Highway 21 is a live "new country" act from Southwestern Ontario committed to delivering entertaining live shows infused with today's hottest country hits and incredible musical talent.
As far as small towns go, they don't get much smaller than Zurich, Ontario. Despite housing a small population of only 900 people, a number of talented musicians have called this little village "home" since the early 60's. In the late 1990's Zurich saw yet another young artist burst onto the scene; his name, Lance Bedard. Getting a head-start in the music industry at an early age has allowed Lance to earn nearly two decades of live experience to date. During this time, Lance has performed hundreds of shows throughout Ontario, creating a resume he is very proud of. While Lance is best known for his work in "The Lines Between"/"Lance Bedard Band" (2009-2014), he has also spent time with other acts such as "Gables Jam Band"(2005-2010), "Pillowheads"(1997-2002), and "Point of Impact"(2002-2004).
Throughout his career, Lance has had the opportunity to perform with established Canadian bands such as Big Sugar, Default, 54-40, Honeymoone Suite, Bleeker Ridge, The Reason, and many more. He has released 3 EPs to date: Lance Bedard "Restless", Lance Bedard "Self-Titled", and "The Lines Between". Singles such as "Eighteen", "Sunday Afternoon", "We're Gonna Want This Anyway", and "Focus" all recieved airplay throughout Canada on more than 20 different radio stations. The single "Eighteen" was showcased on 105.3 KOOL FM's Kool or Not Kool, recieving a respectable 80% "Kool". Lance's original music received additional airplay when The Lines Between single "Open Fire" was released upon winning London's 98.1 Free FM's UNDER THE COVERS Contest (70's Edition).
With the birth of his first child, an ambitious career move, and now with a fresh start in music, 2014 has been a year full of great life change for Lance. After having spent the majortiy of his music career working the "Rock" scene, Lance has decided to take his love for music and performing in a new direction. Country music has been screaming his name for years, and for years the call has remained unanswered, until now. Lance's dominant vocal performance lends a fresh, new edge to today's biggest country hits with "Highway 21". From Rock to Country, or anything in between, Lance's passion for his art is evident each time he performs. He is finding this new direction in genre refreshing, and is eager to bring his exceptional work ethic to this new and exciting endeavour.
At 14 years old, with big dreams to create a high school rock band, Dave took his first guitar lesson. His passion and talent quickly developed from there. His musicianship came very naturally, and this didn't surprise anyone, because Dave was raised in a family that cherished music. Having a father in the radio business, Dave was exposed to an extensive and eclectic musical library very early in his life. His passion for music and preforming only developed from there...
By age 18, Dave was playing solo coffee house style shows whenever he could. It wasn't until his early twenties, when he started playing with Stacey Zegers that his focus shifted towards lead guitar. After a few months of playing lead guitar with Stacey, Dave became involved with the River Junction Band.
As the lead guitar player for the River Junction Band for 7 years, Dave has played countless venues and festivals all across Ontario. Dave has had the opportunity to play at both Canadian Music Week and Lucknow's Music In The Fields for the past 4 years. Along with River Junction Band, Dave has had have had the pleasure of opening for many distinguished country artists including Travis Tritt, Big and Rich, Doc Walker, Terri Clark, High Valley, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton. Dave collaborated and recorded two full EPS with the River Junction Band and they received Canadian airplay for songs like "Farm Boy" and "Summer Night."
In 2012, Dave (and the River Junction Band) was the proud recipient of the Best Country Group award at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. He and RJB won this award again at the London Music Awards in 2013.
After years of finessing his guitar skills and his voice, Dave is ready for something new. Dave is looking forward to being back on stage with drummer Paul Dufour, and to start working with Lance Bedard and James Debus on Highway 21. This band has ambitious plans and Dave is excited to see them come to life.
Being born and raised in a small town like Zurich, Ontario, can often lead to one of two things—self-destruction or mass amounts of creativity. Thankfully for James, the creativity end prevailed. Playing guitar initially served as a mere pastime with friends, but 2005 marked a change when James broke his collarbone on two separate occasions. Unable to cradle a guitar or play sports, it was time for something new. With his newly acquired sling and a borrowed set of drums, he was determined to play music again. After lots of practice with one arm and the formation of the band "Renaissance," James began writing and performing original music as a lyricist and drummer. Through this, he met the members of what became "Different Stages," a RUSH tribute band, whom he gigged with around Southwestern Ontario from 2007-2010.
In 2009, James was approached by solo artist Lance Bedard to audition for the position of bassist in support of his newly released album "Restless." Having never played bass in a gigging band, James stepped up to the challenge with determination and a great work ethic. This temporary setup developed into a longstanding musical relationship, with the band recording two albums together. With James' influence becoming more prominent in the writing sessions, so too came the introduction of their new identity. "The Lines Between" emerged in full force, winning various competitions and gaining radio play with singles like "Eighteen" and "Open Fire," as well as performing as a 90s tribute.
With the folding of "The Lines Between" in 2014, James wasted no time co-founding the band "Tasty Newz," assuming the role of lead guitarist/vocalist. James' past experience paired with his ability to perform has helped steer the band in the right direction. Great showmanship and excellent song choices—bubble gum oldies, 70s rock, 80s Glam and a hint of modern pop—can be expected at a “Tasty Newz” concert.
Since 2005, James has had the pleasure of performing nearly every musical genre, including progressive metal, heavy rock, bubble-gum, modern rock, pop, and even a bit of reggae. More recently, he has joined forces with former band mate Lance Bedard as well as seasoned musicians Dave Collins Jr. and Paul Dufour to explore the world of country music. James and "Highway 21" are ready to hit the stage.