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  • CBC Outdoor Music Series

    Jun 29, 2016


    Musical Nooners returns to CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage this summer!

    You are invited to bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert at 700 Hamilton Street, weekdays from 12 pm to 1 pm. 

    Prepare to be entertained throughout the season with a diverse lineup of musical performers, starting with The Tourist Company on July 8th.

    New this year, we will be hosting five special theme days:

    • Friday, July 8 - OPENING DAY
    • Tuesday, July 12 - KIDS DAY
    • Tuesday, July 19 - DOG DAY
    • Thursday, July 28 - COUNTRY DAY
    • Wednesday, August 3 - 'ROAD TO RIO' DAY
    The concerts are one hour in length and we will be keeping sound levels in check. You can expect sound checks to begin at 11 am.

    For more information and the full line-up, click on the “Events” tab at cbc.ca/bc.

  • Celebrate! Outdoor Summer Market

    Jun 27, 2016



    Craft Council of British Columbia
     is pleased to invite you to our fourth annual outdoor summer market - Celebrate. The market will take place this summer over four days from July 21-24  at the Jack Poole Plaza and is FREE!

    Learn about arts and crafts, communicate directly with the artists, and browse and participate in a locally run market in a beautiful setting. There will be opportunities to make connections, including business connections, with local artists. This is an interactive artisan market for families and downtown residents.

    Hours:

    Thursday 11am - 6pm
    Friday 10am - 6pm
    Saturday 10am - 6pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm

    https://twitter.com/CraftCouncilBC
    https://www.instagram.com/craftcouncilbc

    #CelebrateCraft

  • Jazz Weekend This Weekend

    Jun 23, 2016



    The widely beloved Downtown Jazz Weekend is back at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza June 25 & 26 as a part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Each stage at this completely free event 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.

    Downtown Jazz Weekend is just the beginning - the rest of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is a summer staple, featuring over 300 concerts and 1,800 musicians, at 35 venues across the city. Find festival details on all 10 days of free and ticketed shows at coastaljazz.ca.

    Twitter: @coastaljazz
    #VanJazzFest

  • Traffic Advisory

    Jun 16, 2016


    We have another busy weekend filled with events and construction throughout the City. Events are concentrated on the West side and Downtown on Sunday, while construction is more distributed on Saturday. Of significant note is the Jazz Fest at the Art Gallery all weekend, and the Scotia Bank Half Marathon on Sunday.

    Notable Impacts – Saturday June 25th

    • Vancouver International Jazz Fest on Robson Square and Howe Street (24 hour closure). Full closure of Howe from Georgia to Robson (parkade access is retained). Permanent closure of Robson from Howe to Hornby.
    • Utility construction on Cambie bridge Pacific off-ramp (7am to 5pm). Pacific off-ramp will be closed 7am to 2pm. 1 lane will be retained on Pacific at all times (of 2).
    • Concrete Pour on Thurlow street at Davie (7:30am to 3:30pm). 1 lane southbound will be retained on Thurlow.

    Notable Impacts – Sunday June 26th

    • Vancouver International Jazz Fest on Robson Square and Howe Street (12am to 6pm). Full closure of Howe from Georgia to Robson (parkade access is retained). Permanent closure of Robson from Howe to Hornby.
    • Scotia Bank Vancouver Half Marathon (7:30am to 11am). Various closures through the West Side and West End, most notably Cornwall from MacDonald to Burrard, Burrard Bridge Southbound, and Pacific from Burrard to Jervis.
  • Volunteer Opportunity: VQFF

    Jun 15, 2016



    Are you interested in some summer lovin’ volunteering fun with some awesome perks? The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is Western Canada's largest queer arts event and Vancouver's second largest film festival that takes place annually in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Featuring over 80 films from 20 countries, VQFF invites audiences from around the world to participate in this amazing event! This is a fantastic opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the LGBT2Q+ arts communities. In return for your generous help they invite all of their volunteers to an awesome appreciation party at the end of the Festival, and all of your volunteer hours go towards vouchers for free films during the Festival! If you are interested, please check out their volunteer registration.

    If you are interested, please contact Andy Holmes, Volunteer Coordinator
    at volunteer@outonscreen.com - 604 844 -1615

  • Help Water the Boulevard Trees

    Jun 13, 2016




    The City of Vancouver maintains all public trees in Vancouver, including trees that line our streets, trees that are in parks, and trees along boulevards. Our Park Board arborists grow trees at our tree farm and plant thousands of new trees each year. Arborists also prune and remove trees and deal with tree pests and diseases.

    Watering trees is very important to their growth and health. They require even more water during hot spells like the current one. Extreme hot weather is especially damaging to newly planted trees which are still establishing their root systems. Trees planted within the last five years – many with "water me" tags attached – would benefit most by watering at this time.

    You are asked to be vigilant for young stressed streets trees adjacent to your property - usually indicated by leaves turning brown or falling. The best practice is to apply at least 12 to 20 litres of water (five to 10 minutes with a slow running hose or a couple of watering cans full) two to three times per week over the roots. Regional water restrictions do not apply to trees and shrubs. However, be water-wise by ensuring that all of it gets to the tree.

    How you can help:

    1. Watch out for Vandalism of trees. Call 311 to report damage.
    2. As we get into the dry summer months, help water trees.  For most new plantings, 2 applications of water weekly, by way of a Watering Bag will usually provide enough moisture to help in establishing our newly planted trees.  To receive the watering bags, please contact Tatton Zanardo at tatton.zanardo@vancouver.ca 

    Bags will be delivered and placed on the trees, and removed once watering is no longer required.  Please help us grow our Urban Forest!

    If you require any further information please contact Amit Gandha (Acting City Arborist) at 604.257.8580.
  • DOWNTOWN AWARDS & AGM

    Jun 07, 2016


    We'll be hosting our Downtown Appreciation Awards & Annual General Meeting on June 23.  In addition to doing our AGM business, we will be toasting this year’s Appreciation Award winners for their outstanding contributions to the business community.

    Recipients for 2016 are: former Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, property owners Dino and Kerry Bonnis, Oxford Properties, and The Urban Tea Merchant.

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
    Registration 3:30 pm, Program from 4:00-6:00 pm
    Telus Garden, 510 West Georgia Street, 24th Floor

    This is a free member-exclusive event. RSVP is required as space is limited.

  • ARE TRANSIT FARES FAIR?

    Jun 07, 2016



    It’s been 30 years since TransLink looked at its fare structure. With the new Compass card and fare gates recently introduced, it’s a good time to open up the discussion. TransLink wants to know what you think about the current fare system, including zones and fare products. The survey closes June 30.
     
    Watch an informative, cute video to learn more and then complete the survey; the first of four phases of consultation. Speak up!

  • CALLING CHANGE AGENTS

    Jun 06, 2016


    Project for Public Spaces out of NYC, along with local hosts will descend on downtown Van for a series of events that will map the future of the placemaking movement during Placemaking Week September 12-18 – and you can be involved.

    It’s actually three events rolled into one:

    1. Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place is all about – you guessed in – walking, cycling and placemaking.

    2. Future of Places Summit will advance the New Urban Agenda and Habitat

    3. Placemaking Leadership Forum

    In a nutshell, some of the conference is formally programmed, but much is crowd-sourced. Meaning, you, your organization or company, can put a session or idea on the table and present it. It’s a chance to showcase the super cool stuff happening in Vancouver. Or, use it to bring global change agents together to help us solve some of our local challenges.

  • Downtown Jazz, June 25 & 26

    May 31, 2016


    The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival starts off with bang the weekend of June 25 & 26, with free programming on three stages in the heart of Downtown. Musical highlights will include:

    SATURDAY:

    • A Salute to Dal Richards: The beloved bandleader, who passed away last winter, is saluted in style by his long-time band and some touching reminiscences.
    • Dawn Pemberton: Vancouver’s most authentic and honest voice beats a soulful path from gostal and R&B to jazz, funk and world music. Her irresistible verve will win you over.
    • Gwyneth Herbert: Direct from the UK, this vocalist & multi-instrumentalist has been called “a remarkably gifted talent” by The Guardian.

    SUNDAY:

    • WDF (Warren Dean Flandez): This cool crooner is a rising R&B vocal sensation. His joyful take on gospel, Motown, and old school funk will get you moving
    • Jen Hodge All-Star A pack of talented twentysomethings playing raucous, sassy jazz that recalls prohibition era speakeasies. Great fun!

    Plus, don’t miss the Tom Lee Music/Anthem Properties Sounds of Youth Stage, featuring the next generation of jazz stars. Also worth a stop? The licensed Bistro, featuring Mill Street brewery beers, Lonetree cider, and Perseus wines from the Okanagan.

    The DVBIA is a silver sponsor of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

     

  • TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT NEEDED

    May 30, 2016




    The DVBIA has joined a group of business, labour, health, environmental and student groups to lobby for investment in Metro Vancouver’s transportation system via an open letter to Premier Christy Clark.

    The timing of the advocacy efforts are to ‘take advantage of the opportunity afforded by the recent federal budget to improve transit and transportation in our region,’ the letter outlines.

    Read the full letter and the participating groups.

  • SUNDAY SALSA RETURNS

    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.

  • ‘MOBI’ CRUISES INTO DOWNTOWN

    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: http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/

     

     

  • 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 coastaljazz.ca

  • PUBLIC BIKE SHARE ALMOST HERE

    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: info@cyclehop.com

    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.

  • ROBSON BECOMING A NEW PLAZA

    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.

     

  • PROVIDE INPUT ON THE LIQUOR STRATEGY

    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 doxafestival.ca/ for details.

  • POSSIBLE 4/20 CONCERNS AT VAG

    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. 

    ORGANIZER WEBSITE: http://420vancouver.com

    ISSUES

    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.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    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

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