The First Ontario Performing Arts Centre located downtown St. Catharines hosts a plethora of events for the general public’s entertainment. This month two noteworthy artists are making a stop right here in St. Catharines for what promises to be unforgettable experiences. Through the PAC’s Hot Ticket series, that works to bring high quality and diverse professional entertainment to everyone to indulge in. Hot Ticket shows often cater to a wide audience, so there is surely something for everyone.Brock students would particularly appreciate two upcoming artist Shane Koyczan and Timber Timbre.
Koyczan is a spoken word artist from British Columbia. He has received accolades worldwide for his craft. He shapes and delivers his words in multi mediums from written, video, spoken word, operatic and music. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” that has had over 13 million views on YouTube. He continues to reach people at their deepest core through his resonant philosophy and poetry. His riveting performances spark thought and inflict perspective into topics such as bullying and other coming of age issues. His comedic relief adds to his skill and is well received by audiences both physically and virtually. St Albert Gazette described Koyczan as: “Koyczan’s words electrified. At times they scorched. But in the next breath they stoked gently like smooth silk. It didn’t take long to realize Koyczan was a poet, philosopher, psychologist, ham actor and comic all rolled into a voice that touches us at our deepest core. Together we laughed and wept through the hour – each one of us reliving our own childhood and subsequent romances as adults. And at each turn, we rediscovered ourselves and found inspiration for a new day.”
In an interview with Marsha Lederman from the Globe and Mail Koyczan recalls his experience with bullying as, “I got bullied a lot when I was a kid, and because of that I thought for the most part that I didn’t really have a childhood — had to grow up so quick and there was no real enjoyment in that for me. And it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve been looking back. When something’s painful, you just avoid it. Why bother dredging up the past if it’s nothing but bad stuff? But in the last little while I’ve actually been looking back on my childhood and finding what I’m starting to call my ice-cream moments, moments of joyfulness —and realizing that I did have a childhood. As much as I spent most of it dodging pitfalls, there were moments in between that were extremely lovely.”
It is safe to say Koyczan has turned his pain into power and is using his platform to spread awareness, share laughs and offer to comfort to those who may be in similar circumstances.
Koyczan will be at the PAC on Nov 21 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available from the PAC box office and online at their hot ticket website.
Another Canadian artist stemming from Montreal, Taylor Kirk is the founder and leader of this trio. Their fourth album, Sincerely, Future Pollution, was released on April 7. The band is on tour in Canada and will be performing at the PAC Wed November 15, at 7:30 p.m. The sound of the band is described as psychedelic folk, and something you must experience at least once in your life. In an interview with Liisa Ladouceur of Exclaim! when composing this album, the band found inspiration from the turmoil surrounding the US election, this political climate was ‘a very difficult time’ according to Kirk. “I do wish I had not illuminated those elements about the recording,” Kirk admits. “This is the trouble with trying to express some critical thought, maybe for the first time, in a way that’s not so ambiguous. Over the years, I’ve really enjoyed the privilege to just be working out my shit in my music and not having to be political, mostly because of where I am in the world. In the last year, in this current climate, it does seem irresponsible to not comment. But I’m not an activist. I would never be so literal.” He continued to say, “Sincerely, Future Pollution was recorded at La Frette Studios — tucked into a 19 century mansion just outside of Paris, its previous clients include Nick Cave, Jon Anderson of Yes, Salif Keita and Feist. There, Timber Timbre had access to an eclectic collection of vintage synths and drum machines, which Kirk says had a notable effect on the album’s overall sound palette. But the nine songs were already written back in Montreal, where Kirk has been thinking a lot about urban growth and its impact in transforming our daily lives.”
To relish in the works of Timbre Timber during their stop in St. Catharines, you can purchase tickets online or through the PAC box office. Tickets are priced as follows : $30 for general admission University or College Students and $25 and High School Students $5.