JESS SHANE

Audio Producer + Community Artist

Rit Bits

Illustration by Ben Shannon / CBC

Illustration by Ben Shannon / CBC

Throughout history, rituals have been practised by humanity regardless of geography, culture, and religion. But the way we understand and integrate ritual into our lives has shifted.

In Rit Bits, I explored the role of personal ritual and meaning-making in a secular world. It features: marathon runner Tom Thor Buchanan; sober ravers Faith Alexandra Marie, Sinclair Bletcher-Lowman and Gigi Banks; a man who created a ritual to mark his gender transition; Hebrew Priestess, artist, and multi-faith chaplain Orev Reena Katz; ritual scholar Ronald Grimes; and professional celebrant Sarah Chiddy.

Special thanks to Kent Hoffman, Michael Burtt of Making Room Community Arts and Gabriel Levine.

Faith Alexandra Marie, left, Sinclair Bletcher-Lowman and Gigi Banks before heading out for the night. (Photo by Faith)

Faith Alexandra Marie, left, Sinclair Bletcher-Lowman and Gigi Banks before heading out for the night. (Photo by Faith)