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Posted on 29 Aug 2015   Theatre

CVVICTORIA FRINGE: “Hitodama” Review by Alisa Gordaneer

The genre of “horror comedy puppetry” hasn’t been well-populated (or well-recognized) as of yet, but if the work of Mochinosha Puppet Company is any example, you might expect it to become the Next Big Thing. Campy humour coupled with blood and guts, and shadow puppets–what’s not to like? Japan-based Mochinosha, also known as The Wishes Puppet Company, consists of... Read More »
Posted on 28 Aug 2015


Voted Best Family Show in Vegas! One of the most beloved family shows in the world, featuring an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots, even geese and mice comes to the Farquhar Auditorium on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00pm. A fourth-generation Russian circus performer, Gregory Popovich is bringing his amazing Las Vegas juggling, clown and pet tricks act to... Read More »
Posted on 26 Aug 2015

CVVictoria Sneak Peak: Fringe Help Fill...

 נפש=Soul “Here’s your baby, she probably has less than a year to live” We all face challenges and sometimes we have absolutely no idea how we will survive. But we do survive, and surprisingly, often thrive. That’s what this is about. Musician, Singer, Improv Artist and Mother inspired by her own challenges and sexual frustrations strings together hilarious moments... Read More »
Posted on 21 Aug 2015

CVVictoria FRINGE Sneak Peak: Dancing...

Victoria Fringe Festival Presents: Holliday and Moore in Dancing with Fish Two opposite personalities (Holliday and Moore) meet on the subway and end up dancing together. Afterwards they start playing absurd games and gradually become friends. But when Moore gets too competitive something awful happens and the relationship is broken. How it gets repaired and how their life proceeds... Read More »
Posted on 20 Aug 2015

CVVICTORIA Theatre: “Jeeves...

The Chemainus Theatre Festival presents a masterful tale of meddling and mischief – Jeeves Intervenes debuts September 11! The Chemainus Theatre Festival revives two beloved characters in their fall production, Jeeves Intervenes. The comedic play by British author P. G. Wodehouse, is a story of folly between the doddering Bertie Wooster, and his save-the-day valet, Jeeves. Devotees and newbies to... Read More »
Posted on 19 Aug 2015

CVVictoria JUST FOR KIDS: Durrance Lake

The CVV kids go exploring! This time it’s Durrance Lake. just for kids v2 from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 14 Aug 2015

CVVictoria FRINGE Sneak Peak: Almost a...

Always listen to your gut. It will take you on unexpected adventures, lead to lifelong fulfillment, and provide ample safety and security. Sometimes- it will also break your heart. “My gut lead me home. It knew this wasn’t the right path for me.’  The ‘path’ at the time being marriage and motherhood. Or stepmother-hood I should say. Instead, my... Read More »
Posted on 12 Aug 2015

CVVICTORIA THEATRE: Burlesque Diva,...

Burlesque Diva, Rosie Bitts, brings Stories of Love and Passion to the Victoria Fringe Festival “Her performance is very open, and honest…Stories of Love and Passion is Rosie’s gift of herself to the world around her.”- the Marble “Canadian Powerhouse” Critics Pick, Time Out New York  After being censored on stage and having her striptease banned in Saskatchewan, controversial burlesque diva... Read More »
Posted on 12 Aug 2015

CVVICTORIA THEATRE: Cirque Peking at...

Cirque Peking defies laws of physics with impossible acrobatic feats. The Farquhar’s season kicks off with a performance by Peking Dreams, a troupe that has made a profound contribution to the Circus world and heavily influenced the creation of Cirque du Soleil. Performance features the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performing Cirque Peking, featuring... Read More »
Posted on 08 Aug 2015

CVVictoria FRINGE Preview: Lieutenant...

An outdoor roaming musical extravaganza, set in the old ruins at Macaulay Point Park in Esquimalt  THE TRUE STRANGE STORY OF A 17th CENTURY NUN WHO BECAME AN INFAMOUS CONQUISTADOR  “There is no name for what I am.  You would have to make a new word.”   It’s the 17th Century; the armies of Spain are slaughtering their way... Read More »
Posted on 08 Aug 2015


Summer celebrations, like summer theatre, can be tough, because people are all away on vacation, and if they’re around, they’re often in the mood to indulge in a splash of light, fluffy, entertainment. So, if you have parents or other loved ones celebrating, say, their 30th or 40th anniversary this month, or maybe someone you know is marking their 60th... Read More »
Posted on 07 Aug 2015

CVVictoria FRINGE! Camel Camel –...

BLUE LAKE, CA – Desert voyages! Slapstick! Androgyny! Matadors! Death! Song and dance numbers! Imagine Abbott and Costello meets David Lynch or Beckett meets the Golden Girls.  The sublimely grotesque and classically charming vaudeville duo, The Camel Sisters, invite you into their delightfully bizarre stage show. Things begin to turn in on them when a nefarious death-worm appears and... Read More »
Posted on 04 Aug 2015

CVVictoria FRINGE: The Best Meal I Ever...

The Best Meal I Ever Ate is Bema Productions’ newest offering served up in style for Victoria audiences. WARNING: ATTENDING THIS PERFORMANCE MAY CAUSE CRAVINGS FOR FINE DINING In an intimate venue, you will sit with the last two survivors of the Warsaw ghetto. The story enfolds through an exquisite act of kindness as Chef Jean-Paul astonishes them with... Read More »
Posted on 04 Aug 2015

“Meet me at the bike racks”...

Elizabeth May challenges Stephen Harper to meet her at the bike racks if he won’t join her at the CBC debates.   "Meet me at the Bike Racks" – Elizabeth May to Stephen Harper from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 01 Aug 2015

Top 10 To Do’s – August

WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? EACH MONTH WE BRING YOU THE TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN VICTORIA and AREA, IN UNDER 3 MINUTES! August Top Ten from CVV Productions on Vimeo. CVVictoria August Events Filmed on location at Il Covo Trattoria  TICKETS/MORE INFO – CLICK on your event below! 1. FRINGE FESTIVAL!  2. Confessions of a Paperboy 3. BOOM at... Read More »
Posted on 28 Jul 2015

CVVictoria Events: Taking Down Rape...

Laci Green will be at University Centre Farquhar Auditorium Sept 30th for an in-depth look at our culture’s attitudes and responses to sexual violence. Laci Green is a 25-year-old web personality, public speaker, and activist from San Francisco. She is best known as the host and creator of the internet’s most popular sex education show, called “Sex Plus”. Sex+... Read More »
Posted on 28 Jul 2015

CVVancouver FASHION: Deighton...

This year’s “Lucky Number Seven” Deighton Cup in Vancouver was nothing short of spectacular. Vancouver’s Hastings Park and Racetrack had a specially constructed viewing platform and reserved grandstand seating to hold double the crowds from last year. I walked in and knew I had died and gone to fashion heaven. I almost had to pinch myself to check that... Read More »
Posted on 27 Jul 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC – Phillips...

Phillips Backyard Weekender was a blast as always, and Gregory Forsberg was there to capture the excitement.   Psssst. You might also like this. CLICK HERE Read More »
Posted on 24 Jul 2015

CVVictoria Music: Rock the Shores 2015...

Sunshine and Rock ‘n’ Roll The festival season in B.C. doesn’t really kick off until mid-July—well after the Coachella and Sasquatches of the west coast have long come and gone—but when it does, we enter a whole new mode of summer. This past weekend, while tens of thousands descended on Pemberton Music Festival for some of the biggest electronic... Read More »
Posted on 22 Jul 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC: Paco Pena –...

Paco’s newest show FLAMENCURA explores that elusive state at the core of the art of flamenco. Art in all its forms has the potential of creating alchemy between an interpreter and the audience, transporting them into a mysterious level of emotion; a red-hot status capable of making them abandon any concern about who or where they are and just... Read More »
Posted on 22 Jul 2015


Our Dean Kalyan was on location this year at Victoria’s Rock the Shores – check out his photo gallery, below. And see more of Dean’s work HERE. LINEUP: Kim Churchill, PPL MVR, Bleachers, Father John Misty, TV on the Radio, Jane’s Addiction Read More »
Posted on 22 Jul 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC: Rock the Shores...

Our Dean Kalyan was on location this year at Victoria’s Rock the Shores – check out his photo gallery, below. And see more of Dean’s work HERE. LINEUP: Willa, Scott Helman, Current Swell, The Sheepdogs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Black Keys Read More »
Posted on 17 Jul 2015

CVV NEW MUSIC: Tame Impala...

A psychedelic trip into the mind of Kevin Parker. The latest album from Tame Impala, the recording project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker—one of the most pre-eminent rock figures of today, comparable to the Arctic Monkeys two years ago with the release of AM—is nothing short of brilliant. A transitional record in every sense, Currents finds Parker exploding under... Read More »
Posted on 12 Jul 2015

CVVictoria #MUST HAVE: Superbath

It sounded too good to be true. I’d just started getting groceries delivered to my door, 90% of the shopping I do for the kids is online – this spares me a lot of hassle in store, and, as a single mom, gets my groceries carried to my door – all things that make life a little simpler. But... Read More »
Posted on 11 Jul 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: OUTstages:...

The OUTstages theatre festival’s dynamic duo of Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz are at it again, this time with Revenge of the Popinjay. For those who enjoyed their other show, A Quiet Sip of Coffee, you’ll want to know this is a completely different sort of play, billed as a “one-of-a-kind theatrical event.” They’re not kidding. There are a... Read More »
Posted on 10 Jul 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: OUTstages: Camp...

Victoria’s Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages festival of queer theatre A Quiet Sip of Coffee (or, this is not the play we’ve written)  It’s the kind of idea that sounds like it could go horribly wrong: A play about a play, performed within a play, about a play that really happened, and about things that really happened, performed by two actors... Read More »
Posted on 09 Jul 2015

Victoria Ska Fest 2015 – Photo...

Our Dean Kalyan was on the scene at the Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival this year. Check out his spectacular photos below. More of Dean Kalyan’s work – CLICK HERE : http://deankalyan.com Pssssst. You might also like this. CLICK HERE Read More »
Posted on 01 Jan 2011   Food Etc

Mole – the specialty black sauce of Oaxaca

Victoria based food writer Maryanne Carmack takes her perspective on the road and researches the traditional mexican “Mole” sauce at Miguel Angel Restaurant & Bar – Bucerias, Mexico where they have been serving typical, authentic Oaxacan food for the past 15 years… The misinformed refer to mole (pronounced MOH-lay) as “that Mexican chocolate sauce”.  Although chocolate is an ingredient... Read More »
Posted on 11 Jan 2011

Queso fundido en salsa verde at Casa...

Food writer Maryanne Carmack’s second installment from her latest Mexican adventure… While in Guadalajara, our hosts Jeffry and Brenda Fernandez treated us to lunch at Casa Fuerte Restaurant in Tlaquepaque, our most impressive and memorable Mexican dining experience.  The restaurant leans towards fine dining, with an elegant bar and refreshing garden patio surrounding a magnificent old tree.  The added... Read More »
Posted on 23 Aug 2011

The Importance of Local Farmers’...

Former Public Market: CVA# CVAM08758 CLICK TO SEE LARGER VERSION Island consumers who want their food fresh, seasonal and local, who want to talk to the person who gathered their free-range eggs, and who seek safe, sustainably grown products increasingly appreciate and know the importance of local farmers’ markets. The stability, increasing strength and diversity of the Victoria Downtown... Read More »
Posted on 14 Feb 2011

Fresh Tortillas: Life is Good in Mexico

  Video shot on location by Maryanne Carmack I have to say adios to my Mexican food adventure and move on but not before I bring attention to the tortilla.  A great tortilla is a marvel: warm, fluffy yet dense with a chewy texture.  One bite and you begin to curse the grocery store variety for its lack of... Read More »
Posted on 14 Mar 2011

Culinaire and Virginity Lost

By Danielle Green, photos by Maryanne Carmack Have you ever wondered what you were missing as you loyally dined at your favoured hot-spot with repetitious patronage? Have you ever had a recommendation from a friend for an interesting dish but couldn’t tear yourself away from your usual order? Culinaire, aptly titled Victoria’s Premier Food Tasting Experience, is the answer... Read More »
Posted on 20 Apr 2011

Maryanne Carmack explores Saffron

 At $2,000 to $10,000 a pound, saffron is by far the most expensive food on earth: way more than truffles, caviar, and real balsamic vinegar. Its history is epic, its flavor revered. International organizations employ lab equipment to fuss over grading crops for flavor, colour, and richness. Why is it so expensive? Saffron threads are the stamens of the... Read More »
Posted on 27 May 2011

Chive Blossom Vinegar – Maryanne...

PHOTO GALLERY - click any image then click NEXT or hit “n” to move through the pictures… All photos by Maryanne Carmack.   Chives are members of the Allium family, and just in case you didn’t know, many members of this family (including chives, leeks, onions, and garlic) produce edible flowers. As an herb, they produce edible stems and... Read More »
Posted on 15 Jul 2011

For the love of GARLIC!

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; Garlic makes it good.” ~Alice May Brock PHOTO GALLERY – click any image then click NEXT or hit “n” to move through the pictures… There’s more to garlic than just the... Read More »
Posted on 02 Mar 2012

I SCREAM for Cold Comfort Ice Cream!...

I SCREAM for Cold Comfort Ice Cream! PHOTOS (by Maryanne Carmack) – click any image above to view a larger version, then click NEXT or hit “n” to cycle through them… “Local is our priority. Quality is crucial” I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know Autumn Maxwell, owner and creator of Cold Comfort, through my VDPMS... Read More »
Posted on 08 Apr 2011


All of us here at CVV are incredibly excited to welcome John Threlfall to the team. We have a huge respect for John and his accomplishments and are honoured to have him aboard. We see this as the beginning of an exciting new phase for both the online magazine and the company. Welcome John!   -PP  -L A specialist in media... Read More »
Posted on 07 Sep 2011

The Lynda Raino Project

Martial Media profiles modern dance icon Lynda Raino. Copyright Martial Media. Read More »
Posted on 28 Mar 2012

The Best of Culinaire 2012 –...

The Best of Culinaire 2012 – Photos by Maryanne Carmack There are many reasons to be grateful for living on Vancouver Island, including one that’s a widespread obsession: Great food. Lots of it, served at restaurants of all sizes and price points, food trucks, farmers’ markets and ethnic grocery stores. Lest we take it for granted, special food events... Read More »
Posted on 10 Apr 2011

The Most Delicious Book Club

I do not recommend food limitations of any kind.  I recently survived a pizza starvation diet.  The scratches are healing.  The ones I got when I was clawing my own skin and wailing on my balcony, lamenting the pizza I was denying myself.  And though I wouldn’t wish this self-induced depravity upon anyone, it was worth it. I broke... Read More »
Posted on 07 Jun 2011

GUST – Photo Shoot – Leanne...

GUST Art Direction: Leanne Allen Body Painting: Kristin Grant Photography: Michelle Munkittrick Model: Leanne Allen Post-production: Philip Pierce Location: Sunset Labs Gust was a shoot that was inspired by the cherry blossoms of Victoria. I’ve always loved how the wind turns them into a sort of snow in the air and in the gutters. I’ve also just recently discovered... Read More »
Posted on 20 Dec 2012

James Kasper interviews musician Daniel...

CVV Magazine’s James Kasper interviews musician Daniel Lapp, who talks about his upcoming “Home for Christmas” show, and his Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for community service. Stay tuned till the end of the video for a chance to win free “Home for Christmas” tickets! Note: There will be 2 shows – this saturday (December 22nd) only. Read More »
Posted on 12 Feb 2013

Christine Willes (Suckerpunch, Dead...

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Posted on 03 Aug 2010

Billy Bishop Goes to War

In this Canadian classic, writers John Gray and Eric Peterson explore the life of Canadian fighter pilot William Avery Bishop and his accomplishments during WWI. The play humanizes the “hero” and examines Canada’s station within the colonial empire at that time. It displays all the youth, adventure and pathos of war and while the context might not exist for... Read More »
Posted on 01 Jan 2011

Victoria’s Burlesque Scene for...

Last month my girlfriend took me to the Burlesque Bonanza at the Victoria Event Centre. I’d never so much as set a drunken foot in Monty’s and any sort of disrobing-based live entertainment was alien to me. The show was so refreshing that I tracked down some of the people responsible for the spectacle of local burlesque. If I... Read More »
Posted on 03 Feb 2011

Suzanne Vega : Remix

I am sitting in the theatre Suzanne Vega Sunday evening I am seated left of centre which of course is kind of fitting and at first we hear the Idols but they cannot hold a candle to the calm yet solid presence of the the one we’re here to hear - – - It is lovely just to listen... Read More »
Posted on 25 Sep 2011

Steampunk Culture at the Castle

Culture Vulture Victoria`s Phil Pierce and Leanne Allen get a taste of Steampunk culture at the Victoria Steam Exposition II, Saturday September 24, 2011 at Craigdarroch Castle. Read More »
Posted on 17 Jan 2012

Playa del Carmen – Blue Parrot...

CVV Magazine`s Leanne Allen and Phil Pierce visit The Blue Parrot Hotel & Beach Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Copyright Martial Media. Read More »
Posted on 20 Aug 2013

This is The Year to Fringe – by...

Whether you have had the Fringe on your calendar since June or have no idea what it is (a theatre festival featuring small scale shows across several venues, starting August 22) here is your very special guide to the Fringe Festival. (For more practical guidance, visit victoriafringe.com) Firstly, for those who have never been to the Fringe, here are... Read More »
Posted on 10 May 2011

Pea Shoots – A taste of Spring

My favorite thing about Spring? Pea shoots! If you have never had pea shoots before, you are in for a real treat! Tender and bright in flavor, they are a lovely cross between salad greens and pea flavor. Pea shoots or pea tendrils are often overlooked and usually very cheap to buy. If you are a gardener and you... Read More »
Posted on 29 Jun 2011

Fernwood Bites – Ryan McGregor

Last Sunday June 26th, the second annual “Fernwood Bites” took place in Fernwood Square. The event is a fundraiser for the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group that showcases local food and drink from Vancouver Island. The sold out event was a true example of how food can bring a community together. A sea of people invaded the square. There was celebration everywhere with glasses... Read More »
Posted on 07 Nov 2011

Victoria’s Arts and Culture...

Culture Vulture Victoria reports on recent and upcoming arts and culture events in Victoria BC, as well as the latest CVV news. This week: VDPMS winter market opens in Market Square, Phil kicks off Movember, Leanne lunch and learns with London Chef Dan Hayes, Pacific Opera’s latest, and more! Read More »
Posted on 28 May 2012

David Foster’s Miracle Concert...

 David Foster’s Miracle Concert indeed – by Jeff McAllister Photos (by Jeff McAllister): Click on any thumbnail to see the full size photos, then click NEXT or hit “n” to cycle through them… David Foster promised his David Foster Foundation 25th Anniversary Concert would be an experience you couldn’t get anywhere else. Even before the Hitman took the stage... Read More »
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

150 Things To Do In Victoria BC

JUMP TO THE LIST In honour of Victoria’s 150th anniversary, and with the help of our local audience, CVV Magazine has produced a list of 150 things to do in Victoria BC! We also sent our entire staff out to sample from the list and help us compile some footage for this video. We managed to capture some truly amazing... Read More »