CBC’s hit show Still Standing took to Lumby last week.
The film crew arrived in the small North Okanagan town Wednesday afternoon to start production. They began at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena to film some skating before making their way to the Community Centre to film some of the town’s Circus Arts program and toes and tutus, a ballet class.
CBC’s shoot concluded in a free comedy show celebrating Lumby on Friday. The show, featuring comedian Jonny Harris, took place at the White Valley Community Centre. Hundreds lined up to watch the show. Some came as early as 3 p.m.
Lumby will be one of several Canadian locations showcased later this year on CBC and CBC Gem, as part of season five of the show. This season, Harris hits the road, travelling across the country to discover the hidden comedy in Canada’s struggling communities.
“It’s great that the show wants to showcase our town and all that we have to offer and that they’re interested in all our community programs and what we have to offer in Lumby,” said Program coordinator for White Valley Parks, Recreation, and Culture Christine MacNeill.
The show spotlights rural communities that have faced difficulties. MacNeill referenced mill closures that took place in Lumby — a main comedic topic that Harris focused on Friday.
“That was a big hit for our community. So they want to showcase how communities, like this one, who are still standing and prospering and becoming alive again,” she said. “So in addition to a lot of our wonderful education programs, the village of Lumby has been really keen on expanding businesses here as well. We have the new True Leaf facility and we’re looking at some downtown revitalization. Being only about 20 minutes from Vernon, we’re really accessible and we really want to increase the number of people that live, work and go to school in our town.”
Though the crew said they are unsure when the show will air on live TV, they hypothesized sometime next fall as season 4 recently concluded. Producers suggested people follow the show on social media under the username Standing Still TV in order to have a better idea of when the episode featuring Lumby will be aired.
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