2023 Canadian Screen Awards.

Best Direction, Factual

Andrew Murray

Still Standing

"Wakefield, QC"


Still Standing follows Canadian comedian Jonny Harris as he sets off across the country, veering off the main highway to discover the hidden comedy in Canada’s far-flung small towns. Each week, Jonny takes a hilarious and heart-warming journey to find humour in the unlikeliest of places — small towns on the ropes. After immersing himself in the lives of local characters and unearthing the tall tales in these tiny towns, Jonny delivers a rousing original stand-up comedy routine — a toast, not a roast — for the whole community. From coast to coast to coast, Still Standing showcases Canada’s vast beauty and highlights the country’s unique and diverse characters. Viewers ride shotgun with Jonny on the ultimate cross-country road trip.

Episode Synopsis:
A tourist steam train helped to put Wakefield on the map for tens of thousands of tourists every summer. That is until torrential rains destroyed this wildly successful attraction. Without the 1000 daily visitors the train brought in during peak summer, Wakefield's businesses suffered and the town slid into decline. Fortunately for Wakefield the way forward is relatively clear: it needs to make itself a destination for tourists in its own right, not merely a stop on a trip through the Gatineau Hills. While the tourist train dollars that used to rain down on Wakefield might be long gone, the period of reimagining the town as a mecca of independent culture and outdoor fun is well underway in a way that only happens in the proudly weird town of Wakefield.

Andrew Murray





Production Company:

Frantic Films