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Tuesday October 2 2018 at 7:30 PM

× In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced the world to Shane Koyczan. With a collective “Wow” across Canada and beyond, we found the poet of our generation. The world took notice when Shane’s influential anti-bullying "To This Day Project" video went viral in early 2013 with over 14 million views and counting. Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, his explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Downie and Leonard Cohen are to theirs. But unlike the musicians that he is often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture. Koyczan 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.

With his rhythmic verse in high gear, Shane Koyczan navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm, and Los Angeles, just to name a few. He has received 5-star reviews for his performances around the globe. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan is an extraordinary talent who has blown the dust off of the traditional designation “poet”.

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The Port Theatre
125 Front St
Nanaimo BC V9R 6Z4


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