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Posted on 30 Jun 2015   Music, Performing Arts

Victoria JAZZFEST 2015 – photo gallery by Dean Kalyan

Our Dean Kalyan was on location for the Victoria JazzFest this year – check out the gallery of images below: CLICK any IMAGE and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the GALLERY For more of Dean’s work, CLICK HERE   Read More »
Posted on 27 Jun 2015

Drone Dude – Devin Card is THE...

I first met Devin Card in Viatec last year – he told me how his drones were changing aerial videography, and I could see in his eyes he was going to become “the guy” for this work. I’d worked with some aerial video in some of my productions but this guy was taking it to a whole other level. I was right.... Read More »
Posted on 21 Jun 2015


Humble Boy, currently playing at the Langham Court Theatre, is a solid summer show that delivers fantastic performances, witty dialogue, and lots of jokes about bees. Directed by Angela Henry and Montgomery Bjornson, the plot follows Felix Humble (well played by Kyle Kushnir), a stuttering physicist who’s just lost his father to a heart attack. Felix is staying at... Read More »
Posted on 15 Jun 2015


HUMBLE BOY A Dark Comedy by Charlotte Jones Directed by Angela Henry and Montgomery Björnson June 11 to June 27, 2015  Preview Night-June 10th | Opening Night-June 11th“A beautiful, intricately layered creation that simultaneously captures the head and the heart” – Ian Shuttleworth, Financial TimesWe find Felix Humble, a troubled physicist, brooding Hamlet-like over the death of his father and the much-too-quick move... Read More »
Posted on 06 Jun 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Intrepid Theatre...

CVVictoria THEATRE: Intrepid Theatre comes OUT with Victoria’s first queer theatre festival CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO For over 28 years, Intrepid Theatre has presented alternative, international theatre to audiences in Victoria, BC through Uno Fest, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, and an annual presentation series. In July 2015, Intrepid Theatre will launch a new, curated theatre festival, OUTstages:... Read More »
Posted on 05 Jun 2015

CVVictoria Music: Florence + the...

Florence and the Machine is back with her third album in almost four years. Fans can breathe easy, because once again, she does not disappoint. I’m a long-time fan of hers, and have been awaiting this record with baited breath. Florence Welch’s voice is a booming force of nature that many can’t compete with, and paired with killer song... Read More »
Posted on 04 Jun 2015

The Helijet TOP 10 Reasons To Hop the...

Each season, CVV Magazine brings you The TOP 10 Reasons to Hop the Pond. Sponsored by Helijet. TOP 10 Reasons to HOP the POND – Summer Edition from CVV Productions on Vimeo. HELIJET INFO/RESERVATIONS: CLICK HERE MORE INFO/TICKETS – CLICK on the EVENT below: FIFA AMBLESIDE LIVE FADED in the PARK BC LIONS v SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS TAYLOR SWIFT ONE... Read More »
Posted on 04 Jun 2015

Top 10 To Do’s – June

WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? EACH MONTH WE BRING YOU THE TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN VICTORIA, IN UNDER 3 MINUTES! TOP 10 To Do’s – JUNE from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Music: Victoria Jazz Festival Theatre: Chemainus Theatre Festival Derwin Blanshard Food: Glo Restaurant YYJ Eats at Market Square Culture: Royal BC Museum Exhibit: Gold Rush Victoria Comic Book... Read More »
Posted on 04 Jun 2015

CVVictoria FOOD: Bin 4 “Destroys...

Going for burgers with friends doesn’t always sound like the most glamorous night out. Bin 4 Burger Lounge in Victoria destroys that notion. Burgers are known for being messy, cheap comfort foods that while they fill you up, they leave you with the ghost of regret. Bin 4 Burger Lounge, located on Yates Street in downtown Victoria (with other... Read More »
Posted on 04 Jun 2015

CVVictoria SPORTS: Skydivers, Fireworks...

The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce that, with strong fan interest in our first game of the season, we will be adding a FIREWORKS SHOW to our HOME OPENER GAME on Friday, June 5, at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP. The gates open at 5pm on Friday, with first pitch slated for 6:35pm. The ownership group of the... Read More »
Posted on 28 May 2015

CVVictoria SHOWS: Varekai an...

The word “varekai” means “wherever” in Romani. A fitting title for a show where one is never quite sure where or what is occurring on stage, but one doesn’t go see Cirque du Soleil for a moving, twisty plot. You go see the cirque to experience the amazing superhuman feats that the hardworking performers deliver with finesse. Varekai is... Read More »
Posted on 28 May 2015

Ryan’s Bryan Banter Cuts Like...

Just from what I’ve seen in youtube clips,  I’ve sensed that there is something unique about how Ryan Adams interacts with his audiences. Something not as simple as “No flash photography and Watch your mouth at my shows.” Seeing him live for the first time Tuesday night in Victoria confirmed my hunch… But first, let’s talk about the music.... Read More »
Posted on 27 May 2015

CVVictoria preview: June 16: R.A.W. =...

Broad Theatrics presents R.A.W. = Reading Adolescent Writing Adults read things they actually wrote as teens:  diary entries, poems, love letters, song lyrics. Awkward, appalling, awesome or amazing … and likely HILARIOUS! With ordinary folks and celebrity readers sharing their secret scribbles, this fundraiser for Broad Theatrics is inspired by  a phenomenon across North America – and is sure... Read More »
Posted on 24 May 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: UNO: The Lion, the...

Sharon Mahoney’s The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe is a one-woman, stand-up comedy act that humorously chronicles Mahoney’s struggles with anxiety, while also introducing the audience to several of her alter-ego characters. Some of these characters include an apologetic Canadian, decked out in a red and white track suit, a lively self-help guru that encourages the audience to... Read More »
Posted on 23 May 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC PREVIEW: Roy Orbison...

It is with great excitement we announce: The Lonely play the Alix Gooldin Hall on Saturday June 6th… Roy Orbison’s music defined a world unto itself; he was a true master of the romantic apocalypse we all dread. Although Orbison is counted as a rock and roll pioneer, the structure and theme of his songs defy convention. Roy Orbison... Read More »
Posted on 23 May 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: UNO –...

Half Girl/Half Face Uno Festival Intrepid Theatre Club Victoria BC to May 23 On the internet, who owns your image? You might be the person whose face appears in an online photo, but do you own it, or your own identity, for that matter? Or perhaps it’s actually owned by everyone who sees it and shares it. Half Girl/Half... Read More »
Posted on 20 May 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: UNO: Not Your...

The Rendez-Vous Metro Theatre/Uno Festival May 20 and 21 Montreal performer Krin Haglund says she wrote The Rendez-Vous “to share the joyful madness” in her head, so right out of the gate you know you’re in for a wild ride with this bedazzled 60-minute whirl through the kooky mind of a woman driven to self-distraction while waiting on a... Read More »
Posted on 18 May 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC: Help support local...

Victoria Record Label holds Tour Fundraiser Event May 22, 7 acts A local record label is raising funds for their Western Canadian tour.  On Friday May 22, seven artists from the Island-based Mighty Speck Records will perform 12-minute sets each at the cozy Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre in Oak Bay. The tour will take the musicians from the Island... Read More »
Posted on 17 May 2015

CVVictoria Adventures: HOP the POND:...

The minute you see the silver dome on False Creek, it’s exciting. What you don’t see from outside is the incredibly well-thought out order of things inside Science World to make this a perfect getaway with the kids and a perfect reason to #hopthepond if you’re in Victoria. When it comes to keeping kids entertained, but not overstimulated, they... Read More »
Posted on 16 May 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: UNO’s Fylm...

Simon Munnery’s Fylm is undoubtedly a unique trip to the theatre. It’s a brief experience inside the world of art, film and comedy that runs just over an hour, with Munnery presenting the audience with a madcap collection of puppets, drawings, singing and monologues all projected onto a screen. Fylm’s unique title is understandable, since the show puts a... Read More »
Posted on 08 May 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Cock at Theatre...

Leanne Allen speaks with director David MacPherson and actor Robert Conway who plays the lead about the show. CLICK HERE for more info CVVictoria THEATRE: Cock at Theatre Inconnu from CVV Productions on Vimeo. Read More »
Posted on 07 May 2015

CVVictoria Visual Art: Pop-up Show at...

A pop-up art exhibition broadly exploring the concept of “Almanac” with regard to the processes and dissolution of systems (biological, astrological, social, ect.) and as points of reference for community and knowledge. Lisa Birke, David Gifford, Jeremy Herndl, Doug Jarvis, Toby Lawrence, John Luna, Rick Leong, Tara Nicholson, Jeroen Witvliet Poetry reading by John Luna, 7:45pmPerformance by Doug Jarvis, throughout evening Location:... Read More »
Posted on 06 May 2015

Bullshit Goals – by Chris Logan

“I definitely have huge benefits to how well I’m doing, but you do find yourself missing the climb. It’s a little like Mount Everest. When you summit, you spend about 20 minutes up there, and you do a little dance, but if the 20-minute dance was really it, would you really risk your life for the amount of work... Read More »
Posted on 05 May 2015

THE JOY OF LIFE – It’s a Festival...

THE JOY OF LIFE – It’s a Festival When Daniel Lapp presented his first Joy of Life concert it was at the First Metropolitan Church in Victoria. Now, almost two decades later, his annual celebration is back in that same venue, which is now the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Lapp’s home as the Director of the new VCM... Read More »
Posted on 04 May 2015

CVVictoria MUSIC: Cormier releases...

Dave Cormier releases his album at Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge May 8. Dave Cormier is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, while other seasoned rock singer-songwriters are settling into music career retirement, Cormier is ramping it up and still rocking out. Following on the heels of his well-received 2013 record “Cor-Me-Eh,” Dave is releasing a new abum –... Read More »
Posted on 04 May 2015

CVVictoria SPORTS: Canada and the World...

Gym to Host CEC Nationals and IFSC Speed World Cup, May 16-18, 2015 Central Saanich, BC – Excitement is building as The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich prepares to host the International  Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Speed World Cup (May 17) and the 2015 Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) National Youth and Open Sport Climbing Championships (May 16-18).... Read More »
Posted on 02 May 2015


WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? EACH MONTH WE BRING YOU THE TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN VICTORIA, IN UNDER 3 MINUTES! CVV_MAY10_Final.mp4 from CVV Productions on Vimeo. TICKET / MORE INFO LINKS: COMEDY: My Father To Whom I’m Not Related/World’s Greatest Dad THEATRE: Cock August: Osage County FOOD: Victoria Farmer’s Market at the Hudson Soup Sisters SPORTS: HarbourCats MUSIC: Ryan... 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 »