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  • 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:

  • Canada Day at Canada Place

    Jun 13, 2017

    Canada Day at Canada Place has been western Canada’s premier Canada Day event for 30 years, bringing communities together to share our special bond of living in one of the greatest countries in the world and celebrating our freedom, values and diversity.
    The celebration in 2017 will take place over two days, and the Downtown Vancouver BIA is proud to be Community Partners for what will be an epic program of events.

    This year’s highlights include:

    • Daytime event featuring five performance stages featuring Sam Roberts, Fefe Dobson, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Madeline Merlo, The Matinee, and many more
    • Citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians
    • Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone
    • Canadian Forces Zone with incredible displays and interactive exhibits
    • Canada150 Zone
    • North Point Lounge serving beer and wine, presented by Steam Whistle Brewing
    • Kids Zone in Harbour Green Park (July 1 only)
    • Canadian Oath reaffirmation ceremony presented by CIBC
    • Multi-community fireworks show with simulcast by Rock 101 (July 1)
    • Pancake breakfast (July 2)
    • Canada150 parade through downtown Vancouver (July 2)

    Read more about the festivities at

  • Doors Open Vancouver

    Jun 12, 2017

    Vancouver is known for its stunning architecture, diverse cultural institutions and overall beauty. This month, you’ll get to discover even more about what makes Vancouver great when 16 organizations welcome you into their buildings for Doors Open Vancouver.
    Doors Open Vancouver (DOV) is a free public festival offering special behind-the-scenes access to some Vancouver’s most interesting and unusual buildings. This event connects residents with the buildings they know and love, invites them to discover new ones, and encourages curiosity and conversation about Vancouver’s built form, heritage, history, and culture.
    Downtown buildings that will be open include the Marine Building, The Orpheum and the Scotiabank Dance Centre.
    Most of the 16 DOV sites will be open to the public between 10 am to 5 pm, but please check individual sites for specific timing.
    Plan your visit at
    Join the conversation with #doorsopenvan

  • Vancouver’s Playbook

    Jun 09, 2017

    It’s no secret that Vancouver is home to world-class parks and recreation. And we want to keep it that way, don’t we? Here’s your chance.

    The Vancouver Park Board wants your help to make our parks even better over the next 25 years. What's important to you? What’s missing? How would you make the city’s parks and recreation even more accessible and enjoyable for all? To get answers to these questions, they’re launching VanPlay, a year-long conversation with you, city staff, partners, stakeholders, and experts.

    Your feedback now will shape their approach moving forward—the next survey, a seminar series, and problem-solving discussions to ensure they get to the heart of what matters to you.

    Get involved at

  • Downtown Jazz Weekend

    Jun 05, 2017

    The 32nd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival takes place June 22 to July 2—and to kick it off, music lovers are invited to attend Downtown Jazz Weekend. Take in an incredible 30 free bands, family fun, food trucks, markets, a large viewing screen, and two licensed bistros.

    Three stages—Georgia Stage, Robson Stage and the Anthem Properties Sounds of Youth Stage presented by Tom Lee Music—will host great musical performances all weekend.

    Enjoy the brassy, stomping, uplifting vibe of a New Orleans street parade with the GRAMMY-nominated Sammy Miller and the Congregation. Mario Rom’s Interzone from Austria move from mainstream jazz to funky grooves to intriguing abstraction with joyous energy. Phoenix-born bassist Nik West brings a powerhouse voice and explosive stage presence to the new funk movement. JUNO nominee Barbara Lica’s clear-toned voice addresses the traditions of Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day. Vancouver’s The Boom Booms are a soul/funk/world music dance machine. Add student jazz bands to the mix, and Downtown Jazz Weekend has it all!

    Learn more about Downtown Jazz Weekend

  • Tom Lee Music Grand Opening

    May 31, 2017

    DVBIA member business Tom Lee Music will host the Grand Opening of its New Flagship Vancouver Store, June 3 & 4 at 728 Granville Street. Come join them as they open the doors to a new era.
    In celebration of its new, state-of-the-art facility, Tom Lee Music will offer door crasher deals, exclusive and limited edition products, prize draws, demos and workshops showcasing its full-line selection of top brand musical instruments, equipment and cutting-edge, digital music technology.
    Guests are invited to take in performances throughout the weekend by acclaimed artists: renowned Steinway pianist Jenny Lin, guitar master and Wide Mouth Mason front man Shaun Verreault, prolific pianist/singer/songwriter Michael Kaeshammer, award-winning acoustic guitarist Don Alder, piano virtuoso Ian Parker, and more.
    This event is free of charge. For more info, visit

  • City of Bhangra Festival 2017

    May 29, 2017

    Creativity, conversation, cutting edge art, and exciting events that celebrate Bhangra, the Punjabi folk arts, South Asian youth culture, community connections and diversity—that's what's in store at City of Bhangra 2017.
    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is a proud sponsor of the annual festival, and from June 11-17th, we invite you to learn more about Bhangra in all its' facets across Downtown Vancouver and Surrey.
    Learn more at

  • Canadian Ingenuity

    May 25, 2017

    Located on downtown’s West Georgia St., the Vancouver Public Library is a hub for books, multimedia and lifelong learning. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, a month before Canada’s 150 birthday celebration, join Gov. Gen. David Johnston for Ingenious: An Evening of Canadian Innovation, a free event to explore Canadian innovation and global impact.
    Register for the free event at
    The Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the education and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Last year, VPL welcomed more than 6.8 million visits with patrons borrowing almost 8.7 million items including: books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs and magazines.

  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival

    May 23, 2017

    The 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival takes place August 10-20, 2017. Presented by charity Out On Screen, the 11-day festival is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver. Last year’s festival drew over 14,000 attendees and showcased 70 films from 20 countries.

    Alongside our feature-length and short films, the Festival hosts visiting and local filmmakers for Q+As and talk-backs, allowing audiences to connect with some of today’s leading queer, trans, and two-spirit artists.

    Vancouverites can expect to be, “delighted and provoked by a diverse range of stories and filmmakers represented over eleven days of world class film, fun, and community,” says Executive Director Stephanie Goodwin.

    Full ticketing details for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival will be made available soon at


  • DVBIA Spring 2017 Newsletter

    May 18, 2017

    Our Spring 2017 Newsletter and Annual Report is now published and features a mix of compelling member stories and news on exciting new initiatives.
    Check your mailbox for your copy or read it first online to learn about big changes coming to the Vancouver Public Library; our collaboration with Hives for Humanity that will bring bees to Cathedral Square; work we’re doing with LOCO BC to revitalize Granville Street; a revamped Community Safety Team as part of our Downtown Ambassadors program; and highlights of our new five-year strategic plan.
    Also in this issue, we salute this year’s Downtown Appreciation Awardees, as well our president & CEO, Charles Gauthier, who is celebrating his 25th year with the DVBIA. Congrats Charles!
    Check page 6 for details on this year’s AGM & Downtown Appreciation Awards that take place on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral.
    A huge thanks goes out to KIMBO Design for their design and production work.
    Click to download the newsletter.

  • Appreciation Awards & AGM

    May 09, 2017

    DVBIA members are cordially invited to the 28th annual Downtown Appreciation Awards & Annual General Meeting at Christ Church Cathedral.


    Come and raise a glass to emerging and established business leaders who are being

    recognized for their positive contribution to downtown. Surprise programming at the event promises to delight the senses and warm the soul!


    Admission is complimentary, however a current membership and RSVP are required.


    Registration for the event is now closed. For more information please contact Jason Corlett.

  • Hives for Humanity

    May 08, 2017

    Bee hives are coming to Downtown Vancouver. No, we’re not pollen your leg. The DVBIA and the Vancouver Park Board have partnered with Hives for Humanity (H4H) to bring bee hives to Cathedral Square. Through beekeeping, otherwise known as apiculture, and mentorship programs, H4H will foster therapeutic community building and nurture local social relationships.

    This new initiative brings an ecologically and socially beneficial activity to an underutilized downtown park, turning it into an enhanced and engaging green space. It also offers people in the community with the opportunity to connect with nature, as well as each other.
    The park square will begin buzzing in first week of June.

    To learn more about Hives for Humanity, visit them online at


  • Join Our Policy Advisory Council

    May 03, 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 Advisory Council.
    The Council acts as a consultative resource for the DVBIA Board of Directors 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 DVBIA is currently seeking candidates in the following sectors: retail, restaurant, arts and culture, hotel, transportation and technology. We encourage applications from all interested candidates, especially women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities, and members of the LGTBQ+ community.
    The Council has set meetings throughout the year and requires advanced reading and preparation for these meetings.
    To apply to join the Policy Advisory Council, complete and submit the Expression of Interest form by May 31.
    For more information on the Policy Advisory Council, contact Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, at

  • Volunteer Ambassadors Wanted

    May 03, 2017

    Friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic Vancouverites are invited to apply for this exciting opportunity.
    As a Volunteer Ambassador, you will provide uber-friendly welcome assistance to downtown Vancouver’s many visitors. You’ll assist at high traffic tourist locations, the Ambassador Visitor centre and at festivals. We want to make spending time downtown a friendly and enjoyable experience—and you will help us achieve this!
    So why else should you join the team? You will get the following benefits:

    ·  2017 Tourism Challenge Passport
    ·  Free branded Vancouver ambassador t-shirt
    ·  Tourism industry networking and learning experiences
    ·  And more!
    The volunteer program runs for five (5) months from May 2017 to September 2017 during the tourism high season.
    Apply now for this exciting opportunity.

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