Tim Hicks: Canadian Country Music’s ‘Rising New Star’ Award Winner

Tim Hicks to speak at Grape Growers of Ontario’s 2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon

June 25, 2015
The Grape Growers of Ontario in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Tim Hicks will be the speaker at the 2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 64th Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 16th at 11:30 a.m.
“I am so pleased to see this great local country artist grow into an international success. Tim is a welcome addition to the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon on September 16,” says Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario.

                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Denis Cahill
Tim is a Niagara native and Canada’s country music’s hottest new star; named the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards “Rising New Star” and the Country Music Association of Ontario’s Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year in May 2015.

 “We are eager to have a Niagara native speak and perform for our guests at the 2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, “We are anxiously awaiting the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards on Sunday, September 13!”
“Meridian Credit Union is a proud supporter of the Grape Growers of Ontario. We continue to be committed to the development and preservation of the Agricultural industry, and share in the Grape Growers mission of working together to achieve sustainable growth and profitability for Ontario-grown grape products. We are honoured to hold a continued presence at the annual Grape Growers Luncheon, and are excited to welcome Niagara native Tim Hicks as he returns to his hometown of St. Catharines.” Ken Janzen, Meridian’s Senior Director and Branch Manager.
“The Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to once again support the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon, this time during the tenth anniversary of the Greenbelt.  As the grape and wine industry is going through major changes with selling wine in groceries stores, it’s important to celebrate all that the industry has accomplished in the past year,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
“For 64 years the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival has honoured the excellence of Ontario’s Grape Growers. The Grape Growers of Ontario are a founding partner of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and our Board of Directors values their strong support of our three annual Festivals. The Annual Luncheon has become a highly anticipated celebration that marks the beginning of another harvest. We are excited to share in an inspired afternoon with an artist who’s star has shined on our stage a few times, Niagara’s own new Country superstar; Tim Hicks. It is good to have you home again!” Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
Online ticket purchases can be made at www.niagarawinefestival.com. Ticket order forms are available at www.grapegrowersofontario.com or by calling the office at (905) 688-0990.
The Grape Growers of Ontario represents over 500 active growers on 17,000 acres in three viticulture areas (Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County).  We are the advocate of all processing grape growers in the province working to ensure the market for Ontario grapes and wines expands domestically and internationally.