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Jonny Harris takes flight in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on Still Standing

For a quartet of seasons on Still Standing, host Jonny Harris has been crisscrossing Canada visiting small communities of people eking out a living despite tough times. Some towns are reeling over the loss of a key industry that left town. Other burgs are finding their footing thanks to budding tourism. Many of the communities Harris has visited are First Nations territories.

The latest is featured in Tuesday’s episode when he drops by Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, down the road a piece from Toronto. It’s a part of the province I’ve driven by many times on the way to and from Ottawa and Montreal—there are signs marking the area on Highway 401—but I’ve never made the turnoff to do some exploring.

Now I plan to, especially after watching Harris’ latest episode, which celebrates not only the tradition of the people in the area but the future too. I had no clue there was an aviation school there as part of the First Nations Technical Institute.

“We’re always interested in visiting First Nations communities,” Harris says over the phone. “The flight school was definitely something that caught our interest. A flight school that is, first and foremost, for Aboriginal kids. That was pretty neat.” It sure is. To see Harris behind the controls of a Cessna for just a few minutes is a sight to behold, as is his chat with the instructors and students at the school. Harris has made a career out of the gift of gab and it’s the high point for me during episodes of Still Standing, especially when he’s chatting and listening to stories told in Tyendinaga by Turtle Clan Mother Janice Hill, tanner Randy Brant or learning the intricacies of floorball from goalie Madison Brinklow.

Aside from celebrating Canadians eking out a living outside of the large cities, Still Standing revels in inclusivity: what connects us and what makes us different. That can be reflected in geography, livelihood and culture. And, as always, a shared laugh through Harris’ wry observations and teasing during his standup performance.

“It’s got to be a little bit saucy and cheeky,” he says. “But it also has to be respectful. I’m not there to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

Still Standing airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Preview: Jonny Harris showcases more Canadian communities in Still Standing

At long last, Jonny Harris and Still Standing are back on our television screens. In a bit of a shakeup, the programming folks moved Still Standing—and its Tuesday night partner Baroness Von Sketch Show—from summer until fall. That gives folks of Harris a double dose of the baby-faced comedian in this and his long-running gig on Murdoch Mysteries.

In the Season 4 return, Harris arrives in Tignish, PEI, a small community to—as is the series formula—showcase the place, the people, the struggles they’re enduring and then celebrate them through laughs and anecdotes. It’s a formula that works by playing to Harris’ strengths as a storyteller and wry observationalist. Still Standing isn’t a “woe is me” tale but one of making the best of things and/or striving to make them better.

That’s certainly the case in Tignish, located on the western tip of the province. Far away from the Confederation Bridge and Anne of Green Gables is this group of just over 700 citizens. The area, it turns out, was a favourite stomping ground for Stompin’ Tom Connors. The legendary singer-songwriter even wrote of the area in his tune “The Song of the Irish Moss.” The moss industry may have long gone, but the memory remains in that song and hoping to cash in on that Tignish built the Stompin’ Tom Centre. The facility, in addition to including Connors’ boyhood home and the one-room schoolhouse he attended, houses a concert hall where his gold and platinum records, guitar and hat and boots are on display.

Also keeping Tignish on the map is, of course, the lobster industry, which Harris gets an education on, and the life of dew worms. Both make it into his stand-up act and are very, very funny.

Upcoming locations on Harris’ journeys include Carcross, Yukon; Rogersville, Nova Scotia; Fraser Lake, British Columbia; Cobalt, Ontario; and New Denmark, New Brunswick.

Still Standing airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Image courtesy of CBC.

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CBC announces fall premiere dates for Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Baroness Von Sketch Show and more

From a media release:

CBC today announced broadcast and streaming premiere dates for its fall 2018 lineup of new and returning series featuring a wide range of original programming produced by Canadian creators for Canadian audiences, including a new primetime schedule launching Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to broadcast on television, all programming will also be available to stream live and on demand for free on the CBC TV app for iOs and Android and cbc.ca/watch.

CBC’s Fall 2018 primetime schedule launching Tuesday, September 18th:

All following times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times.

TUESDAYS
7:30 PM – CORONATION STREET
(weekdays, back-to-back episodes on Mondays at 7 PM)

8 PM – STILL STANDING
Season 4 (13×30) premieres Sept. 18 *NEW TO FALL*

8:30 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES
Season 26 (19×30, 1×60) premieres Sept. 18

9 PM – BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW
Season 3 (10×30) premieres Sept. 18 *NEW TO FALL*

9:30 PM – HANG UPS
British comedy (6×30) starring Stephen Mangan as an online therapist premieres Sept. 19

9:30 PM – IN THE LONG RUN
Idris Elba’s comedy (6×30) inspired by his inner city-London childhood premieres Oct. 30

10 PM – THE NATIONAL
CBC News’ flagship program continues Sunday to Friday each week

WEDNESDAYS
8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW
Season 2 (8×60) premieres Sept. 19

8 PM – CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON JUNIOR
New competition series (6×60) premieres Nov. 14

9 PM – VANITY FAIR
New British adaptation of Thackeray’s 1848 novel (7×60) premieres Sept. 19

9 PM – MR. D
Season 8 (8×30) premieres Nov. 7 *NEW NIGHT, FINAL SEASON*

9:30 PM – HALIFAX COMEDY FEST
Season 23 (6×30) premieres Nov. 14

THURSDAYS
7 PM – THE INVESTIGATORS WITH DIANA SWAIN
Season 3 premieres Sept. 20 *NEW NIGHT*

8 PM – DRAGONS’ DEN
Season 13 (20×60) featuring new investors Vincenzo Guzzo and Lane Merrifield premieres Sept. 20

9 PM – THE DETECTIVES
Season 2 (8×60) premieres Sept. 20 *NEW NIGHT*

9 PM – FROM THE VAULTS
New music archive series (6×60) premieres Nov. 15

FRIDAYS
8 PM – MARKETPLACE
Season 46 premieres Sept. 21

8:30 PM – IN THE MAKING
New original series (8×30) profiling Canadian artists premieres Sept. 21

9 PM – CBC DOCS POV
Season 3 launches Sept. 21 with documentary Just a Regular Kid, exploring what it means to be young, Muslim and growing up in the West *NEW NIGHT*

11:30 PM CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS
Season 4 (26×30) premieres Sept. 21

SATURDAYS
Afternoon – CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES fall season begins Oct. 20 with extensive coverage of Skate America from Everett, Washington

6:30 PM – HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

SUNDAYS
11 AM (12 PM AT) – THE WEEKLY WITH WENDY MESLEY
Season 2 premieres Aug. 12

Afternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES

7 PM – ANNE WITH AN E
Season 2 (10×60) premieres Sept. 23

8 PM – THE NATURE OF THINGS
Season 58 premieres Sept. 23 with special three-part miniseries Equus: The Story of the Horse​

9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE
Season 44 premieres Sept. 23 *NEW NIGHT*

MONDAYS
8 PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES
Season 12 (18×60) premieres Sept. 24

9 PM – FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES
Season 2 (10×60) premieres Sept. 24

Which new and returning CBC shows are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below!

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Poll: Which returning summer Canadian TV shows are you looking forward to?

Spring is in full swing, with summer right around the corner. And with the coming of blooming flowers, the buzz of lawn mowers and the slap of flip-flops on tarmac comes a handful of returning Canadian television series.

Be it the light sleuthing on Private Eyes, the badassery of sci-fi via Killjoys and Wynonna Earp, the hilarity of Baroness Von Sketch Show or the all-out scramble that is The Amazing Race Canada, summer TV has a lot to offer.

To celebrate, we’re asking you to check off the three returning television series you’re most looking to watching in the coming months. Have fun, and cheers to a great summer!

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Preview: “Shadows are Falling” on Murdoch Mysteries

The Murdoch Mysteries fans have spoken! Last week’s episode, “Game of Kings,” was a resounding favourite and I totally agree. Maureen Jennings’ script was jam-packed with history, humour and action; everything that makes for a great instalment.

That, of course, leads us to Monday’s new episode, “Shadows are Falling,” written by Mary Pedersen and directed by Sherren Lee. You may remember the last time Pedersen penned a Murdoch Mysteries storyline, “The Accident,” where she reduced us to tears. Will she do the same this time around? Here’s the official synopsis for “Shadows are Falling” from the CBC:

Murdoch and Ogden must put aside dealing with a personal matter when Nate Desmond is charged with murder.

And here are more morsels to chew on while you wait until Monday.

Congratulations Jonny Harris!
Jonny Harris and his writing crew captured their second Canadian Screen Award in a row for their work on Still Standing. The series took home the trophy for Best Writing, Factual.

Julia and William at their darkest
This is, after all, the penultimate episode of Season 11. You didn’t expect everything to be hunky dory, did you? Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy put in performances of the season on Monday night. Keep your tissues close by.

Nate and Rebecca return
With Nate accused of murder, it only makes sense to have Rebecca James return to Toronto as well. The man collaring Nate is none other than the newly-promoted Horace McWorthy, played by Sean Bell, of Station House No. 1. That means Watts does some digging in his old stomping grounds. Meanwhile, parts of the investigation are particularly painful for William and Julia. The last several minutes of “Shadows are Falling” is shocking, sad and changes everything.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of Stephen Scott for CBC.

 

 

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