Chan Centre Dot Com Series

Shane Koyczan

Fri Mar 12 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

A digital production presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Read about the virtual experience here


“What can I say?” exists as less of a question and more as a statement of surrender. It’s what we say when we don’t know what to. As the finish line for lockdown continues to move further away, the challenges in maintaining our mental health grow. We’re left to reflect on our wounded world and cling to memories in the vacuum of isolation. Shane Koyczan explores the amplified despair of the times we find ourselves in, and searches for the missing needle of the compass that’s left us feeling lost.


Uplifting, crushing, transcendent, and human. Whether in the small cafes of his hardscrabble pre-breakout days, in the worldwide spotlight of the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, or through this exclusive Chan Centre virtual offering, Koyczan’s words are tractor beams drawing audiences into his electric narratives and spellbinding stage presence.


Arguably Canada’s best-known spoken word artist, Koyczan’s fiercely honest TED Talk and soul-laid-bare anti-bullying video To This Day are shown in classrooms worldwide, his book Stickboy was adapted for the stage by Vancouver Opera, and his collaborations with the likes of Tanya Tagaq, Ani DiFranco, and David Suzuki keep him innovating and growing. Wherever he puts his seemingly boundless energy, “Koyczan is at the heart of a Category 5 creative hurricane” (The Vancouver Sun). Amidst the interdisciplinary work and international accolades, a powerful connection with his audience remains at the core of who Koyczan is. A commanding presence and a fearless explorer of the highs and lows of the human condition, his poems “touch so deep that emotion crackles in the air around you. And, sure, there are moments of utter, gut-wrenching sadness, but out of this sadness comes such strength, truth and hope that we want to stand up and cheer” (Monday Magazine).


"a symbol of hope… Canada’s best known spoken word poet"
CBC The National


Filmed in February 2021 in Penticton, BC at The Book Shop, The Dream Cafe, Cleland Community Theatre, and Many Hats Theatre Company. Run time: 1 hr 3 mins.


Fri Mar 12 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

Online from Mar 12 - May 31

Tune into the watch party at 7pm PT on Friday Mar 12 to view and interact with other audience members in a live chat, OR watch on demand at any time following the premiere until May 31, 2021.

We've gone digital!

In order to keep our patrons, artists, and staff safe, we’ve temporarily moved Chan Centre-presented performances online for the 2020-21 season.

Have questions about this new format? Visit our FAQ section to read more about how you can access online performances for all of the great artists in our Dot Com Series.