Roy Forbes

That’s Roy Forbes the famous Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, not the hockey player.  This Roy Forbes was born in Dawson Creek in 1953.  Back then he was known as Bim, a nickname.  At age 18, the big city of Vancouver beckoned and Forbes began his musical career.

It was the 70s.  Forbes was doing quite well opening for Supertramp and Santana, but the best was yet to come.  The singer, a little bit blues, a little bit country, a little bit folk, was perfectly capable of headlining – and selling out his own shows.  His first was in 1971 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, just months after arriving in Vancouver.  His run of success was to last for more than four decades… and maybe it isn’t over yet.

By the 80s, Forbes was touring in the US.  Most of Canada’s major folk music festivals were graced by this home grown favourite with the soulful voice.  His voice, his unique percussive guitar style, and most of all his songwriting (often inspired by the music he heard growing up in Dawson Creek) have made Roy Forbes one of Canada’s best-loved musicians.

Well-seasoned in the music industry, Forbes has also dabbled in  producing other artists, scoring films and TV documentaries, and hosting radio shows.  You may know Snap Crackle Pop on CBC and Roy’s Record Room on CKUA.

Back in Dawson Creek, Forbes received an honourary arts degree from Northern Lights College in recognition of his lifetime of work.  The City of Dawson Creek has named Roy Forbes Drive in his honour.

For more information about Roy Forbes, including awards, songs, albums and news, visit his website, where you can also find samples of his music.

Do you know of any local talents?  Please leave a comment or email townspirit@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

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2 Responses to Roy Forbes

  1. He would have been ten years old when we left DC. Wonder if I ever saw him around town….

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