Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long

For my best friend’s 18th birthday, I bought her tickets to see her favorite spoken word poet. And so on April 21st we headed through King George Sky train station on a pilgrimage to see Shane Koyczan, the king of Canadian spoken word and the first Canadian to win the Individual Championship title at the US National Poetry Slam.

We went down to the Vogue Theatre on Granville street after a light dinner, and with coffee in hands we waited in line with hundreds of other expectant fans waiting to hear the B.C. grown poet.

The show started off with a haunting solo violinist….. Hannah used a series of looping pedals to compile a whole orchestration of fiddle parts which formulated a full resonant sound. After looping several tracks with complex rhythms beat out on her fiddle’s bridge and cross-string doubel, stopping, she would pull herself up to the mike and sing atop the fountain of music. Hannah’s music was haunting and elegant and it doesn’t give her enough credit to say she warmed up the show.

After a quick break, a leg stretch, and a few seat changes, the highlight of the night came on.

Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long came on stage to thunderous applause. The night started off slowly with Shane promising those of us who had been dragged here, that he would go easy on us. The comedic poet presented anecdotal stories about his tour, his adulthood and especially his adolescence and childhood. Shane mentioned several times about being brought up by his grandparents and having a rough time as a kid. He talked about everything from being bullied, crazy things he got up to with his friends, and first kisses.

Shane Koyzcan and The Short Story Long created a memorable night I will not soon forget. He sent this tweet just after the concert:

“Thanks to everyone who came out to The Vogue… what a spectacular night. This one is going to stick with me for a long time.”

Lucy Clarkson

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