07/28/2012 09:34 EDT | Updated 09/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Ron Hynes diagnosed with cancer

Singer-songwriter Ron Hynes has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Lynn Horne, Hynes' manager, said Hynes will be starting treatments of radiation and chemotherapy in the middle of August.

Horne said all of Hynes' upcoming performances have been canceled, with the exception of one show with the Wonderful Grand Band at Mile One Centre on Aug. 11.

Horne said Hynes is taking strength from the support of his family, friends and fans.

"He writes tender songs but he's a tough man," said Horne. "He's an eternal optimist and he's a man of strong faith and he's loved by many and their prayers and good thoughts are most welcome."

Hynes, whose songs, such as Sonny's Dream, have been covered by dozens of artists worldwide, announced he was unwell at a performance on July 15.

Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner and Genie award winner.