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Roy Forbes

A North Shore Jazz presentation, in partnership with the 2017 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dawson Creek-born Roy Forbes’ musical career took flight in early 1970s Vancouver. As “Bim” (his childhood nickname), Forbes opened for Supertramp, Santana, and Jeff Beck, garnering the spotlight for his emotive, quivering voice. The single “Can’t Catch Me” launched him as a headliner and folk star. Performing as Roy Forbes since 1987, he’s continued to record, headline folk festivals, and tour extensively, despite being diagnosed legally blind two years ago. Forbes has also penned songs recorded by Sylvia Tyson, Garnet Rogers, and Valdy, and hosted popular radio programs—CBC’s Snap Crackle Pop and the ongoing Roy’s Record Room on

North Shore Jazz is a part of the annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The yearly line-up features an eclectic mix of stellar artists at venues such as Capilano University, Presentation House Theatre and the Kay Meek Centre plus free concerts at the Civic Plaza and in the West Vancouver Memorial Library.



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