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  • Christmas in Downtown is Here!

    Nov 06, 2017

    The Christmas Downtown Vancouver magazine is now available, so start planning your holiday entertainment and shopping today.

    Produced by the Downtown Vancouver BIA in partnership with Business in Vancouver, this glossy magazine is your one-stop guide to hot gift items, free and ticketed events happening downtown and tasty recipes for entertaining family and friends.

    Event listings run late-November through January 1st so there’s no excuse for not planning ahead.

    Copies of the guide are available at participating advertisers (thank you!), the Orpheum Theatre’s Granville Street box office (operated by the Downtown Ambassadors) and other downtown locations.

    Save some trees and browse the Christmas Downtown Guide online


  • Libations @ The Refinery

    Nov 02, 2017

    Join us on Granville Street, downtown’s “Main Street,” at this upstairs—and upscale—lounge for complimentary food and drinks and to connect with your downtown neighbours. The Refinery is a cozy culinary gem that features reclaimed-wood décor, elegant lighting, an 18ft full-service bar, and much more. Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the street, the Refinery is a dynamic spot fit for any occasion. Whether you’re on the cusp of closing a deal or simply looking to unwind, we can’t wait to see you there. Register


    • November 22, 2017 | 4-6pm


    • The Refinery, 1115 Granville St.


    • Register Now
    • Registration is free for members and required by November 20, 2017.
    • Membership must be current.
    • Online registration is required.

    Contact to donate a door prize.


  • Extra Shelter Space in Vancouver

    Nov 02, 2017

    An extreme weather alert has been issued for Vancouver commencing Thursday, November 02, 2017. Based on the available forecast, it is expected that this alert will continue until Sunday, November 05, 2017.

    Extra shelter spaces will be open at:

    • First Baptist Church (969 Burrard St.) – November 2, 2017

    • Directions Youth Services Centre (1138 Burrard St.) – Nov 2-5, 2017

    • Evelyne Saller Centre (320 Alexander St.) – Nov 2-5, 2017

    • The Salvation Army Belkin House (555 Homer St.) – Back-up after 11pm

    Additional Information

    BC Housing and the City of Vancouver have partnered to increase temporary winter shelter spaces in Vancouver to allow them to remain open nightly until Mar 31.

    To date the following sites will be open nightly until March 31, regardless of whether an Extreme Weather Alert has been issued:

    • Salvation Army Harbour Light: 119 E. Cordova St, 8pm-8am

    • Salvation Army Sutherland Beacon: 119 E. Cordova St, 8pm-8am

    • Salvation Army Anchor of Hope: 134 E. Cordova St, 8pm-8am

    • RainCity Winter Shelter: 1401 Hornby St, 24hrs

    • Gathering Place: 609 Helmcken St, 8.30pm-7:30am

  • All Eyes on Alley Oop

    Nov 02, 2017

    Fresh off of
    winning an international public space award, Alley Oop, Vancouver’s first #MoreAwesomeNow re-imagined laneway, is garnering attention across Canada and around the world.

    • FAN FAVOURITE: ‘K-pop group TWICE releases music video "Likey" starring...Vancouver,’ recently wrote the Georgia Straight. Alley Oop is featured in a Korean music video that has been watched more than 25 million times in just two days. Fans have already been found in the alley mimicking the pop group’s dance moves according to CTV.

    • GREAT PLACE: Alley Oop was recently nominated for a Great Places in Canada Award. Read more about the awards at

    • BEST STREET: CBC recently featured Alley Oop in a news report on great Canadian streets.

    Stay up-to-date on all things #MoreAwesomeNow by subscribing to the DVBIA’s newsletter below.

  • Giveaway: Circle Craft Christmas Market

    Oct 30, 2017

    The Circle Craft Christmas Market is just around the corner and you have an opportunity to win a pair of complimentary tickets to the market!
    From November 8 – 12, come to the Vancouver Convention Centre West to shop for unique gifts crafted by different local artisans! From clothes to pottery, toys to jewelry, there is something for everyone!
    Visit for more details. Tickets are available online with a $2 discount if purchased before November 8. To enter in the draw for the free tickets, head over to our Instagram or Facebook page  @downtownvan and comment on our post about this event and mention or tag who you would like to bring with you to Circle Craft!
    Winners will be selected on November 2. Good luck!

  • The Orpheum at 90 Years

    Oct 24, 2017

    A tribute to 90 years of entertainment! Join us for a roaring 20s themed birthday bash to celebrate the iconic Orpheum. You’ll experience live entertainment honouring the Orpheum’s beginnings, including a taste of vaudeville from local acts and silent film classics accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer and grand piano. Your Masters of Ceremonies, author and former CBC radio host Bill Richardson and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Maestro Bramwell Tovey, will paint a picture of the Orpheum’s history, and set the stage for us to party like its 1927. Opulence, extravagance, and history — let’s toast the Orpheum!

    Let’s party like it’s 1927! Get tickets.

  • Your Granville Street Wish List

    Oct 18, 2017

    What’s missing from Granville Street? We want to know what types of businesses would make you want to spend more time in downtown Vancouver’s entertainment district.

    Complete this
    short 2-minute survey and you could win a $100 gift card to a Granville Street shop or restaurant.

    Take the survey now.

    The deadline is November 10, 2017 at 12:00pm.
  • Johnny Rockets Launches

    Oct 12, 2017

    You’re invited to Johnny Rockets’ Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, October 14th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

    Celebrations will take place at all locations, including Vancouver at 755 Nelson St.

    Be one of the first 40 customers and receive a prize box. Find the winning box and you've got yourself $100 in Johnny Rockets gift cards.

    They’ll also have:

    • Prizes and samples
    • Treats for the kids
    • A caricature artist to draw you picture
    • A performance by local swing dancersSee you there!

    See you there!


  • Vancouver Centre II Breaks Ground

    Oct 11, 2017

    Big news for downtown Vancouver: GWL Realty Advisors officially broke ground today on Vancouver Centre II, a 33-storey AAA office tower in the downtown core. The 371,000 square foot building will be constructed at 753 Seymour Street in the heart of downtown Vancouver's burgeoning tech hub.

    Vancouver Centre II is the first major project to commence construction in downtown Vancouver's next cycle of commercial office development and is launching amid heightened demand for office space in the downtown core.

    Vancouver Centre II is the next phase of the Vancouver Centre complex, which includes Scotia Tower (650 West Georgia) and Vancouver Centre Mall. Together, the two Vancouver Centre towers will form one of the city's most amenity-rich, spacious, and sustainable office developments. With its central downtown location and its direct, underground connection to two SkyTrain lines, Vancouver Centre II will be the most transit-accessible new-build office tower in the city.


  • Future-Proof Your Business

    Oct 10, 2017

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA invites you to hear from experts and peers about how taking a sustainable approach to business operations can give you a competitive advantage while improving your social and environmental impact, productivity and corporate brand.

    Who you will hear from:

    • Doug Smith, Director of Sustainability, City of Vancouver
    • Bryan Buggey, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Sector Development, Vancouver Economic Commission
    • Additional Speakers: TBA

    What you will learn about:

    • Strategies for shifting to a greener, more innovative and economically sustainable future
    • Best practices for reducing costs and waste
    • Global climate trends with short and long-term implications
    • Climate adaption challenges and opportunities for businesses
    • Property owners and businesses already successfully leveraging sustainable design principles
    • Current City of Vancouver sustainability programs and initiatives and how they affect you

    What you will get:

    • Catered lunch.
    • Networking opportunity with downtown property owners and businesses.
      Valuable knowledge, tools and resources that will help you future-proof your business.

    Save your spot:

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:30am-1:30pm.
    • Vancouver Economic Commission (Suite 1500, 401 West Georgia St.).
    • Space is limited so register early.

    Register here:

  • Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala

    Oct 10, 2017

    On November 3
    rd, 2017, the
    Vancouver Tourism Awards will proudly present its 28th Annual Vancouver Awards Gala Breakfast at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. The guest speaker will be Steve Patterson, host of CBC’s The Debaters, stand-up comic and host of HGTV’s I Wrecked My House!

    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.

    Register and learn more:

  • Social Purpose in Business

    Oct 10, 2017

    On Tuesday, November 7
    th, the United Way and City of Vancouver are co-hosting a free workshop and networking opportunity from 8:00 am -1:00 pm (including a complimentary breakfast and lunch) for community-facing staff from businesses who are interested in accelerating the company’s beneficial social impact in the community. Equally relevant for those just starting out, or who have established programs, this event will profile the latest practices in community engagement: the Social Purpose Business.

    Gain Valuable Insights

    By participating in this event you can gain valuable insights about how your business can succeed while contributing to the betterment of your community where you live, work and operate – through your core business.

    Important Details


    • Coro Strandberg, Award-winning Social Impact Expert and Advisor
    • Geoffrey Pegg, Sustainability Director, TELUS
    • Meriko Kubota, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Community Investment, MEC
    • Liz  Arkinstall, Manager, Community Engagement, Libro (special guest from Ontario)


    • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
    • Creekside Community Centre
    • Multipurpose Room 4
    • 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
    • 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

    Registration deadline:

    October 20, 2017
    To register or learn more, please visit:

  • 2017 Vancouver Art Book Fair

    Oct 07, 2017

    Sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA, the Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF) is a multi-day festival featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations.

    Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

    Free and open to the public, VABF is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada.

    In 2017 the event is anticipated to attract over 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

    Check it out from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017. Learn more:

  • DVBIA in the News: September 2017

    Oct 07, 2017

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of September 2017.

    Urban YVR | Downtown Vancouver’s pink alley wins public space award
    Georgia Straight
    | Good Night Out Vancouver deploys nightlife team to protect patrons from harassment on Granville Street
    CBC News
    | Volunteer nightlife safety team to patrol Vancouver's Granville Street
    BCIT News | Vancouver’s volunteers in pink for safer night outs
    Georgia Straight | Best of Vancouver 2017: Entertainment
    The Ubyssey | Shaping Vancouver culture: GRSJ student Stacey Forrester starts nightlife street team

  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo

    Oct 07, 2017

    Check out the 4th Annual Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo, a three day festival of arts, performances, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games and makeup.

    Sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA, the festival runs October 13-15, 2017.

    At 11:00am on Sunday, Oct 15, the grand Halloween Parade starts at Davie St. and Howe St., travel along the Howe St., turns on Smithe St. and continues on Granville St.

    Performances throughout the event include more than 30 groups and hundreds of performers such as Star Wars 501st Legion, Ghostbusters of BC, The Carnival Band, Tetsu Taiko, Sigma Dance and Cosplay, Bloco Energia, Times Past Entertainment, Alive N KISSin, The Drive Street Band and The Runaway Four.

    Learn more at


  • Contest: A Month of Brunch

    Oct 07, 2017

    From the Georgia Straight: “More than Vancouver’s historic commerce and banking street—and home to prestigious international brands such as Cartier, Birks, and Leone—West Hastings Street is developing a future as a foodie destination.”

    We’re offering you a chance to win brunch package that includes the following:

    • Sunday brunch for two at Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
    • Waffles and drinks from Mink Chocolates
    • Breakfast for two at Showcase Restaurant and Bar
    • Home brunch, compliments of Glory Juice Co: 1 bag of Glory Granola, 1 16oz Almond Mylk,2 8oz Green Juices, 2 Ginger Turmeric shots

    Visit the Georgia Straight for more details and to enter the contest. Enter now.

  • Budget 2018 Consultations

    Oct 07, 2017

    DVBIA members are encouraged to participate in the City's 2018 Budget consultation process. Your input will influence decisions about how tax dollars are spent on services that support businesses in Vancouver.

    Take an online survey right now until October 13 to share your views on the following budget items:

    • Public safety
    • Transportation infrastructure
    • Cleanliness
    • Economic development
    • Permits, inspections and enforcement
    • Property taxes and rent
    • Satisfaction with city services for businesses
    • Budget balancing options (property taxes vs. fees) 

    Members have told us that city priorities should focus on public safety, cleanliness and business support, with specific attention to:

    • Police services that provide support in the areas of community engagement and crime prevention.
    • Enhanced focus on keeping streets, sidewalks, and green spaces safe and clean.
    • Streamlined permitting and increased staff resources to expedite the approvals process. 

    Your feedback will help inform the City’s strategic goals and can help direct spending towards the priorities and services that you want and need.

    Take the survey today.

  • Nightlife Street Team Launched

    Sep 12, 2017

    Local organization Good Night Out (GNO) Vancouver recently launched a Nightlife Street Team pilot project to positively impact nightlife within the Granville Entertainment District.

    The Street Team is made up of four individuals who will maintain a visible presence along Granville St. on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight until 3:00AM, engage with patrons in the public realm, and support vulnerable patrons during peak hours.

    Read local news coverage of the program:

    The Team will work in close collaboration with licensed venues, security staff, and business owners to prioritize all patrons and public safety. GNO Vancouver has consulted with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).

    The Nightlife Street Team is comprised of highly skilled members who have non-violent crisis intervention and/or conflict resolution skills. They will provide a number of proactive services, including:

    • assisting vulnerable patrons to access public transit or taxis;

    • liaising with licensed establishments to help ensure the safety of vulnerable patrons during closing egress;

    • alerting the VPD as needed to witnessed activity on the street; and

    • helping patrons charge phones for safety reasons.

    The GNO Nightlife Street Team is a proactive approach to increasing patron and public safety within the Granville Entertainment District. This pilot project is made possible with funding from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) and BarWatch.



  • DVBIA in the News: August 2017

    Sep 10, 2017

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of August 2017.

    CTV News
    | Vancouver Art Gallery plaza still under renovation after June unveiling
    Vancouver Magazine
    | This Cool Art Installation Lets You Control the Lights on the Science World Dome
    Vancouver Sun
    | Opinion: Vancouver gets a new town square
    | Painting The City
    Vancouver Courier
    | Turning alleys into interactive public art

  • Downtown Awards Nominations

    Sep 10, 2017

    It’s that time of the year again. The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is seeking nominations for our annual Downtown Appreciations Awards.

    The Downtown Appreciation Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that are making or have made a significant contribution to Downtown. Awards are given in four categories:

    • Outstanding Individual

    • Outstanding Organization

    • Emerging Leader

    • Art Jones Lifetime Achievement

    Annual awardees are leaders in the community committing significant time and energy to improving the downtown Vancouver experience. They are honored for their professional accomplishments, volunteer engagement, creative vision and unparalleled dedication.

    Past awards winners have included Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House; Coastal Jazz & Blues Society; The Social Concierge; Janet Austin, CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver; Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Galler; Vancouver International Film Festival; TWG Tea Salon & Boutique; and Jack Poole.

    The deadline to nominate a person or organization is Friday, October 6th, 2017. To submit your nomination, email with the following:

    • name of the person/organization

    • nomination category

    • up to 100 words explaining why you are nominating this person (we encourage links, multimedia and anything else that may help the Appreciation Awards Taskforce consider your submission)

    For any questions or inquiries, email

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