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  • Street Food City Returns

    Jan 02, 2017

    Presented by Tourism Vancouver, StreetFood Vancouver Society and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), the cheerful pop-up showcase for local food trucks commandeers the south plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from January 23 to 29th.

    Inexpensive and constantly surprising in the array and quality of their offerings, more than 25 food trucks will be open for business 11am-3pm Monday through Friday and 11am-5pm on the weekends at Street Food City VI. Tents, tables and seating make for a comfortable atmosphere and lively music will be provided daily by local radio stations.

    Hungry locals and visitors will have their pick of dishes – from gourmet hot dogs, fresh squeezed juices, and butter chicken wraps to stick-to-your-ribs chili, delectable grilled cheese sandwiches, some serious sausage, and much more.


  • Reading series at VPL

    Jan 02, 2017

    Come out of the cold to connect with fellow literature lovers and listen to readings that will open your eyes to new perspectives.

    Did you resolve to read more poetry in 2017? Start the year off right with with readings from four fine poets at Incite, a free, twice-monthly reading series.

    Journey into the tangled world of love and addiction in Rachel Rose’s Marry & Burn; look behind the headlines with Rob Taylor’s The News; reflect on the personal impacts of climate change with Jan Zwicky; and explore subjects as varied as veganism, sex and gun violence with Patricia Young. The free reading series begins on January 18th.

    All are welcome. Please RSVP to attend.

    Twitter: VanWritersFest

  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

    Jan 02, 2017

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival announces its 2017 lineup of groundbreaking theatre, dance, music & multimedia at various Vancouver venues, January 16 – February 5, 2017. Featuring artists from 11 countries, the 13th annual PuSh Festival showcases cutting-edge contemporary arts – from massive-scale spectacles to intimate, immersive encounters – guaranteed to invigorate and provoke.

    Among this year’s highlights: A stunning multimedia tour-de-force from an all-star Australian Indigenous band; South Korean performance art with industrial machinery; participatory recitation with the acclaimed Director of Portugal’s National Theatre Company; hilarious, unhinged theatre from an artist with Tourette syndrome; strapping Bavarian folk dancers achieving abnormal physical feats; and much, much more.


  • Year of the Rooster with LunarFest

    Jan 02, 2017

    Re-live the Olympic hype this January and help Canada bring home the gold at the LunarFest Rooster Winter Games! The Year of the Rooster in the lunar calendar is a year for courage, bravery, and hard work - do you have what it takes to reach the podium?

    2017 LunarFest celebrates the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster. While awaiting completion of the VAG Plaza's renovations, this year the festival moves to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza - just a stone's throw away!

    This three-day legacy event from 2009 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad returns to its roots and celebrates Canada 150 in the Rooster Winter Games, alongside workshops and activities for the whole family! Lunarfest is from January 27th - 29th, noon - 6pm each day and is a great opportunity to break out of the winter blues at a festive and colourful event downtown while learning about an important international tradition. All activities are family friendly and totally free!



    Dec 21, 2016

    Did you resolve to read more poetry in 2017? Start the year off right with readings from four fine poets at the kick-off evening of Incite on January 18. Incite is a free, twice-monthly reading series sponsored by the DVBIA and a program of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

    Journey into the tangled world of love and addiction in Rachel Rose’s Marry & Burn; look behind the headlines with Rob Taylor’s The News; reflect on the personal impacts of climate change with Jan Zwicky; and explore subjects as varied as veganism, sex and gun violence with Patricia Young.

    Let us know you're coming

    Share your stories and own insights and pictures.


    Dec 08, 2016

    The City has released a high-level design concept for the future plaza at 800 Robson Street.

    The design concept was informed by feedback the City received from residents, businesses, visitors, plaza users, area partners, and stakeholders during consultation.

    The concept is meant to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate the wide range of uses on the site.

    Staff will present the design concept to City Council on December 14.

    Between September 12 and December 5 the City engaged and consulted with over 2,200 people through various methods. We heard a broad range of ideas and suggestions for the plaza design and use.

    Construction is expected to begin in 2017 as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery wraps up.


    Dec 07, 2016

    The PuSh Festival is the cure to the mid-winter blues, presenting performing art that challenges, delights, startles and enchants audiences.

    The 13th annual PuSh Festival takes place January 16 to February 5, 2017 at venues across Vancouver. The 2017 Festival includes works by artists and companies from 11 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Portugal, South Africa and South Korea. The 2017 Festival features over 150 performances and events over 20 days, including 21 Main Stage shows, and three weeks of performances at Club PuSh.



    Enter to win 2 tickets to the 2017 PuSh Festival's presentation of DIRTSONG by Black Arm Band (Australia) by tagging your guest on Facebook. The tickets will be for the performance on February 4, 2017, 8pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Valued at $90. DIRTSONG is a spectacular evening of music, song and film by the Black Arm Band, a celebrated collective of Indigenous artists from Australia who specialize in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and languages. Here they give a performance of uncommon power—fervent, intoxicating and deeply moving. Against a backdrop of stunning documentary, the ensemble performs songs in a dozen languages, some now virtually extinct.

  • New Year’s Eve Vancouver

    Dec 05, 2016

    Music and VIP viewing zones announced for fireworks celebration.

    You and your closest 80,000 friends can ring in the New Years Eve at the community celebration site near the Vancouver Convention Centre. The free community celebration feature The Sheepdogs as the headlining performers and will run from 6:30 pm to 12:10 am on December 31, 2016 along Canada Place Way between Howe and Thurlow Streets.


    • *NEW* Two ticketed Fireworks Viewing Zones. Both areas will guarantee a prime views of the fireworks over Coal Harbour as well as in-and-out privileges to enjoy the entertainment on the main and outdoor music stages before the midnight fireworks.

    • *NEW* TRUE NORTH - a fully-licensed, 19+ ticketed party inside the magnificent VCC West Ballrooms hosted by the New Pornographers with other live performances by Yukon Blonde, Meghan Patrick, Delhi 2 Dublin, Humans, and DJ performances by Kevin Shiu, Andy Clockwork and Hebegebe. Open late.

  • Explore Christmas Downtown

    Dec 05, 2016

    Download a map of the Downtown Ambassadors festive season recommendations.

    Bringing the family downtown for some festive fun? The Downtown Ambassadors have curated a list of must see holiday experience for you. 

    • Highlights include
    • Where to see the tallest christmas tree in Downtown Vancouver.
    • Treats & Eats along the way.
    • Fun, free, family oriented activities.
    • Downtown's best light displays.
    • To die for selfie spots.

    Download the 2016 Downtown Ambassador Holiday Walking Map here.

  • JFL NorthWest Pre-sale Tickets

    Nov 30, 2016

    JFL NorthWest
     will feature comedy acts at venues all over Vancouver between February 16 to February 25, 2017

    Presale code: DVBIALOL!

    Presate run dates: November 29, 10 am until Thursday December 1, 10 pm.


    K. Trevor Wilson - February 16, 17 & 18, 2017 - Yuk Yuks
    Iliza Shlesinger - February 17, 2017 - Vogue Theatre
    Fortune Feimster - February 17, 2017 - Biltmore Cabaret
    Game Grumps - February 17, 2017 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Piff The Magic Dragon - February 18, 2017 - Vogue Theatre
    Nate Bargatze - February 18, 2017 - Biltmore Cabaret
    My Favorite Murder - February 18, 2017 - Vogue Theatre
    Just For Laughs Showcase - February 21, 2017 - Biltmore Cabaret
    Just For Laughs Showcase - February 22, 2017 - Yuk Yuks
    Trevor Noah - February 23, 2017 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Barry Crimmins - February 23, 2017 - Biltmore Cabaret
    Stop Podcasting Yourself - February 23, 2017 - Biltmore Cabaret
    Chris D'Elia - February 24, 2017 - Vogue Theatre
    The Alternative Show hosted by Andy Kindler - February 24 & 25, 2017 - The Rio
    Tom Segura - February 25, 2017 - Vogue Theatre
    Aparna Nancheria - February 25, 2017 - Biltmore Cabaret
    Sarah Silverman - February 25, 2017 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre


    Nov 28, 2016

    This Christmas, Harbour Centre and the Vancouver Lookout, in partnership with The Kettle Society, are inviting Vancouverites to make A Joyful Post to support people living with mental illness.

    Harbour Centre’s lobby will house a large-scale, festive installation where the public can select, personalize, and hang Christmas cards for Kettle members. The signed cards will then be shared with the Kettle community in a small but important gesture to help brighten what can be a very difficult time of year.

    A minimum donation of $5 is suggested with 100% of proceeds going to The Kettle Society, a local non-profit that assists people living with mental illness.

    Funds will be used to provide items and experiences that Kettle mental health clients have identified as able to connect them to others, boost their self-esteem, or help lift their day. Participants are urged to share their post on social media using #AJoyfulPost and encourage their networks to take part.

    Boffo Properties will match total donations, up to $5,000.


    Nov 14, 2016

    A major earthquake in Vancouver will impact everyone in our community. Families, neighbours, businesses and community organizations will need to work together to support each other while emergency service personnel are responding to high-priority incidents.

    Disaster support hubs are designated locations where you can initially gather to coordinate your efforts and offer assistance to other members of your community. They are also the post-disaster locations where City staff and trained volunteers will prioritize getting information and providing services to the public.

    There are 25 disaster support hubs located throughout the city.


    Nov 08, 2016

    With Christmas at Canada Place – the historic Woodward’s windows, the Avenue of Christmas Trees (look for the DVBIA tree!), arts & crafts, Rudolph’s Theatre and more – and Flyover Canada with Santa running November 24 through January 2, the downtown waterfront was already a central location for family holiday fun.

    Now, after six years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Vancouver Christmas Market is moving to Jack Poole Plaza by the Olympic cauldron. It’s bigger and running longer. So, more room for drinking Gluhwien, family entertainment and German-inspired festivities and no excuse for not buying that perfect craft gift.

    Read more in the Christmas Downtown Vancouver guide.


    Nov 08, 2016

    Start planning your holiday entertainment and shopping now!

    The Christmas Downtown Vancouver magazine is on ‘stands’ now. Produced by the DVBIA in partnership with Business in Vancouver, this glossy magazine is your one-stop guide to hot gift items this season, free and ticketed events happening downtown and yummy recipes for entertaining. Event listings run late-November through January 1 so there’s no excuse for not planning ahead.

    Copies of the guide are available at participating advertisers (thank you!), the Orpheum Theatre’s Granville Street box office operated by the Downtown Ambassadors and other downtown locations. Or, ask a Downtown Ambassador for a copy or the closest location to pick one up.

    Save some trees and browse the guide online.



    Nov 08, 2016

    Enjoy some fresh air, exercise, hot chocolate and the ambiance of downtown Van during the holiday season at the Robson Square ice rink.

    A hidden gem in downtown, the rink is located on the lower level of Robson Square near the entrance to UBC. Just follow the sounds of music, kids laughter and Zamboni.

    Skate for free – how often do you get something for free? Bring your own skates or rent for $4.

    Read more, including holiday hours

  • European Union Film Festival 2016

    Nov 07, 2016

    Experience Europe Without the Jetlag at The Cinematheque!

    European Union Film Festival is an annual showcase of acclaimed new and recent films from across greater Europe includes award winners, domestic blockbusters, festival circuit faves, and official Oscar submissions. Comprised of entries from 23 European Union member states, this year's festival promises a dynamic and entertaining celebration of the diversity, creativity, and accomplishments of contemporary European filmmaking.

    The Cinematheque's 19th Annual European Union Film Festival is proudly presented with the Vancouver consulates and the Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union, with support from the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.

    The DVBIA is a sponsor of the EUFF.


    Win one pair of tickets valid for any EUFF Screening between Nov 18-30, 2016 by emailing the name of one film you’d like to see! Winner will be selected by random draw.


  • Family FUSE Weekend

    Nov 07, 2016

    Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery's Family FUSE Weekend, where you will meet artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators for a weekend filled with family fun! Family FUSE Weekend explores the Gallery's exhibitions through a diverse range of engaging performances, interactions and hands-on art-making activities led by our Art Agents.

    This event is free for Gallery Members and for children age 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply. December 10 & 11.

    This event is sponsored by the DVBIA.

    Twitter @VanArtGallery


    Nov 02, 2016

    Vancouver’s Mobi bike share program hit a significant milestone after passing the 100,000 rides mark.

    Comparable cities with similar or larger-sized bike share systems have passed 100,000 rides in anywhere from two to nine months; Vancouver's program reached that milestone in just three months. A “ride” is defined as taking a bike from one station and returning it to another station.

    The top five most popular Mobi stations are:

    1. Granville and Georgia
    2. Hornby and Nelson
    3. Hornby and Pender
    4. Bute and Robson
    5. Ontario and the False Creek Seawall.

    These are all locations that are near transit connections or active transportation routes.
    Read more.

    FB: @mobibikeshare
    Twitter: #mobi_bikes @mobi_bikes


  • Rogers Santa Claus Parade

    Nov 01, 2016

    The Rogers Santa Claus Parade on December 4 is the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Downtown Vancouver. In the spirit of giving, the free, family fun event is also one of the largest food and fundraising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

    PARADE ROUTE: At 12pm, the parade will begin at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Smithe. 

    THE PARADE: This year’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators.

    A very special part of the Rogers Santa Claus Parade is celebrating the “Spirit of Giving.” Each year, on parade day, volunteers collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of food – so remember those loonies on Parade Day!

    Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square (10:00AM – 12:00PM) Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early for pre-parade fun. The free festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with two hours of family entertainment at the new Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square on 800 Block Robson St. (South side of the Vancouver Art Gallery). The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, letters to Santa station, and an entertainment stage featuring exciting music and dancing performances. (10:00 am-12:00pm) 

    Volunteer with the Rogers Santa Clause Parade!


  • Loss Prevention Program Evolving

    Oct 26, 2016

    Due to the changing landscape of crime in Downtown Vancouver and as the BIA looks towards developing a new 5-year Strategic Plan, the DVBIA Board of Directors has decided to evolve the Loss Prevention Program into a Community Safety Team.

    The Loss Prevention Program will be discontinued as is on Wednesday October 26, 11:00am. During the transition, we’ll be available to answer questions and to direct you to security services to assist with your loss prevention needs.A reminder to direct staff to call the VPD at 911 for all of your immediate emergency concerns

    This decision to evolve the program has been made with careful consideration.  The LPT has served DVBIA members,such as your business, unchanged over the last 16 years. But, crimes have become more dangerous, with weapons appearing more often, and criminals more desperate during arrests.

    A Membership Survey conducted in September 2016 indicated that cleanliness (76%) and safety (68%) are still at the top of our members’ priorities. We are still committed to these goals.

    If you have questions about transitioning, please contact Ivy Haisell, Member Services Manager at

    Read the memo

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