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  • The last of the Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    Sep 11, 2018


    Taking a look back at the last 9 weeks, we’re pretty proud to say that the Summer Movie Nights on the Square has been a great success. We sang and danced our way into the night with Moulin Rouge, cried with laughter throughout Mrs. Doubtfire and celebrated our local heroes with the Avengers.

    We kicked things off with the classic, Ghostbusters, which was chosen by you in our DailyHive Movie Nights poll. The opening night drew a small excited crowd, which was a perfect start to our event.  


    We welcomed the start of Pride week with a special appearance by Ms. Jaylene Tyme who introduced our Pride movie, Moulin Rouge and judged our walk-off contest. The winner was the fabulous Adam, who won himself a $100 Cadillac Fairview gift card.




    We ended the season with two blockbuster movies, LaLa Land and Avengers: Infinity War, both bringing large crowds and a visit from the Vancouver Police Department and the Fire Department on the last evening as we thanked our unsung heroes. 


    And of course, the event would not have been possible without the help and support of our amazing sponsors, Cadillac Fairview, TransLink, Rosewood Hotel Georgia and Easy Park. Thanks also to our media partner, Daily Hive! It’s now time to start planning Summer Movie Nights on the Square 2019! 

  • Granville Spotlight - Sneeki Tiki

    Sep 11, 2018

    We’re excited to welcome Sneeki Tiki as the newest addition to Granville Street. We chat with General Manager, Grant Sam on the bar’s concept and where the idea came from.

    First off, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started with Sneeki Tiki?

    I’m Grant Sam, the General Manager of the Sneeki Tiki. The idea of a Tiki Bar was proposed to me by ownership from the beginning of 2018. After a lot of research from my personal travels and gastronomic experiences, the concept morphed into its present state.

    Tiki culture is a 20th-century theme used in Polynesian-style restaurants and clubs originally in the United States and then, to a lesser degree, around the world. Although inspired in part by tiki carvings and mythology, the connection is loose and stylized, being an American form. 

    Now tell us about your restaurant and bar, what kind of menu and experience can customers expect?

    The menu and atmosphere will transform you into another world of Tiki culture. We have maintained the traditional Tiki vibes with a twist on the menu. I consider the items on the menu my children and they are all my favourites.  

    Why attracted you to the Granville Street location?

    Granville has always been our home base business, and the notion of a destination concept bar/ restaurant would be ideal for the area.  Our aim is to capture a segment of the visitors to the Granville Strip and local residents. I've worked on the strip for almost 10 years and I love the eclectic vibe of the street.

    Are there any fun specials or Sneeki Tiki events coming up?

    We are presently planning a media launch party in the next few weeks. Other future events will be promoted through social media.

    Presently there are no plans to host private events, but that can change in the near future.  Our social media handles are:


    From left to right: Aaron - Bar Captain, Angelica - Bartender, Dan - Bartender,
    Danika - Server, and Grant - General Manager. 

  • My Green Space

    Sep 11, 2018

    In a continuing effort to be more sustainable in all that we do, last February the DVBIA partnered with My Green Space, offering a limited supply of garden kits and 1-hour workshops on how to use them for our members. My Green Space is a company whose vision and mission is to help millions of people experience the benefits of growing their own food. They do this by providing offices, homes and rooftops with a garden to grow their own food.

    We touched base with the team from the Immigrant Employment Council of BC on their experience with their office gardens and how they enjoyed the workshop. Here’s what they had to say:

    “So excited about our little therapeutic corner of the office!”

     “Every office deserves a garden!”

     “Can't wait to tell other office teams to do this! Thanks to you MGS and the DVBIA.” 

     “Thanks so much for coming in help us to 'green' our office!” 

    “The planter looks great and people seemed very engaged!”

    “Thank you for coming to our office and doing the wonderful gardening workshop! The meeting room is now everyone's favourite space.”

  • National Geographic Live

    Sep 11, 2018

    For the very first time, National Geographic Live is bringing their top photographers, scientists and filmmakers to audiences around the world to share their breathtaking photographs, videos and stories, and on October 10, 2018, they’re coming to Vancouver! 

    With multiple shows and events over the next 8 months, Nat Geo Live kicks off the educational season on October 10th, 2018 with the infamous Spinosaurus. Leaving what you know about the Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park at home, this event takes a look at the largest predatory dinosaur known to man. Discovered in Morocco by German paleontologist Ernst Stromer, scientists will explain how this dinosaur’s remains were almost lost to man due to WWII, and aside from its size, what makes this beast unique from the rest. 

    In 2019, Nat Geo Live will host three more shows;

      On the Trail of Big Cats
      February 27, 2019
      More info here


      Ocean Soul 
      March 12, 2019
      More info here.

      View from Above 
      May 7, 2019
      More info here.

    Vancouver Civic Theatres are offering  DVBIA members a 15% discount code for tickets with the code, “natgeo”.

    Also be sure to follow us on social for your chance to WIN some free tickets  in our upcoming contest:


  • The Perch summer season is almost over!

    Sep 11, 2018

    The Perch season is coming to an end for summer 2018, with the official end of our activations happening on September 28, 2018. However, we have a few fun events up our sleeve until then…

    • Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi: The final month of Tai Chi at the Perches will be on Wednesday September 19 at the Perch at Cathedral Square (566 Richards) and Friday September 21 at Lot 19 (855 Hastings West)


    • Yoga in Van: Two more "Fitness Friday" classes with Yoga in Van at Lot 19! They start at 12pm on September 14 and 28, rain or shine! Drop in and out however little or long as you'd like!


    • Busker Thursdays and Fridays: Enjoy sweet music starting at 12pm on Thursdays at Lot 19 and Fridays at Cathedral Square. Some upcoming performers include Hang Johnny, who plays beachy tunes on the pan (or Hang Drum) and Les Finnigan, an award winning guitarist you may recognize from Granville Island!


    Perch season may be almost over, but some seating will remain at Lot 19. So get out the toques and bring a coffee to the Perch year round!

  • Temporary Modular Housing

    Sep 11, 2018

    Construction has now begun on the new temporary modular housing site at 688 Cambie Street. This comes after the DVBIA expressed support for temporary modular housing in the downtown core. The demand for more housing and shelters is abundantly clear, and the most immediate need for housing is in and around the downtown core. In a recent survey, almost 75 per cent of our members told us that they felt that homelessness is on the rise downtown, so we are very pleased that the project at 688 Cambie Street is underway and will soon be available as a housing option.

    The tenants of the modular housing at 688 Cambie will have customized health care and social service supports based on their needs. The central location of this site is in walkable proximity to a wide range of services that the tenants may require access to. For more information on 688 Cambie Street, check out this Daily Hive article.


  • DVBIA Appreciation Awards

    Sep 11, 2018

    It’s that time of the year again! The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is seeking nominations for our annual Downtown Appreciations Awards. The Downtown Appreciation Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that are making or have made a significant contribution to Downtown. Awards are given in five categories:

    Outstanding Individual
    Outstanding Organization
    Emerging Leader
    Art Jones Lifetime Achievement

    Annual awardees are leaders in the community, committing significant time and energy to improving the downtown Vancouver experience. They are honoured for their professional accomplishments, volunteer engagement, creative vision and unparalleled dedication.

    Past awards winners have included the late Bing Thom, the Vancouver Foundation, the Social Concierge, the Vancouver International Film Festival, Kathleen Bartels, and the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, among others. 

    The deadline to nominate a person or organization is Monday, October 8, 2018. To submit your nomination, email with the following:

    • Name of the person/organization
    • Nomination category
    • Up to 100 words explaining why you are nominating this person (we encourage links, multimedia and anything else that may help the Appreciation Awards Taskforce consider your submission)

    For any questions or inquiries, please email

  • The Wrap Project

    Sep 11, 2018

    The DVBIA teamed up with the City of Vancouver to seek artists  that could create designs to be printed on vinyl wraps for up to 30 utility boxes in Vancouver. The reason for this project is that utility boxes are often plain, uninspiring and are an easy target for graffiti. This is part of an annual project that works to enhance the public realm by incorporating local artists’ work along busy commercial streets. 

    NW corner of Dunsmuir and Hornby:
    by Ryan McKenna 

    The newest art wraps are being installed through August and September and each utility box is wrapped with a uniquely-designed vinyl overlay. There are currently over 10 art wraps throughout the DVBIA’s catchment area.

    NW corner of Dunsmuir and Hornby: “RAVEN STEALS THE SUN V1"
    by Ryan McKenna

  • Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo

    Sep 11, 2018

    Bring family and friends to the 5th Annual Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo which comes downtown from October 5 – October 7. It’s a three day festival of arts, performances, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games and makeup! It takes place on šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) and inside UBC Robson Square. The weekend is topped off with the Grand Parade going down Howe and Granville on October 7.

    More information on the weekend can be found by visiting
  • Seasonal Decorative Lighting

    Sep 11, 2018

    If you or your business are thinking about having decorative lights in time for the Holiday Season, the Electrical office has been working on streamlining the process for temporary decorative lighting, and as such, a renewal form can be found here.

    The renewal form is specifically for areas that have had their lighting assessed and upgraded in the last 3-5 years and where no new hardware, accessories or locations will be added to the previous years’ display. 

    Here you can find the an application form if you have not already filled on in. A checklist can be found here that should help you gather all of the required information before submitting the application.  Please note: applications will not be processed without the requested documentation, so please submit everything the first time to save time. 

    If you would like assistance with this process, please contact the DVBIA’s Placemaking Lead, Andrew Nakazawa at


  • Public Disco Hits Ackery’s Alley!

    Sep 11, 2018

    Join our friends, Public Disco, in the newly transformed Ackery's Alley this Saturday for their last street party of the summer! Public Disco is a series of open-air dance parties in reimagined urban spaces. They activate public spaces, like DVBIA’s vibrant new laneways, with programming and decor that invites pedestrians to become participants by engaging with the various elements of the activation and the diverse array of people within it.

    This FREE event in Ackery’s Alley is happening Saturday, September 15, and will have music by Braue, Iain Howie, MA/AM, Ai Hashimoto & Solreia, a licensed outdoor dance floor, food stations and more. To RSVP, and for more details, head over to their facebook invitation.

  • DVBIA in the News

    Sep 11, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of August 2018.

    Vancouver Scape - A new laneway project for Vancouver: Ackery's Alley

    Vancouverisawesome - There's a giant light-up Cloud Swing open to the public in downtown Vancouver

    CBC Early Edition - Vancouver alleyway gets a visual and audible makeover

    Vancouverisawesome - New light, sound installation lets you have a dance party in Ackery's Alley

    CBC - Vancouver alleyway gets a visual and audible makeover

    Price Tags - Ackery's Alley - A Vancouver Transformation

    Vancouver Courier - Public art installation lets you pump up the jams in Vancouver's Ackery's Alley

    DailyHive - New 'psychedelic' laneway opens next to Orpheum in downtown Vancouver

    Vancouver Sun - Charles Gauthier: Placemaking sets the scene for economic success

    The Georgia Straight - Ackery's Alley, Vancouver's latest activated laneway, is now open

    DailyHive - Celebrate local heroes at the last FREE outdoor movie in downtown Vancouver

    Resonance - Why placemaking is now place marketing
  • The DVBIA’s Roundtable

    Aug 14, 2018

    On July 12th, the DVBIA held a Roundtable event with special guest Kaye Krishna. Kaye is the General Manager of Development, Buildings, and Licensing for the City of Vancouver, and was there to share information and updates about her portfolio, including building permits and the recently launched commercial renovation improvement project. She also shared details on cannabis and liquor regulations, which were of interest to many of our members.

    To see a copy of Kaye’s slide presentation, please click here.

  • DVBIA in the News

    Aug 14, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of July 2018.

    • Vancouver Sun – Town Talk: Blood cancer research on verge of making a difference
      • Daily Hive - This week's outdoor Movie Night on the Square is trading in Murray for Spielberg
      • Global News – Downtown Ambassadors patrol Vancouver parkades amid break-in concerns

      • The Star – Vancouver could lose more public events from rising policing costs
    • On the Table

      Aug 14, 2018

      The Vancouver Foundation is celebrating their 75th year, and as part of the cheer, they want to celebrate with the people who have been a part of their wonderful journey throughout the years. On September 13th, the Vancouver Foundation is inviting everyone across BC to come together and share stories and conversation over food.

      You can host an event or simply partake in one. For more information or to register to take part, click here.

    • Places for People

      Aug 14, 2018

      In the summer of 2017, the City of Vancouver’s Department of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability launched Places for People Downtown, an engagement campaign on the future of downtown Vancouver’s public spaces over the next 30 years. 

      The DVBIA partners with the City of Vancouver on the management and activation of public spaces and we have seen great success with our well-used perches and laneways. We plan to create and activate many more beautiful, safe, and accessible outdoor places throughout downtown in the coming years. 

      The City has developed a draft vision statement for downtown and a set of five goals to help deliver it. The vision and goals will inform the next phases of Places for People Downtown. We’d love for you to share your thoughts on City’s goals for public spaces by filling out this short 2 minute survey… 

      Click here to complete the survey.  



    • Retail Blood Drive

      Aug 14, 2018

      Canadian Blood Services is hosting a month-long blood drive throughout the month of August and they want your business to get involved! Below is more information from the Canadian Blood Services team on how you and your business are able to help.

      In BC, Canadian Blood Services needs to collect 10,000 blood donations each month to serve hospital patients. 1 in 2 people can donate, however, only 1 in 60 do. Canadian Blood Services needs your help to meet the needs of hospital patients this summer!

      Unfortunately, the need for blood does not take a summer vacation and the Downtown Vancouver Clinic needs 800 donations every month. However, your group could have a direct impact on saving lives for BC hospital patients this summer.

      Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood and often from more than one generous donor. Some examples include:

      • Up to 8 donors a week to help someone with leukaemia 
      • Up to 5 donors to help someone undergoing cancer treatment
      • Up to 50 donors to help someone in a car crash 
      • Up to 2 donors to help someone who needs brain surgery 
      • Up to 5 donors to save someone who needs heart surgery 
      • Up to 2 to 8 donors to help someone with internal bleeding
      • Up to 2 donors a day to help someone undergoing a bone marrow transplant
      • Up to 4 donors a month to help someone with Aplastic Anemia
      • Up to 2 donors for a hip replacement


      The Retail Blood Drive is a month-long drive to get as many Retail Store Teams into our clinics in August! Like shopping and filling the bags with merchandise, we need you to fill our clinics to save lives of hospital patients. Whether you are a seasoned donor or new to donating, we need you this month.


      Pick a date for your team or group to donate together, or if one date doesn’t work for everyone, donate individually as every donation counts.

      NOW WHAT?

      TEXT, CALL or EMAIL NOW to get started! Razvan Sichitiu, Territory Manager at
      604-787-3247 or

      For Individual appointments: or 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283)

    • One year in…

      Aug 14, 2018

      Last year in August, the DVBIA formed a new committee called the Policy Advisory Council (PAC). The role of the PAC was intended to help inform DVBIA policy decisions and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Within this past year, we have been so pleased with progress that the council has made, as they have had four policies formed and approved by the board. 

      These policies include:

      •             Safe consumption sites

      •             Second phase of 10-year vision for the regional transportation network

      •             City of Vancouver’s single-use item reduction strategy

      •             Living wage 

      Thank you to our PAC members:

      Brent Findley - Senior Manager, Security and Life Safety; Cadillac Fairview

      Carlos Ramirez - Owner; Xixo Leather Artistry

      Danielle Leroux - Manager of Member Services and Communications: Alliance of Beverage Licensees

      Darcy Vermeulen - Senior Consultant; Context Research

      Gwen Hardy - Managing Partner; Elettra Communications

      Jeff Fisher - VP, Senior Policy Analyst; Urban Development Institute

      Kristine St. Laurent - Policy Analyst; Business Council of British Columbia

      Melissa Higgs - Principal; HCMA Architecture + Design

      Muneesh Sharma - Director of Government Affairs and Communications; BOMA BC

      Nerissa Yan - Litigation Associate; Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP

      Sarah Kanakos - Associate - Government Relations; Brook Pooni Associates

      Stephanie Butler - Communications Coordinator; Real Estate Foundation of BC

      Tyler Davis - Manager, Communications and Marketing; Vancouver Foundation

      Yianni E. Pappas-Acreman - Lawyer; Watson Goepel LLP

      William Johnson - Director, Marketing & Communications; BC Innovation Council

      Sophie Perndl - Associate; Brook Pooni Associates

      Your contribution to the DVBIA is so appreciated and we can’t wait to see what the year ahead has in store.

    • The Clean Team

      Aug 14, 2018

      The Clean Team is co-managed by Securiguard and the DVBIA. The team is on the streets of downtown Vancouver 7-days a week, upholding the DVBIA’s mission statement to keep the downtown area clean, safe, and a fun place to be. Within the busy downtown core is a thriving hub of businesses, events, festivals, and activities and maintaining its cleanliness is vital for making the city a welcoming place for everyone.

      The Clean Team is responsible for basic street cleaning, identifying cleanliness issues, and assisting visitors by giving basic directions.

       The team:

       The Clean Team is made up of Jacky, Jesse, Nomer, Sam and Aaron

       Primary goals:

       The team’s primary goals consist of:

      • Perform micro-cleaning services on sidewalks and in other public spaces.
      • Report cleanliness and graffiti issues to the appropriate organizations.
      • Collect discarded sharps
      • Assist in the activation of DVBIA placemaking initiatives and sponsored events by physically setting up and taking down required equipment.
      • Snow Removal
      • Leaf Blowing
      • Collect data relating to sharps in order to help facilitate harm reduction
      • Respond to immediate areas of concern as reported by key stakeholders

      Alongside the work of the Clean Team, the DVBIA outsources the company GreenGo for power washing and Goodbye Graffiti for the removal of graffiti throughout downtown.

      The Clean Team is provided as an additional service as part of the City’s initiative to focus more on the business community and attracting people to the downtown core as well as further complimenting the services already offered. The team is committed to ensuring that downtown Vancouver is as clean and welcoming as possible. 

      The team uses an app called VanConnect via their mobile devices. It is an application that allows them to input data and monitor and track issues relating to cleanliness in the downtown region. The app also allows them to speak internally to one another, highlighting key areas that need attending to, and permits them to send data directly to the city.

      The clean team is an integral part of making downtown Vancouver a clean, safe and welcoming place for everyone to be.

    • Tangible Interaction

      Aug 14, 2018

      Our newest laneway project, Ackery’s Alley, was publicly launched last week. It includes an exciting and innovative installation from Tangible Interaction, which taps into some of the very basic levels of human instincts, to play and to explore. We caught up with Alex Beim, Founder and Creative Director of Tangible Interaction on his experience, his work and upcoming projects.

      Tell us a bit about your background as an artist, how Tangible Interaction was formed and some of the work you have done up to this point?

      After almost twenty years of working in design and advertising, I decided it was time to move. Having had a very successful career in both spaces, there was something very profound missing. I really wanted to make a difference in the world by creating art that would have a real impact in our lives, something that could touch people, make them curious, and have them feel connected with their bodies, spaces, and other people too. So back in 2006, I had an idea to create large, helium-filled inflatable balls that would light up when people touch them.

      By 2007 I had a prototype and it was everything I thought it would be and more. By 2008 I was being contracted to bring them to festivals in Europe and licensed them to Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. I started Tangible in 2008 and I have been working with my team for 10 years now. We have worked on so many projects in so many places. About 4 years ago I felt I wanted to do more in my own city and fortunately today I can say that we are. We have done permanent and temporary projects for Science World, the Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Yaletown BIA, West End BIA, Vancouver Olympics, VPL, BC Hydro, Westbank, Tractor Foods and now a key permanent project for the Downtown Vancouver BIA.


      Your installation FIELD is the highlight of the DVBIA’s newly developed Ackery’s Alley. Why do you think this installation is important to Vancouver and what will it bring to the space, the city and its residents and visitors?

      As naturally beautiful as Vancouver is, the city needs more surprises. We need more unexpected places where we are invited to play, to hang out with friends and also potentially make new ones. We need spaces where we can be curious and creative, where we can engage all our senses, where we can move, dance and be silly. I want my city to be known for all the unexpected things that are waiting to be discovered, like a large musical instrument in a back-alley.

      FIELD sounds like a very unique and interesting installation, how does it work exactly?

      FIELD is comprised of 35 lights that point at the ground and are arranged on a grid pattern of 5 by 7 under an overpass.

      From afar and if nobody is present, the piece is silent, the lights slowly animate by changing size but just in white. Each beam gets larger and smaller, resembling a breathing pattern. When a person puts their hand under the beam or when walking under the light all the lights change mode and reduce their size to about a foot in diameter, except the light being played with. The light that is affected will change colour and size according to the person's height or hand movement. It will also play a unique sound. Each one of the 35 lights plays a different sound that has been created as a composition people can play.

      You collaborated with the celebrated Vancouver-based composer Adam Lastiwka on this project, can you tell us more about this?

      Working with Adam was incredible. When we brought him in, he got the idea right away. This is not a common piece of music, every sound can be played at any time and in any order, either one at a time or all 35 and the composition has to always sound great. He did that, every time we got a sample it was very exciting to play with the lights and see how it felt. I think people will love the experience, and the composition is a huge part of it.

      What’s next for you and Tangible? After FIELD is installed what is the next big project?

      Right after FIELD, we are installing a very large piece in Squamish, it is a private commission for a very large community that is being developed. Our project is called SUMMIT and just to give you an idea of the size we will be controlling 56,000 LEDs independently to create a beautiful center piece to a building.

      Ackery’s Alley is located at 675 Smithe Street and will be open to the public from August 9, 2018. You can find out more about Tangilbe and the work they do here.


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