Having toured the world, accumulated over 40 million YouTube views, and revolutionized how we think about performance poetry, Shane Koyczan comes to Bristol this May. RTB Spoken Word are delighted to present one of the most viewed, most decorated and most loved poets on the planet, for an exclusive Bristol tour date during his brief UK visit in May 2017.
In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced us to Shane Koyczan. With a collective “wow” across Canada and beyond, we found the poet of our generation. And we weren’t even looking for one. The world took notice when Shane’s influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 with over 20 million views and counting.
Shane 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, London,Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm, and Los Angeles, 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 truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the traditional designation “poet”.
Shane has released a number of spoken word collections, graphic novels, groundbreaking YouTube video releases, and completely revolutionized the new wave of spoken word poetry over the past decade. An outstanding performer and the very pinnacle of what spoken word represents, the name at the tip of the tongues of every poet and poetry fan on the glove, this is a once in a lifetime Bristol experience that you don’t want to miss!
"Swinging from humour to sadness, undulating with anger and optimism, Koyczan’s chocolate voice is a pendulum of emotion…” –Simona Panetta, City Life
“Shane’s words were so emotional and powerful it was impossible not to be drawn in. Shane doesn’t just recite poetry. He brilliantly manipulates the emotions of his audience members, bringing them from tears of sadness to tears of laughter.” –Cassie Silva, Review Vancouver
“Poetry isn’t a problem when it’s this cool” –Metro
There will also be support acts (TBA)