Canadian Poet, Shane Koyczan, who moved all Canadians with his elegant spine-tingling passionate poem at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in British Columbia, Canada, inspiring our citizens from (as we say in Canada) Coast-to-coast-to-coast. He gave us permission and set us free to be more expressive of our love and celebration for the beautiful and amazing country that Canada is – one of the most best kept secrets in the world.
In this video (below) this most inspiring, beautiful soul, that Shane is, gives a Ted Talk about Bullying. It is as it is aptly titled: The Most Beautiful Way To Stop A Bully I’ve Ever Seen – Shane will educate you, share his pain, his triumph over that pain and he will inspire you to really care to get what bullying really is and what it does to people dispelling the notion (that I grew up hearing) “sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you”. This is so very untrue.
Watch and listen with an open heart and let Shane’s elegant, emotional, intellegent oration as a Canadian treasure – a spoken word poet whose poetry is nothing short of music for our souls.
Thank you so much Shane! You continue to inspire in incredible ways. You made Canadians tap into our expression of pride and told us it was okay to dream big in the Opening Cermonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. And in this video, Shane, you will reach people moving them to tears in such a soulful way as I was and giving them the inspiring permission to stop the cliches and to stop being silent, to care, to wake up, to help, and so much more. God bless Shane Koyczan!!
You cannot end depression with a First Aid Kit.
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions. Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory.
This guy started out as a bully. Where he ended up will surprise you. It surprised the audience too, so they went ahead and gave him a rousing standing ovation. It’s worth watching every single inspirational minute of this.