Today, the internationally renowned spoken word artist, poet and author Shane Koyczan shares reveals a new video for “Heaven, Or Whatever.“ Directed by Stuart Gillies, the video features CR Avery, Dexter Ver Der Schyff, Melissa Illing, RC Weslowski, Ruth Mason-Paull and more and is from the recently released album Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To.
“As a kid I was a terrible Catholic... as an adult I'm an okay atheist. I've seen religion do good. I've known people who were able to turn their entire lives around because they found God. That just hasn't been my experience. I think, in this life, we search for what gives us comfort. For some people it's a concept like Heaven, for others it's something different. I make no claims that what I believe is the truth... it's simply what I believe. I'm grateful that I was able to find some small measure of harmony with my granddad despite our conflicting spiritual paths... I guess that's how I've learned to define respect.”
Track available for purchase in the album, Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To
Poem available in print for purchase in the graphic novel, Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To, as well as his latest collection of poetry, A Bruise On Light: http://hyperurl.co/fp8740
NEW VIDEO: 'Shoulders' By Shane Koyzcan and The Short Story Long
Lyrics by Shane Koyczan
Music by Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long
Music produced by Corwin Fox and Shane Koyczan
Directed by Johnny Jansen and Amazing Factory Productions
Animated by Johnny Jansen
Edited by Johnny Jansen
Art by Gareth Gaudin and Janine Johnston
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Vancouver Opera News Release
Innovative murals and provocative posters confront the issue of bullying, in preparation for The WORLD PREMIERE production of STICKBOY
A revolutionary new opera
Composed by Neil Weisensel • Libretto by Shane Koyczan
Vancouver, BC ~ Four of Vancouver’s most prominent mural artists are provoking thought and discussion on the issues of bullying with powerful outdoor paintings on construction hoardings and exterior walls of buildings in Vancouver. The murals are part of an awareness campaign leading up to Vancouver Opera’s world-premiere production of Stickboy, a revolutionary new opera composed by Neil Weisensel with libretto by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan.
VO, in collaboration with marketing communications agency DDB Canada Vancouver, has commissioned Nick Gregson, Carson Ting, Ben Tour and Ola Volo to create the murals on construction hoardings on the Downtown Eastside and the Cambie corridor, and on the exterior walls of two eastside buildings. The four artists were invited to respond to the story of the opera, and were asked to interpret the “monster” that lives inside the opera’s central character, a young and sensitive boy who reacts violently to repeated acts of bullying over a prolonged period of time.
Work begins Thursday October 9, 2014 on three of the four murals. The mural by Ben Tour has been completed. They can be viewed while in progress and after completion until the end of the run of Stickboy on November 7, 2014, at:
Hoarding at 101 East Hastings Street (corner of Columbia Street), Vancouver – Nick Gregson
Exterior of 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver – Carson Ting
Exterior of Bomber Brewing, 1488 Adanac Street (corner of McLean Drive), Vancouver – Ben Tour
Hoarding at 3106 Cambie Street (corner of West 15th Avenue), Vancouver – Ola Volo
View and create online
Sketches and drawings of their work, along with the work of other artists who have been invited to create smaller-scale works, can be viewed at www.stickboyopera.ca. Visitors may post comments, tell their own stories about bullying, and contribute their own works of art.
The awareness campaign developed with DDB Canada Vancouver also includes series of provocative posters located in three Canada Line stations, which use confrontational statements to inspire reflection and empathy for those who are bullied, as well as to build awareness of the world-premiere production of Stickboy.
The posters at Vancouver City Centre, Yaletown/Roundhouse and Broadway/City Hall confront passersby with aggressive statements that amount to bullying. Each statement is followed by a tagline telling the reader that they have just been bullied for 30 seconds; imagine what it feels like to be bullied for years.
“The issues of bullying, and more broadly of how we treat those who are ‘different’ from us, are profoundly important to our community and to the world,” says James W. Wright, Vancouver Opera’s General Director. “We believe that the mural artists, and others who contribute their work online, will bring additional depth and a variety of voices to the discussion of the issues that the opera so eloquently raises.” Added Wright, “We hope that the posters, too, provoke reflection and discussion, for they are meant to illustrate, with force and immediacy, that bullying occurs everywhere and touches everyone.”
'Troll' Featured on Upworthy
Sept 29, 2014
A Really Awesome Guy Got Tired Of Being Bullied By Trolls. So He Made This. Well Played.
Kids who are bullying victims are more than twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts and more than two and a half times as likely to attempt suicide as kids who aren't. Suicide is the third-biggest killer of young people in the United States. Girls are at higher risk.
Check it out on Upworthy, here
Vancouver Sun: Shane Koyczan’s prolific year
B.C. poet opens the creative floodgates with new album, books, opera and special live appearances
By Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun September 26, 2014
B.C. poet Shane Koyczan is at the heart of a Category Five creative hurricane.
Not only is he putting the finishing touches to the libretto for Stickboy, the Vancouver Opera production based on his 2008 book of the same name, but Koyczan has also just released his latest album and companion book of poetry entitled Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To.
You may have seen the latest video stemming from the collection, Troll, in which Koyczan addresses online bullying and anonymous commenters who get their kicks in berating and belittling others on the Internet.
The video followed in the footsteps of his viral anti-bullying video To This Day, which has gathered over 14 million views on YouTube and generated a tidal wave of discussion last year.
As Koyczan explained, no one is safe from online troublemakers, and even a positive statement like To This Day got “trolled” on YouTube.
“Anything is going to get trolled — it doesn’t matter what it is,” Koyczan said via phone while on his way to shoot another video, this one an homage to his deceased grandfather entitled Heaven Or Whatever, in a Maple Ridge cemetery earlier this week.
“There’s always somebody trying to step on something beautiful or trying to piss people off. Part of it is that people want attention. And whether that’s good attention or bad attention is sometimes beside the point. Some of it borders of sociopathic behaviour. It’s an interesting phenomenon.
“The more I researched troll culture, the more I realized, ‘Here are these people who live in these little comment boxes. Why not turn my video into a comment about what they’re doing?’ Look at what happened to Amanda Todd’s family after she passed away. Or what people did to Zelda Williams after her father (actor Robin Williams) died, sending her photos of her dead father. That’s insane behaviour. If you look at the comments for Troll, you can see people defending that behaviour. There’s been a long-standing culture of silence and victim-blaming.”
Bullying, depression and self-affirmation are still front and centre in Koyczan’s work.
to continue on reading the full article, click here
SHANE KOYCZAN ANNOUNCES SILENCE IS A SONG I KNOW ALL THE WORDS TO
SPRING 2015 NATIONAL TOUR DATES NOW ANNOUNCED
TO THIS DAY BOOK OUT SEPTEMBER 30
September 15, 2014
Recorded with Cayne McKenzie (We Are The City) and Hannah Epperson and mixed by Aidan Knight, Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To is the latest chapter in the story of internationally acclaimed artist Shane Koyczan. It is available today along with the companion piece graphic novel of the same name.
Also out today is the video for album track “Troll”, featuring 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.
“It's sad to think that we live in a world where so many are careless with their words, or still do not realize that the things they say have weight. Hiding behind invented identities doesn't free anyone to behave inhumanly... any more than wearing a mask grants someone the right to impose physical abuse on another. I've received thousands of letters asking me to address this issue, and have been very reluctant to speak up because I didn't want to draw the attention to myself. I then remembered being in school, and the pattern of silence that gave others quiet permission to continue torturing myself and others. We live in a society that asks us to keep quiet... to allow the world to spin unimpeded. Our silence is a commercial for a peace that will never be achieved unless we do speak up... unless we stand in the way of fear and hate showing others that there is a path that leads away from tyranny. We choose who we allow into our lives... we can choose who to evict.”
Shane Koyczan is also pleased to announce 2015 tour dates commencing March 21. They will include performances in Victoria, Vancouver, Nelson, Edmonton,Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Waterloo, Montreal, Halifax and more. In the meantime the BC based artist will be a guest on David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour in October.
Shane then returns to home for a very special art exhibit Stickboy at Ayden Gallery on October 17, which runs to November 9, 2014. This exhibition will showcase 50 visual artists responding to the theme of bullying explored in Shane's novel Stickboy. This event kicks off Vancouver Opera’s production of Stickboy by composer Neil Weisensel and with Shane as Librettist. This visually stunning world premiere is an adaptation of Stickboy which will feature visuals designed and animated by Giant Ant. The Opera premieres at the Vancouver Playhouse on Oct 23 – Nov 7th.
In 2013, Shane Koyczan collaborated with Giant Ant studios and more than 80 animators to create the anti-bullying viral video success To This Day, which has had more than 13 million YouTube views. He performed a customized version of To This Day “For the Bullied and the Beautiful” at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California and now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany To This Day. Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant.
Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement. To This Day comes out on September 30.
'Stickboy' An Art Exhibition at the Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
A new art exhibition is coming to the , featuring work inspired by Shane's novel in verse, 'Stickboy'. This show is in association with Vancouver Opera and will feature some incredible artistic talent whose work will focus on the subject of bullying. Shane will be in attendance on opening night, October 17th.
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VANCOUVER OPERA: STICKBOY UPDATE
NEW! For the first time ever, VO is making available a limited number of $19 seats at each performance of Stickboy (except the October 29 Under-19 school matinee performance*) for people under the age of 19. They are available now from the VO Ticket Centre, 604-683-0222. (Not available online.)
Get OUT (Opera Under 35)
VO continues its popular Get OUT! (Opera under 35) Program: a limited number of selected $35 seats will be available to people age 19-34 for all performances (except the October 29 Under-19 school matinee*). These are available now, exclusively by phone 604-683-0222 or in person at the VO Ticket Centre, 1945 Mclean Drive, Vancouver. (No online sales for Stickboy Get OUT tickets.)
U-19 and Get OUT tickets must be picked up at the VO Ticket Centre or at the theatre. Valid photo I.D. required.
*Tickets for the October 29 Under-19 school matinee are available only to school groups by arrangement with VO. For information, call the VO Ticket Centre 604-683-0222.
Some content might not be suitable for younger audiences. The production includes coarse language and the depiction of violence.
Kickstarter Campaign- A Bruise On Light- A Bruise On Light will be my 3rd major book of poetry. Don't let the word poetry scare you... it'll be rad. I mention blobfish in it
Posted to Upworthy January 6th, 2014
To This Day named in Vimeo's Top 10 of 2013
Using a poignant poem written and performed by Shane Koyczan as inspiration, Canadian design firm Giant Ant organized a massive Internet collaboration uniting animators the world over as part of the global campaign against bullying. These volunteers each brought their distinct vision to 20 seconds of footage, and the resulting compilation is a wild, cutting-edge collection of styles that are brought together by a strong message — a fitting metaphor for the diversity of individual experiences confronting bullying. (Jason Sondhi)