RE: We Are More by Shane Koyczan

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Not wanting to be too much of a bandwagon jumper, but I thought Shane Koyczan's 'slam poetry' at the Olympic opening ceremonies was brilliant. I think its one of the best pieces of writing about Canadian culture in a generation. If you missed it, it's worth checking out.

You can watch it again in the opening ceremonies on CTV.ca, too. :)

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/video/index.html?assetid=e9df45be-6a29-4d93-b4...

He starts around 2:09:30.

I agree. When I heard that there was a "slam poet" coming up I groaned, but Shane's writing and delivery were excellent, free of most of the (my opinion) pretentiousness that I associate with the term.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, am I the only one who was unimpressed with the singing of the anthem? A little embellishment or a certain vocal style is one thing, but that was taking the anthem as inspiration for a new, somewhat recognizable (at least to Canadians) song, quite similar to what you often hear done to the American anthem by pop singers trying to be new and exciting. To me, though, an anthem is one piece that really shouldn't be played with very much, at least not when performed as an anthem.

I agree about the Anthem, but what really made me cringe was Michelle Jean asleep each time they panned by her. On at least 3 occasions when they showed her she had her eyes closed and wasn't moving.

If the time change is that tough for our eastern politicos I think maybe we need to get more Tim Horton's on the west coast.

I've been looking for Shayne's performance to get onto my iPod since that night. There's another version of it on youtube linked below.

I'd gladly buy it from iTunes or similar if I could find it, but the only version I could find there was the instrumental background to him.

The place where Jean and all of the other bigwigs were sitting had screens on the wall in front of them, so it could be that she was just watching it on TV, which would have been a much better view than halfway across the stadium.

"If the time change is that tough for our eastern politicos I think maybe we need to get more Tim Horton's on the west coast."

I know a bit about sleep deprivation, having worked graveyard shifts for a number of years.

Your body can only adjust about an hour a day to differences between your body clock and the clock on the wall, so if she had flown out that day, it would have been 10pm for her body at 7pm PST, and so on. Once your body is used to going to sleep at a certain time, your circadian rythms take over. Coupled with the fact that she's probably been a little busy of late, what with the Haiti situation and all, maybe we can cut her a little slack?

I'm sorry if I expect more. Rather than cut her some slack, if she can't do the bare minimum of her job (sit in a chair and stay awake) maybe she should find a different job.

She was looking at a video screen. Get over it.

I was ecstatic by the single best feature of the ceremonies: Celine Dion was not in it. K.D. Lang gave an outstanding performance.

only thing worse than having Celine there would be having a Celine and Nickleback duet.

Shane Koyczan has great delivery. I was blown away with his performance with Tons Of Fun University plus C.R.Avery at the Dawson City Music Festival in 2005 and have been a fan ever since.

Sultan Sweety: "I was ecstatic by the single best feature of the ceremonies: Celine Dion was not
in it. K.D. Lang gave an outstanding performance."

I thought the exact same thing as I was watching it.

I was pretty sure we'd see Celine at the Opening, but now I'm certain we'll see her at the
Closing.

Based on what I've heard from a volunteer involved in the closing ceremonies -- looks like you might get your Celine/Nickleback duet. Or at least Avril Lavigne and Nickleback. Sad. :(

I don't understand all the hate for Nickleback. According to the Rolling Stone Magazine, they are THE BEST BAND OF THE DECADE.

Maybe they've only listened to Nickelback's cover of "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"?

If you've heard one Nickelback song, you've heard them all.

Sadly Nickelback has sold out and is cranking out the same formulaic dreck year after year.

Their only good album was Curb and I'll still listen to it. The rest make me want to throw things, including lunch.