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After Immunity

Episode 2: Canada’s Local Arts Scene After Immunity

How will Canada’s local arts scene trans­form in the Post-COVID-19 world? How will we engage with local arts in that future? Will we still go to shows or the the­atre in the way we did before or with the same fre­quen­cy? Addi­tion­al­ly, will new trends and inno­va­tions pro­duced dur­ing the pan­dem­ic help the arts scene evolve for the bet­ter after immunity?

On today’s episode we explore Canada’s local arts scene after immu­ni­ty. Join us as we talk with Deb­bie Wern­er, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Toron­to Jew­ish Film Fes­ti­val and Faye Thom­son, Co-Direc­tor and Co-Founder of the Pro­fes­sion­al Pro­gram for the School of Con­tem­po­rary Dancers in Winnipeg.

The intro­duc­to­ry state­ment starts at 0:40

Deb­bie Werner’s inter­view starts at 3:26 (Inter­view Tran­script)

Faye Thomson’s inter­view starts at 27:42 (Inter­view Tran­script)

Our inter­mis­sion music comes cour­tesy of Vir­go Ris­ing. The track is Mol­ly Ring­wald Dances in the Front Row” from their 2021 album, Six­teenth Sap­phire”. Be sure to check out more of their tunes at their Band­camp: https://​vir​goris​ing​band​.band​camp​.com

If you have any thoughts or com­ments on the episode, please email us at after.​immunity@​umfm.​com


  • Debbie Werner

    Debbie Werner is the Executive Director of the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation/Festival. The festival was one of the first in Canada to transition from an in-person to online festival when faced with the challenges of the pandemic in June of 2020. To learn more about the Festival and its events and services, visit

  • Faye Thomson

    Faye Thomson is a Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015. To learn more about the School and its programming, visit