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    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.


    Mar 31, 2016


    Take in free, mind-altering readings, interviews and discussions with authors who will change how you see – and hear – the world.

    On April 13, topics include resource extraction, embracing a more sustainable lifestyle and the future of democracy. Writers Andrew Nikiforuk (Slick Water), Carrie Saxifrage (The Big Swim) and Micah White (The End of Protest) weave compelling tales to investigate these themes in their crucial works of non-fiction. 

    The Vancouver Writers Fest, in partnership with Vancouver Public Library and the Downtown Vancouver BIA, offers this series of free interviews, discussions and readings with Canadian and international writers.  

    The series runs through May.

    Full lineup and details:

    7:30 pm  on Wednesdays
    Alice MacKay Room
    VPL Central Library
    350 West Georgia Street


  • Cherry Blossom Festival

    Mar 23, 2016


    Vancouver knows how to do Spring! With the plum blossoms already out, downtown gets ready to usher in the flowering cherry tree. Cherry blossoms, here we come! This March and April, join a favorite springtime tradition, admiring and celebrating the cherry blossoms. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and the DVBIA mark ten years of bringing the downtown community together under the cherry tree with arts and culture. 

    Kicking off the Festival is the free lunchtime concert, Cherry Jam Downtown inside Burrard SkyTrain Station on Thursday March 24thCherry Jam presents an eclectic line-up of local talent including Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra quartet with Pro Arte Centre dancers, BC Children’s Children’s Choir, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and Haiku Mime with mime artist Yayoi Hirano and Holly Burke of The Naturals on flute.

    In partnership with Transit Museum Society, the Festival is delighted to introduce TRAMS Blossom Bus tours from Burrard SkyTrain Station to explore some of the city’s best blossoms. As tours are bloom dependent, be sure to check out the Festival website at for the schedule.

    The Festival is celebrating their tenth anniversary in a big way this spring with Blossom Barge, a floating installation of 36 cherry trees in bloom unlike anything ever seen on Vancouver blue ways before! Come out to see the barge with its canopy of pink and white cherry blossoms as it sails past downtown, Coal Harbour and False Creek. On April 16th and April 17th, the best downtown viewing spots for the whole family to cheer on the cherries are: the Pier at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, Harbour Green Park and Stanley Park. Later, Science World and Sails of Lights, Port Metro Vancouver, will light up with cherry blossoms and turn pink in celebration with the Festival! Blossom Barge sails again to return to Crab Park around 3pm on Sunday April 17th when it will be joined by a flotilla in False Creek.

    Other returning Festival events include free Tree Talks & Walks, with the first tour leaving from the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and concluding at Burrard SkyTrain Station in time for the Cherry Jam concert on March 24th. To enjoy a uniquely Vancouver experience this spring visit for a full list of events. You can even purchase your very own cherry tree, Birthday Blossoms to be planted on private property and support the Festival’s 10th birthday!


    Mar 07, 2016

    During the time Janette Sadik-Khan was Transportation Commissioner of New York City, the results were transformative—from Times Square to every borough of the Big Apple and beyond. Even in Vancouver, her strategy of ‘just trying things out’ encouraged our recent experiments with public spaces and bike-lanes. Her North America-wide influence has led to new people-focused street design standards, to new opportunities for public spaces, and to new ways of moving through our cities.

    Attend a special lecture by Sadik-Khan, here to promote her new book "Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution". The lecture will be followed by a spirited chat between Sadik-Khan and SFU City Program Director Gordon Price.

    Tickets are just $5.
    Proudly supported by the Downtown Vancouver BIA

  • Family FUSE Weekend!

    Feb 23, 2016

    March 5th and 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm, explore the groundbreaking exhibition MashUp through a diverse range of performances and hands-on activities. Join hip-hop dance performances and workshops withDedos & The Now Or Never Crew and Project Soul Crew, partake in screen-print workshop combining digital images with text presented by Malaspina Printmakers, learn a range of collage techniques from artists Jessie and Ewan McNeil, and see experimental electronic music and video performances by students from Burnaby North High who have created pieces during a project with The Western Front.

    FREE for Members and for children 12 & under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply.

  • CelticFest Vancouver 2016

    Feb 18, 2016

    It's March, and you know what that means! Soon CelticFest Vancouver will be filling city streets, concert halls, and pubs with the vibrant Celtic spirit. Mark your calendars for March 10 - 17. There's so much to see and do! It all starts with a special pre-festival concert featuring Ireland's Damien DempseyMarch 5.

    The festival welcomes Irish music legends The Irish Rovers for a very special evening on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at the Vogue Theatre. This must-see show celebrates the Rovers' 50th Anniversary, and their final world tour. The band promises a great evening full of your favorite Rovers' tunes, and a chance to meet them after the show. What better way could you spend St. Paddy's Day?

    Don't miss your chance to cheer CelticFest's official kick-off at Doolin's Irish Pub on Thursday, March 10. Come raise a glass amidst the rousing tunes of Halifax Wharf Rats. Doolin's also hosts three nights of whisky tastings on March 14, 15, 16. Find your level of expertise, and enjoy the educational experience! Other festival shows include The Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir March 11 at St. Andrew's Wesley Church, the rollicking CelticFest Ceilidh March 12, Irish accordion dynamo Sharon ShannonMarch 13and multiple performances of the hilarious comedy Moll from Standing Room Only Theatre.

    The free Celtic Village takes over Granville Street between Robson & Nelson on the weekend of March 12 and 13, with great Celtic bands on Doolin’s Music Stage, dynamic swordplay in the Celtic Kids' Zone, and workshops and shows at Tom Lee Music. 

    The fabulous St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, March 13 starting at 11am. The route heads north on Howe from Davie, and ends at Georgia and Granville. Get there early for a good place to view! Full info and tickets at


    Feb 08, 2016

    Go bananas and ring in the Lunar New Year as the 2016 LunarFest returns to downtown Vancouver February 12-14 to ring in the Year of the Monkey!

    Monkey King, a legendary character in the renowned Chinese literature Journey to the West, will be visiting the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery from Feb. 12-14 with hundreds of his friends.  The Monkey King and his friends is an exhibition that is designed to interact with visitors and to challenge everyone to be creative in expressing their ways of celebrating Lunar New Year. Be sure to check out the exhibition "Reflections" and try to see humans in the monkeys; the exhibition invited works from Anna Banana, the artist who recently completed her exhibition "45 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana" at the Victoria Art Gallery, and Sherri Rogers, whose works are about Urban Zoos and Beth Agosti, who built a lantern with 18 elementary school children who were born in the Year of Monkey. Other works in the exhibition include Space Monkeys from the fashion students at the Green Apple Art Center and three other International artists. 

    Be sure to watch the World's smallest lion dancing and six types of Asian drumming dance performance and get into the festivity like no other celebrations in the world. For people who are anxious to learn what is in store for the Monkey Year, a Chinese Temple and a Japanese Temple are there to provide some divine guidance.  Other highlights include new year DIY crafts and dumplings etc. 

    Free admission. LunarFest is sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA.

    For more info:

  • Downtown Libations

    Feb 03, 2016


    You are invited to a very special Libations networking event. Brooks Brothers is thrilled to host DVBIA members for a Tuesday evening foray into the high-end luxury retail of Alberni Street.

    Enjoy cocktails and canapes while mingling through the refined fabrics and styles of this fashion institution. Exclusive in-store promotions will be available for all those in attendance. Tickets sold in advance only.


    Tuesday, March 1st 2016 | 5:00 - 7:00pm


    Brooks Brothers, 1026 Alberni Street


    Free for DVBIA Members, $20 for guests.

    RSVP is required by February 25th 2016.
    Visit to register

  • Dine out Vancouver

    Jan 20, 2016

    Dine out Vancouver by Tourism Vancouver returns to Downtown from January 15 to 31. Choose from dozens of participating downtown restaurants, culinary events including a 10 day street food festival (link to street food city blogpost), brunch crawls, and more.

    Here’s a list of participating DVBIA Members!

  • CelticFest 2016

    Jan 20, 2016

    From March 10-17, Vancouver streets, concert halls, and pubs will resound with the sights, sounds, and vibrant spirit of CelticFest Vancouver 2016.

    A pre-festival concert featuring Irish folk hero Damien Dempsey on March 5 will set the scene for the great entertainment to come. Music legends, The Irish Rovers perform on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 - a do-not-miss concert.

    CelticFest's official kick-off features the rousing sounds of Halifax Wharf Rats March 10March 11 marks the return of The Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir and, by popular demand, the CelticFest Ceilidh is back with a roster of Celtic music and dance gold March 12.CelticFest and the Rogue Folk co-present Irish accordion dynamo Sharon Shannon March 13.

    Standing Room Only Theatre returns with the hilarious comedy Moll by award-winning Irish playwright John B Keane. Doolin’s Irish Pub (654 Nelson) hosts Doolin’s Irish Pub Whisky Tastings March 14, 15 & 16.

    On the weekend of March 12-13, The Celtic Village returns to Granville Street between Robson & Nelson with music, dance, fun and frolic, food -- and great shopping, too! This FREE street fair features performances by some of BC’s finest Celtic music groups on Doolin’s Music Stage, swordplay in the Celtic Kids' Zone, and Tom Lee Music hosts a series of fascinating (and free) performances and workshops.

    The wildly popular St. Patrick's Day Parade paints downtown Vancouver a glorious emerald green on Sunday March 13, starting at 11am. Follow the parade as it makes its away along Howe from Davie to Georgia Street.

    Participating pubs and restaurants will present performances by musicians, bands and dancers up to and including St. Patrick's Day onMarch 17.

    CelticFest offers the best of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture in all its diversity and vitality – and everyone is invited to come along!

    Full info & tix: 


    Jan 12, 2016

    On now! Take in free, mind-altering readings, interviews and discussions with authors who will change how you see – and hear – the world.

    The Vancouver Writers Fest, in partnership with Vancouver Public Library and the Downtown Vancouver BIA, presents Incite, a free series of interviews, discussions and readings with Canadian and international writers.  

    The January 20 event focuses on topics of being an outsider and finding hope in unexpected places and includes Andrew Battershill (Pillow), Pauline Holdstock (The Hunter and the Wild Girl) and Billie Livingston (The Crooked Heart of Mercy).

    The series runs through May.

    Full lineup and details:

    7:30 pm  on Wednesdays
    Alice MacKay Room
    VPL Central Library
    350 West Georgia Street 


  • Downtown PuSh!

    Jan 08, 2016

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver's mid-winter festival featuring acclaimed local, national and international artists. The PuSh Festival presents ground-breaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and multimedia performance.

    The 12th annual PuSh Festival takes place January 19 to February 7, 2016 at various venues across Vancouver—and there’s a lot on offer over the three weeks. This year’s Festival includes works by artists and companies from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Lebanon, and the United States.

    The 2016 Festival features over 150 performances and events over 20 days, including 18 Main Stage shows, three weeks of performances at Club PuSh in its new home at The Fox Cabaret, industry networking events at the PuSh Assembly, free movies in the PuSh Film Series, professional workshops, and many artist talks and other ancillary events.

    Here are just a few highlight shows of the 2016 PuSh Festival that are taking place downtown:


    By Ranters Theatre (Australia)
    January 20–23 | The Orpheum Annex

    Inspired by real-life encounters, this bespoke work is a collection of anecdotes, unashamed disclosures and intimate life stories shared by strangers in the street.


    By The Holy Body Tattoo & Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Canada)
    January 28 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

    Homegrown dance icons make their triumphant return to the stage with their signature rock and roll choreography, accompanied live by the post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor. An occasion so rare it comes around once a decade.


    By Association Immeìdiat (France)
    February 4–6 | Vancouver Playhouse

    French circus comes to town with this highly inventive physical comedy. It’s the visual anarchy of the Marx Brothers, delivered with an accent. Prepare to be astonished.

    PuSh Passes and tickets for the 2016 PuSh Festival are on sale now at


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