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Posted on 23 May 2015   Music, Performing Arts

CVVictoria MUSIC PREVIEW: Roy Orbison tribute band The Lonely play JUNE 6!

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 29 Apr 2015

Female Producers Fight Stereotypes with...

Gender Inequality in the Canadian Music Industry Sitting across the table from Kyla LeBlanc, a local electronic artist known as Kytami, and her ten-year-old daughter at The Guild in downtown Victoria, I thought about the impact music industry stereotypes have on young girls. LeBlanc is an electronic musician and violinist extraordinaire—an unlikely combination of classical and electronic influences. “Do... Read More »
Posted on 24 Apr 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Family Theatre...

THE THIRD ANNUAL FAMILY THEATRE FESTIVAL featuring Theatre SKAM, Intrepid Theatre, Kaleidoscope’s Teen Ensemble, and Puente Theatre with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. May 2-4, 2015 – Metro Studio Theatre Single Tickets starting at $10.00 through Ticket Rocket – 250.590-6291 - ticketrocket.org/family-fest Info: www.kaleidoscope.bc.ca  3rd Annual Festival Brings Family Fun to the Metro Studio VICTORIA, B.C. —(April 17, 2015) A girl who... Read More »
Posted on 22 Apr 2015

CVVictoria COMEDY: Derwin...

Victoria: The Queen is coming! Derwin, Corky & the rest of the cast need to talk to Mayor Lisa Helps very badly, but their civic gripes become unimportant when her Majesty Queen Elizabeth arrives. ALSO: The Derwin Blanshard Orchestra, Teen Girl Squad vs. Golden Girl Squad plus a stunning cavalcade of entertainments. Bluesy chanteuse Chance Lovett, Adam & Andrea... Read More »
Posted on 21 Apr 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Uno makes...

VICTORIA –Intrepid Theatre’s annual juried festival of solo performance, Uno Fest, returns for its 18th year, running May 8-24. The 2015 festival features multi-disciplinary artists from Toronto, Montreal, Portland, Vancouver, Victoria, and the United Kingdom. This annual festival has brought cutting-edge, alternative and innovative solo performance to Victoria for close to two decades, carefully curated by Janet Munsil, Intrepid... Read More »
Posted on 18 Apr 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Cock

Theatre Inconnu presents: Cock by Mike Bartlett May 7 – May 23 (May 5th preview) Mike Bartlett is one of most exciting and acclaimed new British playwrights. He examines with wit and sensitivity the confusion around sexual identity. The main character, John, has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for years. But when he takes a break,... Read More »
Posted on 17 Apr 2015

CVVictoria Theatre: Three Siblings: a...

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Belfry Theatre To May 17 It’s amazing how much can go on in the confines of one room, especially if that room is in a well-appointed home occupied by two middle-aged siblings, Vanya and Sonia, who haven’t much idea what to do with themselves now that their elderly university professor parents have... Read More »
Posted on 16 Apr 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Cabaret Outre

Intrepid Theatre presents Cabaret Outré, a celebration of all that’s queer featuring local performers in a variety of alley, in a show that is packed with inspired, kitschy, avant-garde and fabulous a one night performance styles. This multi-disciplinary cabaret will go from Broadway to back performances. Cabaret Outré is a special fundraiser performance in support of OUTstages, Intrepid Theatre’s... Read More »
Posted on 14 Apr 2015

CVVictoria FOOD: Nature Conservancy’s...

Find Your Own Food Adventure Nature Conservancy’s “Farmed and Foraged” fundraiser introduces diners to super-local tastes Sure, spring is the season for gardening, but why bother with all that effort when there are all sorts of good things to eat just waiting for you out there in nature? If you’ve never considered just eating what you find in the... Read More »
Posted on 13 Apr 2015

CVVictoria SINGLES: It’s a Dating...

It’s a Dating Revolution Finding you love the old fashioned way… at The Dinner Party. Introducing… The Dinner Party. A place where savvy singletons can become part of a healthy dating community, attend dinners curated with their dating needs in mind, and have access to inspiration, workshops and personalized one-on-one care to aid them in their quest for love.... Read More »
Posted on 13 Apr 2015

CVVictoria Comedy: Carter/Cranny Double...

Posted on 09 Apr 2015

Lindsay Wagner doing Acting Retreat in...

Stylux Studio Presents the Lindsay Wagner Advanced Acting Retreat 2015 Stylux Studio will host the Lindsay Wagner Advanced Acting Retreat 2015 at 2519 B Rock Bay Avenue from July 13th-18th, 2015. Stylux Studio is proud to bring the Lindsay Wagner Advanced Acting Retreat to Victoria, BC for the first time. An intensive 6-day advanced acting retreat and practicum that... Read More »
Posted on 07 Apr 2015

Gratitude – Not Trippy or Woo Woo...

Some people aren’t sure it’s a good thing to be alive, or to bring more people into the world. And when I was younger, in my teens and twenties, I wasn’t exactly all up with people myself. I had what you might call a dire view of the human condition. I might have agreed with those people who call... Read More »
Posted on 06 Apr 2015

CVVictoria THEATRE: Preview: Osage...

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY A Tragicomedy by Tracy Letts Directed by Keith Digby and Cynthia Pronick April 23 to May 09, 2015 | Preview April 22nd “Tracy Letts, in his Broadway debut, creates a hugely ambitious, highly combustible saga that will leave you reeling. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY may make you think twice about going home for the holidays…it’s a great big exhilarating gift.”... Read More »
Posted on 03 Apr 2015

Culture Vulture Victoria’s TOP 10...

What’s your pleasure? Each month we bring you the top 10 things to do in Victoria, in under 3 minutes! For tickets/more info, click on any of the links below: Culture Vulture Victoria’s Top 10 To Do’s: APRIL 2015 from CVV Productions on Vimeo. COMEDY: WES BORG HA   MIKE DELAMONT BEER: EVENING at ELSINORE BURLESQUE: SUICIDE GIRLS OPERA: MADAMA... 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 »