Musician Profile: Duane Forrest

Musician Profile: Duane Forrest


November 21, 2018

Debuting the Artist in Residence program, Duane Forrest has flown in from Paris to perform at The Lobby Lounge’s new state-of-the-art stage. Each quarter, The Lobby Lounge will host an out-of-town performer who will reside at Fairmont Pacific Rim, garnering musical inspirations from the West Coast lifestyle, while performing sets throughout their time in Vancouver. Duane Forrest is a singer-songwriter and multimedia artist from Toronto, Canada. His unique sound blending jazz, reggae, bossa nova, and soul and smooth vocals draws on his experiences travelling the world, falling in love, and finding wonder in the joys and sorrows of a common human experience. He has toured in Canada, Europe, and Central America.

Duane Forrest playing in The Lobby Lounge

Duane Forrest playing in The Lobby Lounge


We recently sat down with Duane Forrest to find out a little more about our very first Artist in Residence.

Where are you from?

Toronto, Canada


What style of music do you play?

Jazz, reggae and beach fusion


What instruments do you play?

Guitar and drums


How long have you been practicing your craft?

As long as I’ve been growing my hair, about 15 years


What would people be surprised to know about you?

I play semi-pro basketball and I’m an avid gamer


Who is your favourite musician? What would be the first thing you would say if you met them in an elevator?

Jack Johnson, though we already met, I told him he was the reason why I’m doing this


What’s the last thing you do before you go on stage?

Pray and give thanks that I can do this thing I love so regularly


What’s a movie that would make you cry?

The Notebook


What did you wear to your prom?

A clean 3 piece café suit with a green tie


What’s your favourite country to visit?

Italy, of course


What’s the last book you read?

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho


See what Duane is up to online:

Facebook: @Duaneintheforrest

Instagram: @duaneintheforrest

Youtube: Duane Forrest