March Alumni Updates: Audiences Find Comfort in CanCon

Posted: Mar 31, 2020

This March, maybe more than ever before, CanCon is keeping audiences company, as viewers all over the world look to it for entertainment and solace while they practice social and physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In the middle of a very uncertain and unprecedented time, Canadian creators, including numerous CFC alumni, are bringing people joy, escapism, comfort and distraction through their work on numerous TV shows, web series, films and in music. They are also coming up with new ways to connect with individuals and audiences digitally as in-person interactions remain off-limits. We’re proud of our alumni content, and that these creators keep forging ahead and creating even in these strange and scary circumstances. We encourage you to support Canadian creators by watching and sharing their content. Read on for the latest updates from our alumni.

A woman holding and kissing a pug

Pugly: A Pug’s Life


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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker



  • Catch Actors Conservatory alumna Zahra Bentham in Netflix’s limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, now available to stream on Netflix Canada
  • Tune in to Citytv’s new original drama series, The Wedding Planners (which premiered on Friday, March 27) to see Actors Conservatory alumna Kimberly-Sue Murray; the show also features songs By Your Side and Changing Tides by Slaight Family Music Lab alumni songwriting and composing duo Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek
  • Emma Campbell is the producer and a writer on My Perfect Landing, which premiered on Family Channel earlier this month, with casting by Nicole Hilliard-Forde
  • Following the series finale (yes, series!) of Schitt’s Creek on April 7 on CBC, you can catch CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Annie Murphy in Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell, a 90-minute special featuring interviews with key creatives and footage of table reads, audition tapes and moments from the comedy’s last day on set


  • Canadian Strain, from writer/director Geordie Sabbagh, is now available on digital and on demand in Canada (after a last-minute distribution change following theatre closures), like iTunes
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, from alumnae co-writers and co-directors Kathleen Hepburn and ElleMáijá Tailfeathers and produced by Lori Lozinski, is now available in Canada on Apple TV and iTunes
  • James vs His Future Self,co-written/directed by Jeremy LaLonde and produced by Jordan Walker, skipped its planned theatrical release, and will be available on digital and on demand (iTunes, Bell and Shaw) on Friday, April 3 (and later on will also land on Rogers and Telus)
  • Ingrid Veninger has created an international female collective, which includes fellow CFC alumnae Jennifer Podemski, Slater Jewell-Kemker, Isa Benn and Mina Shum, to defy coronavirus with an anthology project
  • The theatrical release of Blood Quantum (written and directed by Jeff Barnaby, produced by John Christou, and starring Actors Conservatory alumna Devery Jacobs) originally scheduled for March 27 has been delayed due to COVID-19; in the meantime, here’s an interview with Jeff Barnaby


  • Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Neil Haverty’s band Bruce Peninsula has a new album, No Earthly Sound, now available for pre-order
  • Another Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus, Jason Couse, one half of the duo that makes up the band The Darcys, has released new music

Lots of additional Canadian content is just a click away on platforms like:

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The 2019 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program residents (L-R): Rose Napoli, Lori-Ann Russell, Henry Campbell, Ian Steaman, Amy Halloran and Imogen Grace


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