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  • 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

  • The 36th Annual VIFF

    Sep 10, 2017

    Expand the frame at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Experience some of the best cinema from around the world fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Explore the streams, series and genres to discover more at VIFF 2017!

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is a proud sponsor of VIFF, which is among the five largest film festivals in North America. Screening films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, VIFF's program includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.

    VIFF produces screenings, talks and events that act as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen. In its 36th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 28-October 13, 2017 as it showcases the top international, Canadian and BC films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.

    Learn more at:

  • Inspiring Words In Vancouver

    Sep 10, 2017

    Between September 19 and 24 (six days!), a multitude of free reading and writing activities will take place at various locations and are all part of the Word Vancouver festival. Downtown Vancouver BIA is a proud sponsor.

    The big festival day happens on September 24 in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

    From 11 am - 5 pm, take in free readings, panel discussions, writing workshops, site performers, family activities, an exhibitor marketplace, and more. Canadian authors, as well as book, magazine, comics, education, and literacy exhibitors will gather to celebrate our region’s thriving literature and literacy communities. Activities and fun for all ages!
    This year, look forward to approximately 100 readings and presentations, 150 authors and panelists, 25 workshops, and 75 exhibitors. Festival day on Sunday will include 9 venues!

    Admission: Free. For more details:

  • Intangible at Bill Reid Gallery

    Sep 10, 2017

    Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents Intangible, a dynamic exhibition that will challenge pre-conceived notions of ‘Coast Salish art’, on display September 13 – December 10, 2017.

    Featuring previously crafted, and never-before-seen creations, Intangible spotlights six trailblazing Coast Salish artists influenced by tradition as well as contemporary inspiration. This extraordinary collection will include large and small-scale works, vibrant blown-glass sculptures and exquisite jewelry, experimental fibre textiles and hip-hop multimedia installations. Visitors will be treated to rich and innovative artistic techniques used to make profound statements about Indigenous rights, land, sovereignty and much more.

    To learn more, visit

  • Your Environmental Impact

    Aug 30, 2017

    Downtown sustainability is a key strategic goal in the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s current five-year strategic plan. As part of achieving that goal, we want to empower the businesses in our district to measure their environmental footprint.

    Measure What Matters 101 helps businesses do just that.

    Presented by BDC and Thriving Vancouver—a project of the Vancouver Economic Commission—this workshop is designed to help Vancouver businesses measure their impact by performing an audit of their business practices in areas related to:

    • governance
    • employee engagement
    • social responsibility
    • environmental footprint

    Wondering if this workshop is for you? You are:

    • a business owner or employee
    • interested in giving your business an impact 'health check'

    Upcoming dates for the workshop include September 12, October 12 and November 9.

    Register Here

  • Friendship Picnic @ 2017 TAIWANfest

    Aug 17, 2017

    How has digital disruption affected your business?

    TAIWANfest returns to downtown Vancouver this year and features a very special Friendship Picnic. The Taiwanese Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association of BC would like to engage veterans of the business world.

    How has your business adapted to the Information Age? What lessons should we learn from the collapse of some brick-and-mortar giants? Where do you see the future headed for many of today's industries?

    Please join the Taiwanese Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association of BC for a refreshing bento box (our treat!) and exchange thoughts, ideas and insights.

    Register online:

    Please contact for any questions.
    Monday Sept 4th from 11:30am ~ 1pm @ VAG Plaza

  • DVBIA Presented Global Award

    Aug 08, 2017

    This upcoming September at the 63rd IDA Annual Conference & Tradeshow, the Downtown Vancouver BIA will be presented with an Award of Excellence within the public space category for our More Awesome Laneway project. Excellence awards recognize high achievement in the areas of innovation, representation and sustainability.

    Our first More Awesome Now laneway, Alley Oop, was developed in response to results from our Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver public visioning process. More than 11,000 Vancouverites chimed in and told us they wanted downtown Vancouver to be home to a connected series of “activated alleyways” that are welcoming spaces with lots of “hidden gems” to discover, including galleries, restaurants, and “art walls” where graffiti and visual storytelling are welcomed.

    So, we set out to become heroes through the creation of the most awesome, new and innovative laneway in downtown Vancouver.

    The concept for Alley Oop was born, and with the help of partners HCMA Architecture + Design and the City of Vancouver, the idea was made real. Thank you to the public and private partners who helped us make our More Awesome Now laneway project a reality. And thank you to IDA for recognizing everybody involved through this Award of Excellence.

  • 3 Piece Band

    Aug 03, 2017

    "3 Piece Band" is a temporary participatory sculpture located on the 800 block of Robson St. from August 1-31, 2017. The sculpture acts as an open stage and invites buskers and other performance artists to reimagine amphitheatres in the contemporary city.
    The sculpture consists of a piano bench, musician's chair and drummer's throne. Musicians are welcome to bring their own instruments or props to engage the sculpture as part of their performance.
    The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is sponsoring a week long noon hour artist program in collaboration with 3 Piece Band.
    Selected artists will be invited to present a 1 hour performance from 12:00-1:00 pm on a scheduled day from August 14-18.

    To learn more, visit

  • DVBIA in the News: July 2017

    Aug 03, 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 of downtown Vancouver to life.

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

    Vancouver Courier | City seeks input for downtown’s public spaces
    Daily Hive | Interactive public art installation for Orpheum Theatre laneway to go ahead
    Spacing Vancouver | Kickstarter Pledges Bring Vancouver’s Ackery’s Alley to Life
    BCBusiness | Downtown Vancouver alley to be transformed by art
    Georgia Straight | Hallelujah—City of Vancouver and DVBIA introduce street recycling to downtown core
    REW News | Vancouver Alley to Transform into Interactive Art Installation

  • What To Do Before Summer Ends

    Aug 03, 2017

    September is coming in hot. But you’ve got plenty of time and we’ve got some killer ideas for what you can still do before the summer comes to an end. Here are five activities—all DVBIA sponsored—that you can take advantage of over the next few weeks.

    Vancouver Street Dance Festival (August 5)
    Vancouver Street Dance Festival (VSDF) is an annual event that celebrates and shares the city’s diverse street dance culture, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with the public.  It is the largest and most accessible street dance event in Vancouver.
    Learn more

    39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade (August 6)
    Show your Pride August 6th. The Pride Parade is a staple of the Vancouver summer calendar, and it may be bigger than ever. Come for the amazing floats, fun colours, and to show what pride means to you.
    Learn more

    Sunday Afternoon Salsa (August 6 & 13)
    Get those hips ready! Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of free, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver for six Sundays from July 9 to August 13.
    Learn more

    Zombiewalk Vancouver (August 26)
    The Vancouver Zombiewalk began in 2005 as the Braintrain event (Zombies traveling by Skytrain) and has since evolved into an elaborate afternoon event. Every year, the number of Walkers and photo-hungry spectators grows bigger with more participants of all ages, more creative costumes and higher levels of gore!
    Learn more

    TAIWANfest (September 2-4)
    Head to downtown Vancouver and enjoy TAIWANfest, a family-friendly event that showcases the food, arts, lifestyle and diversity of Asian cultures.
    Learn more

  • WANTED: Awards Taskforce Members

    Aug 03, 2017

    The Downtown Appreciation Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that are making or have made a significant contribution to Downtown. We’re looking for DVBIA members interested in joining the Downtown Appreciation Awards Taskforce—who will do the following: solicit nominees for our four annual awards, review nominees, and then submit recommendations to the Board of Directors.

    While the commitment is minimal—a maximum of two meetings in the fall—we guarantee it will be highly rewarding. Imagine: Taskforce members will be given the unique opportunity to hear and learn about countless exceptional citizens and organizations making an impact in the downtown core.

    To apply to join the Appreciation Awards Taskforce, complete and submit the Expression of Interest form.

    The deadline for submissions is: Friday, August 18, 2017.

    NOTE: You must be an eligible and activated member of the DVBIA (see map of area).

  • Downtown Libations at SFU

    Aug 01, 2017

    Downtown Libations: The happy hour before happy hour.

    DVBIA members are invited to join us on August 31st, 2017 for an exclusive networking event at the dramatic and inspiring Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, one of 8 locations of SFU's Vancouver Campus.

    Take in the space’s stunning architecture and generous natural light while being treated to complimentary drinks and delicious bites as you network with your downtown colleagues.
    Downtown Libations events always sell out, and space is on a first come first served basis, so register early so you don’t miss out.

    TIME & DATE:
    Thursday, August 31st, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St.

    Free for DVBIA Members, $20 for guests.


    Required by August 29th, 2017. Click to register now.


  • Hiring Now: Operations Director

    Jul 24, 2017

    Want to make 8,000 new friends in downtown Vancouver? We’re hiring.
    The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) serves a 90-block area that consists of 8000 businesses, property owners and tenants. We have an incredible opportunity for someone with a strong operations, financial, facilities and personnel management background.

    The job, Director of Operations for the Downtown Vancouver BIA, is a 13 month term maternity leave contract with some overlap and training with the current employee.
    The Director of Operations has broad accountability for both the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as overseeing member engagement and services in order to ensure that members are informed, supported by, and work collaboratively with the DVBIA.
    We want your cover letter and resume by September 1, 2017. Give us a clear description of how you will be awesome for this job, and if we think you might be a good fit, we’ll be in touch.

    Learn more about the position.


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