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 bands like Supertramp, Three Dog Night, Jeff Beck 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 with a couple of Juno nominations to his name, and a West Coast Music Award.
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. He 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.
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. He currently sits on the board of that organization.
Roy’s new album Some Tunes For That Mother Of Mine, is a wonderfully austere collection of 11 covers and one jaw dropping new original that pay tribute to the songs he grew up listening to.
Awards and Acknowledgements
2007 Honourary Arts Degree
Northern Lights College
2007 ‘Roy Forbes Drive’
City of Dawson Creek