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  • New Strategic Plan Targets Millennials

    Mar 31, 2017

    Based on input from 11,000 people through our 2015 Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver 2040 process, we’ve developed a new five-year strategic plan that kicks off April 1, 2017.

    Did you know that over the next 10-15 years, the majority of employees in our downtown will be Millennials? That’s why we’re focusing on them in the new plan. Millennials are defined as being born between 1980-1995. It’s also why we’re stretching outside our traditional focus areas and looking at issues like liveability, sustainability, and housing – all issues important to Millennials and many others – and that have a huge impact on our downtown.

    We’ve partnered with CityHive, a Millennial-driven organization that engages young people to actively shape their city. It’s helping us include more Millennials in our decision-making and programming over the coming years.

    It’s an exciting time for the DVBIA. We hope you’ll get engaged, attend our events, ask questions and push us to think bigger, bolder and broader!

  • Business Resilience Forum

    Mar 28, 2017

    The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Emergency Preparedness: Business Resilience Forum on April 7 emphasises and explores the critical need for proper preparation and planning in the event of a natural disaster.

    Resilient businesses are important because of one simple truth: disasters are costly.

    According to a Calgary Chamber of Commerce report, 43 per cent of businesses affected by natural disasters never re-open, and of those that do, 29 per cent fail within two years. The Greater Vancouver region is prone to many types of disasters; earthquake, fire, flood or wind storm — all of which could potentially cripple your business, our local economy and Canada's Pacific Gateway. By preparing for any disaster, we increase our chances of recovery.

    The 2017 Emergency Preparedness: Business Resilience Forum will explore the risks in our region and provide the insights necessary to build a more prepared business community and thus a more resilient economy. Speakers include some of the top experts on the subject from government, emergency, insurance and business backgrounds.

    Register Today

  • What a Wonderful World

    Mar 20, 2017

    Join artist Judy Chartrand for her special closing program for her exhibition: What a Wonderful World at the Bill Reid Gallery downtown. For only $20, visitors will gain admission to the gallery, a copy of the official exhibition catalogue, an exclusive curatorial tour, light refreshments, and a chance to interact with the artist. This is the last chance to see this beautiful and provocative exhibit. What a Wonderful World concludes on March 26th. All are welcome to attend.

    Admission is $20 | Free for Bill Reid Gallery Members

  • Jane’s Walk Your Way to Discovery

    Mar 20, 2017

    Whether the conversation is about art, architecture, soundscapes, diversity, history, nature, technology, cuisine or culture, every one of Vancouver's transforming neighbourhoods, including downtown, has a story to tell.

    Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

    Examples of past local walks include: Hidden Gems of UBC; Crowd-Sourced Walk of Gastown; Trees of Thornton Park; and a cycling alternative to a Broadway subway line.

    Walkers are encouraged to engage in conversation about their passions and neighbourhoods. All are encouraged to become walk leaders, volunteers, or supporters by connecting to the Vancouver Jane's Walk website.

    From May 5-7th, explore this phenomenal city and it’s hidden gems. Lead or join a Jane’s Walk to contribute to a city-wide dialogue about what our city needs and where it is headed.

  • New Public Toilet Map

    Mar 15, 2017

    When you gotta go, you gotta go — but for some Vancouver residents, the fear of getting caught without access to a washroom is preventing them from leaving home and taking part in city life.

    While the City of Vancouver requires all city buildings to have accessible washrooms, there is no similar rule for public toilets on streets and in or near new plazas. Visiting a bathroom in a coffee shop or other business isn’t an option for many people on limited incomes, when many businesses restrict their washrooms to customers who have made a purchase.

    With little fanfare, a revolution in flushing has been happening on Vancouver’s streets.  Over the past several years, modern, self-cleaning,  public toilets have been installed on busy street corners.  Free to use, the automated toilets – which look like shimmering modern outhouses – have quietly changed the way pedestrians “go” in the city.

    We’ve just completed a map of the public washrooms in downtown Vancouver
    The red markers are for the self-cleaning public toilets, and the blue markers are for Park facilities.

    Here’s how the public self-cleaning toilets work.

    1.    An LED screen on the outside indicates whether the toilet is available, occupied or in a cleaning cycle.  Inside, each unit is outfitted with a stainless steel toilet. Once the door is closed, users’ toilet time is strictly limited to 12 minutes. 

    2.    At the 10-minute mark, an alert sounds (Think of it as a kind of two-minute warning).  At the 12-minute mark, the door opens automatically.

    The automatic cleaning cycle then takes approximately one minute, leaving the toilet sanitized and ready for the next user. According to the City of Vancouver website, the cleaning may “leave some residual wetness on the bowl, but it is only water.”


    Mar 08, 2017

    Reflecting thematically upon the fragmented nature of Vancouver’s story as a city, Alex Morrison’s Brand New Era Social Club (2017), his site-specific work for the Dal Grauer Substation, comments on both digital and analogue forms of representation and their importance in the construction of past narratives and contemporary reality. The multimedia work questions the nature of photography today and represents more broadly the aims of the Festival to drive photography discourse forward and encourage critical thinking and visual literacy.

    This project will be highly visible to those walking, driving, or working in Vancouver’s busy downtown core. The Capture Canada Line Project, in partnership with Canada Line InTransit BC, includes photo-based artworks from multiple artists on the theme On and Off the Road, installed on the exteriors of seven Canada Line stations, including Waterfront and Vancouver City Centre.

    Capture’s Selected Exhibitions are chosen by a jury, and this year’s program includes these not to be missed projects in Downtown Vancouver: radial systems by Marian Penner Bancroft and I attempt from love’s sickness to fly, in vain by Carol Sawyer, both at Republic Gallery; the News Photographers Association of Canada Annual Pictures of the Year Nominees, a group exhibition at Pendulum Gallery; and Shift by Vancouver-based artist Mark Mizgala at Art Rentals & Sales at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

    Capture Photography Festival 2017 runs April 1-28. Share your favourite pics via #CapturePhotoFest


    Mar 08, 2017

    Come 'paint the town green' with CelticFest Vancouver where we will turn Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza and Robson Street at Howe into a Celtic Village March 17-18 from noon to 11pm.

    The streets and square will be filled with high energy live Celtic music dance, food trucks, family activities, artisan vendors and most importantly, the Mill Street beer garden. The main stage will feature international award winning fusion band Delhi 2 Dublin on Friday, March 17 and local folk-rock-celtic legends The Paperboys on Saturday, March 18, with special guests including Tiller's Folly, Wheat in the Barley, Pat Chessell Band and Eire Born Irish Dancers.

    Other programming includes the six time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, a "Salute to Scotland" with pipers, dancers and caber tossing, and more. The car2go stage will feature North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Jocelyn Pettit, O'Brian Dancers, and many more! Premiere shows include two plays; Belfast Girls and Almost a Stepmom plus the annual Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir concert and international stars Sharon Shannon and Carlos Nunez.

  • Spring Break Downtown

    Mar 08, 2017

    There are lots of free things to do downtown this March from taking a selfie at the Olympic Cauldron, looking waaay up at all the big buildings, visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite exhibit, spotting the public art, to riding the Skytrain for free with mom & dad.

    If you’ve saved your allowance, you can take a backstage tour of BC Place Stadium, check out the Making Place exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, watch ‘Hockey Night’ at Cinema Sunday, ride till you drop at PlayDome, or visit the Healthy Family Expo.


    Mar 06, 2017

    The DVBIA board of directors relies on the expertise, enthusiasm and engagement of its members and partners to provide input and insight that helps the board make the most informed decisions. To support the board is a Policy Council.

    The role of the Council is be act as an consultative and discussion resource for the board of directors and staff on legislative and policy issues that relate to and impact downtown. Council members have expert knowledge and experience in policy development, advocacy, government relations, civic issues, transportation, governance, finance, among other skills.

    The Council has set meetings throughout the year and requires advanced reading and preparation for these meetings.

    For more information on the Policy Council, contact Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, at

    To apply to join the Policy Council, complete and submit the Expression of Interest form.

  • BC Sports Hall of Fame

    Mar 02, 2017

    The BC Sports Hall of Fame is proud to present the All Access Experience providing an enhanced visit to the Hall of Fame including an exclusive behind the scenes tour of BC Place!

    • The All Access Experience hits all the stadium highlights:
    • The Media lounge
    • The Premium Suite areas
    • The team locker rooms (when available)
    • Access onto the field providing visitors with an amazing viewpoint of BC Place (when available).

    The All Access Experience begins and finishes at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Purchasing an All Access Experience tour ticket also allows entry into the BC Sports Hall of Fame for the same day as your tour. The All Access Experience tours are available to the general public on specific dates and times. There are 20 spots for each tour time slot and the cost is $20 per person (plus tax). Group rates are available at $13.50 (plus tax) per person for groups of 10 or more. If you would like to take a group of 10 or more people on the All Access Experience, please contact the BC Sports Hall of Fame to reserve space for your group.


  • CaGBC Green Innovation Breakfast Series

    Feb 28, 2017

    The Canadian Green Building Council invites DVBIA for a market update and lively panel discussion on the adoption of healthier building practices. During this exclusive event hear the perspectives of leading figures from commercial property management, health and wellness consulting, and the Canada Green Building Council, in a discussion about the status of health and wellness actions in commercial buildings in Canada. The panelists will discuss emerging trends, actions that can drive value for tenants and owners, challenges and opportunities in the commercial sector, and the different health related standards currently available in the market place.

    Register for this event.

  • Ring in Cherry Blossom Festival

    Feb 27, 2017

    Thursday, March 30 noon marks the start of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) at Cherry Jam Downtown inside Burrard SkyTrain Station.

    Christ Church Cathedral’ new bell tower will toll the start of this joyous springtime tradition, bringing us all together in collective awe of the beautiful displays of our 43,000 flowering cherry trees that will come into bloom across the city.

    From noon to 1:30pm under Burrard Station’s iconic cherry blossom canopy take a break and enjoy exciting free performances by local talent such as Uzume Taiko in collaboration with South Asian Arts, Son de Maple band formed by Tom Landa of Locarno will play Mexican Son Jarocho and other Latin music idioms, and the ebullient founding conductor Clyde Mitchell leads Lions Gate Sinfonia Brass Sextet with West End Chamber Choir sharing his passion for music with Cherry Jam audiences.

    New this spring, Cocktails & Canapes will be onsite with pre-ordered cherry blossom curated lunch boxes “Blossom Bliss” & “Sakura V”, along with other popular vendors. Book your lunch date now.

    Also available throughout the Festival month, submit your picturesque cherry blossom moments to the BC Blossom Photo Watch on the VCBF Instagram page @cherryblossomfestyvr or try your hand at writing a 17-syllable poem for the Haiku Invitational contest judged by award-winning poets.

  • Grind it Out at Harbour Centre

    Feb 21, 2017

    This March will mark the return of Harbour Centre’s Urban Grind. Vancouverites are invited to get their heart rates up by climbing the stairs to the iconic Vancouver Lookout. It runs (get it?!) every Tuesday in March from 4:30-6:30pm.

    New this year: B.C’s very own elite Tower Runner, Shaun Stephens-Whale, will be on site on March 7, 14 and 28 to give his stair climbing tips. His most recent accolades include winning the 2017 Rainier Tower Fight for Air Climb in Seattle, and placing third in the Climb to Abu Dhabi Vertical Marathon and third in the Empire State Building Run-Up.

    The Urban Grind comes with great perks. Participants will be rewarded at the top with a stunning 360º aerial view of Vancouver, a refreshing beer, and DJ entertainment.

    Climbers have the ability to customize their workout by completing the route as many times as they like during the allotted time. Additionally, every participant will receive a $5 Harbour Centre Food Court voucher to redeem at any of the Food Court vendors on site.



  • Vancouver Dance Festival

    Feb 07, 2017

    Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) proudly announces its captivating 2017 program, showcasing the magnificent diversity of the contemporary dance canon with three weeks of endlessly enriching performances, workshops, and dance activities from March 1- 25, 2017, at various venues throughout Vancouver.

    The VIDF presents a broad spectrum of dance presentation ranging from the slow introspection of butoh to the dynamic precision of ballet. We have mixed street dance b-boys with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in works that surprise and challenge our audiences.

    The stellar festival lineup includes anticipated performances by San Francisco’s internationally-lauded company Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Canadian premieres from Japan’s Dairakudakan and Denmark’s Kitt Johnson, west coast premieres from Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance, and Montreal’s Compagnie Virginie Brunelle; world premieres from Vancouver’s-own Kinesis Dance, Karen Jamieson & Margaret Grenier, Rob Kitsos/Jane Osborne/Kim Stevenson, among many others.

    Tickets for all VIDF events are available at or by calling 604.662.4966.

  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival

    Feb 07, 2017

    In honour of Black History Month, DOXA Documentary Film Festival and The Cinematheque are very proud to offer this encore screening for Vancouver audiences of Do Not Resist.

    Do Not Resist exposes the political machinations that led U.S. police forces to resemble paramilitary organizations. Expertly-chosen court and news footage show the cause-and-effect relationship between bureaucratic decisions and street-level reality. But the most deeply troubling ideas examined are the shifts in attitude, as police become something akin to an occupying army. As the U.S. slides further into a fascist mentality, Do Not Resist is a necessary and critical film.

    Winner of Best Documentary Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2016.

    Tickets available online.

  • Libations at Bistro Verde

    Jan 26, 2017

    While attendees often remark on how much fun our events are, did you know that DVBIA members also find our Libations events valuable to their businesses?  Discovering a venue, trying out new food and drink, meeting people, and seeing familiar faces are just some of the benefits of attending our events.

    Bistro Verde, Nordstrom Pacific Centre’s place to dine in fashion will host Libations on Tuesday, March 7th from 4-6pm.

    Advanced registration is required and space is limited, so be sure to book your spot before we sell out!

    Help us spread the word!  Members are encouraged to share the event with a colleague so they can register too.


  • Honouring built heritage

    Jan 26, 2017

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation invites you to a series of events that explore Vancouver’s unique heritage places and our place within the larger history of the nation through walking tours, a special morning of coffee and history and a free launch event. This event called “My Canada” is part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The DVBIA is a proud sponsor.

    Join us as we officially launch the Heritage Week festivities at JJ Bean inside the Marine Building (355 Burrard St)! Deputy Mayor Heather Deal will read the official proclamation, historian Maurice Guibord will offer a talk and short walking tour about the iconic Marine Building, the surrounding area and and the long history of this part of our modern city. Free coffee will be offered to the first 30 people to arrive.

    Register for your spot here.

    Feb 13-17


    Jan 23, 2017

    As a member of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, the Vancouver Canucks are pleased to offer you, your staff, family and friends a special rate to select home games for the remainder of the 2017 season!

    To take advantage of this offer, please click here and use the promotional code: DVBIA

    Prices vary from game to game and there is both an upper and lower bowl option so there is even more flexibility! If you have any questions, please contact Cole Renner of the Canucks at 604-899-7716 or

  • Vancouver Comedy Festival

    Jan 09, 2017

    Vancouver’s comedy festival, JFL NorthWest, presented in association with SiriusXM, returns for a second year of mid-winter laughs from Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 25, 2017 at multiple venues across Vancouver.

    The 2017 JFL NorthWest lineup is a ‘who’s who’ of the comedy biz. Names like Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Iliza, Tom Segura, Game Grumps, Piff the Magic Dragon, My Favorite Murder, Colin Quinn, Brian Posehn, and SiriusXM’s Top Comic Showcase, to name just a few.

    Other acts to check out include: The Alternative Show hosted by Andy Kindler, Fortune Feimster, Jon Dore, Michelle Wolf, Nate Bargatze, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Glass, K. Trevor Wilson, Barry Crimmins, Stop Podcasting Yourself, Comedy Short Shorts, The Just For Laughs Showcase and The Best of the West Series, featuring Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me, All You Can Eat Laundry, and Barely Legal.

    See the full laugh-your-ass-off lineup.


  • Shovel it Already!

    Jan 09, 2017

    While it’s a City bylaw that you must shovel the whole sidewalk outside your business by 10am each day that it snows as a property or business owner, it’s also just plain neighbourly. It’s also good for business – how can people get to work or shop if they can’t access your establishment?

    So, just do it – shovel, that is – as soon as it snows. Saves on the headaches later like trying to find elusive salt to melt all that accumulated ice.

    According to recent City stats, 90% of inspected commercial properties are complying; about 1,700 residential and commercial properties have been issued notices. Congrats on all the back-breaking work!

    Learn more about access to salt, help from a Snow Angel to clear your sidewalk, and how to report snow-related issues.

    Take heart: the snow will be gone before we know it and we’ll be complaining about the heat and dry conditions.

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