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.