Internationally-renowned spoken word artist Shane Koyczan will ignite the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sept. 24. (Kaare Iverson Photography)

Internationally-renowned poet hits Vernon stage

Shane Koyczan to perform in Vernon Sept. 24

In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced the world to Shane Koyczan.

Garnering a collective wow across Canada and beyond, Koyczan’s 2018 B.C. tour will include a performance at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sept. 24.

The world took notice when Koyczan’s influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 with more than 14 million views and counting.

Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, his explorations are relevant to the changing times in the the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Downie and Leonard Cohen are to theirs. But unlike the musicians that he is often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture.

Koyczan 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.

Troll, a poem about cyber-bullying is dedicated to all of those who have lost friends or family through online abuse. Koyczan’s much lauded novel Stickboy became the subject of both an art exhibit and an opera.

Stickboy at Ayden Gallery showcased more than 50 visual artists responding to the theme of bullying explored in the novel. The subject of bullying is an issue Koyczan addresses, and he has gained much acclaim across Canada for his work. The event kicked off Vancouver Opera’s production of Stickboy featuring Koyczan as Librettist. More than 8,000 people saw the production of Stickboy, and leapt to their feet to applaud the artistry.

Koyczan performed on dates with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot tour, that took him coast to coast and saw him share the stage with a number of performers including Neil Young, Feist, Margaret Atwood, Raine Maida, Joel Plaskett, Jenn Grant, Chantel Kreviazuk and many more.

Koyczan wrote the poem Shoulders specifically for the tour, and it comes from a collection of poetry entitled A Bruise on Light.

“When I first heard Shane perform ‘Shoulders’ it brought tears to my eyes.” said Suzuki. “Poetry, like music, connects people in a powerful way and Shane lifted the entire audiences to their feet with his incredible words.”

With his rhythmic verse in high gear, Koyczan navigates his audiences 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, Stockholm and Los Angeles, just to name a few.

He has received five star reviews for his performances around the globe. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan is an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the traditional designation poet.

Koyczan’s 2018 Fall tour is presented by the Kootenay Concert Connection, and is coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Sept. 24 at 7;30 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 13 at the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca. All seats reserved and priced at $32.50. For more information go to www.shanekoyczan.com.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla, Highway 3

Make sure to equip winter tires if travelling

Kelowna hosts World Junior pre-tournament game

Sweden faced off against Russia in The Road to the World Juniors preliminary game

Lake Country racing for title of first cannabis store in Central Okanagan

Two shops in Lake Country are now waiting for provincial approval

UPDATE: Coquihalla reopens between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Straight from DeHart

When one door closes in the local restaurant scene, another opens.

Canadian detained in China, not clear if related to two other detentions

Reports suggest the person is not a diplomat or entrepreneur doing business in China.

Trudeau sees 2019 election as choice between positive Liberals, divisive Tories

Trudeau is drawing much the same battle lines that propelled the Liberals to a come-from-behind victory in 2015

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Police dog tracks down counterfeit suspect

Cop vehicle rammed, and pooch steals a chicken dinner

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

Most Read