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In July 1971, 18 year old Roy Forbes left his northern B.C. hometown of Dawson Creek for the bright lights of Vancouver. His songwriting, singing and guitar playing landed him immediate local attention with a late 1971 headline-making appearance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, just one of the highlights of his first few months in the big city.
Roy and his trusty Gurian guitar have toured extensively in Canada and the US over these past three decades. From the early days of small coffee houses and opening act slots with artists like John Lee Hooker, Supertramp, The Earl Scruggs Revue and Santana to eventually selling out his own shows and headlining most of the major Folk Music festivals in Canada, Roy has developed into one of Canada’s best loved acoustic performers.
Through the years Roy has made a bunch of solo albums (including one for US giant Elektra) plus two with UHF (the ‘once-in-a-while’ group he shares with Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson), as well as a Christmas album with Connie Kaldor. The first, 'Kid Full Of Dreams', received a Juno nomination in 1976 while 1998’s 'Crazy Old Moon', received a 1999 Juno nomination and a 1999 West Coast Music Award, one of several WCMAs Roy has received over the years.
Roy’s songs have always been performed and recorded by other people: Susan Jacks (of the Poppy Family), Sylvia Tyson, Matt Minglewood, Valdy and Shari Ulrich in the early days and, more recently, Shawn Colvin, Hart Rouge, Tracey Brown, Cindy Church, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Suzie Vinnick and Norman Foote. Roy Forbes’ songs have also been used as ‘source music’ for movies and television.
In the late 80s, feeling a need to do more than just tour, Roy turned his hand to more diverse musical activities. He produced other artists like Connie Kaldor, Mark Perry, Cindy Church & The Great Western Orchestra, Jo Whitley, Susan Crowe, and most recently, Blu Hopkins. Roy did his first film score in the early 90s (Nettie Wild’s 'Blockade') and continues to work in that field – his most recent soundtrack being the CBC TV documentary Stand Up Samurais.
His huge and eclectic record collection came in handy when Roy taped his semi-regular and popular Snap Crackle Pop show for CBC Radio. And, as of April 2006, Roy now does a weekly radio show for Alberta’s mighty CKUA Radio Network – Roy’s Record Room.
Roy gives back to his community by participating as a resource leader at songwriting workshops across Canada, an offshoot of his work with the Songwriters Association of Canada. Roy sat on the board of that organization for eight years.
In June, 2007, Northern Lights College gave Roy an honourary arts degree, in recognition of his work over the past three and a half decades. As well, the City of Dawson Creek named a street in his honour – Roy Forbes Drive.
Environmental Initiative: Like many organizations, the Rogue is concerned about the environment. We are doing our best to separate and recycle wherever we can. We have changed to compostable cups at shows. We will continue our existing policy of voluntary donations for cups for the remaining 2019 shows. Starting in 2020, we will be charging 25 cents for all cups (beer, wine and coffee). People are invited to reuse their cups if they return to the bar for another. We also encourage audience members to bring their own cup or glass to use. Beer drinkers can opt to drink right out of the can. These may seem like small things, but they are an important contribution to cleaning up our planet.
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