This Could Have Gone Really Wrong... But This Kid Is Killing It Wednesday February 24, 2010

So this will explain how nutbar the past couple of weeks have been. Anyways, I meant to post this after the Opening ceremonies last week, but it slipped my mind. So here we go.

I am not one that enjoys opening ceremonies. In my entire life, I may have sat through two possible, three opening ceremonies. So I was kinda shocked to find myself glued to the Vancouver 2010 opening ceremonies. For as much as I’m not a huge fan of Vancouver, I’ll take my prairie blue skies over the coast any day, I found the opening ceremonies captivating. They were really well done and personally, I think they were a huge moment for this country.

But one of the moments that will stick out in my memory is the one of Shane Koyczan dropping his poem We Are More. First off, I’m not a hugely patriotic Canadian, I tend to lean towards Calgary as a city and my Irish/English roots over my connection to this vast country. Secondly, I’ve seen my fair share of Slam Poetry in my live and well… Let me put it this way, it can typically go one of two ways. It can be really good, like Saul Williams or it can go horribly horribly wrong. It can be so bad that you want leave the room and duck your head under the covers because it goes that bad. So when they announced on CTV that a Slam Poet from the Yukon I almost cried. Nothing in the world could take those ceremonies from spectacular to cheesy like really bad slam poetry.

But to Shane’s credit. He not only nailed it, but he fucking killed it. Truly. It was an amazing moment and one that I oddly feel patriotic to be associated with. So for those who missed it here’s his original rendition of We Are More.

Oh Canada is right. Well done Vancouver.

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