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Favourite things Josh Forbes heard in 2018

In the fall of 2015 I was, let’s say, medically retired from my full-time job as a professional driver due to struggles with a diagnosis of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Being unwillingly “retired” meant I learned very quickly that I ...
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Josh Forbes’ belated homage to Susan Aglukark’s ‘Old Toy Trains’

Okay, I have to admit I dropped the ball on the 12 days of Christmas pieces we were asked to write. Truth is I’m not usually a big fan of Christmas music. I don’t usually look forward to the season ...
Album review

Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains

Losing a few hours from your weekend travelling through a YouTube rabbit hole seldom sees you emerge on the other side with anything other than a rejuvenated love for cat videos or an increased concern for the health and safety ...
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A western Canadian tribute to Newfoundland icons: Buddy Wasisname ...

What if I told you there was a Canadian band winding down its final cross-Canada tour? What if I told you this band has been touring Canada and performing for over 35 years? What if I told you this band ...
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Raine Hamilton is on tour with American Sign Language interpretation

Josh:  Hello Raine, my name is Josh Forbes, and I’m coming to you today from Calgary, Alberta. Where have we found you today? Raine:  Hi! I just finished sound-checking at a show in Langley, B.C.!  I am outside. There is ...
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John Wort Hannam talks change and depression with Josh Forbes

Juno nominated Alberta singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam released his brand new album on Sept. 7.  Josh Forbes spoke to him for Roots Music Canada. Josh: Can you tell me a little bit about John Wort Hannam? What’s your background? Where ...
Album review

Gordie Tentrees – Grit

When I was asked if I would listen to a new album by a fella from Whitehorse, I got very excited. Unbeknownst to my editor I grew up in a small town in the Yukon. My mind wandered through the ...
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Reflections on festival access for people with disabilities

I have been asked to write about my experience both as a volunteer and as just a plain old festival-goer with a disability. Some of you may know that I have a type of multiple sclerosis or MS that has ...
Concert review

Sunday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival (child in tow!)

Okay, Sunday morning at the Calgary Folk Music Festival requires an entirely new plan of attack. This starts at home with waking up a rather cranky 12-year-old boy and forcing him to hang out with his dad and listen to ...
Concert review

Saturday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Ok, a plan is definitely needed in order to get as much enjoyment out of a music festival as possible. I pulled out my trusty smart phone with the official Calgary Folk Music Festival app and made a detailed plan ...