Grab the popcorn and settle in.
The Village of Lumby is set to make its debut on CBC’s Still Standing tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.
The film crew arrived in the small North Okanagan town in January to start production of the part comedy, part reality show that follows Newfoundland comedian Jonny Harris as he explores small towns across Canada.
The Still Standing staff began filming at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena to shoot 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.
“It’s always hard to say exactly what we’ll be filming since so much depends on what happens to be going on in town on any given day, and in a vibrant community like Lumby, there are way more events happening than we have time to shoot,” Still Standing executive producer Anne Francis said around 10 months ago.
“A lot of things we film are planned in advance, segments where our host gets to meet some of the people who live in town.
”Our week-long shoots are really a combination of finding things on the fly and doing our best to tell the story of Lumby through a few conversations with locals.”
The overall essence of the episode explores the village’s reinvention of its identity following the closure of its three major lumber mills.
“Lumby lost not only hundreds of jobs and local businesses, but also its sense of identity,” the episode description reads.
“Now the town is emerging, hopeful with a diverse economy that includes arts, culture and a 40-acre grow-op that’s hoping to make pot for pets.”
The episode airs on Tuesday, 8 p.m., on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
— with files from Brianna Charlebois