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    May 30, 2016

    Sunday Afternoon Salsa from Trevor Jansen on Vimeo.

    Now in it's 10th year, Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is a series of free outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square every Sunday for the months of July and August. The 2016 season will run for nine Sundays: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28.

    Every Sunday begins with a free beginner Salsa dance lesson at 3:00pm. These lessons are for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to dance salsa - even those who claim to have two left feet! The lessons last for half an hour (3:00-3:30pm) and are taught by some of Vancouver's best salsa instructors.

    At 5:00pm the Dance Show gets underway, featuring a variety of performances by some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers in styles including salsa, tango, flamenco, ballroom, zouk, hip hop, belly dance, as well as traditional folkloric dances such as tinkling.

    Check the SUMMER 2016 SCHEDULE below for all the details on who's teaching and performing this year. SundayAfternoon Salsa is open to everyone, even if you’ve never danced a day in your life. Don’t miss out on this year’s series.

    DVBIA is a proud returning sponsor of Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.


    May 25, 2016

    ‘Mobi, which literally means ‘more bikes,’ is the new name of the soon-to-be launched City of Vancouver public bike share coming to downtown Van this summer. Pronounced ‘moe-bee’ the spirit of the program reflects mobility, motion and momentum – everything that makes cycling in Vancouver an exhilarating experience, according to the City’s media release.

    A total of 1,500 bikes at 150 stations will be available by the of this summer, primarily in the downtown peninsula.

    Discounted memberships for founding members are available now. Sign up today and be one of the first to ride ‘a Mobi’.

    Image: Jimmy Jeong / City of Vancouver

  • Canada Day at Canada Place

    May 20, 2016

    The Port of Vancouver will present the 29th annual Canada Day at Canada Place event on July 1, the largest Canada Day celebration in the country outside of the nation’s capital. The event will also mark the 30th anniversary of Canada Place, built as the Canada Pavilion for Expo 86.

    This year’s event will feature special memories of Expo 86 including ‘80s fashion, arcade games, pogo sticks, and Red Robinson’s Expo Theatre.  The fantastic concert program will include both legends of the 1980s and today’s favourites with headliner act Aaron Pritchett, as well as feature entertainers including Barney Bentall, Mo Kenney, Bear Mountain, Rococode, Twin Kennedy, Willa and more.

    The full day of free family fun, live music and performances will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 1 at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and on the surrounding streets. Highlights will include the Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone, extreme pogo stick demonstrations, a family-friendly licensed area on the North Point of Canada Place, food carts, street hockey, the Canadian Forces Zone and the traditional citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians.

    The festivities will continue into the evening with the popular Canada Day Parade presented by Port of Vancouver, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Georgia and Broughton, and the Canada Day Fireworks Show at 10:30 p.m. in Burrard Inlet.

    Full details available here:



  • Jazzfest returns in June

    Apr 29, 2016

    Back at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, Downtown Jazz kicks-off the opening weekend of the 31st TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on June 25th & 26th and features 29 different ensembles on 3 stages.

    Each stage showcases unique entertainment: The Sounds of Youth stage features 10 student ensembles including the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Jazz Ensemble; the Georgia Street stage features big bands, local artists including James Danderfer and Dawn Pemberton, Busty and the Bass with full choir, and Belgium’s Flat Earth Society; the Robson Street stage features 5 acts daily including Longhand, Andre Leroux and Elkhorn. 

    Find festival details and more information on all 10 days of free and ticketed shows at


    Apr 29, 2016

    After fits and starts, the City of Vancouver’s Bike Share program will launch this summer in downtown Van. Now is your chance to suggest station locations – near your business or favourite coffee shop, perhaps? So far, 5,000 locations have been recommended. Check out the map

    Did you know 40% of the stations will be on private property – this means you could have one on your property. Intrigued? Drop them a line:

    With 1,500 bikes to come, the program will roll out in stages. So, the sooner property owners jump on board to host a station, the sooner those stations will come on stream. The full complement will roll out over the full summer.

    Learn more about cycling in Vancouver and expansions to the downtown bike network.


    Apr 29, 2016

    Hey, 11,000 people can’t be wrong. That’s how many people told us through our Re-Imagine Downtown visioning process that they really, really wanted a central gathering plaza or plaza in downtown.

    So, after much input from the DVBIA and its members, construction on the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery will begin in July after the Vancouver International JazzFest wraps up. Construction will extend into Spring 2017.

    At the same time, the 800 block of Robson Street, which had been closing for Summers since 2010, will close permanently as well in July. After consultation through Re-Imagine and with neighbouring property owners, the Downtown Bus Review, and TransLink’s support of the re-routing of the No. 5 bus via Pender Street, the DVBIA is supporting the permanent closure with conditions.

    Conditions include involvement in the development of a formal stewardship strategy to manage both the north plaza and 800 block, programming of the space, re-design of the space and surrounding blocks and a traffic flow plan to better manage vehicle traffic in the area.

    This new central public space is the realization of architect Arthur Erikson’s dream of Block 51. Read more.

    Read more from the City.



    Apr 29, 2016

    Whether you're a non-drinker, enjoy the occasional glass of wine, or are a regular at your neighbourhood pub, the City wants to hear your opinions for the first comprehensive review of its liquor policies. It’s launching an online questionnaire to gather your views on how liquor is served, produced, and sold in Vancouver. Your feedback will help shape the Vancouver Liquor Strategy which will inform new or revised approaches to liquor. The survey will be open until May 15, 2016.

    Types of liquor policies being reviewed

    The City is reviewing municipal liquor regulations so that enjoying beer, wine, and spirits is well-balanced with health, safety, and community fit. The Province of BC recently made changes to provincial liquor policies. The City is now looking at its policies, too, such as:

    • Where and when liquor is sold, made, or served

    • Size and type of venues that serve liquor

    • Rules for liquor on patios

    • Supporting no- or low-liquor entertainment options

  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival

    Apr 25, 2016

    DOXA 2016: Spotlight on Borders and Boundaries

    Borders are more than arbitrary lines on a map, they’re also a means of controlling and mediating reality. Our Spotlight on Borders and Boundaries examines the ongoing negotiation between physical and conceptual divisions.

    John Bolton’s epic docudrama Aim For The Roses combines the tragic tale of Canadian daredevil Ken Carter with singing dancing automotive carnage to create a film that flaunts limits of physics and good sense. In Migrant Dreams, director Min Sook Leeexamines the struggle of migrant agricultural workers against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as indentured labourers. As thousands of people try to escape war and oppression by fleeing across the Mediterranean, the Italian Island of Lampedusa is the first port of entry in Jakob Brossman’s Lampedusa In Winter. Jay Cheel’s film explores the ultimate boundary, the 4th dimension -- time itself in How to Build a Time Machine.

    Catch all of these great documentaries and more from May 5-15.  Check for details.


    Apr 20, 2016

    *Update April 20, 9:00 am: A marijuana protest group has set up on the 800 block of Robson St. No vehicular access (including buses) to Robson from Howe or Hornby. The setup includes several large white tents, and a band/sound system. Area businesses should plan accordingly as there will likely be the smoke, noise, disorder, and traffic disruptions that have traditionally come with a 420 rally.

    DATE & TIME: Wednesday, April 20, 10am-7pm

    LOCATION: Sunset Beach (1204 Beach Ave)

    *Note: While 4/20 has been at the North Lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery since 2007, the organizers have voluntarily moved to Sunset Beach. However, an off-shoot group has publicized an event on the VAG south plaza. VPD will be monitoring and directing protesters to the Sunset Beach site. The City is unable to accurately predict the number of attendees at this time. 



    The following issues are ones business owners and tenants should expect and plan accordingly: 

    1.   Organizers of Vancouver's annual 4/20 celebration have moved the pro-marijuana event to Sunset Beach from its usual location at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver simply doesn't have many accessible venues for massive, public outdoor events. Sunset Beach is one of the few places in the city the expected 20,000 people can easily and safely gather together in such numbers.

    2.   Washrooms: Ordinarily festivals of this size, including the 4/20 rally are required to provide onsite washrooms, however the offshoot group has not made arrangements. Neighbouring businesses may be approached for use of their washrooms.

    3.   Garbage: Festival organizers are required to provide litter receptacles onsite and cleaning crews. For unsightly or overflowing trash cans on city property, call 3-1-1 immediately.

    4.   Safety: Possible over consumption of marijuana and marijuana-related products could result in drug reactions or disoriented persons wandering on or off-site. Last year over 100 people were sent to St. Paul’s alone because of cannabis intoxication. 75% were from overconsumption of edible THC-laced products. For any immediate safety or security issues, call 9-1-1. Emergency responders will have a command post and be monitoring the VAG south plaza site.
    Read: Warning issued Ahead [Vancouver Sun]

    5.   Noise: VPD will be working to minimize the set-up of structures such as a stage. Power will not be supplied for amplified sound. Should it occur, excessive noise issues can be relayed to 3-1-1.

    6.   Air quality: Buildings nearby have experienced compromised air intake system issues in the past. Some businesses have turned off their HVAC for the day. This is a precaution to take should crowd numbers build at the VAG south plaza, especially around 4:20 in the afternoon.

    7.   Street closures: Although it is not anticipated, Traffic could be closed on Robson, West Georgia and/or Howe at any time if the crowds at the VAG get large. Access to Pacific Centre Parkade off Howe will be maintained.

    8.   People: If the offshoot group at the VAG gains momentum, there could be a possible increased number of people in and around the VAG; potential increase in customers to nearby businesses, in particular, food operators.


    Most issues around 420 have been mess, access to washrooms, open urination, drug reactions, traffic disruption and disoriented persons wandering about. The DVBIA blog will be updated periodically if anything has changed.

    If you have additional information or concerns the DVBIA should be aware of, please contact Charles Gauthier

    The 2015 protest site. Photo credit: CC | Flickr


    Apr 19, 2016

    In 90 seconds, learn how 11,000 people Re-imagined Downtown Vancouver. It’s how they think downtown should look, feel and taste in 2040.  

    Last year we invited Vancouverites to dream of a new vision for downtown. While the report is 60 pages long, the quick summary video is just 90 seconds.

    Then invite us to your workplace to talk about how your organization, company or group can make the dozens of ideas a reality. And, you don’t have to wait till 2040 to get started!

    Call Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, at 604-685-7811 ext.203


    Apr 19, 2016

    Looking to start or grow a downtown business? We’ve got the data details for you. Check out the Commercial and Neighbourhood profiles for downtown based on numerous data sources, including 2012 Census stats, City and DVBIA data. All you wanted to know about downtown in one location.

    Plus, there are short profiles for our three major retail districts: Alberni, Hastings West and Granville Street.

    These profiles were created in partnership with Small Business BC – a great resource for starting a new business or expanding your existing company.


    Apr 19, 2016

    There’s a 1 in 4 chance of an earthquake hitting Vancouver? Odds aren’t in our favour. Are you ready for the big one? Are you ready for the small one – a power outage, fire or flood? Don’t think it can happen? Downtown Nanaimo just experienced a major fire last month. Remember the Calgary floods of 2013? It’s not a case of ‘if’ but ‘when.’

    Do one thing today to prepare.

    1. Start by order emergency safety kits for your office.
    2. Create a contact list for all your staff.
    3. Or, have a meeting and talk about creating a plan.

    Just start somewhere.

    There are plenty of templates and tools out there to get you and your business started in preparing for an emergency and maintaining your business in a disaster.

  • Plan ahead: BMO Marathon in May

    Apr 11, 2016

    The BMO Vancouver Marathon will be here on Sunday May 1, 2016. Showcasing the city’s famous landmarks, shorelines and neighborhoods, the event is one of Canada’s largest marathons and has a 44 year history in the City of Vancouver and the running community internationally. The 2016 race events include a Marathon, Half-Marathon, 8km, Marathon Relay, 2.5km Walk and  Kids Run.

    The Race will result in some road closures around Vancouver, and within the downtown core. Please plan accordingly. Parking will be very limited around the staging grounds and may result in some parking lots being closed as early as Saturday morning. It is recommended that businesses make arrangements in advance for parking and deliveries. If you have special circumstances please contact to discuss.

  • City of Bhangra

    Apr 03, 2016

    VIBC Presents City of Bhangra 2016

    This year’s Festival runs from June 11–18 and promises to be our best yet! Along with crowd-pleasers from past years like Bhangra on Main and Downtown Bhangra, Festival 2016 is introducing some hot NEW events guaranteed to inspire, provoke, and please you. From our “Crash an Indian Wedding” kickoff party, to a “Where Not to Do Bhangra” comedy/burlesque night, to workshops and club nights in unexpected places, we promise you 8 days and nights of pushing buttons and pushing boundaries through bhangra like you’ve never seen before.

    For details on COB Festival 2016, visit or

    photo credit Joe Carlson


    Apr 01, 2016

    It doesn’t happen often, but downtown is getting a brand new park at Richards & Smithe. Have your say on the final design on April 19 from 4:30p-8:30pm at the ArtStart Gallery at 808 Richards Street. 

    The Vancouver Park Board is developing the new 0.8-acre park in the downtown core in partnership with the City and other stakeholders, including the DVBIA.

    The new park will:

    Within a five-minute walk of the park site is a growing downtown neighbourhood. There's over 10,000 residents and 17,000 people working in the area. With a shortage of downtown park space to serve a growing population, the new park will ease crowding at other downtown parks.

    Read more.


  • Capture Photography Festival

    Apr 01, 2016

    The April 2016 edition of the Capture Photography Festival will present photography at over 50 esteemed galleries throughout Vancouver, and include public installations, tours, films, and a Speaker Series with artist talks and panel discussions.

    Be sure to check out the many public art installations throughout the Downtown Vancouver, including this year's commission of Vancouver-based Stephen Waddell’s The Collector and Showroom at the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation, and new work by local favourite, Adad Hannah, at Vancouver City Centre’s Canada Line station.

  • Bike to Work Week

    Apr 01, 2016

    Want to get fit, save money and have fun? Join thousands across Metro Vancouver and sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week (May 30 - June 5) to track your commutes and enter to win a new bike or a trip for 2 to Amsterdam on KLM! Visit one of our downtown HUB celebration stations or many other convenient locations for free coffee, bicycle tune-ups and many daily giveaways! Start an office team and challenge your co-workers to win even bigger prizes. 

    New or returning to cycling? No worries!  Learn everything you need to know for a safe and convenient bike commute by hosting a HUB Workplace Cycling Workshop at your office or signing up for an upcoming HUB Streetwise Cycling Course!

    Register FREE today at!

  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival

    Apr 01, 2016

    The 2016 DOXA Documentary Film Festival hurtles headlong into the nonfiction universe. Whether it is one of the best BASE jumpers in the world, or soaring the heights of literary fame, this year’s selection of films take a leap of faith in the quest for justice, freedom and naked glory. May 5-15, 2016. Full program available online, during the evening of April 06.

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon

    Mar 31, 2016

    The BMO Vancouver Marathon's marquee Marathon event (on May 1) is selling fast! Secure your spot to run through one of the most scenic cities in North America this spring!  Also featuring a Half Marathon, Relay, 8KM Race, 2.5KM Walk, and Kids Run.
    Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo (April 28-30) leads up to the marathon at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Featuring 110+ exhibitors and major brands showcasing everything from running gear and shoes to the latest trends the tradeshow is free to attend.


    Mar 31, 2016

    The DVBIA welcomes over 200 delegates to a sold-out Business Improvement Areas of BC and International Downtown Association Pacific Northwest Regional Conference April 10-13 at the Pinnacle Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Downtown association leaders, municipal staff, urban planners and volunteer association board members will descend on Vancouver to learn best practices in managing urban districts.

    It’s a chance for downtown Vancouver to highlight its leadership in areas such as walkability, a green economy, high-touch and high-tech policing, addressing homelessness, emergency planning and much more.

    Read more.

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