotearoa New Zealand,” says Patterson.
“And add to the vibrant cultural music mix that local
audiences will be able to experience.”

To design
the New Music Pan-Asian focus funding round, NZ On Air
consulted with Pan-Asian representatives of the Aotearoa
music community – to ensure, from the outset, that there
was a clear understanding of the specific challenges for the
Pan-Asian community. 

The recipients were then
selected by an external panel of music experts also from the
Pan-Asian music community and a representative of NZ On Air.
One panel member was Swap Gomez, a Bangladeshi drummer,
visual director and academic lecturer with years of
experience in the Aotearoa music scene.

“What was
awesome to see was so many Pan-Asian artists applying,
artists we had never heard of coming out of the woodwork now
that a space has been created to celebrate their work,”
says Gomez.

“This is the time we can celebrate
those Pan-Asian artists who have previously felt over-looked
by the wider industry,” continues Gomez. “Now there is
an environment and sector where they can feel appreciated
for their success in music – as a multicultural industry,
developing initiatives such as this one is more crucial than

The NZ On Air New Music Pan-Asian
funding round is a single-track funding scheme which
provided up to $10,000 funding towards the costs of
recording, mixing and mastering on a single song, as well as
promotion and creation of visual content to release and
promote the single.

“The response we have had to
this inaugural NZ On Air New Music Pan-Asian focus funding
round has been phenomenal,” says Patterson. “It tells us
that there is a real need so NZ On Air is excited to confirm
that it will return in the new financial



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Where to See Live Music in Rhode Island This


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Soak up some sunny rays, then cool down at a local music venue. Concert venues and stages across the Ocean State have numerous events happening, both massive and extravagant and mellow and low-key. Here are some spots around Rhode Island to get your music fix for the rest of the summer.



301 Harris Ave., Providence, 401-714-0444,,

This dark and moody venue is known for its hardcore, metalcore, deathcore and black metal — need we say more? Sometimes there’s a little punk and hip-hop mixed in, or Soul Power dance parties on select Fridays. The intimate, bricklaid venue has a small stage, a full bar, and a decidedly macabre look and feel with medieval-style chandeliers and skulls and a gothic pinup dame painted on the ceiling. This summer, it’s hosting Summer Fest, formerly known as RevivalFest, which starts on July 1. There will be two stages, one indoors and one outdoors, with numerous local bands taking part, including alt-rock acts Eclectic Electric and Ash and Bone, powerpop punks the Moodrunners, the ‘70s style classic progressive rock of the David Tessier All Star Stars, hip hop artist Jesse the Tree and hardcore punks the Hammer Party just to name a few. There will also be plenty of brews on tap along with food from Taino Treats and Puggles Grilled Cheese.


The Parlour

1119 North Main St., Providence, 401-383-5858,

The Parlour prioritizes staging a variety of music genres ranging from reggae, rock and jazz to folk, metal and hip-hop. Live music happens on a daily basis. Foundation Mondays showcase the finest reggae bands in the area, Tuesdays get amplified with Metal Night and you never know who’s going to show up to play the open mic on Wednesdays. There’s also karaoke on Fridays, and when you’re looking to wind down the weekend, check out the jazz jam on Sundays.



150 Chestnut St., Providence,

Right near the heart of downtown Providence, Askew always features a mix of underground and established talent in a slick basement-like crash pad with a stage that faces cozy booths, couches and upholstered armchairs, high-top tables and a pool table. “We have some great music with national acts coming through as well as some great local shows,” says Michael Panico, who handles the venue’s booking and marketing. “As always, we also have an eclectic calendar with comedy, variety shows and other events.” A little later in the summer, the Combs Brothers and Mary McAvoy will perform on July 14, and  Billy Keane and the Waking Dream will also perform with Jake Hunsinger and the Rock Bottom Band and Leah Guanipa on July 16, Panico adds. “Nashville’s Thelma and the Sleaze will return with Cherry Pit on July 21 as well.” Mondays feature open mic night with music at 8 p.m.; Tuesdays are open mic night for comedy, starting at 7 p.m. Shows are posted monthly on the website.


The Met

1005 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-729-1005,

Nestled within Hope Artiste Village, the Met continues the legacy of both the old Met Cafe and Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, with both Rich Lupo and Jack Reich at the helm. Stellar headliners perform in one of the finest-sounding rooms in Rhode Island, which is also air conditioned. They have a busy summer with plenty of music gracing the stage. “The Met will continue its mix of local bands, tribute bands and national touring bands,” Reich says. “July highlights include a local School of Rock show on July 7 and the national School of Rock All-Stars on July 26, national act Grandson on July 10 and blues guitarist Albert Cummings on July 29. August 5 will bring the Warped Tour Band making their debut at the Met, Bearly Dead will return on August 11 and a benefit show featuring the Hollow Sound will take place on August 19.”


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The Columbus Theatre in Providence. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

Columbus Theatre

270 Broadway, Providence, 401-621-9660,

Ever since the Columbus Theatre’s revival in 2012, the marquee has glowed with both local and national acts on a steady basis. From our favorite haunts from the Huntress and Holder of Hands and Nova One to touring acts like Deer Tick and Guster, this historic theater is one of the most iconic music venues in Rhode Island. It’s also gearing up for more film premieres and national comedy acts, with a schedule that is frequently updated on its website.


News Cafe

43 Broad St., Pawtucket,,

Right in the heart of downtown Pawtucket is the News Cafe, a swanky little dive that has bands and musicians playing on its black-and-white checkered floor on a regular basis. It’s a one-of-a-kind spot with cheap drinks and a friendly vibe. “If you’re into seeing live music in a dark bar with air conditioning, then the News is the place to be,” says head bartender and live music booker Hana K.O. “Our outdoor patio with a charming city view is open again so you can enjoy beers in the Pawtucket sunshine.”

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Chan’s in Woonsocket. Photo courtesy of Chan’s.


267 Main St., Woonsocket, 401-765-1900,

Located in downtown Woonsocket for more than 120 years, Chan’s is a destination for blues and jazz in Rhode Island. It’s also the only place in the state where you can get some of the best Chinese food while enjoying live music. “Chan’s is geared up for our sizzling ‘Egg Rolls, Cool Jazz and Hot Blues Summer Series,’” says owner John Chan. The venue has a lot going on this summer with blues phenoms Popa Chubby and Selwyn Birchwood performing there on July 1 and July 14, respectively. Local jazz legend Greg Abate will play his trademark jazz with Paul DelNero on July 8, and another Rhode Island jazz legend, Dan Moretti, will perform with former “American Idol” contestant Elise Testone, as part of his Soul Jazz Collaborative on August 18.


Greenwich Odeum

59 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-885-4000,

East Greenwich’s Main Street is one of the quaintest roadways in Rhode Island. A part of that charm is the historic Greenwich Odeum where national acts take the stage. “We’re looking forward to another summer of great entertainment,” says general manager Amanda Ronchi. “Whether you’re a fan of rock, roots, jazz, pop or reggae, we have something for everyone.” In July, the lineup includes acts like the Legendary Wailers on July 16; the Weight Band on July 21; and Andy Summers, the legendary guitarist from the Police, on July 22. The Odeum will continue to host “Upstairs at the Odeum,” a curated night of jazz performed by local artists in the balcony lounge, every third Wednesday.

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The Galactic Theatre in Warren. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

Galactic Theatre

440 Main St., Warren,

Upholding the “Keep Warren Weird,” promise, owner David Podsnap knows how to reel in city and small-town folks with open mic nights, live bands and impromptu comedy acts. The Galactic Theatre started out softly by showing silent movies and acoustic acts, followed by the steadily increasing volume of bluegrass, rock and blues musicians, and bands with genre-defying sets. The bar is known for quirky kitchen concoctions like $3 hot dogs and grilled cheese, plus potent $8 craft cocktails and beer. There’s never a cover charge and you might just see Sasquatch and Sickabillys (whose frontman is Podnsap himself) take the stage.


Newport Blues Cafe

286 Thames St., Newport, 401-841-5510,

The circa-1892 brownstone and former Aquidneck National Bank has hosted live bands and national acts since 1995, when entrepreneur Brian Foley took it over. The two-level live music and restaurant venue covers genres from classic, progressive and indie rock to rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and hip-hop. The iconic spot has hosted acts like Jackson Browne, the Neville Brothers, Dicky Betts, Joe Bonnamassa, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Roomful of Blues, the Cowsills, Deer Tick and more. This summer includes Never in Vegas on July 1, 2 and 8, Angelus Hall on June 30 and July 6, and Zenith on July 3.

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Deer Tick at the Ocean Mist in Narragansett. Photo By Jamie Coelho.

Ocean Mist

895 Matunuck Beach Rd., Wakefield, 401-782-3740,

There really isn’t anywhere else in New England where you can see top-tier talent perform with a view of the ocean under your feet. The Ocean Mist has plenty happening for late summer. “Our calendar is chock full with weekly scheduled programming and one-off large-scale events,” says owner Kevin Finnegan. Sundays start with the Ocean Mist brunch followed by Sunday Fundays featuring local bands. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays feature a suite of live music; national sell-out ticketed bands, local walk-up groups, smaller musician groups and everything in between. On Tuesdays, there’s a dance party for the late-night crowd. The Pub offers a late-night menu until midnight, as well as sunset solo sessions on the top deck Thursday evenings.


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Pump House Music Works in Wakefield.

Pump House Music Works

1464 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 401-824-9971,

Right on the border of the villages of Wakefield and Peace Dale is Pump House Music Works, a gorgeous venue with stone walls and an abundance of music. It hosts a variety of genres and styles along with weekly events. “Jazz, rock, reggae, jam bands, funk and classical with all of the bands that you’ve come to know and love, some new local and regional acts as well as a number of touring bands that have never played here before are coming through,” says audio engineer and booking agent Brendon Bjorness-Murano. A new electric jam session happens every Tuesday with a weekly acoustic open mic on Wednesdays. There are also monthly comedy nights with Poppy Champlin, a first Sunday Jazz run with Dan Moretti and “PotLuck” open mics on the last Sunday of the month.


The Knickerbocker in Westerly.

Knickerbocker Music Center

35 Railroad Ave., Westerly, 401-315-507,

This year marks ninety years of the Knickerbocker. It’s a place that’s always been a haven for music excellence with blues, jazz and folk musicians and bands playing the hallowed room. “Our summer schedule ends with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys [a kick-off party for the Rhythm and Roots Festival on Aug. 31],” says Executive Director Mark Connolly. The center will also celebrate its ninetieth anniversary with performances by the Collective and the Knickerbocker All-Stars.


United Theatre

5 Canal St., Westerly, 401-388-8208,

Ever since it reopened in 2021 after extensive renovations, the United Theatre has become a symbol of reinvigoration in downtown Westerly. It’s also a beautiful place to see live music as well as hit movies, stand-up comedy and other types of entertainment.  “Over the past year, we hosted a total of fifty-five live events, fifteen gallery shows, 110 films, and more than 270 students per week, with 33,000 community members visiting us in 2022,” says the United Theatre’s Executive Director Carly Callahan. It will next host Devon Allman and Donavon Frankenreiter on Aug. 7. “We are also excited to reinvent our gallery space as a place for friends and neighbors to casually congregate at non-ticketed events in a series called ‘Post Credit Scene,’” Callahan says. “This series will feature live music, tabletop gaming, poetry and spoken word.”


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Zayn Malik hints new music is coming by dropping


Zayn Malik has dropped a hint he’s about to release his first new music in nearly two years by sharing a short teaser clip online.

The former One Direction star last released ‘Yellow Tape’ – a collection of three songs – via Dropbox back in 2021 shortly before he was dropped by his record label RCA – however, the pop star went on to sign a new deal with Mercury Records and it appears he’s about to share the results with his fans.

The 30-year-old singer wiped his Instagram page of previous posts and added one video which showed him on a motorcycle revving the engine and getting ready to speed away. Fans have been speculating the short clip could be a first look at a new music video.

He also changed his bio to include a link to pre-save new music.

The news comes just weeks after Zayn shared an emotional message to his fans in a post on Twitter, thanking them for their support over the years.

He wrote: “I would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported me throughout this amazing journey, especially to my fans who I owe my life to. Love and adore you and see everything you do for me.”

It was also recently revealed Zayn has been busy in the studio working with One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder, who let the news slip during an appearance on ‘Capital Breakfast’ with Roman Kemp.

Ryan said of the collaboration: “I guess the cat’s out of the bag, but I’ve been working with Zayn a bunch for the past eight months as well.”

He added: “I was floored by his voice. Absolutely floored. I was like, okay, this guy’s nuts.”

Ryan previously wrote a song called ‘Right Now’ for One Direction.

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Agency gets federal funding to promote film, TV


Those sectors have ‘become a major driving force for our economy’

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Sudbury-based Cultural Industries Ontario North will get $850,000 to continue growing the music, film and television industries in Northern Ontario.

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“Northern Ontario’s cultural industries have been rapidly growing, and CION, with support from FedNor, will fuel new growth and the expansion of our industries through production attraction and workforce development programs,” Patrick O’Hearn, the associate executive director of Cultural Industries Ontario North, or CION.

“FedNor support will allow CION to deliver programs including training to expand the film crew workforce, development for musicians and their professional careers, and promotional and consultation activities to attract more productions to Northern Ontario,” O’Hearn said.

Sudbury MP Viviane Lapointe announced the money on behalf of the Patty Hajdu, the minister responsible for FedNor.

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The money is expected to create and maintain more than 30 full-time jobs, FedNor said.

“I’m pleased this investment in CION will help take our music, film and television industry to the next level by making it easier to produce content here at home in Northern Ontario,” Lapointe said. “In Greater Sudbury alone, music and film production generates an estimated $155 million in economic benefits, while creating more than 5,000 full-time jobs in the region each year.

“This key industry has become a major driving force for our economy and today’s announcement will help fuel its evolution and continued success.” 

Provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, the funding will help promote and attract private sector investment for music, film and television projects, creating new revenue opportunities for communities, artists and production professionals living and working in Northern Ontario.

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This includes expanding the Crew Database and the ONStage Music Portal to help producers find skilled workers and connect musicians directly with industry professionals.

It will also allow CION to support skills training through a variety of proven initiatives, including its Media Arts Production: Practiced, Employed, Developed program, which provides non-repayable funding of up to $10,000 to film and television productions so they can train crew members for skilled positions.

This non-repayable funding will also allow CION to promote the region by hosting the 2023 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards and Conference, as well as a series of showcase events featuring local artists.

As part of the project, CION will work directly with post-secondary institutions across Northern Ontario to foster direct learning and hands-on career training as part of regional film and television projects.

“Entertainment and art are some of the greatest social and economic drivers in Northern Ontario,” said Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre. “I’m proud to see FedNor support the development of this booming field and build upon the $850,000 CION announcement made in 2019. This is positive news for Nickel Belt-Greater Sudbury as we have the talent and the skills to meet demand.”

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Entertainment News | Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh’s


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 27 (ANI): The makers of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ have dropped the teaser of the new song ‘ Tum kya mile’, starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh.

Ranveer shared the song’s teaser and wrote on his Instagram handle, ” A song that will fill up your heart! #TumKyaMile song – OUT TOMORROW!”

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Arijit Singh sings the song, which was written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Pritam.

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Alia also shared the teaser on her Instagram stories.

Recently, Karan unveiled the first official teaser of Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh starrer ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’. Veteran actors Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi are also a part of the film.

The one-minute teaser does not disclose much about the film. Set to the melodious tune of ‘Tum Kya Mile,’ the clip captures the essence of Rocky and Rani’s love story. Interestingly, the film also brings back the famous chiffon sarees and actors dancing amidst snow-clad mountains.

‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ promises to be a wholesome, big-screen entertainer, blending Johar’s storytelling finesse with an impressive ensemble cast, grandeur and music. There were also many scenes of the two romancing and fighting, celebrating various festivals with their families, and possibly a wedding.

Sharing the teaser’s link, Karan took to Instagram and wrote, “Presenting to you the first glimpse of a piece of my heart – #RockyAurRaniKiiPremKahaani! I’m thrilled and super excited to finally let it unfurl for you all to see…watch…and give love!!! TEASER OUT NOW! In cinemas 28th July 2023.”

‘Rocky Aur Rani…’ marks Karan’s return to director’s chair after over six years. The film will hit the theatres on July 28. (ANI)

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‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy Returns to the


Laine Hardy is back in the studio and working on new music. 

The Season 17 American Idol winner has been updating fans from the recording studio and his latest Instagram post ignited new excitement among his fanbase. 

Hardy’s post included a photo of him sitting on a couch putting a pen to paper. Situated next to him is an acoustic guitar. The post is simply captioned, “To be continued…”

New Music

Fans flooded the Louisiana native with positive responses, proving they are anxiously awaiting new music from the singer/songwriter. 

Fans Are Excited

“This is exactly the picture we’ve all waited to see…..we can only dream of the magic you’re making right there,” wrote one Instagram user, while another shared, “Laine so happy to see you and your happy place. So excited to see what you have coming for us. It’s so exciting.” 

In a separate post, Hardy gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the studio and promised, “gonna be a good one.” 

Laine Hardy; Photo via Instagram
Laine Hardy; Photo via Instagram

Next Musical Chapter

His return to the studio marks a new musical chapter for the “Memorize You” singer, marking an important milestone for the singer/songwriter. 

Laine Hardy has teased several unreleased new songs over the course of the last few months, including “Songs About You,” “That Man,” “Me Meeting You,” “Party I Can Play” and more.

More recently, Hardy shared another song that has yet to be released, titled “Rope Swing,” which was co-written by Laine Hardy alongside Jordan Minton and JT Harding. The trio of songwriters wrote the tune in 2019. 

“I remember that rope swing / hanging over that river / coming out of the water / and given me shivers / I remember that two-piece / the same color as your eyes / for a moment I was all yours and baby you were all mine,” the country singer sang on the first verse.

“If I could go back I swear that I would / it happened so fast but it was so good / summertime kiss as sweet as honey / cinnamon legs right on the money / I was hanging on you / you were hanging on me / we were tangled up together under that oak tree / a little Led Zeppelin and your tan bare feet / I’m holdin’ that memory like you were holdin’ that rope swing,” he added on the chorus.

While Laine Hardy has yet to announce a new project or release date for new music, he previously revealed in October of 2022 that he has been “writing new music.”

Debut Album Arrived In 2021

These new tunes follow the release of Laine Hardy’s debut album, Here’s To Anyone, which dropped in the fall of 2021. The album, produced by Michael Knox, features 11 tracks, including “Memorize You,” “Tiny Town,” “The Other LA,” and “Let There Be Country.”

Parted Ways With Record Label

In the fall of 2022, Laine Hardy parted ways with his record label. He revealed the news to fans via a statement posted to social media. 

“I was just 17 years old when I first tried out for American Idol, and at the time, I couldn’t have ever imagined where I was headed. Since then, I’ve been able to tour across America, play for our Troops in Asia, and make new fans in Europe. I had to grow up quickly and I am still learning more about myself every day,” he wrote.

“The teams at 19 Entertainment and Disney Music Group have given me so much support and guidance, and I will forever be grateful. And now it’s time for me to take my career in a new direction and I am figuring that out. Stay tuned for what’s coming next.”

Laine Hardy ran into legal troubles in 2022 when he was arrested and accused of spying on an ex-girlfriend. According to Louisiana’s WAFB Channel 9, Hardy may avoid jail time as he entered a pre-trial program through the District Attorney’s Office.

Currently, Laine Hardy has no tour dates on the books. Fans can tune to his official website for show updates.

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Music Man Hinojosa Up for Fresno District 3


EJ Hinojosa may be the least-known candidate running for Fresno County Supervisor. But he envisions his grassroots campaign as a lane to victory.

“I think that the three guys are good guys who are trying to serve their community. But I think that as a musician, as an educator, I’m a creative thinker … our local agencies could use some imagination and some creative thinking to … address some of the issues,” Hinojosa said.

Holding a fundraiser last Friday at the Fresno Music Academy & Arts, Hinojosa kicked off his campaign for Fresno County Supervisor District 3.

Hinojosa, a 34-year-old Democrat, teaches music at Gaston Middle School. This will be his first run for public office, taking on incumbent Sal Quintero, and Fresno city councilmen Miguel Arias and Luis Chavez, who are also Democrats.

“I think about the future a lot. I follow politics in the news as closely as I can. I love people, and I want to help create a community in the San Joaquin Valley where everyone can thrive, where the economy works for everybody,” Hinojosa said at the fundraiser.

He conducted the interview while holding his 10-month-old daughter, one of three young girls he and his wife Erin Hinojosa — also a teacher — are raising.

The primary is March 5, 2024. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two advance to the November general election.

About 75 people came out for tacos, Modelos, and entertainment — including a jazz band and drag performer. Hinojosa’s campaign did not have an immediate amount of how much money the event raised. The next campaign fundraising reports are due at the end of July.

Hinojosa on Street Vendors, CEMEX

“As a musician, as an educator, I’m a creative thinker.”Supervisor candidate EJ Hinojosa

Hinojosa wants the supervisors to provide more support for street vendors. He calls them “our great hidden treasures.”

“I would like to see the county Board of Supervisors maybe spend a little from capital projects to build infrastructure for those vendors … more like a public market,” Hinojosa said.

He says such a market would improve safety.

“We can create space for a lot of commerce in a very small amount of space, and that will give aspiring entrepreneurs and our community a leg up to get started where they may be otherwise would not have been able to. I think it can bring our community together,” Hinojosa said.

Regarding CEMEX, the Fresno County mining plant undergoing permit renewals, Hinojosa said the county should update environmental reports.

“We welcome industry. We welcome commerce and business in Fresno County. We want to grow that. CEMEX does have a responsibility if they are generating revenue and, you know, extracting their product from earth in Fresno County, then they have a responsibility, I think, to ensure that they’re doing that in a responsible way,” Hinojosa said.

Cesar Chavez Boulevard

The renaming of Cesar Chavez Boulevard split the three other men running for the supervisor seat.

The city voted to change nearly 11 miles of road in the southern portion of Fresno for the late labor leader. Both Arias and Chavez (no relation) strongly supported the change.

However, part of the road is within county jurisdiction. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors rejected the name change, with Quintero part of the 5-0 majority to say no.

Hinojosa said he hasn’t “thought much about that” issue.

“I think it’s good to name a street after Cesar Chavez. I just wonder if that is going to do very much to bring an economic revival to that street, (from) Kings Canyon to Cesar Chavez. I would like to see the county and the city do more to just make business and living on that street better,” Hinojosa said.

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