Poet bringing the slam to the Cran

Internationally renowned spoken word artist Shane Koyczan coming to Key City Theatre

Shayne Koyczan

Shayne Koyczan

For the Townsman

The name of the tour is “Silence is a Song I Know All the Words to”. The artist is Shane Koyczan. His 2015 tour will include performances in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Nelson and Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre on March 30th.

“Silence is a Song I Know all the Words to” is another chapter in the continuing story of Shane Koyczan. His CD of the same name is now available with the companion piece graphic novel. The album track “Troll” is accompanied by a video that features the artwork of Gareth Gaudin who also illustrated the graphic novel.

“Troll” is dedicated to all of those who have lost friends or family through online abuse. Koyczan’s much lauded novel, Stickboy, was recently the subject of both an art exhibit and an opera. Stickboy at Ayden Gallery ran from October 17th to November 9th and showcased 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 right across Canada for his work. The event kicked off Vancouver Opera’s production of Stickboy featuring Shane as Librettist. Over 8,000 people saw the production of Stickboy, and leapt to their feet to applaud the artistry. James Wright, General Director of the Vancouver Opera said, “Kudos to Shane for his accomplishments as poet and librettist, and for generously sharing his story with the world.”

Shane Koyczan has just wrapped up 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.

Shane wrote the poem “Shoulders” specifically for the tour, and it comes from his new collection of poetry entitled a Bruise on Light.

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

Shane Koyczan’s “Silence is a Song I Know all the Words to” tour presented by the Kootenay Concert Connection, is coming to the Key City Theatre on March 30th, 2015. Tickets are available now at the Key City Theatre box office or by calling 250-426-7006 or online at www.keycitytheatre.com. Tickets  are $30 all inclusive. For more information go to shanekoyczan.com.

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