Brant Daugherty plays the lead role as Matt in The Baker’s Son. He stands outside the Owl’s Nest in downtown Chemainus, converted to the Duval Boulangerie. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Brant Daugherty plays the lead role as Matt in The Baker’s Son. He stands outside the Owl’s Nest in downtown Chemainus, converted to the Duval Boulangerie. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus at the forefront as The Baker’s Son makes broadcast debut

Hallmark movie making its debut on the W Network Saturday, June 12

Chemainus will be in the spotlight when the long-awaited Hallmark movie The Baker’s Son debuts this Saturday, June 12 on the W Network locally.

There’s some confusion about the broadcast time. It’s showing on the Hallmark website as 9 p.m. both Eastern and Pacific time, but that’s for the Hallmark Channel in the United States.

Movie premieres on the W Network are always at 6 p.m. Saturdays so viewers interested in catching the movie should check local listings to make sure. It’s being presented as part of the Hallmark Channel and W Network’s Summer Nights series.

The Baker’s Son will feature extensive scenes shot in Chemainus along Willow Street inside and outside the Willow Street Cafe as well as Cowichan Bay at the government wharf and True Grain Bread and on location in Brentwood Bay.

Be sure to watch closely for the Pioneer Days celebration scenes that were filmed along Willow Street.

The Baker’s Son stars Eloise Mumford (Chicago Fire and The Right Stuff) and Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars and Fifty Shades Freed).

When a ballet dancer visits the small island in the fictitious town of Windward, Washington, local baker Matt’s (Daugherty) interest is piqued. His passion for her somehow finds its way into his baking, transforming his bread from bland to spectacular. The wondrous new success attracts tourists and boosts the economy of the small island community.

But when the dancer leaves, Matt is heartbroken and his bread is suddenly a flop. The island townsfolk start to panic and turn their attention and Matt’s toward Annie (Mumford), the owner of a local café and his longtime friend, to save the day.

It turns out Matt’s confidant has supported and loved him all along, he just didn’t realize it.

The Baker’s Son was directed by Mark Jean from a script by Steve Peterman and Gary Dontzig.

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“Taste The Bread!” declares Walter Rasmussen, the mayor of fictional Windward, Washington (Haig Sutherland) during filming of The Baker’s Son in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

“Taste The Bread!” declares Walter Rasmussen, the mayor of fictional Windward, Washington (Haig Sutherland) during filming of The Baker’s Son in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Heritage Museum is one of the background sets of the Pioneer Days segment of The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Heritage Museum is one of the background sets of the Pioneer Days segment of The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)