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  • Vancouver Mysteries Competition

    Jul 18, 2016

    Compete against other teams in our evening edition of spy game SECRET MISSION. Sign up your team of up to 5 players for this special challenge. You will be competing against up to 7 other teams for prizes.

    Your Mission is Simple: Save Vancouver We have intercepted a coded message from BLACKOUT, a dangerous organization dedicated to the destruction of downtown Vancouver. The only thing we have been able to decipher from this message is that they are planning to destroy the city. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Save the City You only have two hours to complete your mission. The city is now in your hands

    When: Every Saturday at 7pm until the end of October

  • Hastings West Walking Tours

    Jul 11, 2016

    The West Hastings corridor has long been an important one 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 70s, West Hastings Street offers intriguing stories at every corner.

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation has partnered with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association to offer a series of free lunch time walking tours with guide John Atkin, starting in July. All tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be at Lot 19, at the foot of Hornby St. at West Hastings St., starting at 12pm each tour day.

    Discover the fascinating history of one of Vancouver's oldest corridors with popular tour guide and civic historian, John Atkin. West Hastings Street offers a range of intriguing stories from elitism and the start of Vancouver's financial centre to an evolving fashion industry tied to changes in the Downtown Eastside. It also ripe with wonderful examples of diverse architecture, from the early 1900s to the Modern era of the 1960s and 70s.

    Twitter: @VanHeritage
    Instagram: @VancouverHeritageFoundation

  • RSVP for Summer Libations

    Jul 07, 2016

    We’ve set the date for our ever popular Summer Libations event! DVBIA members are invited to join us on August 11, 2016 for a patio networking event at The Alberni Keg Steakhouse + Bar. Known for its fine cuts of steaks and outstanding wine list, our hosts will treat us to sips and bites while you have a chance to network with your downtown colleagues

    DVBIA members look forward to this summer event each year so RSVP ASAP to hold your space. We are expected to sell out and spaces are on a first come first served basis.

    Registration has is now up. Book your spot today!

  • Family FUSE Weekend

    Jul 05, 2016

    Family FUSE Weekend: Inspiration Everywhere

    July 9 – 10, 10am – 5pm
    Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street)

    FREE for children aged 12 & under when accompanied by an adult and for Gallery Members. Regular adult admission rates apply.

    July 4, 2016, Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Art Gallery’s popular all-age program Family FUSE Weekend will return on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Organized in conjunction with the Gallery’s summer exhibitions Picasso: The Artist and His Muses andBHARTI KHER Matter, this Family FUSE Weekend takes on the theme of “Inspiration Everywhere.” This energetic event features performances by celebrated Vancouver Sitar player Mohamed Assani, tabla wizard Amarjeet Singh, singer/electronic musician Rup Sidhu, Oddsi classical Indian dancer Scheherazaad Cooper, singing and story-telling duo Sharada Eswar and Sonja Rainey, as well as dance workshops by educator Caroline Liffmann. In addition, grownups and kids can enjoy the exhibitions with a team of friendly and engaging Art Agents, and explore hands-on art-making activities at the Making Place. This event is free for children aged 12 and under.

    Things to see and do:

    • Catch dynamic performances that weave together Hindustani Classical music, freestyle rap and beat boxing. On Saturday, July 9, sitar player Mohamed Assani will be accompanied by tabla wizard Amarjeet Singh to present a recital that takes the audiences on an enthralling and emotive journey. On Sunday, July 10, enjoy the music by Lapis (Mohamed Assani and vocalist/electronic musician Rup Sidhu), known for their improvisation and original compositions with unexpected sonic pairings.
    • Dancer Scheherazaad Cooper will guide you through the narrative world of Odissi classical Indian dance, where poetry and movement are one. Then learn a few dance moves.
    • Get inspired by the work of Bharti Kher and explore the exhibition through a range of drawing activities with educator Kate Dawson.
    • Join dancer and choreographer Caroline Liffmann to explore the exhibition I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me this Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia through a range of movement and activities.
    • Using traditional Indian shadow puppets, Victorian toy theatre and overhead projectors, Sharada Eswar and Sonja Rainey tells the story of The Blue God & the Serpents. This piece is inspired by stories from Indian mythology, particularly the story of Dashavatar (ten avatars of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation), while making connections to contemporary issues such as climate change and global warming. Afterwards, make your own puppet and write your own story. 
    • Make your own creative button at our popular Button Station.
    • Use paint and experiment with lines and forms, inspired by the candid video of Picasso painting on glass.
    • Take a break and relax in our Family Film Lounge, eat your lunch or a snack while watching a selection of great animated and live action films programmed by Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth.


  • Indian Summer Festival

    Jul 04, 2016

    For ten days this July, the Indian Summer Festival invites you to gather around a series of provocative multi-disciplinary events that feature some of the finest artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. The festival runs from July 7-16, 2016.

    The programming is rigorous and quirky with an appetite for experimentation, deep thinking, and curiosity. We see artists as important voices in the larger community, allowing us to step into the worlds they create, while also addressing the pressing questions of the one we inhabit. The Festival offers a model for dialogue, a possibility for an inclusive community that is unafraid of striking up conversations – both cheerful and difficult.

    Don’t miss the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekend with artists from the Indian Summer Festival or performances by Rajasthan Josh

    FB: @IndianSummerCanada


    Jul 04, 2016

    In April, Vancouver City Council, with DVBIA conditional approval, agreed to permanently close 800 Robson to create a new public plaza - exactly what 11,000 people said they wanted as part of our Re-Imagine Downtown 2040 process last year! Already underway through early September is extensive maintenance work on the south stairs of the VAG being done by the Province. Gotta fix those leaks! Starting July 9, bistro tables and chairs and umbrellas return for every day, everybody use. Hold meetings there, eat your lunch or just people watch.

    Watch the City's website for upcoming opportunities to participate in consultation for the permanent plaza. Read more about Block 51 (including 800 Robson and the north plaza of the VAG)

  • Free Summer Tours of the Orpheum

    Jul 04, 2016

    This summer come explore one of the most iconic theatres in Vancouver as the Orpheum is now offering free guided tours. The venue built in 1927 is today one of the most beautiful concert venues in North America and a National Heritage Site. It is home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and hosts a number of popular musicians, concerts, and events throughout the year. All tour times are between 11:00am - 12:30pmand take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting July 12th until August 30th.

    The exact dates available are:
    Tuesday July 12 Thursday, July 14 Saturday, July 16 Tuesday, July 26 Thursday, July 28 Saturday, July 30Thursday, August 4 Saturday, August 6 Tuesday, August 9 Thursday, August 11 Saturday, August 13 Tuesday, August 16 Thursday, August 18Tuesday, August 23 Thursday, August 25 Tuesday, August 30

    The tour includes stair climbing and may be challenging for those with mobility issues, it is not recommended to children under 8 years of age. Registered participants should arrive at the Orpheum’s Granville Street entrance at least 10 minutes prior to the 11:00am start time. Orpheum Tours are limited to a maximum of 30 people on a first come first served basis and for reservations please call 604.665.3047.

    As the Orpheum is a working theatre, tours, availability and content may vary.


  • Transit Service Changes

    Jul 04, 2016

    Four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), TransLink undertakes a round of service changes. These schedule and route improvements ensure a reliable, efficient and safe transit service to help you get where you need to go. All the changes listed below are in effect as of June 27, 2016 (unless indicated otherwise).
    Read more

  • Celebrate Canada Day

    Jun 30, 2016

    This award winning event, presented by the Port of Vancouver, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside our nation’s capital, Ottawa. Canada Day at Canada Place has been Vancouver’s premier event for 29 years, bringing communities together to share our special bond of living in one of the greatest country’s in the world and celebrating our freedom, values and diversity. With the popular daytime festival, the evening parade through downtown Vancouver and the simultaneous two barge fireworks spectacular, Canada Day at Canada Place is the best way to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

    Canada Day at Canada Place event details:

    • Date: July 1, 2016
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (parade and fireworks to follow)
    • Location: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding streets.

    The festivities will continue into the evening with the popular Canada Day Parade presented by Port of Vancouver, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Georgia and Broughton, and the Canada Day Fireworks Show at 10:30 p.m. in Burrard Inlet.

    Event Highlights

    Main Stage  (Canada Place Way at Canada Place) – Featuring a full day of amazing music including headliners Aaron Pritchett and Sheena Easton, other artists including Barney Bentall, Mo Kenney, Twin Kennedy and more. Presented by CN. Click here to read performer bios.

    The Pier Point Lounge (Canada Place North Point) – With the stunning North Shore mountains in the background, the North Point at Canada Place will host a family-friendly licensed area and performance stage. Presented by Steam Whistle Brewing.

    Citizenship Ceremony (Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre East) – Hosted by Global New Hour at 6 co-anchors Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui, the Citizenship Ceremony is a special part of our annual celebration. Reaffirm your own citizenship and join us as we welcome 60 new citizens to our Canadian family in a heartfelt ceremony at 11:00 a.m.

    Celebration Stage (Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre East) – Following the Citizenship Ceremony, the legendary Red Robinson will host a talented line-up of multicultural performances and talent, and will share stories of his life as Vancouver’s DJ and a career spanning 50 years.

    Expo Pavilion (Ballrooms ABC, Vancouver Convention Centre East) – Expo 86 welcomed the world to Vancouver, and Canada Place had the honour of sharing the very best of this country as the Canada Pavilion. Relive your Expo86 memories with our memorabilia and exhibits, or try your hand at Pac-Man in the 80s video arcade!

    Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre (Below FlyOver Canada) – Visit our new interactive space to learn about Canada’s largest port. Complete your Port Passport to win a harbour tour for you and nine friends, and four tickets to the Canada Day 2017 Fireworks Show. Meet Salty the Seagull, get your face painted, play fun games, make arts and crafts, and take a photo in the #MyPortCity selfie booth. Make sure to stop by the Canada150 booth for a chance to win two tickets with Air Canada!

    Canadian Forces Zone (Hall B, Vancouver Convention Centre East) – See incredible displays and exhibits that honour Canada’s Army, Navy and Air Force including search and rescue displays, CF-18 cockpit, and a souvenir photo booth.

    Canada Place Way – Stroll down Canada Place Way and play a game of pick-up street hockey, presented by Nature’s Path Foods. For every goal scored, Nature’s Path will donate 1lb of food to Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children program!

    Global BC Live News at 12:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone (Jack Poole Plaza at Vancouver Convention Centre – north of Olympic cauldron) – Experience a photo shoot with The Collective You and fashion influencers Mac Harmon and the PARTYSKIRTS, and an amazing line-up on stage, including headliners Bear Mountain.

    XPogo Stunt Team (Jack Poole Plaza performance zone, south of the cauldron) – Watch the world’s best extreme pogo demo crew, featuring championship pro athletes flying over 10 feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks. Presented by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

    Canada Day Party with Nessly

    Join Atlanta rapper Nessly, Cherchez La Femme, Shy Daughter, RHEK, and AKA Paradise DJs Christian Flores, Zach City & andishae at the Canada Day Jamboree After Party. Expect “drums that literally sound like theres a horse galloping on the track.”

    • Where: Republic – 958 Granville Street, Vancouver
    • When: 10 pm to 3 am
    • Tickets: On TicketZone, priced $10 in advance plus fees

    Canada Day at ArtStarts

    Find creative inspiration in our country’s Culinary heritage by exploriung our multicultural book.

    • Where: Art Starts Gallery – 808 Richards
    • When: 10am-4:30pm July 1 thru 3
    • Price: Free
  • CBC Outdoor Music Series

    Jun 29, 2016

    Musical Nooners returns to CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage this summer!

    You are invited to bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert at 700 Hamilton Street, weekdays from 12 pm to 1 pm. 

    Prepare to be entertained throughout the season with a diverse lineup of musical performers, starting with The Tourist Company on July 8th.

    New this year, we will be hosting five special theme days:

    • Friday, July 8 - OPENING DAY
    • Tuesday, July 12 - KIDS DAY
    • Tuesday, July 19 - DOG DAY
    • Thursday, July 28 - COUNTRY DAY
    • Wednesday, August 3 - 'ROAD TO RIO' DAY
    The concerts are one hour in length and we will be keeping sound levels in check. You can expect sound checks to begin at 11 am.

    For more information and the full line-up, click on the “Events” tab at

  • Celebrate! Outdoor Summer Market

    Jun 27, 2016

    Craft Council of British Columbia
     is pleased to invite you to our fourth annual outdoor summer market - Celebrate. The market will take place this summer over four days from July 21-24  at the Jack Poole Plaza and is FREE!

    Learn about arts and crafts, communicate directly with the artists, and browse and participate in a locally run market in a beautiful setting. There will be opportunities to make connections, including business connections, with local artists. This is an interactive artisan market for families and downtown residents.


    Thursday 11am - 6pm
    Friday 10am - 6pm
    Saturday 10am - 6pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm


  • Jazz Weekend This Weekend

    Jun 23, 2016

    The widely beloved Downtown Jazz Weekend is back at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza June 25 & 26 as a part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Each stage at this completely free event showcases unique entertainment: The Sounds of Youth stage features 10 student ensembles including the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Jazz Ensemble; the Georgia Street stage features big bands, local artists including James Danderfer and Dawn Pemberton, Busty and the Bass with full choir, and Belgium’s Flat Earth Society; the Robson Street stage features 5 acts daily including Longhand, Andre Leroux and Elkhorn.

    Downtown Jazz Weekend is just the beginning - the rest of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is a summer staple, featuring over 300 concerts and 1,800 musicians, at 35 venues across the city. Find festival details on all 10 days of free and ticketed shows at

    Twitter: @coastaljazz

  • Traffic Advisory

    Jun 16, 2016

    We have another busy weekend filled with events and construction throughout the City. Events are concentrated on the West side and Downtown on Sunday, while construction is more distributed on Saturday. Of significant note is the Jazz Fest at the Art Gallery all weekend, and the Scotia Bank Half Marathon on Sunday.

    Notable Impacts – Saturday June 25th

    • Vancouver International Jazz Fest on Robson Square and Howe Street (24 hour closure). Full closure of Howe from Georgia to Robson (parkade access is retained). Permanent closure of Robson from Howe to Hornby.
    • Utility construction on Cambie bridge Pacific off-ramp (7am to 5pm). Pacific off-ramp will be closed 7am to 2pm. 1 lane will be retained on Pacific at all times (of 2).
    • Concrete Pour on Thurlow street at Davie (7:30am to 3:30pm). 1 lane southbound will be retained on Thurlow.

    Notable Impacts – Sunday June 26th

    • Vancouver International Jazz Fest on Robson Square and Howe Street (12am to 6pm). Full closure of Howe from Georgia to Robson (parkade access is retained). Permanent closure of Robson from Howe to Hornby.
    • Scotia Bank Vancouver Half Marathon (7:30am to 11am). Various closures through the West Side and West End, most notably Cornwall from MacDonald to Burrard, Burrard Bridge Southbound, and Pacific from Burrard to Jervis.
  • Volunteer Opportunity: VQFF

    Jun 15, 2016

    Are you interested in some summer lovin’ volunteering fun with some awesome perks? The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is Western Canada's largest queer arts event and Vancouver's second largest film festival that takes place annually in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Featuring over 80 films from 20 countries, VQFF invites audiences from around the world to participate in this amazing event! This is a fantastic opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the LGBT2Q+ arts communities. In return for your generous help they invite all of their volunteers to an awesome appreciation party at the end of the Festival, and all of your volunteer hours go towards vouchers for free films during the Festival! If you are interested, please check out their volunteer registration.

    If you are interested, please contact Andy Holmes, Volunteer Coordinator
    at - 604 844 -1615

  • Help Water the Boulevard Trees

    Jun 13, 2016

    The City of Vancouver maintains all public trees in Vancouver, including trees that line our streets, trees that are in parks, and trees along boulevards. Our Park Board arborists grow trees at our tree farm and plant thousands of new trees each year. Arborists also prune and remove trees and deal with tree pests and diseases.

    Watering trees is very important to their growth and health. They require even more water during hot spells like the current one. Extreme hot weather is especially damaging to newly planted trees which are still establishing their root systems. Trees planted within the last five years – many with "water me" tags attached – would benefit most by watering at this time.

    You are asked to be vigilant for young stressed streets trees adjacent to your property - usually indicated by leaves turning brown or falling. The best practice is to apply at least 12 to 20 litres of water (five to 10 minutes with a slow running hose or a couple of watering cans full) two to three times per week over the roots. Regional water restrictions do not apply to trees and shrubs. However, be water-wise by ensuring that all of it gets to the tree.

    How you can help:

    1. Watch out for Vandalism of trees. Call 311 to report damage.
    2. As we get into the dry summer months, help water trees.  For most new plantings, 2 applications of water weekly, by way of a Watering Bag will usually provide enough moisture to help in establishing our newly planted trees.  To receive the watering bags, please contact Tatton Zanardo at 

    Bags will be delivered and placed on the trees, and removed once watering is no longer required.  Please help us grow our Urban Forest!

    If you require any further information please contact Amit Gandha (Acting City Arborist) at 604.257.8580.

    Jun 07, 2016

    We'll be hosting our Downtown Appreciation Awards & Annual General Meeting on June 23.  In addition to doing our AGM business, we will be toasting this year’s Appreciation Award winners for their outstanding contributions to the business community.

    Recipients for 2016 are: former Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, property owners Dino and Kerry Bonnis, Oxford Properties, and The Urban Tea Merchant.

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
    Registration 3:30 pm, Program from 4:00-6:00 pm
    Telus Garden, 510 West Georgia Street, 24th Floor

    This is a free member-exclusive event. RSVP is required as space is limited.


    Jun 07, 2016

    It’s been 30 years since TransLink looked at its fare structure. With the new Compass card and fare gates recently introduced, it’s a good time to open up the discussion. TransLink wants to know what you think about the current fare system, including zones and fare products. The survey closes June 30.
    Watch an informative, cute video to learn more and then complete the survey; the first of four phases of consultation. Speak up!


    Jun 06, 2016

    Project for Public Spaces out of NYC, along with local hosts will descend on downtown Van for a series of events that will map the future of the placemaking movement during Placemaking Week September 12-18 – and you can be involved.

    It’s actually three events rolled into one:

    1. Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place is all about – you guessed in – walking, cycling and placemaking.

    2. Future of Places Summit will advance the New Urban Agenda and Habitat

    3. Placemaking Leadership Forum

    In a nutshell, some of the conference is formally programmed, but much is crowd-sourced. Meaning, you, your organization or company, can put a session or idea on the table and present it. It’s a chance to showcase the super cool stuff happening in Vancouver. Or, use it to bring global change agents together to help us solve some of our local challenges.

  • Downtown Jazz, June 25 & 26

    May 31, 2016

    The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival starts off with bang the weekend of June 25 & 26, with free programming on three stages in the heart of Downtown. Musical highlights will include:


    • A Salute to Dal Richards: The beloved bandleader, who passed away last winter, is saluted in style by his long-time band and some touching reminiscences.
    • Dawn Pemberton: Vancouver’s most authentic and honest voice beats a soulful path from gostal and R&B to jazz, funk and world music. Her irresistible verve will win you over.
    • Gwyneth Herbert: Direct from the UK, this vocalist & multi-instrumentalist has been called “a remarkably gifted talent” by The Guardian.


    • WDF (Warren Dean Flandez): This cool crooner is a rising R&B vocal sensation. His joyful take on gospel, Motown, and old school funk will get you moving
    • Jen Hodge All-Star A pack of talented twentysomethings playing raucous, sassy jazz that recalls prohibition era speakeasies. Great fun!

    Plus, don’t miss the Tom Lee Music/Anthem Properties Sounds of Youth Stage, featuring the next generation of jazz stars. Also worth a stop? The licensed Bistro, featuring Mill Street brewery beers, Lonetree cider, and Perseus wines from the Okanagan.

    The DVBIA is a silver sponsor of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.



    May 30, 2016

    The DVBIA has joined a group of business, labour, health, environmental and student groups to lobby for investment in Metro Vancouver’s transportation system via an open letter to Premier Christy Clark.

    The timing of the advocacy efforts are to ‘take advantage of the opportunity afforded by the recent federal budget to improve transit and transportation in our region,’ the letter outlines.

    Read the full letter and the participating groups.

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