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  • 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.


  • 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

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