Roy Forbes at Fish Creek Concerts
The pride of Dawson Creek has been performing for over 45 years
Forbes also known as "Bim" has been singing and performing for over 45 years. He says his first memory of music were his sisters bringing home records by Buddy Holly, Elvis and The Everly Brothers.
Roy Forbes at age fifteen, with his band The Crystal Ship at the Pouce Coupe Barbecue on July 1st, 1968. (royforbes.ca)
"That led to getting a guitar at 14. By 15, I had a band called The Crystal Ship ... that would be like 1968," he said.
Forbes took to the road for gigs all over Northern B.C. and Alberta.
"We're playing all the hits of the day, the Who, Jimi Hendrix. People generally supported us and loved us," he said.
"There were some who took exception to our long hair. We were kind of revolutionaries in our way."
Listen to Roy Forbes on CBC'sDaybreak North:
A conversation with B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Roy Forbes
Forbes, the pride of Dawson Creek, B.C., is a folk music singer-songwriter. 5:35
Gifted with a distinctive high voice and evocative songwriting ability, Forbes faced a number of challenges during his career.
Forbes decided to walk away from the mainstream music industry, becoming independent in 1980.
"I'm not a fan of the big music business and the way things go. It was more comfortable for me to get back to my guitar and me and crisscross the country," he said. "That really felt more like home to me."
Most recently, Forbes faced a health setback when he became blind. Although he had lost his vision in one eye to glaucoma at age six, he injured his other eye in 2015 leading to total vision loss.
Though it was a struggle to recover from his injury, he slowly started songwriting and performing again.
"What do you do curl up? No. You move forward," he said.
Southwood United Church (View)
10690 Elbow Dr SW
Calgary, AB T2W 1G4
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|