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  • VANCOUVER ART/BOOK FAIR

    Oct 06, 2014


    Photo by Project Space

    A two-day celebration of publication as an artistic medium.

    Presented by Project Space, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair or VA/BF, is a festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers. There’s also a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations.

    Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

    Held at the Vancouver Art Gallery October 4 & 5, the event is free. Proudly sponsored by the DVBIA.

    This event takes place in conjunction with the Vancouver Book Fair – the only antiquarian, collectible and rare book fair in Western Canada – being held the same days at UBC Robson Square.  Serendipitously, both events are being held simultaneously with the Artists’ Books Week.

    One-stop-browsing, buying and reading for book and art lovers of all kinds!

  • APPY HOUR = CHEAP EATS

    Oct 06, 2014


    Photo by Flavor Town Adventures

    With the new Happy Hour comes it’s yummy buddy: Appy Hour. Cheap eats at great downtown restaurants. A perfect way to start a meal or, if you have a few, they’re a meal unto themselves.

    Check out the Ten Best Bargain Bites in Vancouver by Alexandra Gill in the Globe and Mail.

    Her list includes:

    Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar at 900 Seymour with ½ dozen oysters and a tequila-and-sherry shaken Twitch for $14 (reg. $27)

    Black & Blue at 1032 Alberni St. with hot rock beef brochettes and sparkling wine lychee bubble for $13 (reg. $28)

    Hapa Izakaya at 909 West Cordova with ebi mayo tempura prawns with a sleeve of Red Truck lager for $8.49 (reg. $14.99)

  • 4 WAYS TO REPORT ISSUES TO THE CITY

    Oct 06, 2014



    Need to contact the City of Vancouver to ask a question or report an issue? It couldn’t be easier: 

    1. Simply telephone 3-1-1 most hours of the day, every day
    2. Fill out the online form 
    3. Email info@vancouver.ca
    4. Tweet @CityofVancouver 

    When should you contact the City? When you see a downed tree branch, overflowing trash can, burnt out streetlight, bylaw violations – you get the idea. The more citizens report issues, the more necessary resources can be tracked and allocated where they’re needed most. If you don’t call, who will?

    But you can also contact 3-1-1 if you have questions about permits, licences, road closures or parking…or whatever. 

  • 3 MUST-DOS FOR LABOUR DAY WEEKEND

    Aug 26, 2014


    Photo by Yahoo Canada

    Boo hoo! It’s the last official weekend of Summer. So, make the most of it – downtown, of course. 

    1. Do brunch with friends.
    Brunch has always been trendy, but now there are new downtown options: Café Medina just re-located to Richards @ Robson Streets from Gastown. Best known for their waffles and long waits (worth it!) to get in. Not new but super yum is the Twisted Fork Bistro on Granville – open every day for brunch. How civilized.

    2. Explore TaiwanFest.
    A cultural infusion on Granville Street, the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery and other locations. Music, a rice vs. noodles cook-off, karaoke, and dance. New this year: a movie theme. Runs Saturday through Monday.

    3. Gallery hop.
    Three great exhibits; three great galleries – all with exhibits ending soon. ‘Douglas Coupland everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything’ exhibit ends Sept. 1, including his gum head on Howe St. The Bill Reid Gallery’s AKOS: Corey Bulpitt ends Sept. 14 and the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Kelly Richardson-Legion closes August 31.

  • SEAWHEEZE HALF-MARATHON

    Aug 20, 2014


    Running on the seawall. SeaWheeze Photos 2013

    Lululemon knows how to get its sweat on. The second annual half-marathon called SeaWheeze starts at 7am this Saturday, August 23 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and ends with a Sunset Festival in Stanley Park. As their website says “Some would call it a half marathon, but we prefer to call it yoga. run. party.” 

    The route includes downtown, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, Chinatown, False Creek, West End and Kits – no doubt the best views and neighbourhoods in the city. There will be rolling road closures for the run, so a heads up. Lots of details on the website.

    For those not registered, you can still get a bit sweaty starting with fighting your way into the the SeaWheeze Showcase Store in the Vancouver Convention Centre on Friday, August 22. It’s open 7am to 8pm and the lines were long last year, so be prepared to wait. Then, everyone’s welcome to attend – what else – a free Friday nooner yoga then a sunset yoga at Jack Poole Plaza. 

  • ORGANIC WASTE BAN COMING

    Aug 01, 2014


    It’s just five months till organics are banned in city landfills.

    Starting January 1, 2015, a Metro Vancouver ban on disposing food scraps and other compostable materials in landfills and incinerators will come into effect across the region. This means not just households, but commercial businesses must comply.

    The ban will mean that food scraps, such as raw foods, cooked foods, plate scrapings, leftovers, packaged food, meat, bones etc. will no longer be permitted in regular garbage. All businesses are encouraged to learn more about the upcoming ban and to work with a solid waste service provider to set up a food scraps collection program now, to ensure compliance with the upcoming ban. 

    Learn more: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/businesses/OrganicsBan/Pages/index.aspx

    For a list of private haulers that provide food scraps collection services go to: http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/food-scraps-haulers.aspx

  • WORD VANCOUVER

    Jul 31, 2014


    Word Vancouver hits the streets in September.

    Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street) is a multi-day literary festival held in various locations throughout the city – including downtown streets. The Vancouver Central Library and Library Square will be a hub of free activities on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28. Featuring author readings, presentations, workshops, activities, entertainment, an exhibitor marketplace and more, Word Vancouver has something for everyone!

    The festival is proudly sponsored by the DVBIA. This year’s festival takes place September 24-28, 2014.

    Watch for more details released in the coming weeks at: www.wordvancouver.ca
  • TAIWANFEST WRAPS VIVA

    Jul 31, 2014

    Photo by GoToVan

    The Summer of 2014 goes out with a bang.

    TAIWANfest once again returns to downtown Vancouver from August 30 till September 1 on Granville Street and the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of VIVA Vancouver sponsored by the DVBIA.

    Witness art exhibitions from puppets to scarecrows or experience traditional Chinese medicine. Be sure to check out a great culinary battle in rice vs. noodles, or try out a dish at the Taiwanese Street Banquet.

    If you’re a fan of movies or classical music, the Symphony of Movies, conducted by Maestro Ken Hsieh, will present a free concert celebrating Taiwanese and Canadian filmmakers.

    TAIWANfest is also enriching the Granville Street culture with many performances in music, circus or dances. So much to do and a whole weekend to do it!

  • #VANPRIDE2014

    Jul 31, 2014

    Photo by Junichi Ishito

    36th Annual Pride Celebrations = A Rainbow of Fun!

    The big event during the Vancouver Pride celebrations is always the Pride Parade – on Sunday, August 3 this year – but there’s a week’s worth of Vancouver Pride Society hosted and community events running July 24 through August 3.

    There’s the LOUD Legacy Lunch, the Pride Run & Walk, Picnic in the Park, Pride with the Whitecaps, the Trans Youth Film Night, the Davie Street Block Party….and the list goes on. So much to do, so little time! See the full list of events and download the App to keep track of it all.

  • CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

    Jul 31, 2014

    Photo by Kenny Louie

    The night sky lights up starting July 26.

    One of the downtown peninsula’s biggest events of the summer – the Honda Celebration of Light – begins on Saturday, July 26 with the American fireworks team kicking off three nights of family fun.

    The main viewing areas are in the West End and Kitsilano. But, impacts to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and downtown transit stations affect the whole downtown.

    So, a reminder to plan ahead and know before you go. Leaving the car at home and cycling, taking public transit or walking may be your best options on July 26, 30 and August 2. The festival website has all the details about which streets close when, the best access points and additional TransLink service.

  • 3 REASONS TO CALL AN AMBASSADOR

    Jul 31, 2014


    Downtown Ambassadors are at your service.

    Give the DVBIA’s Downtown Ambassadors a call any day between 8am and 8pm at 604-689-4357 for any reason, but here are three:

    1. You can’t remember where you parked your car. Yeah, it happens more often than you think.
    2. Request a safewalk. Heading to the bus stop, your car, the bank or Skytrain? Simply call about 15 minutes in advance.
    3. You need a gelato fix! Ask us for recommendations on the best businesses downtown. And, pick up a copy of our weekly Hotsheet for everything, well, hot, of course! 
  • FRESH CART IN THE CITY

    Jul 31, 2014


    Lots of farmers’ markets rolled into one cart.

    Check out the new FarmCity Fresh Cart in the City – a new summer food truck – that stocks all locally grown fruits and veggies. It’s a partnership between Re-Up BBQ and FarmCity Co-op (24th Avenue Farms, Barefoot Farms, Cherry Lane Farm, Earth Apple Farm, Farmers on 57th, Giddy Up and Grow, Urban Digs Farm and Urban Edibles).

    This groundbreaking, farmers’ market-inspired kiosk featuring an ever-changing bounty of local, sustainably farmed fruit and produce as well as products and snacks prepared by local businesses.  Besides a veritable cornucopia of fruit and vegetables available in both bulk and pre-packaged portions, FarmCity Fresh Cart offers pastured eggs, local honey, preserves, sodas made from locally farmed fruit and an assortment of snacks and salads.

    Purchase take-home products such as bacon and cured meat from Re-Up BBQ, cocktail bitters and culinary extracts from Bittered Sling, seeds and merchandise from Victory Gardens, artisan pasta from Pasta Famiglia and cold-pressed juice from SPUD as well as meat and deli products from pastured animals, prepared by local chefs.

  • Karma Teachers

    Jul 31, 2014


    Karma Teachers will be teaching yoga and meditation on Granville Street for the next two weekends. Find them down around the 500 and 600 blocks.
  • GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS DOWNTOWN

    Jul 10, 2014


    Santa’s coming! Last chance to secure your ad space.

    The end of August is the deadline to secure your advertisement space for Christmas Downtown, a joint DVBIA/Business in Vancouver publication. This targeted, widely distributed, high-quality, glossy, consumer magazine promotes downtown as THE destination for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment for locals.

    It hits the streets just after Remembrance Day and is current through January 1.

    The magazine includes listings of all the downtown happenings, unique holiday gifts, recipes and restaurants and highlights the various shopping districts.

    Secure your advertising spot now. Space is limited (really!) And, the deadline is firm (really, really!).

    Contact Katharine Wilson at 604-240-1678 or kwilson@biv.com to learn more about this opportunity.

  • PROPERTY TAX REVIEW

    Jul 10, 2014


    Photo by 401(K)
     

    Taxes – not exciting stuff, but super important!

    On July 9, Vancouver City Council approved all the recommendations proposed by the Property Tax Policy Review Commission after hearing from about 6 speakers, include DVBIA President & CEO Charles Gauthier.

    These recommendations include ongoing monitoring of the health of the business community using eight metrics to guide any future shifts in the tax ratio from commercial to residential; use of targeted land assessment averaging to address "hot spots" (spikes in land assessments); and, further exploration of the pros and cons of split class assessment tools to provide relief for business tenants.

    This is a significant milestone, however, more work will be required in the future, including ongoing dialogue with the City regarding implementation.

    Stay tuned and stay engaged!

  • JULY 11: FUSE AT THE VAG

    Jul 10, 2014

    Photo by Philippa WIllitts

    See-and-be-seen at the July 11 FUSE event: fake plastic.

    On select Fridays, the Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city. Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE–goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event.

    Now celebrate the summer exhibitions with an unforgettable night of music, art and performance on Friday, July 11 from 8pm to 1am. With an outdoor bar, a helvetica lounge and performances that celebrate, interrogate and accentuate our love of pop, media and bright stars, the Gallery is open to a night of extravagant plastics. Join the hip and artsy, and make everything be anything together. Guest curated by Veda Hille. Part of VIVA Vancouver.

    Tickets $20.

  • VIVA VANCOUVER

    Jul 10, 2014


    Bye, bye vehicles; hello fun on Granville every weekend this summer.

    VIVA Vancouver on Granville, a partnership between the City of Vancouver and the DVBIA, runs every weekend through Labour Day from Smithe to Hastings Streets. VIVA is a celebration of reclaiming road space as public space. This means buses don’t run on Granville from 9pm Friday early Monday morning. Instead, walk, sit, dance, shop on the road. There’ll be buskers, dance troupes, markets, interactive games for kids, tables and chairs, music and more.

    See the July schedule. Check out Carnaval del Sol July 5-6 and enjoy a Latin American Fiesta!

    Wander down. Be surprised by what you encounter. Participate. Enjoy. Shop at one of our member businesses. Tell your friends. Repeat. 

  • DOWNTOWN ARTWALK

    Jul 10, 2014


    Hit the pavement and discover art within walking distance.

    Everywhere you look in downtown Vancouver there is art – obvious art installations in the public realm, subtle art in publically accessible private spaces, embedded in the sidewalks, and even on the sides of buildings. It’s free to enjoy any time. Lace up your walking shoes and start walking. Start and end anywhere.

    But if you want a path to follow, download a copy of the 2014 Downtown Artwalk or pick up the brochure at participating galleries, the Tourism Vancouver visitor info centre or from a DVBIA Downtown Ambassador (look for the blue shirts and big smiles!).

    Included in the ArtWalk are the Mosaic Art Tiles better known as Art Under Foot – cool mosaic tiles in downtown sidewalks celebrating our arts, culture, sports and history. And, the WRAP Project – 12 unique works of art wrapping the electrical boxes along iconic Granville Street.
  • VANCOUVER QUEER FILM FEST

    Jul 10, 2014


    The Vancouver Queer Film Festival kicks off its 26th season August 14.

    Featuring more than 80 films from 11 countries including Russia, Brazil, Italy and the Philippines, VQFF showcases themes of gender identity, forbidden love, and culture. Vancouver’s second-largest film festival invites audiences to celebrate queer lives and watch queer stories over 11 days at six venues around Vancouver. Enjoy remarkable films, galas, parties, family events, and workshops. Proudly sponsored by the DVBIA.

    Tickets available July 24, 2014.  

    For tickets, parties, previews and more, visit queerfilmfestival.ca.
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON SALSA

    Jul 10, 2014


    Sundays = salsa at Robson Square this Summer.

    Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of free – yes, free! – outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver during July and August. Try the free – yes, free! – lessons at 3pm. Watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is!

    This salsa series, sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA, is open to everyone. If you’ve never danced a day in your life – no problem. You’re more than welcome to join in. After the lessons and performances, hundreds of salsa dancers take centre stage doing what they enjoy most: dancing salsa. People of all ages and from all backgrounds join in the fun, celebrating Vancouver’s unique cultural and ethnic diversity.
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