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Spoken word performer Shane Koyczan redefines poetry for the 21st century

by on January 22, 2014


You only have to hear spoken word virtuoso Shane Koyczan once to be hooked. Koyczan is furious, political, tragic and so funny that audiences will be laughing through their tears when he performs at the Fredericton Playhouse on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

An Award-winning Canadian poet, author and performer, Koyczan first made his mark when his influential anti-bullying video, the To This Day Project went viral in early 2013, receiving more than 10 million views.

Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, Koyczan’s explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen were to theirs. But unlike the musicians that he’s often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture. Koyczan emerges in a new wave of 21st century poetry that speaks directly to the people in their own voice.

Koyczan is best known for his award-winning spoken word performances. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he 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, Edinburgh, Sydney and Los Angeles, to name a few. He has also presented at TED Talks, and went on to work with TED Education to create an anti-bullying tool teachers can use in the classroom.

He received five star reviews for his performance at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and his video Instructions for a Bad Day was showcased at the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoke Word Olympics, Koyczan is truly an extraordinary talent who has blown the dust off of the designation “poet.”

Tickets for Shane Koyczan are available at a discounted group rate through Spinzo at Tickets can also be purchased through the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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