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Ready for her close up. Louise Sproule, owner and Publisher of The Review, was one of several Vankleek Hill business owners interviewed by a film crew from Toronto's Alibi Entertainment last week. The crew was in town to film scenes for a documentary series episode to be aired on TVOntario. Photo by Kara Turcotte

Production crew visits Vankleek Hill to film TVO documentary series episode

It was Hollywood in Vankleek Hill last week, as a film crew from TVOntario (TVO) visited the village to capture events at the downsized agricultural fair, as well as conduct interviews with local business owners.

A production team from Toronto’s Alibi Entertainment Inc. visited Vankleek Hill from August 19-24. The shooting dates were timed to coincide with the events being held by the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society at the fairgounds in lieu of the full annual agricultural fair.

Vankleek Hill is one of six communities which will be showcased in one-hour episodes, featuring towns in Ontario which have been through an economic boom and bust cycle. The series will air on TVO in early 2022.

Camera crews could be seen throughout town and at the fairgrounds, as interviews were conducted with a number of local entrepreneurs, including The Review’s owner and Publisher Louise Sproule.

Prior to arriving in Vankleek Hill, the production crew had already completed filming in Smiths Falls, Stratford, and Napanee. Filming has now moved on to North Buxton in southwestern Ontario. Filming for the series will wrap up in the Northern Ontario community of Cobalt.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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