Koyczan performs with the Symphony

Who is Shane Koyczan? Perhaps you recall him from the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies, or maybe you saw his viral video “To this Day”, or maybe you caught him as he was just starting his career performing at the Okanagan College, regardless if you’ve seen his work before you know that is perhaps the most articulate and provocative voices of our generation.

This weekend that voice along with the strength and elegance of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra combine for three unique shows blending spoken word and classical music. 

These shows are almost sold out but you can get your tickets at the following links

Kelowna (Friday, March 7th) and Penticton (Saturday, March 8th); ticket info here.

Vernon (Sunday, March 9th): ticket info here.

Before I share the video interviews that I did with Shane this week if you have for some reason not seen his “To this Day” video here it is so you can watch it on your coffee break. Join the 12 million other folks who have watched it. 

Interview: Part 1

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra show, raising $90K on Kickstarter last week, his new “Troll” project:

Interview: Part 2

Shane talks about Pink Shirt Day, Stickboy Opera, and the emotional journey of his shows.

A couple years ago I was asked to produce a show with Shane Koyczan. It was held in 2012 and the packed house enjoyed one of the best shows I’ve seen in town. At that show Rosemary Thomson (OSO) asked if she could go back stage to talk to Shane as she wanted to ask him about doing a show with the symphony at some point. The point at which an idea is created is always such a simple moment but I can’t wait to see that idea and vision that Rosemary had to combine spoken word with the power of a symphony come to life. 

My friends and readers if you don’t go to one of these shows you will miss a moment worth catching. See you there.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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