Burlington Performing Arts Centre

About The Burlington Shebang

Burlington Shebang artists are Liz Bates, Tomy Bewick, Lisa Emmons, Aaron Hutchinson, Shannon Kitchings, Richard Beaune and Andrew O’Connor.  Burlington Performing Arts Centre is host partner. Thank you to Bridget Bezanson and Leslie Gray who were with us through most of the three-year process and to host collaborators Suzanne Haines and Brian McCurdy.  Artistic and Community Translators are Trevor Copps and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura.   Contributing artists include Mayumi Lashbrook, Trevor Turple, Dan Murray, Korey McDermott, Sebastian Chong, Matt Miller, Mateo Galindo, students from Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, members of The Poacher Ukulele Band, FORM Contemporary Dance Theatre,  Tottering Biped, Burlington Slam Project, Hamilton Audio Visual Node, Amanda Dudnik, Connor Bennett, and dance animateur Megan English. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is owned by the City of Burlington and operated by the Burlington Theatre Board Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization.

Burlington Shebang Artists

Burlington Shebang Contributing Artists & Translators

Burlington Shebang Hosts & Partners

Shared words from Burlington

  • "Sometimes it's hard to be proud of yourself as an artist, but seeing what these colleagues of mine are creating and being able to say, 'I have be part of making this possible' is incredibly humbling and exciting."

    Lisa Emmons Choreographer and Dancer
  • "Shebang forces me to listen to others, to follow my intuition, to slow down my objective-driven brain, remove my organizer hat, and simply engage with the activity presented in the moment."

    Tomy Bewick Multidisciplinary Artist and Writer

Meet the Artists from each of our Ontario Shebangs

What is the Shebang Process?

Notes on Burlington Shebang Process Workshop, Year 3

By Jessa Agilo

As an observer and translator of the Shebang Process, I have come to identify “openness” and “sharing” between artists and supporters as one of the most impactful, mercurial “ripple effects” of the Shebang Process as adapted in Burlington, Guelph, Kingston and St Catharines.


As expressed by some of the Burlington Shebang artists (“because witnessing isn’t enough”), the open, collaborative value of art has “the chance to create beyond one’s own limitations, to infuse new perspectives and expand interpretation of possibility(ies)”, to “open the mind and soul to allow us to connect more deeply and experience life in a more fulfilling manner”, to “reveal our insides”, and, perhaps more simply, “to achieve an unknown and maybe unexpected outcome”.

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