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  • Downtown Farmers Market

    May 01, 2017

    Shop fresh every Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza with 30+ farms & producers – your weekly source for the finest and freshest quality seasonal fruits & vegetables, ethically raised meat, poultry, eggs & dairy, sustainable seafood, artisanal food & craft, and local craft beer, wine & spirits.

    NEW LUNCHTIME HOURS! Come to the market on your lunch hour each Thursday for delicious food truck offerings and a quick grocery shop during their new, convenient market hours of 11am-3pm. Pick up a Food Truck Frequent Flyer Card from the market info tent and every 7th food truck lunch is free!

    Join the conversation! Find them on Facebook and follow @VanMarkets on Twitter and Instagram – make sure to tag your Downtown Market photos and vids #DowntownFM and #myVCT!

  • Measure What Matters 101

    Apr 27, 2017

    BDC and Thriving Vancouver - a project of the Vancouver Economic Commission - are pleased to present the Measure What Matters 101 Workshop.
    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.
    Participants will be given unlimited access to the Measure What Matters tool - a free, confidential digital platform tailored to the B Corp principals. Knowledgeable experts will be on-site to guide participants through the questionnaire. You must bring your own laptop to the session.
    Wondering if this workshop is for you? You are:
    - a business owner or employee
    + interested in giving your business an impact 'health check'

    There will be an hour-long Q&A period after the conclusion of the formal session. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

    Note: This workshop is being offered on multiple dates at different times. Please select the session you'd like to attend before proceeding with registration.

  • Cut, Paste, Action! Family Arts Workshop

    Apr 27, 2017

    In this lens-based workshop, families will be introduced to art works that investigate human form, movement and gesture. The first half of the workshop will focus on the work of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge and his studies of motion in the human body.

    The second half of the workshop will focus on Dada artist Hannah Hoch and her use of found images of faces, eyes and hands. Families will experiment capturing their own bodies in motion and will be cutting and pasting these images along with found photographs from magazines and newspapers into their very own layered collages.
    This event is part of Vancouver's Capture Photography Festival. ArtStarts on Saturdays is a monthly series for families, featuring free, fun, 45-minute creative arts workshops with some of the best children’s artists. Sessions at 11am & 1pm. Free!

    The second half of the workshop will focus on Dada artist Hannah Hoch and her use of found images of faces, eyes and hands. Families will experiment capturing their own bodies in motion and will be cutting and pasting these images along with found photographs from magazines and newspapers into their very own layered collages.

    This event is part of Vancouver's Capture Photography Festival. ArtStarts on Saturdays is a monthly series for families, featuring free, fun, 45-minute creative arts workshops with some of the best children’s artists. Sessions at 11am & 1pm. Free!

  • It's About Time for Dali

    Apr 26, 2017

    Vancouver will be ringing in the nation’s 150+ birthday with a momentous honour: the city will be the first-ever Canadian site to play host to one of Salvador Dalí’s most iconic works. Conceived in 1979 and first cast in 1984, the Dance of Time I sculpture has previously exhibited in Paris, Marseille, Shanghai, and Beverly Hills.
    Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, in partnership with the DVBIA, is bringing a spectacular gift to Vancouver in the form of a magnificent, iconic, Salvador Dali bronze sculpture, titled Dance of Time I. The seven-foot sculpture will be on display in a public space at Lot 19 (Hornby and W. Hastings Street), for all to enjoy, for 150 days in 2017 from May through September. The piece is valued at $750,000.
    The sculpture is part of the extensive “Definitely Dali” exhibition by Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, which will include about 100 works of art by the historical master. The public is invited for a tour of the Definitely Dali Exhibition. Public donations and partial proceeds from the gallery’s sales will be donated to Arts Umbrella, a local non-profit that offers arts and arts-education programs to Metro Vancouver youth.

  • BC Place All-Access Tours

    Apr 25, 2017

    BC Place, home of the Lions, the Whitecaps and the Olympics and now yours to explore!

    Take a peak into the locker rooms for both the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Step inside the exclusive BC Place executive suite. And don't forget to snap a photo of you on the field!

    Call 604-687-5520 or visit their website to reserve your spot.

  • Operational Information on 420

    Apr 20, 2017

    After a meeting with senior City management, City operational management and VPD was held yesterday, April 13, this security bulletin was provided by the City of Vancouver for distribution to our members. For both protests, The Vancouver Park Board, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Department's primary priority is a safe and informed public.

    Long range weather forecast for April 20 is "sun, cloud and showers".

    Sunset Beach

    • Planned programming remains much the same as last years.

    • Load-in of infrastructure will take place day prior with overnight security as well as morning of event.

    • A communications campaign is underway advising of the event, Aquatic Centre closures, alternate bike routes and traffic impacts.

    • Extra medical assistance resources will be deployed.

    • Event hours are 11-8.

    • Vendor booths (approximately 200) are 'sold out' according to website.

    • It is anticipated that the crowd size will be the same as last year, but weather will most likely play a role.

    Vancouver Art Gallery (800 Robson Area)

    • Planning remains fluid.

    • VPD are re-engaged and continuing in conversations with the organizer regarding the footprint of the protest. Any new information will be shared as received at

    • Closure of Howe Street remains a possibility. All attempts will be made to reserve Pacific Centre access.

    • Parking on west side of Hornby between Robson and Georgia will be reserved for emergency and medical assistance vehicles.

    • Parking on west side of Howe will be a combination of "no parking" (5 meter spaces) and "no stopping" (remainder of block)*

    • Engineering and Parking Enforcement will be playing key support roles to VPD Bronze Command, who will be site lead.

    • Event hours are not known at this time; protest organizer's website shows a start time of 7:00 am.

    Most issues around 420 have been mess, access to washrooms, open urination, drug reactions, traffic disruption, and disoriented persons wandering about.

    The DVBIA senior staff will receive situational reports on the day of the event, and prior as needed. Urgent updates will be sent out via SMS. Sign up to receive information via text. Please contact Gavinder, Community Safety Manager at

  • Tactical Urbanism

    Apr 13, 2017

    Glancing ahead, we’re encouraged by the prospect of a Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association that champions the prioritization of people over cars. In September, it unveiled Alley-Oop, the first of three alleyway activation test projects financed and built in partnership with the City of Vancouver.”

    Read the article


  • Mayors’ Council launches campaign to #CureCongestion

    Apr 05, 2017

    Congestion is a pain for commuters across Metro Vancouver every day. We’ve all experienced delays that made us late for work or school, or kept us from spending more time with our families. The Mayors’ Council wants to #CureCongestion and keep Metro Vancouver moving.


    This provincial election, pledge your support and join the Mayors’ Council calling for an end to congestion on our roads and transit system.


    A strong road and transit network is vital to keeping our city accessible—whether we’re getting to our next meeting, going home to our families or we are transporting a delivery to our clients. Our region is growing and we need a transit and transportation system that keeps up with our growth. DVBIA supports the 10-Year Vision, the Mayors’ Council’s regional plan to improve our transit services, roads and transportation infrastructure. This means more increased bus service, more frequent Canada Line and SkyTrain services, fewer passups and less crowding. This upcoming provincial election, we have an opportunity to make sure urgently-needed transportation investments are made to #CureCongestion. Pledge your support and call on the next Provincial Government to relieve congestion on our roads and transit systems.



  • BMO Vancouver Marathon

    Apr 05, 2017

    The BMO Vancouver Marathon delivers a running event that promotes Vancouver’s active lifestyle, engaging participants and community partners to create a positive and memorable experience.


    Recognized by Forbes, CNN, USA Today and others as one of the world’s top destination marathons, the event is renowned for its unique scenic views including snow-capped mountain ranges, cherry blossom trees, and 70% shoreline views.


    Join in at the free Expo: May 7, 2017, and on Race Day: May 7, 2017.



  • Filmfest Celebrates Canadian Cinema

    Apr 05, 2017

    National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial.


    On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available on air, online and on foot at over 800 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you can show a film. With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 — a Canada 150 Signature Project — promises to be the largest film festival in the world. Ever.



  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2017

    Apr 03, 2017

    The 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival charges ahead with bold, brave new work that challenges and thrills from May 4-14, 2107.

    In addition to our special events, and our signature programs, including Justice Forum, Rated Y for Youth, DOXA 2017 celebrates the fierce bright vision of documentary filmmakers with screenings, panel discussions, artist talks, live performances and much more. In a complex and culturally fraught moment, documentary cinema comes to the rescue with hope for the future, and a playbook for fighting back! Visit for schedule details and to purchase tickets online.

  • 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.

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