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Posted on 28 Oct 2014   Music, Performing Arts

A Conversation With Kim Churchill – Nov 19 in Victoria – by Erin Anderson

Australia’s Kim Churchill. whose single “Window to the Sky” has become a rock radio favourite, is performing in Victoria on November 19, 2014 at HQ. Below, he shares some of the inspiration behind his hit song and his thoughts on fame, Canada and life unmoored. Tickets:  CLICK HERE Video: CLICK HERE  You played in Victoria back in April. If... Read More »
Posted on 27 Oct 2014

Gaslight: A Dark, Delicious Melodrama...

At the beginning of Gaslight, Jack Manningham tells his wife Bella that he will take her to the theatre and asks if she wants to see a comedy or a tragedy. Bella never does decide – much like the play she inhabits, which vacillates between the two until the final curtain. Set in the year 1880, the title refers... Read More »
Posted on 24 Oct 2014

Spring Awakening – German...

It would be tempting to describe Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening as German Expressionism-meets-Glee, but that would be exactly right, so let’s go with it. At the hands of Belfry director Michael Shamata, this musical hits all the notes of sturm und drang, angst und rock, that anyone could hope for. Based on a controversial 1891 play by the same... Read More »
Posted on 15 Oct 2014

The Addams Family – just in time...

The Addams Family – Just in Time for Hallowe’en Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams The Addams Family is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide . Ticket Information Tickets for The Addams Family start at only  $25 (includes GST and Service Charges) at 250-386-6121 or online... Read More »
Posted on 14 Oct 2014

Carole Pope of Rough Trade in Victoria...

“High School…High School Confidential…” Canadian rock icon Carole Pope of Rough Trade fame will make her first stop in Victoria in fifteen years this coming Sunday October 19, on her current Western Canada swing which includes dates in Edmonton (17th) and Vancouver (18th). Pope will perform an acoustic set with guitarist Spencer Bastion at Lacey Lou Tapas Lounge on... Read More »
Posted on 10 Oct 2014

Stage Adaptation of C. S. Lewis Best...

Heading into the Phoenix Theatre for the opening night of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, I was intrigued by the premise of the stage adaptation, which promised to reintroduce the child protagonists of the Narnia series as adults. Unfortunately, the characters seem stuck in their childlike perspective and, as a result, this lively re-telling of a classic... Read More »
Posted on 05 Oct 2014

Got Your Number – Photos by...

Model: Colleen Bachmann Photos: Leanne Allen Read More »
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

Illogical Laughs Abound in Baby With...

Just how badly could two insane parents mess up a child? This ludicrous comedy from playwright Christopher Durang seeks to answer that question. Within moments of bringing home their new child parents John (Jack Hayes) and Helen (Rebecca Wait) consider divorce, declare themselves overtired and blindly accept help from a strange nanny (Lorene Cammiade) who appears on their doorstep... Read More »
Posted on 26 Sep 2014

Harper – God’s Gift to...

During an otherwise dull family dinner a few years ago I made an attempt to spice up the conversation by throwing out a casual « So what does everyone think of Stephen Harper? ». Well, that went over like a lead fart as there were a few lackadaisical grunts around the table, some mutterings of “there’s no difference, they’re... Read More »
Posted on 23 Sep 2014

RIFFLANDIA 2014 – by Zia Kalyan

CVV Magazine was on location for RIFFLANDIA 2014. Video by Zia Kalyan. RIFFLANDIA 2014 (Highlight Video)500 from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 21 Sep 2014

Preview: Baby With the Bathwater...

Baby With the Bathwater defies categorization. It begins as a comedic roller-coaster ride through a madhouse of parenting nightmares, and just when we have forgotten that there might actually be a little person at the root of Helen and John’s struggles, Durang thrusts us into the wake of their misguided voyage; and we find ourselves watching the world from the... Read More »
Posted on 19 Sep 2014

My Rabbi – Puente Theatre’s...

Faith and friendship collide in this Canadian drama about two men – one of Jewish descent, one of Iranian – who are suddenly reunited. Jacob, now a Rabbi, sees his high school friend Arya on the streets of Toronto and as they attempt to reconnect, they find each other changed and on opposite sides of an ancient conflict. The... Read More »
Posted on 19 Sep 2014

Lieutenant Governor attends opening...

Nearly three decades after it was first produced in Toronto, Cree playwright Tomson Highway’s first play still resonates with humour, energy, and a topical relevance that proves its enduring status as a classic of Canadian theatre. Centering on a group of women living on a Manitoulin Island reserve, the play takes a relatively straightforward narrative—a group of frenemies need... Read More »
Posted on 17 Sep 2014

The ZED Files – Tantoo Cardinal...

Canadian actor Tantoo Cardinal is one of the stars in Tomson Highway’s play, “The Rez Sisters” playing at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria BC. Leanne Allen asks her about how her activism opened the door to a phenomenal acting career. TICKETS: CLICK HERE The ZED Files with Tantoo Cardinal from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 16 Sep 2014

RIFFLANDIA Photo Gallery – by...

Dean Kalyan was on location at this year’s RIFFLANDIA in Victoria BC. Check out his gallery of PHOTOS HERE: CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY CLICK HERE for of Dean Kalyan’s work. In order: Danny Brown, Airbourne, Dragonette, Serena Ryder, Ivan & Alyosha, The Airborne Toxic Event, Dum Dum Girls, The New Pornographers,... Read More »
Posted on 12 Sep 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 Divorce Etiquette Episode Two – by Batchelor Law Corp from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 10 Sep 2014

BEERFEST! Photo Gallery by Gregory...

Gregory Forsberg was on location for this year’s Beerfest. CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY:   Read More »
Posted on 09 Sep 2014

The Rez revisited – By playwright...

Has The Rez Sisters dated? Since it was written 28 years ago? Yes and no. Within the context of certain logistics, yes, it has. I mean, who uses vinyl anymore to play recorded music? Long replaced by the 8-track then the cassette tape then the CD then the i-pod and god-only-knows-what-next, the 33-rpm vinyl record has long gone the... Read More »
Posted on 04 Sep 2014

TONIGHT: Former Jeffery Sez front man...

 Michael Tension, the former songwriter and front man of Victoria hard rock act Jeffery Sez (1995 – 2005) is going on his first tour of Vancouver Island this September after a decade of absence from the Canadian music scene, starting with a show tonight (Thursday) at Hillside Coffee & Tea in Victoria (doors @ 7pm, $8, all ages).” ‘If rock... Read More »
Posted on 01 Sep 2014

Young Frankenstein: A Review – by...

The original 1974 film, directed by Mel Brooks, is near and dear to my heart so I was hesitant to see a high school musical version, but the kids in the drama program at St. Michael’s University School created an amusing, family-friendly take on the not-so-humble comedic classic. In two weeks, these kids have memorized an adapted theatrical version... Read More »
Posted on 31 Aug 2014

FRINGE: Lady Audley’s Secret &...

Lady Audley’s Secret  Hiss, boo, cheer! Throw in a standing ovation, and that’s what a packed room of Victoria’s finest will do after watching the members of Audley Court attempt to cloak their closeted skeletons in false love, perpetual deceit, and tankards of ale. Set in Fort Victoria of 1863, this slapstick melodrama will keep you in suspense ’til... Read More »
Posted on 31 Aug 2014

Wes Barker: Stunt Magician, A Review...

On a scale of one to ten, how hot would you say you are? Based on that, what’s you’re pick-up success rate? If you’ve tried and tested the validity of your answers, come out and share your results with a roomful of disbelieving viewers in exchange for some seriously questionable stories, relatable adult humour, mystifying magic tricks, and kind... Read More »
Posted on 27 Aug 2014

FRINGE: Sarah & Oscar, A Review...

For just over an hour, you can be transported back to the era of Napoleon and the reformation of Paris, where art, culture & industry, were inextricably linked across the channel from France to Great Britain. We’ve all heard the name of iconic playwright Oscar Wilde, but do we all know of  the renowned actress Sarah Bernhardt?  Through humour,... Read More »
Posted on 26 Aug 2014

FRINGE: Medicine – by Melanie...

I’ve been waiting for my annual knock-your-socks-off fringe moment this year and TJ Dawe’s Medicine was, unsurprisingly, the show to make it happen. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this master storyteller in action, Dawe’s newest monologue will be a spellbinding introduction.  He’s famous for taking idiosyncratic tangents and weaving them together into a new truth that makes sense of... Read More »
Posted on 24 Aug 2014


BITS BITS, Patrick Raymond Joseph Kearns’ debut one-man (ish) show, is an aptly named romp through spots of memoir, observational humour, wordplay and a handful of razzle dazzle penis jokes.  Really, it’s 60 minutes of tangents made enjoyable thanks to Kearns’ laudable talent as a storyteller—but it’s also conspicuously light on any sense of direction.   At one point Kearns suggests... Read More »
Posted on 23 Aug 2014

FRINGE: Rope of Sand – Hugo Wong

Severe dehydration, tear gas, malaria, amoebic dysentery. This is the life of a National Geographic photographer, yet countless amateur photographers still crave it. While few succeed, Tracey Stoddard does, trading the rain of Vancouver for the beating hot sun of Cairo, chasing her dream while her boyfriend David languishes in a dreary life insurance job and defers his own... Read More »
Posted on 23 Aug 2014

FRINGE: The Selkie Tales –...

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, the Voice Box Theatre troupe brings their cross-discipline performing collective to North America for the first time to offer us this short and sweet set of traditional folk stories. Voice Box aims to amalgamate the raw and unique talents of all participating individuals and create innovative and thoroughly expressive bodies of work. In other words,... 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 »