February / March 2000
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(Click here to go back) Born in 1957 in Beirut to Lebanese parents who were both artistically and musically gifted, Roger Yazbeck attended the Jesuit Fathers school, Notre Dame de Jamhour. He grew up in an atmosphere that combined Middle East culture and traditions with western education and languages. He is a multi-talented biochemistry university undergraduate, singer, musician, song-writer, turned businessman. Yet the sea was the earliest of his interests.(Click here to continue)
Since I was a kid, going to the beach and fishing were a source of exaltation to me, he writes, Born with that hunter instinct, I used a line and a hook to catch fish while swimming in the shallow and beautiful water of the Riviera beach in Beirut. Since I could observe various fish species and their behavior in their natural habitat, it was probably very natural for me to switch from a line and hook to the more challenging spear gun. But that was not to occur until much later.
After 4 years spent in the Lebanese war, Yazbeck left for Riyadh in 1979 for a job in a mechanical and electrical contracting company to provide for his family. In 1982, he immigrated to Montreal and has been living there ever since.
In 1985, 1986 and 1987, he wrote the songs that represented Canada in the "Men and the Sea Festival in Rostock, East Germany at that time.
In Montreal, he became a well-known businessman in different fields and was sought for interviews by TV stations. He became involved in several industries, including fiber optics, film production, video clips, record publishing, and party