Wednesday, August 05 8:00 PM
Shane Koyczan is an award winning Canadian Poet, Author and Performer. Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long originally came together to play one show in 2006. After the positive response from their first show they decided to play another. This soon lead to a tour that took them through BC. They made their first EP titled The Crickets Have Arthritis which was recorded by Aaron Goodwin in 2006. Some of those songs then made it onto the album, A Pretty Decent Cape in my Closet, which was also recorded by Aaron Goodwin and released in 2008. Dan Mangan collaborated on two songs featured on the album. Album art work by Andrew Dimitt. Their most recent album, Remembrance Year (2011) features "To This Day", the video that went viral on Youtube. Corwin Fox recorded, mixed and mastered the album at Pleasantville and Skyler Punnett created the album artwork. This album featured a collection of extremely talented musicians.
The world took notice of Shane Koyczan when his influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 and has reached over 14 million views and counting.
Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, Shane’s explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen were to theirs. But unlike the musicians that he’s often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture. Shane emerges in a new wave of 21st century poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice.
Shane is both a writer and spoken word virtuoso. His first published collection, Visiting Hours, was the only work of poetry selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists in 2005. Destined to become a future classic, Visiting Hours is now in its third edition, and includes We Are More, performed by Shane at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Shane Koyczan however, is best known for his award winning spoken word performances. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney and Los Angeles, to name a few. He received 5 star reviews for his performance at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the video, Instructions for a Bad Day, was showcased as the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Shane is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the designation “poet”.
"Homer must have sounded [like this]… or Ginsberg or Kerouac." - Amy Brown, The Lumiere Reader