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  • 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: http://kck.st/2rk2vnc

  • 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 canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day

  • 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 doorsopenvan.ca
     
    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 vancouver.ca/vanplay

  • 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 tomleemusic.ca/grandopening

  • 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 www.vibc.org

    #BhangraLove
  • 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 vpl.ca.
     
    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.

    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 www.queerfilmfestival.ca/tickets.

    #VQFF2017

  • 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 hivesforhumanity.com.

    #hivesforhumanity

  • 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 charles@downtownvancouver.net

  • 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.

  • 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.
     
    #MWM101

  • 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.
     
    #definitelydali

  • 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 downtownvancouver.net

    • 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 gavinder@downtownvancouver.net

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