Vancouver Opera: STICKBOY to offer Youth & Student ticket pricing

Affordable opera tickets for young audiences.

NEW! For the first time ever, VO is making available a limited number of $19 seats at each performance of Stickboy (except the October 29 Under-19 school matinee performance*) for people under the age of 19. They are available now from the VO Ticket Centre, 604-683-0222. (Not available online.)

Get OUT (Opera Under 35)

VO continues its popular Get OUT! (Opera under 35) Program: a limited number of selected $35 seats will be available to people age 19-34 for all performances (except the October 29 Under-19 school matinee*). These are available now, exclusively by phone 604-683-0222 or in person at the VO Ticket Centre, 1945 Mclean Drive, Vancouver. (No online sales for Stickboy Get OUT tickets.)

 U-19 and  Get OUT tickets must be picked up at the VO Ticket Centre or at the theatre. Valid photo I.D. required.

*Tickets for the October 29 Under-19 school matinee are available only to school groups by arrangement with VO. For information, call the VO Ticket Centre 604-683-0222.

 Parent Advisory:

Some content might not be suitable for younger audiences. The production includes coarse language and the depiction of violence.

For more information on Stickboy at the Vancouver Opera, click here

David Suzuki Foundation Announces Blue Dot Tour- Featuring Shane Koyczan on select dates

David Suzuki announces national Blue Dot Tour Suzuki to be joined by star-studded lineup including Neil Young, Shane Koyczan, Jim Cuddy, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw from Metric, Feist and many others

David Suzuki announces national Blue Dot Tour

Suzuki to be joined by star-studded lineup including Neil Young, Shane Koyczan,

Jim Cuddy, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw from Metric, Feist and many others

The David Suzuki Foundation is excited to announce the Blue Dot Tour, a cross-country celebration featuring David Suzuki and a star-studded lineup of Canadian performers, artists and leaders. The Blue Dot Tour will visit 20 communities from St. John’s to Vancouver between September 24 and November 9.

 “This is the most important thing I’ve ever done,” said David Suzuki. “I am so honoured that these incredible Canadians are joining me to celebrate the simple yet powerful idea that all Canadians should have the right to drink clean water, breathe fresh air and eat healthy food.”

In what may be David Suzuki’s final national speaking tour, the Blue Dot Tour will combine engaging community events with spectacular concert experiences featuring some of Canada’s most iconic performers, artists and leaders.

Visit today for dates, line-ups, tickets and VIP experience packages.

ET Canada Exclusive: BESTiE Reveal Their Brand New 'Sriracha' Video

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2014 – BESTiE is getting the summer sizzling with the sunny new video for their song Sriracha, which premiered this week on Along with the new video, the band released a remix of their track Foolish Hearts, by Kalibo – a new tropical electronic act from Vancouver. Listen here. BESTiE is also bringing their captivating live performance to festival stages in Canada this summer, with a run of tour dates in July and August (details below).

The video for Sriracha was shot by the band and directed by lead singer Tristan Orchard – who has previously worked as a filmmaker and worked on the group’s past videos. Filmed in Colombia – where the band’s drummer, Daniel Ruiz, is originally from – the band shot most of the video on the fly, improvising and casting people on the street along the way. The track comes from the band’s recently released debut album, No Bad Days (April 22, 2014), and will be featured on an episode of Esquire TV’s Best Bars In America. Fans can also keep an ear out for the album track Fell In Love With A Stripper, which will be featured on ABC’s The Fosters.

Vancouver Opera presents STICKBOY

Music composed by NEIL WEISENSEL. Libretto by SHANE KOYCZAN.

October 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 (student matinée), 30, November 1 (matinée), 1 (evening), 4, 5 (matinée), 6, 7, 2014

Evening performances 7:30pm • November 1 matinee 1:30pm, November 5 matinee 2:00pm.
All performances at the Vancouver Playhouse, tickets available now! Vancouver Opera

The inner life of a young boy is at the heart of this moving and meaningful new opera by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel. Bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable, Stickboy confronts the uncomfortable reality of a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity, a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different.This visually stunning world premiere will feature animation by Giant Ant, the producers of Mr. Koyczan's monumentally popular video "To This Day", with set design by Drew Facey.


Paste Magazine has just premiered new song “Letters” off the forthcoming debut album The Private World of Paradise. The Private World of Paradise, produced by Richard Swift (of The Shins; producer of Tennis, Foxygen), will be released on March 4, 2014  and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes  with an instant download of lead single “Candy”.

Visiting Hours eBook available on Kobo, Kindle and Apple

Visiting Hours was Shane Koyczan's first full-length collection of poetry. Originally published by Mother Press Media in 2005, which he co-founded, the book has since had three editions through House of Parlance Media. Visiting Hours is a compilation of poetry/spoken word pieces that delve into the intricacies of human emotion. Visiting Hours has been well received all over the world and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Guardian (UK) and the Globe and Mail. The book has been out of print for years now and selling on Amazon and eBay for a pretty penny. 

This eBook version includes new poems and is available through KindleKobo and iTunes.  The versions by Kobo and iTunes feature audio tracks of Shane reading every poem as well as a couple of songs featuring his band, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long.