Roy Forbes • March 15 2024
Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:00 pm
Roy Forbes holds the crowd spell bound & audiences melt in his hands. They sing, they clap, they laugh, they think. Roy crafts brilliant stories that can be told in under five minutes. They are vital & appealing & he has received the ultimate songwriter’s tribute - a myriad of other artists have covered his songs. As an interpreter Roy has put his personal stamp on brilliant gems by other writers. After 50 years, Roy Forbes remains one of Canada's favourite & best-loved acoustic artists. .
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over fifty years now and has picked up some tokens of appreciation from his peers along the
way. There is a street named after him in his hometown of Dawson Creek in Northern B.C. and a
star on Vancouver’s Granville Street where the names of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame
members are enshrined. Over the years, Roy has had a couple of Juno nominations and has a
handful of WCMA awards on his shelf. In 2021, he received a CFMA ‘Producer of the year’
nomination for his work on his current album, Edge of Blue.
Mainly, and more importantly, Roy is firmly etched in the minds of thousands, tens of thousands
in fact, of music lovers across the country. Some remember a skinny kid who went under the
name of Bim, others the more mature man who reclaimed his ‘real’ name. Some got to know him
at festivals from Faro in the Yukon to Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, as Roy trod the boards from
the seventies to a stellar finale performance at the fortieth anniversary edition of the Vancouver
Folk Music Festival. For others it was at a myriad of folk clubs and concert stages. For still
others it was Roy as a member of a contemporary folk supergroup- UHF- where he joined forces
with Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson. For some it was Roy’s searing rendition of Hank
Williams’ So Lonesome I Could Cry, for others his sweet treat Christmas anthem- Mince Meat
Tart, or Lifting My Heart, while others heard him second hand through Shawn Colvin’s cover of
Talk Around Town, one of the many recordings of his songs by other artists. Roy has made his
mark for generations of listeners as a solo, band leader, ensemble member, interpreter, and
songwriter. This is not to mention his work as a record producer, film composer, songwriting
mentor, radio host at CBC Radio & CKUA, and popular music historian of 78 RPM records.
Over the last five decades Roy has had a few brushes with fame and endured, becoming an
organic part of Canadian music.
The last few years have been a challenge. Having dealt with poor vision all his life, Roy was
blinded by an accident in 2015. He may have lost his sight but not his vision. Roy adapted to his
new reality relatively quickly, returning to touring, performing, and recording, and all the other
things he does so well.
As Roy began getting used to a life without sight. New songs began to emerge. Ten of those
songs became the core of his current record, Edge of Blue, something like his 11 th solo effort.
Edge of Blue may just be the Vancouver singer-songwriter’s best yet- a summation by an artist
who has been doing this for a long time. Edge of Blue is 10 songs full of wisdom, confessions,
vulnerability, sensuality, self- reflection, and celebration. This is art song- memorable words,
compelling compositions, spare production, and a voice every bit as original as when the “kid
full of dreams” first hit the big city over fifty years ago- pure Roy Forbes.
In May 2023, Roy was thrilled to be recognized by UBC (University of British Columbia) with
an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.