Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long

Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long

 Penticton, British Columbia, CAN
BandSpoken WordRock

Amazing Talk Rock with one of the worlds most respected and charismatic spoken word artists, backed up by a kick-ass band! Shane Koyczan has won many awards and accolades including the International Slam Champion Title and has shared the stage with such talents as Feist and The Violent Femmes!


Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long

Multi award winning spoken word performer Shane Koyczan breathes life into the new genre of talk rock with his band the Short Story Long, a musical trio (Olivia Mennell, Maiya Robbie, and Stefan Bienz) whose musical range stretches from folk to funk, showcasing all of the beautiful in between. A sound that is always accessible but by turns hilarious, moving and deeply profound...often all in the same song. Playing to sold-out theaters and receiving standing ovations, this critically acclaimed group is swiftly moving to the forefront of the indie music scene.

Here's what some folks are saying...

"There'll be comparisons aplenty – Gary Snyder, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Paul Durcan, John Cooper Clarke – but Koyczan is staking out his own literary acreage for himself. Koyczan employs a mysterious light touch to rip open your ribcage. Allow it."
- Colum McCann, Esquire Magazine Writer of the Year 2003, author of Zoli

"It's a rare poet who can make his audience laugh and cry; this is a writer who will break your heart then heal it."
- Val McDermid, author of The Grave Tattoo

"Shane's performance was absolutely mind blowing, life changing, and inspiring. …Now I don't really rave about people but SHANE KOYCZAN IS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE POETS I'VE EVER HEARD."
- Charlie Dark, Blacktronica (UK)

"Listening to 'My Darling Sara' (I left the ignition on, long after I'd parked, to hear the end of that one)… it all sounds like something's coming - a sound everyone asks for. 
Ride hard, and ride, ride, ride."
- Gordon Downie, Musician/Songwriter, lead singer of the Tragically Hip


"The Crickets Have Arthritis" 2006 - CD
"A Pretty Decent Cape In My Closet" 2007 - CD

"A Pretty Decent Cape in my Closet" available at itunes,, and other internet music sites.

Streaming airplay of "A Pretty Decent Cape in My Closet"

Set List

People Are Getting Better
Oh Canada
Stop Signs
This is My Voice
My Darling Sarah
Help Wanted
Usually two 45 min sets

Some past covers have included "I Believe In a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
"Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye
"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey