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Posted on 16 Dec 2014   Business

Bring on the Sizzle: Tenille Tasker and Bottega Creative in Victoria BC

When one of the most impressive media people in town showed me Tenille Tasker’s work back in the summer, I was blown away. There are a lot of companies doing video these days for the online audience (myself included) but Bottega’s work really stood out. It had edge that you don’t often find in west coast productions. Sure enough,... Read More »
Posted on 11 Dec 2014

CVV XMAS LIST – Christmas in...

Whoever you’re looking to do something wonderful for this season, we have some great suggestions for you: TRAVEL: Helijet The next best thing to a bridge to the mainland? Helijet. Like magic, helijet turns an 8 hour return trip from Victoria to Vancouver into just over an hour. It’s the only way I’ve been able to juggle kids, auditions,... Read More »
Posted on 08 Dec 2014

Alice: An Offbeat Carroll...

The unusual musical Alice combines the classic tales of Alice in Wonderland with the darker elements of author Lewis Carroll’s rumoured obsession with his real life muse, Alice Liddell. Tom Waits fans will recognize many of the songs from his album Alice, as Waits and his long-time collaborators Kathleen Brennan, Paul Schmidt and Robert Wilson created the show. Much like Waits’ music, Alice will... Read More »
Posted on 03 Dec 2014

The Secret Garden – at Uptown in...

Uptown Presents THE SECRET GARDEN A New Adaptation of the Classic Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Uptown – Upper Blanshard Level Saturday December 6 ■ Sunday December 7 ■ Saturday December 13 ■ Sunday December 14 All Performances 2:00pm School Matinee Performances: December 9-12, 2014 Single Tickets starting at $12.50 available online through Kaleidoscope Theatre ( or toll-free through Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 Info: Kaleidoscope Theatre Brings... Read More »
Posted on 29 Nov 2014

17 Stories launches a new theatre...

Victoria’s newest theatre company, Bema Productions, is thrilled to be offering the world premiere of “17 Stories” by award-winning Canadian playwright, Caroline Russell-King. This 85-minute contemporary drama is based on a series of interviews addressing and exploring experiences of personal loss. Numerous people each bravely shared their own stories of loss and grief and the process of integrating these... Read More »
Posted on 29 Nov 2014

The Angel and the Monster – Small...

Curiosity might have killed the cat, but in The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs,  an impressionistic play by Montreal’s Carol Frechette, it also sparks a range of questions about the truths and lies that we all tell each other—and ourselves. Langham Court has tackled some challenging contemporary material in this production, capably directed by Naomi Simpson.... Read More »
Posted on 28 Nov 2014

Alice – a musical by Tom Waits...

The Canadian Premiere of Alice - a musical by Tom Waits, co-developed with Kathleen Brennan, Paul Schmidt and Robert Wilson Dec 4 – Dec 20  (half price preview Nov 30) Tom Waits is one of the most influential singer/composers of the late 20th century, and continues to inspire and challenge listeners to the present day. Waits and his three long-time collaborators have... Read More »
Posted on 27 Nov 2014

Joe Coffey brings an intimate glimpse...

Joe Coffey: Tableau Vivant opens Dec 4 at Winchester Galleries on Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria BC, and features riveting new portraits of people and animals – from “Anne Boleyn” and “Man Wearing a Tweed” to winsome sheep and charging bulls. Also showing is Nathan Birch: New Landscapes, which presents a number of new paintings by the artist featuring West Coast Vancouver... Read More »
Posted on 17 Nov 2014

Kasper Releases First Album in Five...

Victoria-based folk-noir singer-songwriter James Kasper is releasing his first album in 5 years November 21st at Lacey Lou Tapas Lounge in Victoria, and to spice up the occasion, the event will be a multi-media release, featuring – in addition to the album – the release of Kasper’s first book of poems and the first-ever exhibit of his paintings.  The new... Read More »
Posted on 15 Nov 2014

Sam Roberts in Victoria – photo...

Photographer Dean Kalyan was on location at the Sam Roberts show in Victoria BC. Check out the photo gallery below. CLICK on any PHOTO and hit NEXT to SCROLL through the gallery.   Read More »
Posted on 14 Nov 2014

Power Play – Venus in Fur –...

The Belfry sometimes has the uncanny knack of presenting shows that reflect current events, or give an artistic interpretation of the things people are talking most about. Given that Canadians have been talking pretty much nonstop about allegations of scandalous behaviour by a once-beloved CBC host, the Belfry’s production of Venus in Fur, by New York playwright David Ives,... Read More »
Posted on 12 Nov 2014

A Director & A Magician Walk into...

Western Canada Premiere: Small Room at the top of the Stairs Langham Court Theatre will host the Western Canada premiere of award-winning playwright Carole Frechette’s The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs. Director Naomi Simpson brought in some top-notch talent to help the cast, including world-class magician, Eric Bedard. We snapped some behind-the-scenes photos of Bedard doing... Read More »
Posted on 06 Nov 2014

Puzzles, enigmas, and delight in such...

The Chemainus Theatre Festival debuts a holiday mystery this season. A comedic drama of Victorian tradition and literary novelty, unwrapped for the first time in Canada. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol is a cheerful case of solving “who you are, and what you will become.” The all-ages show starts November 21 and runs for four weeks. Tickets... Read More »
Posted on 05 Nov 2014

Perfect timing with Ghomeshi scandal:...

Who wields the power? A love story  (A gentle invitation to shy theater-goers to come and experience David Ives’ Venus In Fur)  In 1870, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch published his novel Venus in Furs in which the main male character experiences exquisite sexual satisfaction from being dominated by a beautiful woman wearing gorgeous fur. Two decades later, the author was... Read More »
Posted on 03 Nov 2014

Beat the “busy-ness” and go...

With the kids back in school late, all the parents’ routines were shaken up and they are only now settling back in. This type of “busy-ness” leaves parents struggling to fit their workouts into their already hectic schedules. However, a 1 hour workout is only 4% of your day, which leaves you with the other 96% to get everything... Read More »
Posted on 01 Nov 2014

The River and The Road in Victoria at...

Photos by Foxx Foto Written by Sean Behnsen . Could it be more fitting after a very dry summer on the west coast, that once it starts really pouring, The River and The Road play a Victoria show? The road became the river. With opening talent like Jeff Kalesnikoff from Acres of Lions and Winston Wolfe, there was no... Read More »
Posted on 01 Nov 2014

Victoria Entrepreneurs we Love: Anthony...

Every time I step foot in Camera Traders in Market Square, I feel right at home. Two reasons: I love photography, and dealing with Anthony Frattoroli. Hard to put into words – he is super knowledgeable about all things photography/videography, he just has a calm easy going confidence about him, and a convertible. You will never leave the shop... Read More »
Posted on 28 Oct 2014

A Conversation With Kim Churchill...

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 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 »