Shane Koycan can not ever be introduced and reduced to a bi-line. He is an experience that grabs you by the heart and makes your soul listen. He is my greatest source of inspiration to find my "shine", and "to get up every day and rise and shine".
Don't take just my word for it...
- The world took notice of Shane Koyczan when his influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 with 10 million views and counting.
- "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."
- He performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics with "We Are More"
- 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. .
- Since "To This Day" video’s release Shane has presented at TED Talks, where the audience leapt to their feet in applause. Sir Ken Robinson has listed that talk as one of his top ten talks on education. That TED Talk led to him collaborating with TED Education to create a classroom tool that provides teachers a way to discuss anti-bullying with students.
- Shane 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,
Hanna Epperson performs with Shane on DAY298. Her work is amazing and can be found here and on my music page.