"St. Laurent, MB"
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.
Located 1 hour northwest of Winnipeg on the shores of Lake Manitoba, is St. Laurent, home of the legendary Manipogo sea monster and one of the largest Métis communities in North America. Over 200 years ago, Indigenous peoples relocated from North Dakota to the shores of Lake Manitoba bringing with them their unique cultural traditions including fishing, and the Michif language (a unique language created from a blend of Cree and French). For generations, St. Laurent has been kept alive by the local fishery and small local businesses. In the 1950's, Highway 6 was built parallel to the town's main road diverting attention away from already struggling businesses. Then in 1970, the summer commercial fishery was shut down. The community struggled but kept afloat until June 2011, when a large-scale flood damaged 700 properties, triggering a state of emergency. Many residents left for good but those who stayed are dedicated to rebuilding and maintaining their Métis culture.