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  • 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

  • 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

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