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Eat Your Heart Out Beyonce – Belfry’s SPARK Festival opens this week! Read More »
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The HIP in Victoria BC – A Hugo Wong and Dean Kalyan Double Bill Read More »
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Posted on 28 Mar 2015   Health

CV Victoria FITNESS: Get Fit for the Summer and Beyond

Get Fit for the Summer and Beyond The fact that less than 3 months remain before the start of bikini season can leave some people either excited or uneasy.  If you are feeling uneasy about the thought of putting on a bikini, there are definitely things you can do to change that, especially if you don’t delay. Although summer... Read More »
Posted on 27 Mar 2015

CV Victoria MUSIC: Colin James photo...

Colin James hit the stage in Victoria and Dean Kalyan was on location – check out the amazing photo gallery! CLICK HERE for more of Dean’s work You will probably also like this: CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY Read More »
Posted on 25 Mar 2015

CVVictoria Fashion: Rain

Blame it on the rain. Spring fashion shoot with JL Talent model, Colleen Bachmann. CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY   PHOTOS: Leanne Allen MODEL: Colleen Bachmann You will probably also like this: CLICK HERE Read More »
Posted on 23 Mar 2015

CVVictoria BOOKS: Alisa Gordaneer...

Victoria’s Alisa Gordaneer Launches Book about Hunger and Food Issues When Victoria author and journalist Alisa Gordaneer realized that virtually everyone around her had some sort of food issue, she knew she was on the right track with her new book—and decided to build it into a social research project. Still Hungry, being released by Winnipeg’s Signature Editions this... Read More »
Posted on 19 Mar 2015

CVV FOOD: Get Ready, Get Local:...

Marketplace Connects Local Producers and Consumers to Grow a Sustainable Vancouver Island Food Economy Local food champions Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), FarmFolk CityFolk and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative (ICC) are joining forces to present Get Ready, Get Local, a new local food and sustainable agriculture expo for Vancouver Island.  The event will showcase Island foods, and... Read More »
Posted on 19 Mar 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC: Vancouver Island...

Comedian Cranny Hosts 2015 VIMAs, 10 Nominees Perform In advance if their annual gala event this coming Saturday March 21, the 2015 Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMAs) have announced this year’s Nominees, Performers, and Host. The event takes place at St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in downtown Victoria. The host for this year’s gala is Victoria comedian Morgan Cranny. Ticket info and general... Read More »
Posted on 19 Mar 2015

CVVictoria Theatre: The God that Comes...

You know a play’s going to be something different when, instead of starting at the appointed time, the audience is encouraged to leave the seats they’ve just settled into and hit the bar for a few more glasses of wine. Not just one, but a couple. The message seems that this 70-minute show, with no intermissions, might feel like... Read More »
Posted on 14 Mar 2015

Today’s #WTF: Bill C-51

Host Fred Allen encourages Canada to get out and protest Bill C-51 today! Today’s #WTF: Politics, straight up. Camera: Leanne Allen Edit: Justin Carter Music: Lee Rosevere Today’s #WTF: Bill C-51 – Protest Today from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2015

Culture Vulture Victoria’s TOP 10...

VICTORIA’s VIDEO CALENDAR Links for tickets – click on the show you’re interested in: JIM JEFFRIES    COUGAR ANNIE    BURTON CUMMINGS    BIG SUGAR    BEER WEEK DANCES WITH WOLFGANG  AFRO LATIN RHYTHMS & DANCE  VOICE 2015  SPARK FEST  CLASSICAL GUITAR Culture Vulture Victoria’s Top 10 To Do’s: MARCH 2015 from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 04 Mar 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC: Daniel Lanois photo...

Daniel Lanois, singer, songwriter, U2 producer played the Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria and photographer Dean Kalyan was on location! CLICK HERE for more of Dean Kalyan’s work We’re betting you’d also like this: Read More »
Posted on 01 Mar 2015

CVV MUSIC: Troubadour Thomas First...

Troubadour Thomas First Victoria Show in 4 Years Thomas Radcliffe has been traveling around North America sharing his songs and diverse instrumental prowess for longer than some of you have been humans. Recently, he took his often-peace-themed anthems and impressive instrumentals through New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, Washington, California, Missouri, and Kansas. He lands in Victoria this coming Wednesday... Read More »
Posted on 27 Feb 2015

CVVictoria Theatre: SPARK Fest brings...

Hawksley Workman, Anita Majumdar and Emelia Symington Fedy headline the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival. This year’s festival features a rock and roll cabaret, three dance-plays, and an interactive yoga class. Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — Victoria, BC…From March 9 – 22, 2015 the Belfry Theatre will present its 7th annual SPARK Festival, featuring Juno-Award winning singer / songwriter Hawksley Workman... Read More »
Posted on 24 Feb 2015

The Waterboys – first concert...

THE WATERBOYS will play their first ever concert  (in their 32 year history) in Victoria on May 20th at the University of Victoria FARQUHAR AUDITORIUM. CLICK HERE for TICKETS The WATERBOYS were formed in 1983 by singer/songwriter Mike Scott. The band’s membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. Past members have included renowned British... Read More »
Posted on 23 Feb 2015

Alien Creature – Gwendolyn...

Alien Creature – A visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen at Theatre Inconnu in Victoria BC by Linda Griffins Alien Creature combines the elegant, stimulating poetry of arguably one of Canada’s greatest poets with Linda Griffins’ graceful prose to tell the rollercoaster of a story that was Gwendolyn MacEwen’s life.  Tannis Perry, a recent graduate of the Theatre Department from the University... Read More »
Posted on 23 Feb 2015

CVVictoria PREVIEW: Ring of Fire...

Saunter into a Ring of Fire – a legendary Broadway musical comes to The Chemainus Theatre Festival. Chemainus BC: From the rockabilly roots in Arkansas to the hallowed halls of the Grand Old Opry, Ring of Fire:  Project Johnny Cash, is set to stir your soul and make you smile. On stage at The Chemainus Theatre Festival from February 20 to April 11, the... Read More »
Posted on 20 Feb 2015

CVVictoria PREVIEW: Derwin Blanshard...

HEAR YE HEAR YE!  Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 Delusional Productions is proud to present Season 3, Episode 2 of  “Derwin Blanshard’s Extremely Classy Sunday Evening Programme” at the Victoria Event Centre at 8 PM. Join Derwin, Corky and the rest as they reinvent their TV talk show on the most wholesome publicly funded TV network in Canada. Will they be able to... Read More »
Posted on 17 Feb 2015


THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD  Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes Directed by Roger Carr Music Direction by Donna Williams Choreography by Sylvia Hosie March 5 to March 21, 2015 | Preview March 4th “As musical, choose-your-own-ending mystery and time travel device, ‘Drood’ is jolly good fun” – Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Post Return to the grand... Read More »
Posted on 16 Feb 2015

CVVictoria Dance: Liminal – Feb...

Canadian choreographer Constance Cooke incorporates projections, paper and fans in her upcoming, new, full-length work, Liminal, pushing the boundaries of dance and digital media. The hauntingly ephemeral interdisciplinary work premieres in Victoria at the Metro Studio Theatre on February 20 and 21. Tickets are $20, available online through Ticket Rocket<> or at the door. Cooke created the piece with dancers from... Read More »
Posted on 12 Feb 2015

CVV MUSIC: The Waterboys coming to...

The Waterboys Following the April 7th release of their first LP of original songs in eight years ‘Modern Blues,’ The Waterboys have confirmed an extensive North American tour. Waterboys founder/frontman Mike Scott will be joined by legendary Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood (in his first tour since playing with Traffic in 1972), soul deep Texas guitarist Zach Ernst (Black... Read More »
Posted on 12 Feb 2015

The ZED Files – Leanne talks to...

The Harlem Globetrotters were in Victoria BC and Leanne Allen spoke to Bull Bullard for the ZED Files. The ZED Files – Leanne speaks with The HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS' Bull Bullard from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 05 Feb 2015

The Hip in Victoria – A Hugo Wong...

Hugo Wong, born after Fully Completely was released, and Dean Kalyan, born… well, before, were on location for the Tragically Hip at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria BC. GALLERY: CLICK on any photo and hit NEXT to SCROLL through REVIEW: READ with your EYES CLICK HERE for more of Dean Kalyan’s work You’re not “properly” Canadian... Read More »
Posted on 04 Feb 2015

CV Victoria THEATRE: Alien Creature –...

Theatre Inconnu presents Alien Creature – A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwan by Linda Griffiths February 19 – March 7 Gwendolyn MacEwan was one of Canada’s greatest poets and Linda Griffiths was one of Canada’s finest playwrights. Griffiths has created a magical text of story-telling in which the ghost of MacEwan visits a contemporary audience to tell tales of her life,... Read More »
Posted on 30 Jan 2015

5 Keys to Keeping your 2015 Resolution...

If you are like most people, you are probably just getting bored of your 2015 resolution. Although “getting fit and healthy” is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, over 90% of people give up on it and return to their unhealthy lifestyle within the first 3 months of starting. What sets those who keep their resolutions apart... Read More »
Posted on 23 Jan 2015

The ZED Files: Leanne speaks with Mayor...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2015

Death from Above 1979 at Sugar in...

Death from Above 1979 played at Sugar in Victoria and our Dean Kalyan was on location to catch them through his lens. Check it out. For more of Dean’s work CLICK HERE CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY Read More »
Posted on 22 Jan 2015

A Djang Good Time –...

Stop by for some swanky, smoldering swing at Victoria’s 3rd Annual Djangofest. Hot jazz, smoldering glances, swing-packed dance floors, the 1920s, Prohibition. The sexy rhythms of a gypsy jazz guitar, floorflushers having a smoking good time. No wonder Victoria’s Django Festival has become the swankiest way to warm up Valentine’s weekend, now for the third year running. Basically, it... Read More »
Posted on 21 Jan 2015

ZED Files – Leanne Allen speaks...

ZED Files: Leanne speaks to Snowed In Comedy Tour Dan Quinn & Paul Myrehaug from CVV Productions on Vimeo. 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 »