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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, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest, www.talentedkids.ca, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

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