Koyczan showcased Canada to the world through poetry when he performed “We Are More” during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 and prior to that, he became the first Canadian to win the Individual Championship title at the US National Poetry Slam. He’s collaborated with Dan Mangan, performed at Live at Squamish, and has published several books.
The Guardian (UK) and the Globe and Mail (Canada) hailed his book, Visiting Hours, as a Book of the Year Selection. His second book, Stickboy, is a novel in verse. Written for anyone who has ever been a child, Stickboy continues to be hailed by teachers, academics, and mental health experts alike for its deft handling of the subject of bullying. Shane’s third book, Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty, released in 2012, proves once again to be an outstanding addition to an amazing repertoire.
His show tomorrow, called “Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long”, is his last stop on a tour that took him to Guelph, Sasktatoon, and beyond. The style of the show is “talk rock” and is accompanied by music that ranges from folk to funk, ambient to rock. Tickets are still available for $25.