- Beyond Words
- Shane Koyczan
Presented by the Chan Centre as part of the Beyond Words series
Shane Koyczan is an award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, poet, and writer known for tackling loaded social and political issues with furious honesty and tender humanity.
In the intimate setting of the Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre as part of the Beyond Words series, Shane will present, among others, his spoken word poem “To This Day.” This anti-bullying manifesto performed as part of TED Talks went viral on YouTube in February of 2013 and now has over 12 million views and counting.
Shane is an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off the designation “poet.” His highly acclaimed collection of poems Visiting Hours includes “We Are More”, performed by Shane at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
"And if you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror. Look a little closer. Stare a little longer. Because there's something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit. You built a cast around your broken heart and signed it yourself, you signed it 'they were wrong.' "Shane Koyczan, "To This Day"