10/18/2014 09:00 EDT | Updated 12/18/2014 05:59 EST

Shane Koyczan's time to shine

B.C. poet Shane Koyczan has a new album, videos that have gone viral, and was invited to give a TED talk last year.

He has also written the libretto for and will perform in a new Vancouver Opera production that opens next week.

A few days after that, he'll be the opening act for the Dalai Lama's appearance in Vancouver.

As Gloria Macarenko discovered, it's tough to keep up with this creative tour de force. Watch the video for more.