Vittoria has been afforded a rare opportunity to shine in the national spotlight.
An episode of the popular CBC television show, Still Standing, will be shot in Vittoria in October.
Entering its sixth season, Still Standing features comedian Jonny Harris as he explores obscure but fascinating communities across Canada.
Still Standing 6 Productions of Toronto has received a permit from Norfolk to film on county property. A film crew will be in Vittoria from Oct. 12 to 16.
A highlight of a Still Standing shoot is the community comedy show that Harris stages.
Harris typically highlights significant aspects of the community while poking fun. Segments from Harris’s routine are interspersed throughout the TV program.
“We are very excited to come to Vittoria,” said executive producer Anne Francis. “Right now, it looks as though we will be doing our live show in the Vittoria Community Centre. We’ve displaced the quilters guild, who I hope will forgive us.”
Vittoria crossed Francis’s radar, in part, because it is a pretty place with interesting buildings and a storied past.
The latter includes the fact that – from 1815 to 1825 – Vittoria was the capital of what was then known as London District. After the administration building-court house in Vittoria burned in 1825, the district capital was moved to the new settlement of London.
“There are many factors we have to take into consideration when we are looking for towns to feature on Still Standing and Vittoria fit the bill,” Francis said. “It has the right population, it’s picturesque, it was once very significant, and has interesting architecture and interesting people.
“Also, we’ve long wanted to do an episode in the tobacco belt.”
A note to Norfolk County council says Still Standing 6 Productions will shoot in five locations.
“There will be no simulation gunfire, explosions, prop guns, weapons or prop bombs,” said Chris Garwood, an economic development supervisor with Norfolk County. “No road closures will be required and the police have been notified that there could be the gathering of curious onlookers.”
Still Standing showcased 65 Canadian communities through its first five seasons. Among them are Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador, Mabou in Nova Scotia, Vulcan in Alberta, Raddison in Saskatchewan and Calabogie and Oil Springs in Ontario.