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  • 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.


  • Free Outdoor Yoga Tuesdays

    Jul 20, 2017

    Grab your mat and take a break! Take part in FREE drop-in Hatha Yoga at noon on Tuesdays. Increase flexibility, tone, strengthen and detoxify your body, while releasing stress and tension through proper breath work and meditation.
    You will leave the class feeling revitalized, balanced and relaxed from head to toe. These classes are suited for all levels. Beginners are welcome. If it is sunny, classes will be held outside on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. If it is raining classes will be inside the Vancouver Playhouse. Follow Vancouver Civic Theatres on Facebook for this free event and more!

    Learn more

  • VIFW - Pop Up Fashion Show

    Jul 18, 2017

    Join Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week for a FREE Pop Up Fashion Show on Wednesday, July 19th in Robson Square, 12:30pm.
    The designers featured in Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week showcase modern Indigenous regalia that's innovative, vibrant, visible, resilient, beautiful, and proud.
    This pop up fashion show will give you a glimpse of what you can see at Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week, July 26-29 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    Check out our pop-up show downtown on July 19, then get your free tickets to Fashion Week by registering online at:

  • Hiring Now: Partnerships Manager

    Jul 17, 2017

    If you love this city, street festivals, and making the downtown the most awesome place to be -- where everyone is welcomed and wants to be -- we want to hire you.
    We have an exciting -- wait, no -- an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to bring festivals in downtown Vancouver to life; develop cool public spaces like Alley Oop; work on retail district revitalization projects; and generally help build a vibrant, sustainable downtown community.
    The job, our Manager, Partnerships & Engagement for the Downtown Vancouver BIA, is a 13 month term maternity leave contract with some overlap and training with the current employee.
    We want your cover letter and resume by August 1, 2017. Give us a clear description of how your experience and passion applies to this position, and if we think you might be a good fit, we’ll be in touch.
    Learn more about the position here.

  • Ackery’s Alley’s Benefactors

    Jul 14, 2017

    Have you heard? We did it. Or, more aptly put, you did it. 428 of you pledged nearly $65,000 to help bring FIELD in Ackery's Alley to life. And we can’t thank you enough.

    Because of you, we beat our original campaign goal of $35,000 by almost $30,000. You’ve sent a strong message that you value public art and space that fosters social connection and interaction—and that you want see more of it. Well, we do too, and thanks to you, this all is really happening.

    In addition to the hundreds of individual donors who helped us reach our goal, we’d like to acknowledge the following corporate donors for their generous financial support of FIELD in Ackery’s Alley:

    • AES Engineering
    • Bentall Centre
    • EasyPark
    • Hospitality Vancouver Association
    • Nelson Square
    • Pacific Reach Properties
    • QuadReal Property Group
    • WestPark

    Thank you again, and stay engaged and connected for updates:

    Twitter: @DowntownVan | @hcma
    Instagram: @DowntownVan |
    Facebook: /DowntownVan | /HCMAarchitecturedesign



  • 2017 AGM & Awards Wrap-Up

    Jul 10, 2017

    The 28th Annual Downtown Appreciation Awards & Annual General Meeting were held on Thursday, June 22nd at the historic Christ Church Cathedral. Nearly 200 DVBIA members attended to celebrate emerging and established business leaders, as well as complete key association activities such as adopting the budget and electing members of the board of the directors.

    Board of Directors

    Welcome to our most recently elected members of the Board of Directors:

    • Lorenzo Perderzani, Westmount Wealth Group (tenant representative)

    • Dani Pretto, Vanterre Projects Corp. (tenant representative)

    • Rose Ma, Block 81 Holdings/Nelson Square (owner representative)

    • John Wellman, Bentall Kennedy (owner representative)

    • Gary Pooni, Brook Pooni Associates (tenant representative)

    • Chris Stokes, QuadReal Property Group (owner representative)

    • Brad Simmons, Rosewood Hotel

    • Georgia (owner representative)

    Downtown Appreciation Awards
    Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:

    • Outstanding Individual: Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House

    • Outstanding Organization Award: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

    • Emerging Leader Award: The Social Concierge

    • Art Jones Lifetime Achievement Award: Janet Austin, CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver

    Sponsor Thank You
    Our Downtown Appreciation Awards and AGM would not be possible if it weren’t for the support of our incredible sponsors. Thank you to following businesses:

    • Koffman Kalef LLP

    • Boughton Law

    • Tom Lee Music

    • CIBC TELUS Garden Banking Centre (Reception Sponsor)

    If you are interested in viewing the 2018-19 budget, read the Spring 2017 newsletter.

  • Sunday Salsa at Robson Square

    Jul 10, 2017

    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.

    Now in its 11th year, the Robson Square Salsa Dances are open to everyone, and you are welcome even if you've never danced a day in your life.
    Try the free Salsa Dance Lesson at 3:00pm each Sunday, watch the performances at 5:00pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is!

    New this year is the After Party featuring a different style of music and dancing each week (Hustle, West Coast Swing, and Kizomba). The after party starts with a free lesson at 7:00pm, followed by dancing until 9.30pm.

    Learn more at

  • Cultivating Cathedral Square

    Jul 10, 2017

    At the intersection of Richards St. and Dunsmuir St., and facing the majestic Holy Rosary Cathedral, Cathedral Square is an open and inviting urban park. It’s a favourite for local office workers who take advantage of our Perch program to enjoy their lunch. And the park just got a little bit sweeter!
    Remember when we told that that bee hives were coming? Well, they’re here, and you have the opportunity to see them up close and personal. While the bees are kept in a protected area, local non-profit Hives for Humanity will be hosting Hands-On Beekeeping workshops on Friday, July 21 and Friday, August 4, from noon until 1:00pm. This is your chance to discover the wonder of the honey bee!


    This initiative in Cathedral Square, in addition to our Perch program across the city, support our goal to improve community experience well-being by leveraging community assets in downtown Vancouver.
    We ultimately want to bring ecologically and socially beneficial activities to the downtown core that can offer people the opportunity to connect with nature, as well as each other.


  • DVBIA In the News: June 2017

    Jul 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 of downtown Vancouver to life.

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


    June 6, 2017

    3rd International Award for EasyPark

    Digital Journal

    June 9, 2017

    Breweries open until midnight, last hour entry program part of proposed Vancouver liquor changes

    CBC News

    June 9, 2017

    City staff propose changes to Vancouver’s liquor policies

    Global News BC

    June 9, 2017

    New condo towers in False Creek entertainment district will be 'sound proofed'

    Daily Hive

    June 14, 2017

    Bar owners blast council over Granville Street pilot project

    Business in Vancouver

    June 15, 2017

    Granville Street clubs will close their doors 1 hour earlier this summer

    CBC News

    June 15, 2017

    Vancouver city council targets disorder on Granville Street with liquor policy changes

    Georgia Straight

    June 15, 2017

    Downtown Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre laneway is getting a 'psychedelic' makeover

    Daily Hive

    June 16, 2017

    BIV on Roundhouse June 15: Granville Street pilot project "doomed to fail"

    Business in Vancouver

    June 16, 2017

    City restricts patios despite aim to enhance patio culture

    Business in Vancouver

    June 16, 2017

    Bring in some light and sound!': Alleyway behind Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre to get interactive makeover

    CBC News

    June 19, 2017

    Help kickstart Vancouver’s next activated alleyway off Granville

    Daily Hive

    June 20, 2017

    Ackery's Alley in Downtown Vancouver slated for a makeover

    Vancouver Sun

    June 22, 2017

    Part of an evolution': Downtown business partners with cycling group

    CBC News

    June 22, 2017

    Kickstarter campaign aims to fund public art installation in Vancouver's Ackery's Alley

    Georgia Straight

    June 22, 2017

    Vancouver Art Gallery unveils updated north plaza in advance of TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

    Georgia Straight

    June 23, 2017

    Vancouver met en veille son projet de fermeture avancée des bars

    Radio Canada

    June 26, 2017

    Pedestrians & Cyclists Add To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

    Clean Technica

    June 26, 2017

    Another Vancouver Alleyway May Be Transformed into a Vibrant Public Space

    Vancouver Magazine

    June 28, 2017

    Help transform downtown Vancouver’s Ackery’s Alley

    Spacing Vancouver

    June 30, 2017

    City of Vancouver launches strategy to encourage public spaces

    Urban YVR

  • New DVBIA Member Perks

    Jul 07, 2017

    It’s better to be a member! Yes, the DVBIA provides member-driven programs and services in the areas of advocacy, protection and enhancement of property, public safety, cleanliness, beautification and marketing. But what’s more, activated DVBIA members gain access to exclusive member to member perks and special member discounts.

    Recently added perks are from CIBC, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Camp Tech.

    Take advantage of all member perks at

  • A More Awesome Community

    Jul 07, 2017

    We did it! We reached out target of $35,000 in our Kickstarter campaign for FIELD in Ackery’s Alley, thanks to more than 250 backers. This is a massive achievement – we are humbled and extremely grateful for your support. Thank you!
    But with a few days left, we have ambitiously set ourselves a stretch goal.  Our stretch goal is to grow our community of backers to 500 people.
    Our Kickstarter campaign has already built a sizable community around this project, and by making a pledge (of any value, even a dollar!), you become part of it.
    Help build the community! Share our campaign on social media! Double your pledge! Encourage a friend to get involved!
    Let’s build an AWESOME community, NOW!

  • Explore Historic Hastings West

    Jul 04, 2017

    From July 7th until August 25th, enjoy free Walking Tours of West Hastings Street with guide and historian John Atkin.

    The Hastings West corridor has long been an important district in Vancouver. With a diverse history of "temple" banks and private clubs, a once thriving fashion district and remarkable architecture ranging from the early 1900s to the Modern movement in the 1960s and 1970s, West Hastings Street offers intriguing stories at every corner.
    All tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be at Lot 19, at the foot of Hornby St. at W. Hastings St, starting at 12pm each tour date.
    Dates included are: July 14 & 28 and August 4 & 25.

  • Bike to Shop Days

    Jul 04, 2017

    HUB Cycling's Bike to Shop Days is a free, family friendly event taking place on the weekend of July 21st-23rd. HUB Cycling will be hosting celebration stations across Metro Vancouver where people can stop for free snacks, giveaways, prizes, bike repairs and tips on how to carry shopping items by bike. There will also be discounts at local shops across Metro Vancouver for those registered!
    How it Works
    1. Registration is free: Join before July 10th and you will be entered to win an
    Early Bird Prize - Two Wheel Gear's 2.0 Classic Garment Pannier.

    2. On Bike to Shop Days, you can:

    • Visit celebration stations for free food, drink, prizes and mechanic services, as well as tips on how to shop by bike.
    • Pick up a Bike to Shop Passport at any HUB station or online. Collect stamps at local businesses for a chance to win an additional prize.
    • Ride to stores on our discount providers’ map.
    • Ride to local stores in your own community to show your support.

    Register free at for more details and to join in on the fun!
    If you are a business interested in getting involved and reaching our community, please contact

  • Kickstart Vancouver’s Next Activated Alleyway

    Jun 13, 2017

    Last year, we partnered with HCMA Architecture + Design and the City of Vancouver to bring you Vancouver’s first More Awesome Now activated laneway, Alley-Oop. We transformed a utilitarian service corridor into a bright, playful public space that people have enthusiastically embraced!

    What’s next?


    We’re doing it again. But this time, we need your help. We’re looking to you to support our Kickstarter campaign to secure a new sound and light art installation for Ackery’s Alley in Vancouver’s Entertainment District.
    Located behind the Orpheum Theatre, Ackery’s Alley will be a space for public art and performance just off of Granville Street. The alley will be home to an interactive art installation called FIELD, by renowned international artist, Alex Beim.

    Beim’s FIELD will have sensors and lights that create an immersive social experience, allowing people to play a three dimensional instrument using their body movements. Ultimately, the space will aim to foster connection through participation, and be a place where you will want to visit again and again. Excited yet? We are, but we need you to help make this happen.  

    So what are we asking?

    It’s time for some real talk. We need your support to help secure and install FIELD. Specifically, we’re asking that you consider backing our $35,000 Kickstarter campaign, so we can build the most awesome part of the alley—the sound and light field. In exchange, you’ll receive some incredible rewards. Not only that, you’ll be able to point to a piece of public art in Vancouver and say, “I did that! I made that happen. That’s mine!”

    We can’t wait to bring this project to life, but we can’t do it without you.

    Learn more, watch the video and back Ackery’s Alley on Kickstarter at:

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