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    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


  • 80,000 Attend NYE Vancouver

    Jan 04, 2016

    Last week, eighty thousand onlookers rang in 2016 with midnight fireworks and a free waterfront festival at Canada Place.

    The event, hosted by the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society, was the first free community New Year’s Eve celebration downtown in more than ten years. The festivities included live music from local bands The Matinee, We Are The City, Dear Rouge, Current Swell, and this year’s Peak Performance Project winner, Bed of Stars.

    Two New Year’s countdowns took place: one at 9 pm for families, and one at midnight with waterfront fireworks.

    “Bringing this level of New Year’s Eve event back to Vancouver, we knew people would be excited, but the turnout and support we received from all levels of the community was truly overwhelming,” said Charles Gauthier, Downtown Vancouver BIA President and CEO and Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society President.

    For more information, visit

  • Street Food City

    Dec 15, 2015

    Street Food City, Vancouver's original street food pod, returns for its annual pop-up during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Presented by Tourism Vancouver, the StreetFood Vancouver Society and the DVBIA, Street Food City is a delicious way to brighten your downtown lunch hour. 

    Street Food City will take place January 16 – 24, 2016 on the north plaza grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Showcasing more than 25 food trucks, Street Food City will be open to the public:

    • Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    • Friday to Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm.

    Have your pick of dishes – from gourmet hot dogs, fresh squeezed juices, and butter chicken wraps to stick-to-your-ribs chili, delectable grilled cheese sandwiches, some serious sausage, and so much more. Tents, tables and seating make it easy to enjoy lunch on-site. Special Dine Out Vancouver Festival creations and pricing will be available.


    Dec 08, 2015

    The ‘just-how-long-has-it-been-since-we’ve-done-this?’ downtown New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on December 31 starting at 6pm at the downtown waterfront and runs till about 12:20am with plenty to do at this family friendly event. Note: ‘family friendly’ doesn’t mean boring for the older kids and adults – really!

    102.7 The PEAK Stage

    Come down to the 102.7 The PEAK Stage at Canada Place Way for over six hours of free family-friendly performances. Programming starts at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight with the countdown to the fireworks.

    The performances will celebrate the seventh and final year of The PEAK FM’s PEAK Performance Project, a program that has launched the career of a number of Vancouver musicians. The artist lineup for the 102.7 The PEAK Stage features the 2015 winner, headliner Current Swell, former winner We Are The City, The Matinee and more. A full schedule of artists and performances will be released at a later date.

    Early Eve

    If you have young children who sleep early, celebrating New Year’s Eve at midnight can often be challenging. Coinciding with the East Coast’s midnight countdown, the Early Eve countdown at NYE Vancouver will allow families with kids to enjoy and embrace the New Year’s Eve events and atmosphere. Early Eve, held at the 102.7 The PEAK Stage, concludes at 9 p.m. with a short burst of fireworks from the offshore barge.

    Midnight Countdown Fireworks presented by WestPark

    Vancouver will welcome 2016 in spectacular fashion with a high-aerial fireworks display, synchronized to music, launched from a barge in the middle of Coal Harbour. The pyrotechnic display begins at the stroke of midnight.

    Get all the deets:

  • Vancouver’s Comedy Festival

    Dec 08, 2015

    NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs have joined forces to present JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s comedy festival presenting some of the best in stand-up, sketch, and improv. The inaugural 2016 festival takes place February 18 to 27 at multiple venues across Vancouver and includes ten glorious days of hilarity and laughter in the middle of winter. The JFL NorthWest lineup includes some of the biggest names in comedy such as Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Miranda Sings, Jeremy Hotz, Janeane Garofalo, and many more. Details at

  • The DVBIA’s 25th Anniversary

    Dec 04, 2015

    This month concludes the DVBIA’s yearlong celebration of its 25th Anniversary. We have featured 12 stories over 12 months, each highlighting a different moment or accomplishment for the organization. Whether it was our Olympics We Remember video, our snazzy info-graphics, or our great guide to Downtown dining, we hope you have enjoyed the journey.

    To close out the year, we present one final video. When folks think about Downtown Vancouver, they can’t help but think of Granville Street. This storied street has been the backbone of our downtown since long before the City of Vancouver was a registered entity. Consider this our tongue-in-cheek tribute to one of the most quintessential parts of our city. We just hope we've done the street justice.

    Thank you for these last 25 years - we look forward to the next 25. Cheers to you Downtown Vancouver!

    Enjoy – the DVBIA team.

  • Christmas @ Canada Place

    Nov 30, 2015

    Don’t miss the 28th annual Christmas at Canada Place celebrations, presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

    • Dates: December 12 to 30, 2015 (Closed December 24 & 25)
    • Times: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
    • Admission: FREE
    • Location: Canada Place on The Canadian Trail (west promenade)

    This year’s highlights include:

    Woodward’s Windows*
    The historic Woodward’s Windows are a treasured part of Vancouver’s history. Originally displayed in the popular Woodward’s department store, the windows featured classic holiday scenes with animated characters and elaborate decor. Handcrafted in the 1960s, the displays included The Candlestick Factory, Santa’s Workshop and The Lamplighter. Following the closure of the Woodward’s department store, Canada Place purchased the displays in 1993 and has continued to incorporate them into the Christmas at Canada Place experience.  The Woodward’s Windows offer nostalgia for those who remember seeing them displayed in the store and excitement for those seeing them for the first time. Learn more about the Woodward’s Windows.

     Capture your Christmas memories in a 15ft snow globe
    The spirit of the holidays is brought to life in our port city. Join us for festive photos by donation, with all proceeds supporting Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children program. Learn how many of your holiday gifts, Christmas dinner favourites, and seasonal décor come through the port. We’re bringing goods to you in a good way. Follow us at #myportcity.

    Rudolph’s Theatre
    Stroll through Rudolph’s Theatre and catch a glimpse of classic Christmas movies Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman for all to enjoy.

    Avenue of Christmas trees
    Come see the beautifully decorated trees, sponsored by great community supporters.

    Arts and crafts
    Come in, sit down and write your letter to Santa, make an array of festive crafts, and more!

    Visit for more information.



    Nov 25, 2015

    There’s a new proposed design for the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which the DVBIA has been advocating for since 2013. What do you think? Attend the open house on Thursday, November 26 from 5-8pm at UBC Robson Square (beside the ice rink) and weigh in!

    A bit of background:


    Block 51, the 800-block of Robson Street (between Hornby and Howe) and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza, has long been the centre for Vancouverites to socialize, and display civil democracy and creative expression.

    Two timely initiatives are now driving the City of Vancouver’s interest in finding out how the public uses these spaces.  

    While the projects are separate, the City is combining its investigation of their uses into one public dialogue. Specifically, it’s are investigating:

    • Transportation impacts and adjustments related to the potential permanent public plaza
    • Design possibilities and programming options for a year-round public square
    • The public's current and desired use of the 800-block of Robson Street

    Read more details:




    Nov 05, 2015

    Over the course of the summer 2015, more than 11,000 residents, visitors and members weighed in; you have re-imagined what downtown Vancouver could be like over the next 25 years.

    You told us that in 2040, downtown Vancouver will be:

    • a healthy, life-affirming place
    • a network of connected greenways and activated alleyways highlighted by art and businesses,
    • home to young families and seniors
    • affordable for anyone that wants to live there
    • home to multi-national headquarters with a distinctive skyline
    • ‘rain-proofed’ with retractable awnings
    • supported by relaxed liquor regulations resulting in a renaissance of cafes and restaurants
    • where all downtown employees earn a living wage.

    These are just some of the specific ‘how to’ ideas creating a vision for downtown in 2040 that is a 24/7 ‘mash up’ of commerce, culture, creativity and community. The new vision for downtown over the next 25 years includes an equitable, sustainable and friendly city that celebrates its waterfront setting. Where protected nature and creative urbanism successfully cohabit. Where digital technology is embraced. And, where our equal distance from Asia and Europe positions us as a city of influence.

  • Christmas Guide to Downtown

    Nov 04, 2015

    Start planning your holiday entertainment and shopping now!

    The Christmas Guide to Downtown Vancouver hits the streets in mid-November. Produced by the DVBIA in partnership with Business in Vancouver, this glossy magazine is your one-stop guide to hot gift items this season, free and ticketed events happening downtown and yummy recipes for entertaining. Event listings run mid-November through January 1 so there’s no excuse for not planning ahead.

    Copies of the guide are available at participating advertisers (thank you!), the Robson Street and West End BIAs (thank you for participating!) and other downtown locations. Or, ask a Downtown Ambassador for a copy or the closest location to pick one up.

    Save some trees and browse the guide online.

  • Rogers Santa Claus Parade

    Nov 04, 2015

    Come out for some family fun at the 12th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade. Pre-parade festivities get underway at the Coast Capital Saving Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 10:30 am with live entertainment, gingerbread decorating, a photo booth station and letters-to-Santa station. The parade begins at 1pm with more than 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, community groups and Santa Claus. 

    Please bring a loonie or a toonie for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and stay for free skating at the Robson Square Ice Rink after the Parade, from 3-5pm. For more information please

  • Appreciation Award Winners

    Nov 02, 2015

    Vancouver’s people deserve to be celebrated as much as our city’s natural beauty. That’s why the annual Downtown Appreciation Awards shine a well-deserved spotlight on the individuals and organizations that make our city such a world-class destination. 

    From acclaimed painter Jack Shadbolt to homeless youth advocate Covenant House Vancouver, past recipients of the Downtown Appreciation Awards represent the important leaders, organizations, and innovators that helped shape our community for the better. For more than two decades, the DVBIA has sought to recognize these notable movers and shakers who have given their all to our young city, whether it’s through art, philanthropy, or innovative contributions to our infrastructure.

    New to this year’s honours, the DVBIA recognized the positive impact that a fresh face can bring to the table with their Emerging Leader award. This year’s recipient was the much talked about blog Vancity Buzz. With four million monthly visitors and almost 100,000 Twitter followers, Vancity Buzz has become a go-to source for Vancouverites who want to stay on top of their city’s news, lifestyle, and must-see events.

    “A young city needs people to take it to the next level, and help truly elevate it on the world stage.” – Karm Sumal, Vancity Buzz publisher & co-founder

    Landscape Architect Cornelia Oberlander earned the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award for her work that transformed our downtown core into a beautiful place to live and play. She brought nature back into the city when she created the stunning Robson Square rooftop park nearly forty years ago, and contributed her unique vision to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Public Library. Oberlander joins the ranks of esteemed Vancouverites like Dal Richards, Jack Poole, Murray Goldman, and Art Phillips, all leaders in their field who left an invaluable mark on Vancouver’s culture and heritage.

    “Landscape architecture is the art and science of the possible.” – Cornelia Oberlander 

    The local office of commercial real estate firm Cadillac Fairview has worked tirelessly to build excitement in the downtown core, which is why they earned the Organization award this year. From sponsoring local events and festivals to developing the new Nordstrom location, they are an active and enthusiastic member of downtown Vancouver community at every level.

    “It’s exciting to be part of the growth and improvement of our vibrant city.” – Tom Knoepfel, senior vice president and portfolio manager, western Canada portfolio

    2015’s Individual award winner Kathleen Bartels has been a crucial part of Vancouver’s art scene for over a decade. Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery since 2001, she has taken the 84-year-old gallery’s programming into the 21st-Century, ensuring we’ll get to experience the best the art world has to offer well into the future. With plans to grow the gallery’s size and scope with a new location at Georgia and Cambie, the Vancouver Art Gallery will continue to be a pillar of our city’s cultural makeup.

    “I look forward to working together in realizing our vision for a new, purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery that will enhance Downtown’s cultural landscape and reputation.” – Kathleen Bartels

    This story is part of a monthly series highlighting milestone events or evolutions in downtown Vancouver’s history over the past 25 years in recognition of the DVBIA’s silver anniversary. See all the stories to date.

  • European Union Film Festival

    Oct 29, 2015

    Now in its 18th year, The Cinematheque’s European Union Film Festival is Vancouver’s annual showcase of acclaimed new films from across greater Europe, and the last major film festival of the year.  Proudly presented in partnership with the Vancouver consulates and Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, this year’s event is our largest yet, with entries from all 28 of the EU member states.

    Participating in the festival for the very first time is Malta, an EU member since 2004, but largely without an active domestic film industry; the country’s film, Simshar, is heralded as its first bona-fide feature film!  Each EU country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them.  Together, their selections make for a lively, provocative, stimulating, and entertaining state-of-the-Union celebration of the diversity, dynamism, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking.  For film information, tickets, and trailers, visit


    Oct 26, 2015

    The first free New Year’s Eve community celebration to take place in downtown Vancouver in more than a decade will move ahead this year, the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society has confirmed.

    The family-friendly countdown celebration will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. on December 31, 2015, along Canada Place Way between Howe and Burrard Streets. The highly anticipated celebration will have free programming, which includes live music, and entertainment, a countdown for families at 9:00 p.m. and the midnight countdown complete with fireworks.

    Details on tickets for the premium viewing area will be announced mid-November.

    Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

    Read the full media release.

    For tickets or more details on the New Year’s Eve celebration, please visit

  • Family Fuse weekend

    Oct 20, 2015

    Make! Move! Discover! Artists create in many different forms, using familiar and unfamiliar materials in ways which challenge how we think about art and the world around us. At the Vancouver Art Gallery’s fall Family Fuse Object, Action, Perception!  join artists, musicians, dancers and performers for a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops throughout the Gallery.

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