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  • Rogers Santa Claus Parade

    Nov 01, 2016

    The Rogers Santa Claus Parade on December 4 is the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Downtown Vancouver. In the spirit of giving, the free, family fun event is also one of the largest food and fundraising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

    PARADE ROUTE: At 12pm, the parade will begin at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Smithe. 

    THE PARADE: This year’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators.

    A very special part of the Rogers Santa Claus Parade is celebrating the “Spirit of Giving.” Each year, on parade day, volunteers collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of food – so remember those loonies on Parade Day!

    Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square (10:00AM – 12:00PM) Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early for pre-parade fun. The free festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with two hours of family entertainment at the new Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square on 800 Block Robson St. (South side of the Vancouver Art Gallery). The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, letters to Santa station, and an entertainment stage featuring exciting music and dancing performances. (10:00 am-12:00pm) 

    Volunteer with the Rogers Santa Clause Parade!


  • Loss Prevention Program Evolving

    Oct 26, 2016

    Due to the changing landscape of crime in Downtown Vancouver and as the BIA looks towards developing a new 5-year Strategic Plan, the DVBIA Board of Directors has decided to evolve the Loss Prevention Program into a Community Safety Team.

    The Loss Prevention Program will be discontinued as is on Wednesday October 26, 11:00am. During the transition, we’ll be available to answer questions and to direct you to security services to assist with your loss prevention needs.A reminder to direct staff to call the VPD at 911 for all of your immediate emergency concerns

    This decision to evolve the program has been made with careful consideration.  The LPT has served DVBIA members,such as your business, unchanged over the last 16 years. But, crimes have become more dangerous, with weapons appearing more often, and criminals more desperate during arrests.

    A Membership Survey conducted in September 2016 indicated that cleanliness (76%) and safety (68%) are still at the top of our members’ priorities. We are still committed to these goals.

    If you have questions about transitioning, please contact Ivy Haisell, Member Services Manager at

    Read the memo

  • ArtStarts Presents: Kimchi Haggis

    Oct 07, 2016

    ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver is hosting a free performance and workshop for kids with Kimchi Haggis on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11am and 1pm (2 sessions) through their ArtStarts on Saturdays program.

    Kimchi Haggis is a unique union between a Scottish bagpipe player (Joe MacDonald) and a Korean sitar player (Andrew Kim, formerly of Delhi 2 Dublin). Fusing Scottish traditional music with Indian sitar, African kalimba, guitar, electronic beats and instruments from around the world, they demonstrate that music knows no boundaries. This event is free and no pre-registration is necessary.

    ArtStarts on Saturdays is a monthly event for families, featuring free, fun, 45-minute creative arts workshops with some of the best children’s artists.

    For more information, visit

  • Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala Breafast

    Oct 04, 2016

    On November 1st, 2016, the Vancouver Tourism Awards will proudly present its 27th Annual Gala Breakfast at the Vancouver Convention Centre. We will be joined by our special keynote speaker Riaz Meghji, host of Breakfast Television Vancouver.

    The Vancouver Tourism Awards is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1989 to pay tribute to the front line service employees who provide exceptional service to visitors in our city each and every day. The Gala Breakfast honours all the individuals nominated over the past year, to recognize their superb achievements in customer service.

    Twitter: @vantourismaward

  • HUB Fall Bike to Work Week

    Oct 04, 2016

    This fall, Bike to Work Week encourages both new and experienced riders to try cycling the daily commute. Throughout the week you can stop by celebration stations on popular bike paths for free bike repairs, snacks, drinks, maps and information - and be entered to win new bikes, cycling gear and a trip for 2 to Amsterdam on KLM!

    You will feel healthier, happier and more energized after cycling to the office. Log your commutes to win prizes, and be a part of making Metro Vancouver a better place to live, work and play.

    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!

    Facebook/Twitter: @WeAreHUB
    Instagram: hubcycling

  • Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo Oct 13-16

    Oct 04, 2016

    The 3rd annual Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo bring you the 4 day fantasy festival of arts, cosplay, comics, anime, films and games, including Thursday and Friday (7PM-9PM, Oct 13-14) performing arts at Tom Lee Music Hall (929 Granville St), and Saturday and Sunday (12PM-8PM, Oct 15-16) exhibition at UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St).

    With 100,000 spectators and 2000 performers, the 2016 grand Halloween parade starts at 11 am onSunday Oct 16 and turns Downtown Vancouver into the World's largest cosplay stage.

    See Parade route and Expo schedule on our website.

    Twitter: @VanHalloween


    Oct 04, 2016

    We know small businesses just aren’t the same as large developers or property managers. Small businesses need more personalized customer service, quicker turnaround times and answers – lots of answers.

    That’s why the City – with input from BIAs – has just opened a Small Business Commercial Renovation Centre – a one-stop-shop for small businesses needing help with renovations, starting a business or negotiating the City’s by-laws and regulations.

    In particular, the Centre will provide small business customers with:

    • access to knowledgeable staff who can provide clear direction around permits and process;
    • timely assessment of project viability; and
    • continued support through the process to business licence issuance.

    Contact the Commercial Renovation Centre through its new website.

  • Vancouver Art Book Fair

    Sep 26, 2016

    The longest-running international art book fair in Canada, the Vancouver Art Book Fair celebrates its 5th year with its annual festival or artists' publishing at the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 14 to 16, 2016. Opening with a Members Preview on October 14, the fair runs from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, is free and open to the public, and showcases the work of over 100 publishers and artists through exhibitor booths, hourly talks, performances and artists' projects.

    At the heart of the fair is a selection of local, national and international artists, illustrators, designers, publishers, collectives and artist-run centres who display books, magazines, zines, chapbooks and print ephemera. With such an array of exhibitors, guests are guaranteed to discover artists, writers, publishers and/or publications they have not encountered previously.

    Featured presenters include: Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed & Vanessa Kwan of the Big Rock Candy Mountain project (Vancouver), Eunice Luk of Slow Editions (Tokyo/Yokohama), independent artist Nicole Killian (Richmond, Virginia), Dan Rule & Justine Ellis of Perimeter Books (Melbourne), Cristian Hernandez, Juli Majer & Tylor Macmillan of DDOOGG (Vancouver), Alex Durlak of Perish Publishing (Toronto), Cole Pauls of Pizza Punks (Vancouver), David Roeder of Good Press (Glasgow) and Coley Brown of Silent Sound (Los Angeles)

    VA/BF will also present Artists’ Books Week from October 10 to October 16, 2016, which is an open platform for artists, curators, collectives, institutions, artist-run centres and others to host events that celebrate art publishing.

    Twitter: VanArtBookFair


    Sep 23, 2016

    While she doesn’t look a day over 39(!), Canada will actually turn 50 next year and there’ll be celebrations galore. The big day is July 1, 2017, but why party for just one day when you can kick up your heels for 365 days?

    The federal Canadian Heritage Ministry is leading the charge for many activities across Canada, while local communities are also getting in on the fun.

    St. Joseph Communications is a Canada 150 partner and has created Passport 2017 – a mobile and web platform where you can list your event. You can personalize recommendations, stories and event listings to plan your year-long partying accordingly.

    Starting in October, Canadians are being invited to participate in ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List – a call to try 150 unique physical activities that define us as Canadians. Sounds like fun!

    From science to art to community engagement to innovation – there are so many ways to celebrate Canada, you’ll need more than one year to do it!


  • Libations is 10 years old!

    Sep 22, 2016

    Can you believe that our signature networking event is 10 this year? Under the guidance of the membership committee, a lot of things have changed for Libations since our first Fall event in at Sanafir but you can still expect to meet great downtown influencers and experience cool downtown venues! Past host venues include The Shangri-la Hotel, UVA Wine Bar, The Belmont Bar, the Terrace of the Fairmont Waterfront, Giovane Wine Bar, Black & Blue, and Chewies Oyster Bar. If you would like to be a host for one our events please email We’re looking for venues!

    October’s Libations will be hosted at the Bill Reid Gallery on Thursday October 27th from 4-6pm.

    During the networking event, DVBIA members are invited to be the first to experience the new wearable art exhibit: Layers of Love or the permanent exhibit consisting of over one hundred works by Bill Reid, mainly owned by the Bill Reid Foundation, and some borrowed from private collections. Some are as huge as the 8.5 m bronze Mythic Messengers frieze created in 1984 to symbolize communication; some are as monumentally small as the minute tea set carved in blackboard chalk by Bill Reid at the age of twelve, displayed here for the first time to the public.

    The Bill Reid Gallery opened in May 2008, and is the only public gallery in Canada devoted to contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast. It is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and special exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast of North America.

    Contact if you would like to donate a door prize and have your business highlighted.

    Online RSVP at is required as tickets are sold in advance only. Save your spot today.

  • Downtown Wins with Transit Plan

    Sep 16, 2016

    The DVBIA is throwing its vocal support behind much-needed and long-awaited projects proposed in the Mayors’ Council Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation released September 16. This support is an extension of the association’s support of the Mayors’ Council Vision released in 2014 in advance of the plebiscite vote that was rejected.

    Downtown Vancouver is a major economic hub for the region that depends on major investments to expand the public transit network to move people faster into and around the core, reduce congestion and support future growth.

    Phase One of the 10-Year Vision aligns with what the DVBIA heard as part of its Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver 2040 visioning process last year. More than 11,000 people said they wanted more sustainable and healthy transportation options, in particular, expanded transit services.

    Of particular benefit to downtown in the proposed plan are expansions of SkyTrain and Canada Line service; more SeaBus service; more frequent, reliable bus service include B-line bus service; more WestCoast Express service; and investments in the major road network that will improve/facilitate goods movement.

    Read the DVBIA media release

    Read the Mayors’ Council media release


    Sep 16, 2016

    We did it!

    Check out the new Awesome public lane behind the Birks building that has a new ‘Play’ theme. It’s a BYOB space – meaning bring your own balls – basketball or soccer to play with.

    This idea of Awesome takes existing, underutilized downtown laneways and reshapes them into engaging public spaces accessible by everyone.

    The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, HCMA Architecture & Design and the City of Vancouver are creating a new, robust network of interconnected laneways, each with its own sense of place and evolving identity – starting with the Hastings West lane.

    The lane opened in September as part of the Placemaking Week conference. Thousands showed up. Watch the party video.

    The transformation is almost complete with more lighting to be added. Watch the transformation video.

    So, what difference has it made to how people use the lane? Watch the simultaneous before and after time lapse footage. Our counts tell us more than 3x as many pedestrians are now using the laneway. The majority are taking photos of themselves against the coloured walls. Who knew?

    Where’d this idea come from?

    Last year, 11,000 Vancouverites weighed in on the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s Re-Imagine process. They helped create a vision for downtown for the next 25 years. Refresh your memory.

    One of the ideas that come up again and again – activate, decorate, commercialize, clean up/brighten up our laneways please! So, we are.

    Show us your pics: #moreawesomenow


    Sep 04, 2016

    The idea of Awesome takes existing, underutilized downtown laneways and reshapes them into engaging public spaces accessible by everyone.  

    As a city with a distinctive urban form, Vancouver’s street grid includes over 200+ downtown blocks that are bisected by a lane. Reimagining and reconfiguring these utilitarian corridors as vibrant recreational, commercial and performance spaces could increase the pedestrian area of downtown by as much as 30%. Awesome!

    The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, HCMA Architecture + Design and the City of Vancouver are creating a new, robust network of interconnected laneways, each with its own sense of place and evolving identity – starting with the Hastings West lane between Seymour and Granville Streets behind the Birks Building. Read the media release.

    Weather willing (!), it will be ready for an official unveiling on Thursday, September 15 from 5-10pm as part as part of a ‘Power of Placemaking’ downtown public spaces crawl for attendees of the Placemaking Week conference and all lovers of laneways. Please join us.

    Where’d this idea come from?

    Last year, 11,000 Vancouverites weighed in on the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s Re-Imagine process. They helped create a vision for downtown for the next 25 years. Refresh your memory.

    One of the ideas that come up again and again – activate, decorate, commercialize, clean up/brighten up our laneways please! So, we are.



    Sep 04, 2016

    Join us in Downtown Vancouver for Vancouver's first #POPCrawl! 

    #POPCrawl is a choose your own adventure exploration of Vancouver public space. The free event will kick off at the 800 Block of Robson Street (south plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery) with food trucks, music and some surprise activities. Stop by our Launch Party to grab something to eat and a #POPCrawl Passport. Then set out to see how many sites you can explore in one evening! 

    We've curated the sites, and planned surprise activations at each of them, animated especially this evening. An online map of sites is also available here. Can't make it to the Launch Party? No problem, swing by any of our sites to pick up your #POPCrawl Passport and start your journey there. 

    The POP Crawl will wrap up at the Pendulum Gallery with a special celebration for the Vancouver Public Space Network's 10-year "Time and Place" Anniversary Party.

    #POPCrawl is a celebration of public space, inspired by Vancouver Placemaking Week. Placemaking Week will run fromSeptember 12 – 17th. As more than 1,000 delegates from around the world gather in Vancouver, we want to showcase our city's downtown public spaces and give our residents a chance to engage with them and each other! Increasingly we are understanding how important urban design is in creating healthy communities. Be sure to join us for #POPCrawl to have fun and learn more.

    Teaser: a highlight will be the new ‘re-imagined’ laneway on Hastings West behind the Birks Building.


  • 7th Annual Culture Days

    Sep 01, 2016

    Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration that always begins on the last Friday of September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free, interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion. Since its inception, 10 million Canadians have participated in 40,000 Culture Days activities and events in 900 cities and towns during the annual event.

    The seventh annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.

    With thousands of activities registered at, Culture Days drives a multi-level national communications and public relations campaign designed to inspire and catalyze greater public participation in the arts and cultural life of our communities

    Register your Culture Days Activity by July 31 Midnight EDT.

  • Word Vancouver Festival

    Sep 01, 2016

    Word Vancouver, A free festival of reading and writing: A multitude of reading and writing activities will take place at free events between September 21 and 25, all part of Word Vancouver; the big festival day happens on the 25th in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

    Take in free readings, panel discussions, writing workshops, site performers, family activities, and more. Canadian authors and book, magazine, comics, education, and literacy exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age! From Wednesday to Friday, experience author readings and events at these venues: Banyen Books & Sound, CBC Studio 700, Christianne’s Lyceum, The Cottage Bistro, The Emerald, and Historic Joy Kogawa House. On Saturday, take part in free professional development workshops. On Sunday, activities are in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, between Robson and Georgia and Hamilton and Homer).

    This year’s programming includes readings, panel discussions, professional development workshops, entertainment, site performers, the exhibitor marketplace, colouring and typewriter stations, and more. Word Vancouver is thrilled to have authors of all genres joining us: Lynn Johnston, Joy Kogawa, Anosh Irani, Ujjal Dosanjh, Paul Yee, Ronald Wright, Yasuko Thanh, Jen Sookfong Lee, Bif Naked, Carmen Aguirre, bill bisset, Daphne Marlatt, Wayde Compton, Caroline Adderson, Lorelei Bachman, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Faith Erin Hicks, and many more!

    Facebook: @WORDvancouver #wordvan16

  • Enjoy the Cultures of Central Europe

    Sep 01, 2016

    The HeArt of Europe Festival is a family-friendly festival in Vancouver, where everyone can experience and enjoy the rich and diverse cultures of Central European countries, through arts, music, folk dance, film and more.

    This year the festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 & Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at our new location, Robson Square.

  • 35th VIFF Returns

    Aug 29, 2016

    In its 35th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 29-October 14, 2016 as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe. Over the course of the 16 day festival, over 930+ hours of film will be screened by over 140,000 admissions.

    Passes and Ticket Packs are on sale (online only) from September 1st. Single tickets go on sale September 8th at the Vancity Theatre from September 15th.

    DVBIA is a proud sponsor of VIFF. Twitter: @viffest Facebook: VIFFest


    Aug 24, 2016

    Were you one of the 11,000 Vancouverites who weighed in on the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s Re-Imagine process last year that helped create a vision for downtown for the next 25 years? Watch our video of the results.

    We’re using all those great ideas to help the association develop its next five-year strategic plan.

    But, this isn’t your usual, dry strat planning process!

    Did you know that by 2025, 75% of the Canadian workforce will be Millennials? That’s where our downtown is headed – and the DVBIA plans to be at the forefront of that wave of change.

    Based on Re-Imagine, major trends impacting various sectors, and the Millennial generation’s influence, we’ve created a draft strategic plan for 2017-2022. Are we on the right track?

    Please take about 10 minutes to share thoughts on this Membership Survey. You can be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate for your efforts.

    Deadline to complete the survey is Friday, September 9, 2016.

  • Mobi on Downtown

    Aug 23, 2016

    A week after its launch, Mobi, Vancouver’s public bike share program, is both a roaring success while still working out a few kinks. Open to just Founding Members so far, about 1,500 early adopters have been the first to ride like the wind between 23 bike stations. Another 1,000 Founding Members can expect to be hitting the road shortly. Early bird rates for Founding Members extended till August 15.

    Registrations for both 30- and 60-minute memberships can be purchased for the regular rates of $180 and $240 respectively. A small price to pay for quick, safe, healthy transport in the city centre.

    Note: as more docking stations and bikes are added to the system, the online map will be updated. Private bike rental shops are also noted on the map. Watch for a mobile App shortly to make commuting even simpler.

    FB: @mobibikeshare
    Twitter: #mobi_bikes @mobi_bikes

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