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    Jun 19, 2014

    Summer officially begins June 21, but it’s been flowers galore downtown for weeks!

    Did you know that downtown property owners purchase the hanging flower baskets you see on light poles to help beautify our streetscape? Thank you for investing in our downtown for all to enjoy.

    And, a shout out to Florenco Commercial Landscapers that supplies and keeps the baskets watered all season.


    Jun 13, 2014

    Downtown’s future at risk if no investments made 

    Yesterday, the Mayors’ Council released a 30-Year Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver. The DVBIA supports the long overdue projects proposed in the plan. Because maintaining and growing downtown Vancouver as the economic hub for the region depends on making major investments that expand the public transit network, reduce congestion and plan for future growth.

    The proposed strategy lines up with the DVBIA’s five-year strategic plan that focuses on supporting the City’s 2040 Transportation plan, encouraging all modes of transportation into and around the core, and increasing walking and public transit use.

    Of most benefit to downtown in the proposed plan are: upgrades/expansion to all SkyTrain and Canada Line lines; more SeaBus service; more frequent, reliable bus service including B-line bus service; more night bus service; more WestCoast Express service; and investments in the major road network that will improve/facilitate goods movement. 


    Jun 13, 2014
    Tricom cleans Granville

    First removal of stuck gum is free!

    Since March, the DVBIA’s new Clean Team, Tricom, has been power washing the gum off Granville Street sidewalks starting at the south end. They’ll finish up at Hastings West by the end of June.

    This first gum removal was free (well, actually it was paid for by all the DVBIA members as part of our yearly budget) for Granville property owners and tenants. So, enjoy your clean sidewalks and please make an effort to keep them clean by insisting your tenants or customers use litter receptacles. Cleaning your own sidewalks – right to the curb – on daily basis also really helps.

    If you’d like to hire Tricom to return quarterly or monthly to do subsequent gum removals, we invite you to contact them directly. Tricom staff will be dropping off flyers with more information or you can call 604-683-8076. 


    May 30, 2014
    Talented and hilarious artists

    Granville St. comes alive with 120 cool performances June 28-29 

    Street performers from Vancouver, Canada, and around the world join forces to deliver two action-packed days of comedy, acrobatics, music and more along Granville Street in downtown Vancouver June 28 and 29.

    Between more than 120 performances, check out artists and artisans, merchants and vendors offering cool and one-of-kind items, or treat your taste buds to an assortment of offerings from Vancouver's amazing food trucks, or Granville Street's great cafes and bistros.  

    The Vancouver International Busker Festival  kicks off the first weekend of VIVA Vancouver – a celebration and reclamation of road space for use as public space. Granville Street from Hastings to Smithe will be closed to traffic every weekend but open for dancing, music, interactive family activities, markets and more. 


    May 30, 2014

    Celebrating Canada's Birthday!

    Enjoy free celebrations, a parade & fireworks July 1

    Canada Day at Canada Place, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and sponsored by the DVBIA, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital. Come downtown on July 1 for free family fun. Enjoy a wide variety of live performances, entertaining exhibits and interactive displays.

    New this year is musical headliner, Said the Whale and activities such as Salty’s Market, the Go Canada! Sports Zone and the West Coast Lumberjack Show. Capping off the daytime festivities is the popular Canada Day Parade at 7:00pm and the Coast Capital Savings Fireworks Show at Canada Place at 10:30pm.


    May 30, 2014

    Kids building art

    Here, There, and Everywhere on June 21 

    Our sense of home, community and the word around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, June 21 through Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 10am–5pm as they take you Here, There and Everywhere through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops! Featuring The Cypress Street Band, DB Boyko and Sonic Playground, Malaspina Printmakers, The Vancouver Lego Club and the Now Society.

    Admission to Family FUSE Weekend is free for Gallery members and for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. It is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA. 


    May 09, 2014

    Bobby Mcferrin laughing no shoes

    Unofficially, Summer starts with the JazzFest June 20-July 1.

    With 1,800 artists, 300 concerts and 35 venues, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is Vancouver's signature festival and British Columbia's biggest music and arts presentation.

    This year’s festival celebrates its 29th year starting June 20 through July 1, 2014.

    The diverse and stellar lineup includes international headliners like Bobby McFerrin, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Hiromi: The Trio Project, Arturo Sandoval, Maceo Parker, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Cassandra Wilson, Christian McBride Trio, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak, Norma Winstone, Satoko Fujii New Trio + 1 and more.


    May 09, 2014

    bhangra festival performers dancing

    City of Bhangra Festival 2014 presents Downtown Bhangra

    What could be better? Two days of bhangra entertainment in the heart of the city: big beats and electrifying performances for the whole family! Dozens of musicians, hundreds of local and international dancers, and thousands of visitors will gather at the VAG plaza on June 6 and 7 as part of the larger City of Bhangra Festival, which runs May 29-June 7. From casual passers-by to hard-core bhangra lovers, everybody LOVES Downtown Bhangra!

    Drop by Friday, June 6 from 5-10 pm and Saturday June 7 from 12 noon to 10 pm on the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery


    May 09, 2014

    a bus with downtown on the marquee

    Weigh in on the future of transportation.

    As a partner of the Moving in a Livable Region consortium, the DVBIA encourages members to complete a survey about the ties between transportation, the economy and the referendum on future transportation funding in Metro Vancouver.

    Survey results will provide the consortium with valuable information to develop communications for an upcoming educational campaign. We are particularly keen to ensure diverse participation, including input from business owners/operators.

    Feel free to share the survey with friends and colleagues.

    Moving in a Livable Region is committed to preparing Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders for the transportation referendum by providing information on related issues and funding options.

    Photo by Dennis Tsang.

    May 09, 2014

    cyclists in the dunsmuir bike lane

    Want to get fit, save money and have fun?

    Then join thousands across Metro Vancouver and sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week May 26 - June 1 to track your commutes and win prizes. Visit a HUB celebration station for free coffee, bicycle tune-ups and 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 attending a HUB Workplace Cycling Workshop at your office!

    Register today.


    May 09, 2014

    cover poster for public art install

    Urban Reef installed on Robson Street this Summer.

    The Robson Redux design-build competition, part of VIVA Vancouver, received almost 80 submissions from around the world, including entries from Japan, Italy, Spain, the United States, and Chile.

    A jury selected the winning design – Urban Reef – which will be built and installed this summer on 800-block Robson Street; the jury also chose two designs for honourable mention.

    Though only the winning design selected by the jury will be built in 2014, the City is also giving a People’s Choice award, selected by the public through online voting: between April 3rd and April 13th, 20,175 votes were cast!

    Spacing Magazine will publish the winning design entries in their Summer 2014 national edition.

    proposal for public art instalation


    May 09, 2014

    poster for doxa film festival

    The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, running May 2-11, is venturing deep into the unknown this year to bring back interesting new species of non-fiction film. From a very special celebration of the weirdly wonderful city of Winnipeg, to our special Spotlight Program that examines deception and secrecy in all its manifest forms, DOXA 2014 proves that documentary knows no bounds, as we boldly go where no one has gone before!

    DOXA is proudly sponsored by the DVBIA.


    May 09, 2014

    late night patio on alberni street

    Businesses: apply for extended patio hours.

    Patrons will have an extra hour to enjoy warm weather nights on an outdoor patio this upcoming season at Vancouver restaurants. Restaurants with good track records will once again be able to invite their patrons to enjoy Vancouver’s fresh air later into the evening. Expanding from its 2013 pilot program, the City has already approved 53 locations for extended patio hours starting now, through summer 2014.

    “Patios are a big draw for residents and tourists alike, and help build a lively, vibrant street scape,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With patio season upon us, I know many Vancouverites will enjoy the extra hour to socialize outdoors later into the night.”

    Patio hours: This year, longer patio hours will run from April to October. Small and large patios can remain open until midnight (extended from 11:00pm).

    Eligibility: Currently, 316 large patios and 277 small patios are eligible for the one hour extension. Interested businesses can apply online . Businesses are asked to have up-to-date insurance, fees paid in full, and no noise complaints on file in the last 12 months.

    Read more


    May 07, 2014

    vancouver lookout | harbor center

    Meet us at the Vancouver Lookout to network.

    Vancouver Lookout and the new Harbour Centre food court have joined forces to bring you a unique experience for Downtown Libations.  Check out the 360° aerial view of our beautiful city from the Lookout’s observation deck while sampling a variety of bites from the building’s new food court vendors.  The sky’s the limit on how many new members you will connect with!

    Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 4-6pm

    Vancouver Lookout, 555 West Hastings Street

    Free for DVBIA members, $20 for guests
    (Tickets sold in advance only, limited quantity)

    Registration for this event is now closed.


    May 06, 2014

    Find a seat before the lights go down at this year’s Downtown Appreciation Awards & AGM. DVBIA members will be celebrating our 2014 award recipients: Phillip Boname, the Rogers Santa Claus Parade, and Charlie Wu for their outstanding contributions to downtown Vancouver.

    Learn more about the organization, participate in the AGM, and see a preview of what’s to come.  Afterward, rub elbows with cast and crew at our reception over canapés and cocktails.  You won’t want to miss our biggest member exclusive event of the year!

    TIME & DATE:
    Thursday, June 19th, 2014

    Scotiabank Theatre at 900 Burrard Street

    Thank you to our sponsors



    Apr 25, 2014
    abstract statue of Greek god nike

    There will be a ceremony for a statue given to Vancouver by the home of the original Games, Olympia, Greece. The statue was given in honour of being a host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    It is a representation of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, and is 3.8 metres tall. But it also weighs about 900 kilograms, so it had to be very carefully lifted by a crane truck onto nine bolts anchored in a $100,000, 2.5-metre concrete foundation in the boulevard of Cordova Street near Thurlow.

    The ceremony for the Nike Statue will be on Saturday April 26. There will be a temporary vehicular traffic closure between 10:30-2:30pm in the following sections.

    • West Cordova between Thurlow and Burrard 
    • Thurlow between West Hastings and Canada Place.

    If you have any questions you can contact Josie Hall, City of Vancouver Special Event Liaison at 604-257-8853.


    Apr 25, 2014
    crowd of people running a marathon

    The 30th Annual VANCOUVER SUN RUN will take place in the streets of downtown Vancouver on Sunday morning, April 27th 2014.  Last year’s event attracted 48,196 participants – runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair participants.  Already Canada’s biggest and best run, we are looking at an even larger number of participants this year.

    The start time for the main run will be 9:00am near the vicinity of Georgia and Thurlow Streets.  The competitive Wheelchair Division start will be at 8:40am from the same start location.  The Mini Sun Run will begin at 8:00am on Pacific Boulevard (between BC Place and the Plaza of Nations).  Both courses will be lined with water stations and will have musical entertainment.

    City of Vancouver road closures will be in effect along the route and Vancouver Police will be directing traffic.  Attached, please find a copy of the  2014 road closures. We will also have route maps and event information in the Sun Run Supplement in the Vancouver Sun on April 23rd, 2014


    • Seymour to Bute (start area): 5 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Bute to the Causeway (including all streets crossing Georgia): 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Lions Gate Bridge (access from Pender St only): 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Howe to Burrard from Dunsmuir to Robson: 5 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Denman St – Georgia to Robson: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Robson St – west of Denman St to Stanley Park: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.


    • Beach Avenue (Stanley Park to Hornby St): 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Stanley Park Dr at North Lagoon Dr: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Ryan Rd at Park Lane/South Lagoon Dr: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.


    • Burrard St to Hornby St (eastbound lanes): 6 a.m. – 12 noon


    • Burrard Bridge – closed both northbound and southbound: 8 a.m. – 12 noon
    • Cambie Bridge – closed to all northbound traffic: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


    • East bound exit ramp from Cambie Bridge: 5 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Nelson St to Abbott St: 5 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Abbott St to Quebec St: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

    QUEBEC, KEEFER, ABBOTT AND CARRALL ST. (closed to all traffic near Expo Boulevard and Pacific Blvd): 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    EXPO BLVD (from Quebec St to Terry Fox Way): 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    map of 2014 vancouver sun run route

    Route:  from Thurlow Street down Georgia Street – left onto Denman Street – right turn onto Robson Street – along Lagoon Drive to Beach Avenue – along Beach Avenue to Hornby Street – up Hornby Street to Pacific Boulevard and across the Burrard Street Bridge – left turn onto 2nd Avenue – right turn onto Fir Street to 4th Avenue – 4th Avenue to the Cambie Street Bridge on-ramp – across the bridge and down the off-ramp onto Pacific Boulevard to the Finish Line stretching between BC Place and the Plaza of Nations.

    If you would like more information about the VANCOUVER SUN RUN and road closures please visit their website or call the SUN RUN HOTLINE – 604-689-9441.


    Apr 25, 2014

    runners in Stanley Park Vancouver

    Thousands of participants hit the streets of downtown for the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday, May 4.

    Lots of neighbourhoods will be impacted, including downtown, Coal Harbour, Yaletown, the West End and more. Check the website for a detailed timeline of street closures on both Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4.

    But, don’t avoid downtown – come and take in the fun, including a Finish Line Street Festival on Hastings West. Fun for the whole family – and you don’t have to run to enjoy it.


    Apr 07, 2014
    woman and man on bikes smiling

    What can cycling do for your business? Find out.

    Studies show that employees who cycle are happier, healthier & more productive. Start cultivating these benefits by participating in HUB Bike to Work Week May 26 to June 1. It’s sponsored by the DVBIA.

    • Host a lunch-hour Workplace Cycling Workshop & we’ll teach staff everything they need to start biking to work
    • Register your company & win prizes
    • Visit HUB Celebration Stations during the week for free coffee, snacks, bike repairs & giveaways

    Registration opens May 1st.
    Facebook: HUB, Twitter: WeAreHUB, #BTWW

    Interested in becoming a Bike to Work Week sponsor?

    Email for more information.


    Apr 07, 2014
    bhangra festival performers dancing

    The countdown is on for City of Bhangra Festival 2014!

    Every spring, VIBC presents the City of Bhangra Festival, a ten-day all-out dance party and music-fest showcasing the moves and beats of bhangra. In parks, in clubs, and even right smack downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Festival features hundreds of local and international artists in dynamic performances designed to thrill you and your family and friends.

    This year’s Festival, which runs May 29 to June 7 marks its 10th Anniversary, and the DVBIA is once again a proud supporter.

    Check out the website for details and hope to see you there!

    Images courtesy of VIBC

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