Vancouver, BC: Roy Forbes, formerly known as “Bim”, is that rare BC artist with a street named in his honour in his hometown of Dawson Creek, BC. Roy brings with him a great batch of original songs nearly 50 years in the making. He also travels with an in-depth knowledge of jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music.
Roy started “up north” in the ‘60s. Performing as “Bim” he had his brush with stardom before becoming one of Canada’s most respected and best-loved singer/songwriters. With ten solo records and two more with his UHF companions, Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson, Roy has left much for posterity. His CKUA Radio show, “Roy’s Record Room”, recently celebrated its 11th year. As a performer, he is a master of the stage, establishing an electrical connection with audiences.
Only one year ago in 2016 Roy Forbes made the announcement to his loyal fans and beloved friends and family that he had lost his eyesight due to an accident. Little did he know then, that although his vision had darkened, that the following year would be filled with so much musical light, recognition and career highlights.
This past July, marked Roy's return to the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival performing in concerts and workshops throughout the weekend. Roy was also honoured to be asked to close the festival and lead the finale with Ferron, where they both performed their fan favourites in a magical audience sing-along.
Shortly afterward, on July 28, The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (BCEHOF) announced its 2017 BCEHOF inductees. These seven new Star Walk Stars and two Pioneer Stars will join the 275+ previous inductees who have been recognized for their significant contribution to the province’s entertainment industry and cultural landscape.
The BCEHOF is divided into two prestigious categories: Star Walk and Pioneers. The StarWalk inductees are individuals who have enhanced the province’s cultural profile, both locally and on the world stage. The 2017 StarWalk inductees include Roy Forbes in the music category.
Roy will be formally inducted at his old stomping grounds, the CBC (CBC Vancouver Outdoor Stage), at his Musical Nooner’s concert on August 24 at noon where his fans and friends are invited to join in on the celebration.
“I’m tickled and honoured to be rubbing elbows with the current and previous inductees of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, including early pioneers like Al Reusch and Fraser MacPherson,” says Forbes.
Star Walk Star members are recognized with a featured star on the Walk of Fame on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver and on the Star Wall Gallery in the historic Orpheum. At a later date (To Be Announced) there will be an unveiling of Roy’s Star on Granville Street.
He is also currently in the studio recording new music, written over the past year and a half. His new tunes are a perfect complement to his existing catalogue and have already been enjoyed by his audiences at his recent performances.
Also, on September 23, the CBC TV special "Outta Dawson" will be broadcast. Dawson Creek, British Columbia might only have around 12,000 residents, but it managed to produce three widely different — and successful — musicians who are now coming together to pay homage to their northeastern roots. Roy, along with Opera singer Ben Heppner and soul singer Tonye will perform together for the first time.
After nearly 50 years, Roy Forbes remains one of Canada’s favourite and best-loved acoustic artists, and continues to create and perform great music.
Join Roy at the CBC Vancouver Outdoor Stage (700 Hamilton Street) on Thursday, August 24 at noon for the concert and celebration!