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Fireworks & Brian & Lance, oh my! Canada Day festivities Wednesday, July 1 – Main Beach 4:30 p.m. – Ken Dinel’s The Band In You students present rock music 5 p.m. – Ruth’s Hat, Lance Bedard, Brian Dale, Vintage Moments 10 p.m. - fireworks

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Long-time Grand Bend performer Brian Dale has finally gotten around to putting together a CD for his fans, and he can’t wait to get it in their hands. There’s a catch, though; a manufacturing delay means it will be two weeks after the July 1 launch party (as part of Grand Bend’s Canada Day celebrations) before he can deliver the product. “I could have done it a long time ago and pushed it and rushed it,� Dale says. “I didn’t want to force it.� After all, after 15 years performing, you can wait two extra weeks for your first CD, right? “I’ve been putting it off for close to 10 years,� Dale says. “It always seemed like whenever I got the time and money to do it, I would go on vacation and spend all of my time and money. “I came home for Christmas from Costa Rica and was planning on going back. I went up to this little studio in Goderich that Lance Bedard was recording at, and he introduced me to the engineer. I finally decided I needed to get this done. � Although he won’t have the CD, tentatively titled peace/love/waves/song as a tribute to his email signoff, ready by the Canada Day event, he will be distributing free preview copies of a single from the album at the event. The CD will have 11 tracks, all originals written over the last 15 years. Some are old favourites for fans, while others are new songs to most. “The songs were always written and performed acoustically. I always had a picture in my head of what the songs would sound like and I had never put it together with a group. Once I started recording, the songs matured, even more than we were expecting.� “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re really, really happy with the way it’s turned out.� Just what fans want to hear. Brian Dale’s CD peace/love/waves/song will be available for $15 at Archies and local bars where he performs, and through online retailers. To learn more, visit his facebook fan page.

Zurich native Lance Bedard is on a roll after launching his debut solo CD, Restless, this spring; he’s already working on the second. “I just went back in the studio last week,� Bedard says, “and I’m waiting on a reply for another (recording) grant so I can release a CD in the next year and a half.� Bedard’s debut was recorded in Goderich at Dig Productions, where Rob McKercher blended Bedard’s sound with guests Nick Haberer, Marcel Gelinas and Mike Klaassen. “You write a song, but you hear everything else,� he says, describing the value of collaborating with other artists. “You hear it in your head, but you can’t do it all at once. So when you finally get a chance to build a song from a small four chord progression to a full band production, that gets you fired up to make more music.� Success at local gigs gave him the push he needed to record the songs he started writing more than five years ago. Early experiences with the Pillowheads and Point of Impact gave him his first exposure to putting together a studio album, but this time, he took the process much more seriously. “To put this out on my own was something I always wanted to do and to get it out to everyone was the greatest feeling in the world. It’s probably my biggest accomplishment since I entered the music industry. To get everyone’s positive feedback made it all the better.� Now the push is on to sell, sell, sell. He recently hired a manager to promote his work. “This guy could take me to the next level. If I hadn’t made the CD, I wouldn’t have this opportunity.� So it’s back in the studio for round two. “Hearing the way the music is played and changing is an addicting process. You go there every day and you’re excited about making music. Just hearing yourself and some of the things you can do, it’s like raising a child.� To hear samples from Lance Bedard’s Restless, visit http://www.myspace.com/lanceromance01

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