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  • CHANGES TO BUS ROUTES

    Apr 02, 2014

    Changes are coming to the downtown bus network. Weigh in.

    Last summer, TransLink and the City of Vancouver reviewed the existing downtown bus network – the buses that run within and into & out of the downtown – and asked the public to identify opportunities to improve the service. Dozens of route alternatives were explored. Now it’s your turn to review the most promising design concepts. Open houses start April 5 and run through April 12.

    See all the times & locations of open houses, the design concepts and all the background information.

    Photo by Dennis Tsang.

  • CHERRY JAM DOWNTOWN

    Apr 01, 2014
    Cherry blossoms

    Under the stunning canopy of akebono cherry blossoms at the Burrard skytrain station, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at Cherry Jam Downtown on Thursday, April 3 at noon.

    This free event features folk art, theatre, music, celebrity readings of the festival’s Haiku Invitational, dance and the traditional Tetsu Taiko drummers. Bring your lunch and celebrate ‘petals falling’ and this sure sign of spring in Vancouver.

    See the festival website for more details and list of a month of activities.

  • DOWNTOWN GAME-CHANGERS

    Mar 12, 2014


    On the 4th anniversary of the 2010 Winter Games, the DVBIA awards its podium-worthy medals of success to three game-changing aspects of the Games that have specifically improved our downtown.


    Gold goes to Canada Line - accessing downtown has never been easier.


    Silver goes to Granville Street - thanks to a $21-million redesign and re-birth as a celebration zone.


    And, Bronze is awarded to downtown as 'centre ice' - new and expanded festivals in the core make it THE destination for city making. 

    Share your favourite memories of 2010 in our Facebok page 

  • Make 3-1-1 Your First Point of Contact

    Mar 05, 2014


    If you see a burnt out street lamp, an overflowing dumpster, have questions about street closures or permits - or anything else related to City of Vancouver operations - then you can call 3-1-1 any day of the week between 7am and 10pm. 

    Citizen service representatives know the best ways to help you get information, request non-emergency services, share concerns, and give feedback - without you needing to know the right department or employee. Service can be provided in 175 different languages. 

    The City tracks and allocates resources to where there is the greatest need, so calling 3-1-1 not only assists you and the City, but your business neighbours as well.
  • VANCOUVER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

    Mar 05, 2014


    Spring brings with it the 8th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3-28 sponsored by the DVBIA. Burrard SkyTrain station’s flowering cherries take centre stage during the Festival’s kick-off event at the free lunchtime Cherry Jam Downtown concert Thursday April 3. Bring your lunch and sit on Bing Thom Architects’ newly designed waterproof cherry petal mats. 

    Back by popular demand is Shiamak Davar Vancouver Performance Team’s Blossom Bollywood dance on the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza on April 12. And new this year is the Cherry Heritage Walk through Coal Harbour (in Mandarin) on April 3. 

    Visit the website for more event details and to visit the Cherry Blossom Viewing Goggle Map to locate all the cherries downtown. 
  • LIQUOR REVIEW OUTCOME

    Mar 05, 2014



    Eleven of the DVBIA’s policy recommendations were included in the BC Government’s final 73 recommended changes to the current liquor laws. On behalf of its members, your association submitted recommendations in five areas: fairness, public safety, public health, smart regulations and good business; and modernization. 

    Read the final report and view all the stakeholder submissions, including the DVBIA’s. 
  • WU RECOGNIZED BY DVBIA

    Feb 07, 2014



    Today the
    annual LunarFest kicks off today in downtown Vancouver. It’s the perfect occasion for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) to announce that Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association that organizes LunarFest, will be recognized for his individual contributions to downtown at its Annual Appreciation Awards later this year.

    The first LunarFest was held four years ago on Granville Street during the 2010 Winter Games as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The festival has become an annual free event that supports outdoor vitality, arts & culture, and citizen engagement during the colder months in the city centre.

    “Charlie’s determination, supported by his board and staff, to keep and grow the event downtown, to partner with local businesses and stakeholders, and to specifically showcase downtown as a destination, make him a logical choice,” says Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, of the DVBIA.

    The DVBIA Annual General Meeting & Appreciation Awards will be held in June. Awards for lifetime achievement and organizational contribution will also be presented. 


    Previous LunarFest. Photo credit: Vancouver4Life.com on Flickr

  • ICE RINK OPEN TILL FEBRUARY

    Feb 06, 2014




    Time to work off those extra holiday pounds over your lunch hour. 
    The ice rink at Robson Square is open until the end of February for skating, public events and affordable family fun. 

    It's open 9am to 9pm daily with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm. Skating is free with your own skates. Skate and helmet rentals and a concession stand are available at the rink. 

    Photo by our very own K1 of the Downtown Ambassador Team Instagram

  • NORTHWEST COMEDY FEST

    Feb 06, 2014
    The NorthWest Comedy Fest is Vancouver's newest comedy festival happening February 13-22. Watch for your stand-up faves, up and comers you didn't even know you loved, improv, podcasts and all-ages events. 

    The comedy line-up combined with quality eats, fine brews and amazing hotel deals make for a fun and economical stay-cation.  

    Pop culture icon, Broadway sensation, and star of his own new feature film Pee-wee Herman will host The Best of the NorthWest Comedy Fest on February 20. Also confirmed are Patton Oswalt, Natasha Leggero, Bobby Lee and Kyle Kinane. 

    The DVBIA is a proud sponsor of the festival. Members can receive a 5% discount on tickets by using the promo code: DVBIA when ordering online through northerntickets.com 
  • LAND AVERAGING

    Feb 06, 2014

    In 2013, the City of Vancouver initiated an independent third-party commission to review its current property tax policies, including land averaging. The findings and recommendations from this commission should be made available to the public early this year. These results will have an impact on Vancouver City Council's decision to maintain its land averaging policy or eliminate land average moving forward. DVBIA members should budget for their 2014 property taxes accordingly as either scenario may occur.  

  • DVBIA RETAIL WORKSHOP

    Jan 19, 2014

    The growing Chinese tourism market and the Metro Vancouver population comprising of people of Chinese descent who call this region home are a significant segment of the local customer base that should not be overlooked. Learn from the panelists what cultural differences to be aware of and how to tailor your company’s marketing and customer service approaches to reach this segment of the market.

    Panelists include Stephen Pearce, Vice President, Leisure Travel & Digital Marketing at Tourism Vancouver; Irene Quan, Corporate Communications Manager, Tom Lee Music; Caroline Ternes, Regional Vice President, Starbucks Retail Operations, BC & Yukon and BC Lee, BC Lee Communications

    COST: Free for Members

    REGISTER

  • STREET FOOD CITY III

    Jan 19, 2014



    Street Food City III, sponsored by the DVBIA and Tourism Vancouver, is back as part of Dine Out Vancouver 2014.

    The Vancouver Art Gallery's north plaza will be the gathering place for 15 food trucks January 22 to 26 from 11am-3pm weekdays and from 11am-5pm on the weekend. It's your chance to sample from a collection of Vancouver's favourite food carts all in one convenient location with tables, tents and music making it a mid-winter outdoor festival with something for everyone.  
      
    Follow the official event hashtag #streetfoodcity
  • INCITE: WRITERS FEST

    Jan 19, 2014



    The Vancouver Writers Fest, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, and sponsored by the DVBIA, presents Incite: an exploration of books & ideas. It's a mind-altering, metamorphic, twice-monthly event with free readings, interviews and discussions with authors who will change how you see the world. Upcoming writers include: Deryn Collier, Craig Davidson, Andrew Pyper and Sean Slater. 

    It's held at 7:30pm on alternate Wednesdays in the Alice MacKay Room at the VPL Central Library at 350 West Georgia Street. Free Readings and Discussions Start January 29

  • CELTICFEST VANCOUVER

    Jan 19, 2014

    CelticFest Vancouver's 10th Anniversary features nine action-packed days of entertainment and spectacle, with 80+ free and ticketed performances and events from March 8-16 proudly sponsored by the DVBIA. 

    Highlights include: the CelticFest Gala featuring The Once, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Irish sensations Hermitage Green and The Paperboys  (Vogue Theatre, March 14); the popular CelticFest Ceilidh (Vancouver FanClub, March 15), and Ceili's Kitchen Party (Ceili’s Modern Irish Pub, March 13). 

    Free events include the Celtic Village & Street Market March 15 & 16 on Granville Street, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 16 starting at 11am. 


    Download the CelticFest 2014 Notice of Events

    CelticFest Vancouver is sponsored by the DVBIA.
  • CIBC LUNARFEST

    Jan 19, 2014

    This February, experience a Lunar New Year celebration in Downtown Vancouver like no other. Ring in the Year of the Horse by having a play date with the largest rocking horse that Vancouver has ever seen!  

    The CIBC LunarFest, sponsored by the DVBIA, is also proud to present the first-ever lantern theatrical - Lantern Palaces - where the star horses take you on a journey to historic Asia. Located on the north plaza of the VAG, be sure to visit the Winter FUNderland to create your own New Year stamps, take home a hand-held horse lantern and start off your prosperous year with some delicious dumplings.  

    This event is from February 7-9.


  • VAG NORTH PLAZA REVIEW

    Jan 02, 2014

    Designing a public space.

    For Vancouverites, the Georgia Street Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery has long been a public gathering place where we meet, celebrate, and express our opinions. It’s time to renew the heart of the city. A team of designers have developed a series of concepts and you are invited to view these ideas and to provide us with your feedback. Read the Vancouver Art Gallery Design Principles the DVBIA has provided.

    For updates on the project’s progress please go to vancouver.ca/block51 .  

  • LIQUOR POLICY REVIEW

    Jan 02, 2014
    The DVBIA represents the interests of over 8,000 businesses in the downtown area. Among those businesses are many with liquor licenses who contribute to the economic and social benefit of the community in a responsible manner so we consulted with representatives from different sectors of our membership in the preparation of the submission to the BC Liquor Policy Review.

    We believe that the following recommendations are fair not only to the business interests of our stakeholders but also to the broader public interest of health, safety and well-being in the province. 

    Read our submission to Liquor Policy Reform
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