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Posted on 20 Aug 2014   Performing Arts

Literally: Iceberg Alley – travelogue and drama – by Julie Higginson

Sometimes you read a book and wish it were a blog. I wish that Iceberg Alley was a blog.  The authors mention the time lapse photos that they took, watching as the “comical Picadilly-like circus of smaller bergs zipped this way and that in accelerated time”. I can picture this in my mind, but I would like to see... Read More »
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

FRINGE preview: BEAT: A Mystery

The day she learns that her great-uncle has died, leaving her nothing but an ancient beret and a diary of poems, is the day Eugenia Marlowe finds out she has a great-uncle. From the mean streets of Vancouver to a tiny town in Europe that doesn’t actually exist, her quest to unearth family skeletons leads to the questions: Is... Read More »
Posted on 16 Aug 2014


Winners of four consecutive Pick of the Fringe awards and nominated for best Victoria dance company, Broken Rhythms returns with a new work, SEVEN, based on the seven stages of grief. SEVEN explores the universality of grief and how it can be paralyzing, shocking and ultimately freeing.
Reviews from previous shows: “It felt like genius” -CVV magazine. “So well choreographed and performed” -Monday Magazine.  What can Fringe-goers... Read More »
Posted on 14 Aug 2014

FRINGE 2014 Strikes Next Week!

The 28th Annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival is Vancouver Island’s biggest theatre event, drawing a crowd of 20,000 who come year after year to experience live performances, large scale outdoor events and international performers. This year’s festival has a slight increase in size, with an added venue and 55 shows from around the world, with 300 performances in 9... Read More »
Posted on 11 Aug 2014

Tommy Chong on The Zed Files

Tommy Chong joins Leanne Allen for The Zed Files. Brought to you by Hotel Zed and CVV Magazine. The Zed Files with Tommy Chong from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 09 Aug 2014

FRINGE preview: I, Claudia

MORE INFO/TICKETS: For tickets: High Wire Theatre Presents: I, Claudia By: Kristen Thomson “She’s 12-and-three-quarters. And knows more than you think.” – Globe Theatre Since her parents’ divorce, Claudia has found refuge in a quiet, dusty corner of her school’s boiler room. There she hides a growing collection of her dad’s socks and tends to her hurting... Read More »
Posted on 05 Aug 2014

FRINGE! Ouroboros Shadow Pictures

Ouroboros Shadow Pictures, based in Berkeley, California, presents their newest work of shadow theatre as part of the Victoria Fringe Festival this summer. Vasilisa, by far their most ambitious project to date, revisits the ancient Slavic tales of Baba Yaga, the wild witch of the east.  Vasilisa is about feminine power, death, moral ambiguity and the humanization of the archetypal character. Collaboration is... Read More »
Posted on 01 Aug 2014

What Nothing Meant for Me – Float...

Many times I’ve thought… if there was a place I could pay to go and lay down in quiet for … 40 minutes (as much as a type A can handle), I would. Away from your own house where bills and memories and dishes exist, anonymous, away from everything. The closest thing to stopping time and space as you... Read More »
Posted on 31 Jul 2014

CHIC soaps opens AUGUST 1 –...

CHIC soaps is a new luxury line of body care opening August 1 at 728 Douglas Street. Started by Irina Marchenkova, originally from Russia, she tells us “I looked around and saw that Victoria offers a lot of natural products, but not many that add that element of luxury, and bright colors.” And luxurious it is: The lines are... Read More »
Posted on 29 Jul 2014

I Was Moved – With A Lot of Help...

Moving. Does anyone like it? Don’t get me wrong, I love change. But I’ve had enough of that now after moving from the Okanagan to the island four years ago. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve moved…  All of those moves I’ve been either the ONLY one doing it (remind me never to carry a bed for... Read More »
Posted on 29 Jul 2014

Phillips Backyard Weekender –...

Dean Kalyan was on location for the Phillips Backyard Weekender. CLICK on ANY image and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY. CLICK HERE For more of Dean Kalyan’s work Read More »
Posted on 24 Jul 2014

Divorce Etiquette – an online...

DIRECTED/PRODUCED/SHOT: Leanne Allen POST PRODUCTION: Vlad Forgac STARRING: Rosie Tremblay-Johnston, Dylan Floyde, Chantelle Batchelor CONCEPT: Roger Batchelor Script1 from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

Bike Ride – Theatre SKAM –...

We were enamored at the first play. Actually, before the first play. SKAM’s annual Bike Ride is truly one of the most unique theatre experiences I’ve encountered. Starting off on your bike, in the middle of a park in beautiful Victoria BC, riders are grouped into tours and set off, group by group, with map in hand, to a... Read More »
Posted on 21 Jul 2014

Cheech & Chong with WAR –...

Dean Kalyan was on location at Cheech & Chong with WAR at The Royal Theatre in Victoria BC CLICK on any IMAGE and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY CLICK HERE for more of Dean Kalyan’s work. Read More »
Posted on 19 Jul 2014

The Confidence Code: The Science and...

As a thinking woman in 2014, you may have experienced persistent negative thoughts, over-thinking or replaying situations and feeling like an impostor.  How have these affected your confidence?  Has there been a time in your life when confidence came more easily? Katty Kay and Claire Shipman explore these themes in The Confidence Code. Not just a feel-good encouragement tome,... Read More »
Posted on 17 Jul 2014

Seven Habits of People who Stay Fit...

“No matter what I do, I just can’t seem to get and stay in shape.” If this quote sounds familiar, then read on to find out what separates those who stay fit from those who don’t. 1. They allocate time to exercise. This means that they schedule between 30-60 minutes to exercise every day before letting life get in... Read More »
Posted on 15 Jul 2014

Rock the Shores 2014 – Photos by...

Suzanne Sagmeister was on location for Rock the Shores. CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY For more of Suzanne Sagmeister’s work, CLICK HERE Read More »
Posted on 08 Jul 2014

Sixth Annual Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride...

10 local and 4 travelling companies offer broad perspectives, compelling theatre When the Sixth Annual Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride returns to the Galloping Goose Trail and Cecelia Ravine Park July 12, 13 and 19, 20, the festival will be bringing edgier alternative theatre to Victoria audiences. A selection of 14 shows, representing local and cross-Canada companies, will present theatre... Read More »
Posted on 08 Jul 2014

I Hate Myself for Lovin You –...

PHOTOS: Suzanne Sagmeister Photography LIMOUSINE: LA Limousines MODELS: Michele Anne Tessier, Ariane Gagnon, Leanne Allen MUA/HAIR: Alexandra Forman WARDROBE: Mavens NAILS: Rachael D’s Nails Read More »
Posted on 04 Jul 2014

TODAY: Small Yet Unique Record Label...

Only 18 months old, Mighty Speck Records is embarking on their first BC Tour – a trek that will take nine roster artists to ten BC cities, showcasing a diverse mix of genres at fifteen shows over seven weeks. Mighty Speck Records is a unique record label with a mandate of focusing on community (each label artists brings awareness... Read More »
Posted on 30 Jun 2014

Heart “Better than Ever”...

When I first told people I was going to see Heart’s Rockin’ Heaven Tour there were mixed reactions. Some told me that they were “better than ever”, others said “I think I know one of their songs”. Well after 40 years of writing and performing music together I can safely say most people know more than one song. Heart... Read More »
Posted on 29 Jun 2014

Scott Weiland – photos by Leanne...

Leanne Allen was on location at the Scott Weiland show at Club9one9 last night. CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY   Read More »
Posted on 29 Jun 2014

JazzFest: Photo Gallery by Dean Kalyan

Dean Kalyan was on location for the 2014 Victoria Jazz Society Festival. Kalyan’s photos are captivating; he manages to catch the essence of performers like no other. CLICK on ANY IMAGE in the GALLERY and hit NEXT to SCROLL through. CLICK HERE for more of Dean Kalyan’s work. Read More »
Posted on 23 Jun 2014

Youth for Change and Inclusion 2014

I was so fortunate to speak at this year’s Youth For Change and Inclusion event on the island. Started by Paul Brookes of the Victoria Police Department in 1999, the program has grown each year. The first time I met Paul, I could just sense the man is one of the most positive people I have ever met. If... Read More »
Posted on 21 Jun 2014


Jeevan Birk was on location at the 2014 VIATeC Awards. CLICK HERE for a list of the winners and more! CLICK on any IMAGE and hit NEXT to SCROLL through! Read More »
Posted on 15 Jun 2014


Death is the only certainty in life, which is why I think Stoppard awarded it the title. I first came across Stoppard in a Postmodern Lit class in university. Always a sucker for words, I fell in love, with Stoppard, with Beckett, and with my English prof. But that’s another story for another time, and best served in person.... Read More »
Posted on 09 Jun 2014

5 Tips to Reach Your Fitness Goals:...

A lot of people set fitness goals only to have them fall by the wayside less than two months after they set them. They get discouraged and give up completely.  So, what separates those who reach their fitness goals from those who don’t? The answer lies below. Keep it in your pocket to keep you from wavering. 1. Make... 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 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 »