"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point." - Shane
Shane Koyczan, award-winning poet and co-founder of spoken word, "talk rock" trio, Tons of Fun University was the subject of an episode of the television documentary series Heart of a Poet on Bravo!. He has been commissioned by the Canadian Tourism Commission and performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
In 2012, Koyczan released a full-length album with his band Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. The album includes the viral hit “To This Day,” which highlights the anguish of anyone who grew up feeling different or just a little bit alone. To bring visual life to this image-rich poem, Koyczan invited artists from around the world to contribute 20-second segments of animation to the project. (Courtesy wikipedia)
He has also published three books: Stickboy, Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty and Visiting Hours, selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists.