From Michela Rosano of Canadian Geographic:
Link: Our Country: Vinessa Antoine’s favourite place in Canada
“I recently shot the first season of Diggstown in Nova Scotia, which is a place I had never visited before. When I started to do research for my character, Marcie Diggs, I learned that Nova Scotia has Canadaâ€™s oldest and largest black community, North Preston in Halifax.” Continue reading.Â
From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:
Link: Diggstownâ€™s Vinessa Antoine is the face of change as first Black woman to star in prime-time TV drama
â€œGrowing up in Toronto, seeing faces on television like your own was virtually non-existent. But if a young person turns on the television in the future and thinks that they are being represented, that there is a possibility out there for me, then hopefully things will change.â€ Continue reading.
From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:
Link: Halifax-shot ‘Diggstown’ making strides for representation in Canadian TV
â€œItâ€™s so important to be able to have stories that are driven and come from communities that are like mine and like so many other communities that are considered minority communities. Itâ€™s so important to show that representation because thereâ€™s nothing more Canadian,Â I feel than multiculturalism and diversity.’â€ Continue reading.Â
From Elizabeth Patterson of the Cape Breton Post:
Link: East Bay native acting up a storm
â€œItâ€™s a good week to be Billy MacLellan.â€
The actor, who hails from East Bay, has had a busy winter with various acting and writing projects, some of which are coming to fruition right now. He even had his very own Canadian minute a few days ago. Continue reading.Â
From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:
Link: REVIEW: CBCâ€™s Diggstown
I didnâ€™t expect to dig Diggstown as much as I do, but I do.
The story takes place in North Preston, Nova Scotia, billed as Canadaâ€™s Largest Black Community. At the centre stands Marcia Diggs (Vinessa Antoine, above left with Karen LeBlanc), a rising star, big city, corporate lawyer who â€“ for reasons unclear in the pilot but amplified later on â€“ is knocked back down to her rural roots in Nova Scotia. Continue reading.Â
From Melissa Girimonte of The Televixen:
Link: Vinessa Antoine and Natasha Henstridge welcome us to Diggstown
“Mental health issues are something thatâ€™s kept behind closed doors. Youâ€™re meant to feel ashamed or you donâ€™t talk about it. With Marcie, itâ€™s prevalent in her family. Theyâ€™re a religious family as well. This tight-knit community in Nova Scotia, North Preston, is heavily religious. The idea of mental health and suicide are not discussed very much.” Continue reading.Â
From Charles Trapunski of Brief Take:
Link: Interview: Diggstown’s Vinessa Antoine and Natasha Henstridge
“I think that people who see this show will start to see Nova Scotia as yet another option as a Canadian province in which to shoot. Thereâ€™s just a different vibe over there, in terms of working in TV and film, but also itâ€™s not just a beautiful,Â Nova Scotian gorgeous backdrop. Itâ€™s a real character, Nova Scotia, and there are just parts that arenâ€™t that beautiful and there are shows that should be shot there.” Continue reading.
From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:
Link: Diggstown’s Vinessa Antoine on Marcie’s complicated relationships
“Itâ€™s so important to show all communities of Canada, but this Black community hasnâ€™t been really shown. Itâ€™s a nice feeling to be able to bring that to the Canadian audience.” Continue reading.