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Posted on 07 Apr 2014   Music, Performing Arts, Photos

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Photo Gallery by Rob Porter

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Posted on 07 Apr 2014

BREATHE; it’s just yoga & its...

“Spirit will be found in pure presence, the creative fire, the taunting of desire, the orgasmic pulse, the stilled calm, the birthing of light, all movement, all breath, this body is sacredly divine” Sherrice Kirby Heat, sweat, breathe, flow, adulate, move with the rhythm of breath, feel the stretch, the ache, the pleasure.  Sounds sexy, doesn’t it?  So sorry... Read More »
Posted on 03 Apr 2014

Collective Soul – Suzanne...

CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY: For more of Suzanne’s work click HERE. Read More »
Posted on 03 Apr 2014

Quebec: It’s Not Toi, It’s...

The Quebec language police were out strutting their stuff again this winter. As if their role as the great defenders of French wasn’t obvious after last year’s Pastagate when they nailed an Italian restaurant for using too many, well, Italian words, or after they commanded a frozen yogurt joint to ditch its spoons because there was English wording on... Read More »
Posted on 01 Apr 2014

CVV FITNESS: 15 Things You Didn’t...

You know that amazing gym you drive by on Johnson Street beside Lululemon where there’s people working out in the alley? Body Dynamics Headquarters lets us in on some of their trainers’  secrets: Camera: Leanne Allen Edit: Jeff Olyarnyk CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Personal Trainer from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 29 Mar 2014

When It Rains: SPARK festival –...

It’s an age-old trope we’ve all wondered aloud since childhood: why do bad things happen to ‘good’ people?  When It Rains, on now at the Belfry’s SPARK festival, offers a breathtaking riff on this question, if not a proper answer.  Following two modernly middle-class couples in their 30s, the 75-minute satire unpacks ideas around serendipity and probability with black-hued humour,... Read More »
Posted on 25 Mar 2014

The IT Factor – by James Kasper

We hear a lot about artists who just have an “It” factor about them – a ‘je ne sais quoi’ appeal which makes them stand out from the thousands of other artists who struggle to emerge as more than an anonymous speck in a sea of aspiring, fledgling entertainers. Recently, I was asked to attend a show at The... Read More »
Posted on 25 Mar 2014

Vancouver Fashion Week – Photo...

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Posted on 25 Mar 2014

The Flick – Melanie Tromp Hoover

The Flick, presented by Blue Bridge but produced by ITSAZOO, is a bit like catching up on your Facebook newsfeed—earnest in some spots, full of first world problems but dotted with relaxed humour, too. Presented as a pseudo-anthem for Millennials adrift, Flick explores notions of authenticity and purposeful change by way of three twenty-somethings working at a movie house... Read More »
Posted on 22 Mar 2014


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Posted on 21 Mar 2014

SPARK FEST – Terminus – by...

Less a play than an exquisitely rendered poem, Outside The March Theatre’s Terminus (part of SPARK on now at the Belfry) may be the most visceral thing you see on stage this year.  It’s as dark as any modern Irish play ought to be but refreshingly less distraught, having a bit of a morbid laugh at the total despair of regret rather... Read More »
Posted on 20 Mar 2014


Red Carpet & Limo Treatment for Nominees, Mayor Fortin to Present Award Nominees will be given the red carpet and limo treatment this Saturday at the Vancouver Island Music Awards. Between 4:30 and 6:45pm, VIMA Nominees will be driven through Victoria’s downtown core before arriving at the venue (St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church). And between 6:00 and 6:45pm, Nominees will walk... Read More »
Posted on 19 Mar 2014

Hope for Hannah Benefit – photos...

CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY: For more of Annemarie’s work, CLICK HERE Read More »
Posted on 18 Mar 2014

UNITY – You Should Go – by...

Characterized as a play ‘about the flu’, I worried that the Phoenix Theatre’s Unity (1918)—its final production of the season—would be hard to make properly compelling. But, even with a runtime that rivals a Scorsese movie, this Governor General’s Award-winning piece from University of Victoria faculty member/playwright Kevin Kerr charms thanks to creative staging, a great score and too many... Read More »
Posted on 14 Mar 2014

Couples that lift together stay...

Walks around the neighbourhood getting boring? No time for a vacation away? No money for wine and dine? Yet still looking to keep excitement and fun in the relationship? Put down the thought of a large credit card bill and pick up a weight. Together.  In an era filled with obesity, physical fitness has now topped most peoples’ “to... Read More »
Posted on 11 Mar 2014

Coaching the Conscious Business Part 2...

Our last post focused on 12 Key Performance Indicators of a Conscious Business. Was it relevant for you?  What were your thoughts? What did it mean to you? So let’s dig a little deeper with these 16 questions below.  Explore how your business is in its “conscious” way of being.   This is meant to create a baseline, get... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2014

COOTER CLUB – Should the Man Pay...

SOON TO BE ON CAMERA: COOTER CLUB – Cocktales over Cocktails – asks: First date etiquette – do you expect him to pay? Why or why not? ANDREA HILL:  The first date, honestly as tough as I talk sometimes, I am a bit of a traditionalist. I believe the man should pay for the first date. Doesn’t anyone ‘woo’... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2014

Ani DiFranco in concert – Photos...

CVV Magazine’s Dean Kalyan was on location at the Ani DiFranco show and captured these amazing images of her and her opening act: CLICK on any IMAGE and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY For more of Dean’s work, visit Read More »
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

Environmental Groups Danger to Society...

As part of the federal budget last week, Jim Flaherty announced that he’s going to sick the CRA on environmental charities. Well, I say it’s about time to take down those artsy fartsy tree huggers in their plaid shirts and oversized glasses. You just can’t get away from them anymore, they’re on the radio and TV all the time... Read More »
Posted on 22 Feb 2014

Inconnu’s Latest An Oddball...

What Happened Was… is about two coworkers having dinner. An unexciting premise on the face of it, but it’s the characters that make the show. Jackie, a bubbly executive assistant, is a bundle of nerves as she prepares to host Michael, an arrogant and well-educated paralegal from her firm. Jackie’s intentions are clearly of a seductive nature, while Michael,... Read More »
Posted on 21 Feb 2014

Kevin Ogborne Builds Better Bodies...

Kevin Ogborne is Building Better Bodies. Having just launched his new personal training company, Building Better Bodies, at 24, Ogborne is in top form, and clients from all over are approaching him. Born in Toronto, Ogborne grew up in Victoria. “I stay here for the smell of fresh ocean air and a tightly knit community,” he tells CVV. When... Read More »
Posted on 19 Feb 2014

Take a Look at Love in Phoenix’s...

“It takes a lot more than love to keep people happy.” – Flo Owens If there is a central theme to Picnic, the 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play from William Inge, it is that the path to happiness is often unclear. Flo Owens, mother to two very different daughters, wants desperately to see them happy. As the play opens, Flo... Read More »
Posted on 18 Feb 2014

POV Triumphs with Ariadne Auf Naxos...

Full disclosure: This was my very first opera (not just opera review, but first time seeing one) so take the following accordingly. Inside the Opera host Robert Holliston’s excitement over Ariadne Auf Naxos, POV’s latest production, was both effusive and contagious as he gave his opening talk on the show itself, its music and its place in the Strauss canon. ... Read More »
Posted on 15 Feb 2014

Blue Bridge’s Glass Menagerie...

The Glass Menagarie, which launched the career of playwright Tennessee Williams in 1945, is currently on Broadway (starring Zachary Quinto) and on stage in Victoria at Blue Bridge’s new home at The Roxy. While Blue Bridge’s production may not have any Hollywood stars, the play’s resurgence demonstrates it is a fitting tale for the times. Williams’ story and words... Read More »
Posted on 12 Feb 2014

WRIST TWIST: Leanne v Adam Beach

Leanne Allen interviews Canadian actor Adam Beach about his Adam Beach Film Institute, his role on CBC’s Arctic Air, and … challenges him to an arm wrestle. Read More »
Posted on 11 Feb 2014

Victoria Valentine’s LIST

Combine the fact that Victoria was just named the most romantic city in Canada in HuffPost recently, and the fact that it’s also a last-minute city, we wanted to present you with 5 of the top gifts you could get your Valentine here: 1) HELIJET tour package - Helijet is one of the things that makes Victoria magic – by... Read More »
Posted on 08 Feb 2014

Belfry Can Boast About Proud – by...

Since its inception, Proud has been affected by the drama behind playwright Michael Healey’s less than amicable split from Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre after the latter refused to stage his political satire (featuring a character named Stephen Harper who happens to be Prime Minister). Now in its third production, the furor has proved quite undeserved: – no libel charges from... 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 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 12 Feb 2013

Christine Willes (Suckerpunch, Dead...

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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 »