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    Jun 30, 2014

    Photo: Former 2013 Board of Directors

    Welcome to the DVBIA’s 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

    The following members were voted in at the Annual General Meeting on June 19. The DVBIA Board is made up of an equal split of property owner and tenant representatives. Board members serve in a volunteer capacity and provide strategic direction for the organization. Each serve a two-year term with half elected each year.

    Chair: Peter Raptis, Managing Partner, Sip Lounge and The Refinery

    Vice Chair: Anna Lilly, Senior Vice President, FleishmanHillard Vancouver 

    Secretary-Treasurer: Bill Stanbury, Project Manager, Hudson’s Bay

    Directors: Kim Ficocelli, Retail Manager, Cadillac Fairview/Pacific Centre; Richard Lui, Vice President, Polaris Realty (Canada) Limited; Michael Lee, Partner, Lawson Lundell; Caroline Ternes, Starbucks Coffee Company Canada; Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director of SFU Carbon Talks and SFU Public Square; Lesley Diana, Manager, Wolford; Rose Ma, President, Block 81 Holdings Ltd.; Dani Pretto, General Manager, The Burrard; and Jon Wellman, Vice President Operations B.C. Region, Bentall Kennedy. 


    Jun 30, 2014

    Photo: Phil Boname, winner of the Art Jones Lifetime Achievement Award

    Spotlight was on downtown difference makers at DVBIA celebration.

    On June 19 at the DVBIA’s AGM and Downtown Appreciation Awards, celebrating excellence was the order of the day. Congratulations to the recipients of our Downtown Appreciation Awards recognizing organizations and individuals who have benefited our downtown.

    Outstanding Individual (sponsored by Boughton Law):
    Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association

    Outstanding Organization (sponsored by Impark):
    Rogers Santa Claus Parade

    Art Jones Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Cadillac Fairview):
    Phil Boname, President, Urbanics Consultants Ltd., and founder of the DVBIA


    Jun 27, 2014

    Photo by Alex Eng

    Summer means VIVA Vancouver downtown – and bus route changes.

    Plan your transit trip: starting June 23 the 800 block of Robson Street between Howe and Hornby Streets will be closed to traffic. The No. 5 (Robson/Downtown) bus will operate via Burrard and Pender Streets.

    And, the No. 6 (Davie/Downtown) bus will be re-routed off Granville Street after 9pm on Fridays and all day weekends and holidays. This is to both turn the street over to VIVA Vancouver activities – think dancing, hoola hoops, markets, music and more – and night-time street closures by Vancouver Police in the Entertainment District. No. 6 buses are re-routed to Howe and Seymour Streets one block over to the East and West.

    Swim the Reef starting the weekend of June 28 in the 800 block of Robson Street. The Urban Reef is a cool sculpture that invites people to sit, relax, and play. The shape is a series of sections that morph into one another to create a dynamic form that sparks curiosity and invites exploration. The design was created by Kaz Bemner, Jeremiah Deutscher, Michael Siy and Kenneth Navarra – a team of local architects, designers and carpenters. It’ll be on the street through Labour Day (September 1). 


    Jun 24, 2014

    photo by Jeremiah Vandermeer

    Businesses: Plan Ahead


    Note: The following information is provided to DVBIA members to help you plan your business operations accordingly. The DVBIA is not an organizer or sponsor of this event. For more information about the event, contact the City of Vancouver at 3-1-1.

    The Cannabis Day Rally, an historical demonstration about marijuana, has evolved into what can be described as an 'open cannabis farmers market' and festival. Retailers of various marijuana products display their goods, including drug related paraphernalia and food. It is also a forum for proponents of medical marijuana and other decriminalization/regulation/legalization issues. This event is typically structured similar to a 420 Day Rally but draws about 1/5 the size of crowds.   


    Tuesday, July 1, 2014,  likely 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

    Note: Coincides with other Canada Day events, such as Canada Day at Canada Place  


    North plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Howe Street. See a map of the site layout



    The following issues are ones business owners and tenants should expect and plan accordingly:

    1. People: Increased number of people in and around the VAG; potential increase in customers to nearby businesses, in particular, food operators

    2. Washrooms: All festivals of this size are required to provide onsite washrooms, but expect requests of neighbouring businesses for use of indoor washrooms

    3. Garbage: Festival organizers are required to provide litter receptacles onsite and cleaning crews. For unsightly or overflowing trash cans on city property, call 3-1-1 immediately

    4. Safety: A festival of this size is required to provide first aid services onsite. However, be aware of possible over consumption of marijuana and marijuana-related products that could result in drug reactions or disoriented persons wandering on or off-site. For any immediate safety or security issues, call 9-1-1

    5. Noise: Expect a band on the steps of the VAG, speeches and other festival-related noise. Excessive noise issues can be relayed to 3-1-1

    6. Air quality: Nearby businesses have experienced compromised air intake system issues in the past

    7. Street closures: At least one lane of Howe Street should remain open to traffic, but the street could be closed south of Georgia at any time if crowds become large

    8. Bike lanes: Cyclists should consider alternate routes as the Hornby bike lane is often blocked by people smoking


    The DVBIA blog will be updated on Friday, June 27 if anything has changed.

    If you have additional information or concerns the DVBIA should be aware of, please contact Dave Jones, Security Consultant to the DVBIA.


    Jun 19, 2014

    Downtown Jazz Weekend, the kickoff for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, hits Robson Square/Vancouver Art Gallery June 21-22. It’s a perfect event to bring kids to for three reasons:

    1. It’s free! All the jazz and activities you can handle takes place on three stages surrounding the VAG from noon to 8pm
    2. The Tonal Interactive Media Experiment (TIME) at the Dome is an interactive installation for kids of all ages to discover music using guitar effects pedals.
    3. The Family Zone and Food & Artisan Market on Howe Street: eat, drink and have fun!

    Jun 19, 2014

    Summer officially begins June 21, but it’s been flowers galore downtown for weeks!

    Did you know that downtown property owners purchase the hanging flower baskets you see on light poles to help beautify our streetscape? Thank you for investing in our downtown for all to enjoy.

    And, a shout out to Florenco Commercial Landscapers that supplies and keeps the baskets watered all season.


    Jun 13, 2014

    Downtown’s future at risk if no investments made 

    Yesterday, the Mayors’ Council released a 30-Year Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver. The DVBIA supports the long overdue projects proposed in the plan. Because maintaining and growing downtown Vancouver as the economic hub for the region depends on making major investments that expand the public transit network, reduce congestion and plan for future growth.

    The proposed strategy lines up with the DVBIA’s five-year strategic plan that focuses on supporting the City’s 2040 Transportation plan, encouraging all modes of transportation into and around the core, and increasing walking and public transit use.

    Of most benefit to downtown in the proposed plan are: upgrades/expansion to all SkyTrain and Canada Line lines; more SeaBus service; more frequent, reliable bus service including B-line bus service; more night bus service; more WestCoast Express service; and investments in the major road network that will improve/facilitate goods movement. 


    Jun 13, 2014
    Tricom cleans Granville

    First removal of stuck gum is free!

    Since March, the DVBIA’s new Clean Team, Tricom, has been power washing the gum off Granville Street sidewalks starting at the south end. They’ll finish up at Hastings West by the end of June.

    This first gum removal was free (well, actually it was paid for by all the DVBIA members as part of our yearly budget) for Granville property owners and tenants. So, enjoy your clean sidewalks and please make an effort to keep them clean by insisting your tenants or customers use litter receptacles. Cleaning your own sidewalks – right to the curb – on daily basis also really helps.

    If you’d like to hire Tricom to return quarterly or monthly to do subsequent gum removals, we invite you to contact them directly. Tricom staff will be dropping off flyers with more information or you can call 604-683-8076. 


    May 30, 2014
    Talented and hilarious artists

    Granville St. comes alive with 120 cool performances June 28-29 

    Street performers from Vancouver, Canada, and around the world join forces to deliver two action-packed days of comedy, acrobatics, music and more along Granville Street in downtown Vancouver June 28 and 29.

    Between more than 120 performances, check out artists and artisans, merchants and vendors offering cool and one-of-kind items, or treat your taste buds to an assortment of offerings from Vancouver's amazing food trucks, or Granville Street's great cafes and bistros.  

    The Vancouver International Busker Festival  kicks off the first weekend of VIVA Vancouver – a celebration and reclamation of road space for use as public space. Granville Street from Hastings to Smithe will be closed to traffic every weekend but open for dancing, music, interactive family activities, markets and more. 


    May 30, 2014

    Celebrating Canada's Birthday!

    Enjoy free celebrations, a parade & fireworks July 1

    Canada Day at Canada Place, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and sponsored by the DVBIA, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital. Come downtown on July 1 for free family fun. Enjoy a wide variety of live performances, entertaining exhibits and interactive displays.

    New this year is musical headliner, Said the Whale and activities such as Salty’s Market, the Go Canada! Sports Zone and the West Coast Lumberjack Show. Capping off the daytime festivities is the popular Canada Day Parade at 7:00pm and the Coast Capital Savings Fireworks Show at Canada Place at 10:30pm.


    May 30, 2014

    Kids building art

    Here, There, and Everywhere on June 21 

    Our sense of home, community and the word around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, June 21 through Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 10am–5pm as they take you Here, There and Everywhere through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops! Featuring The Cypress Street Band, DB Boyko and Sonic Playground, Malaspina Printmakers, The Vancouver Lego Club and the Now Society.

    Admission to Family FUSE Weekend is free for Gallery members and for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. It is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA. 


    May 09, 2014

    Bobby Mcferrin laughing no shoes

    Unofficially, Summer starts with the JazzFest June 20-July 1.

    With 1,800 artists, 300 concerts and 35 venues, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is Vancouver's signature festival and British Columbia's biggest music and arts presentation.

    This year’s festival celebrates its 29th year starting June 20 through July 1, 2014.

    The diverse and stellar lineup includes international headliners like Bobby McFerrin, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Hiromi: The Trio Project, Arturo Sandoval, Maceo Parker, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Cassandra Wilson, Christian McBride Trio, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak, Norma Winstone, Satoko Fujii New Trio + 1 and more.


    May 09, 2014

    bhangra festival performers dancing

    City of Bhangra Festival 2014 presents Downtown Bhangra

    What could be better? Two days of bhangra entertainment in the heart of the city: big beats and electrifying performances for the whole family! Dozens of musicians, hundreds of local and international dancers, and thousands of visitors will gather at the VAG plaza on June 6 and 7 as part of the larger City of Bhangra Festival, which runs May 29-June 7. From casual passers-by to hard-core bhangra lovers, everybody LOVES Downtown Bhangra!

    Drop by Friday, June 6 from 5-10 pm and Saturday June 7 from 12 noon to 10 pm on the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery


    May 09, 2014

    a bus with downtown on the marquee

    Weigh in on the future of transportation.

    As a partner of the Moving in a Livable Region consortium, the DVBIA encourages members to complete a survey about the ties between transportation, the economy and the referendum on future transportation funding in Metro Vancouver.

    Survey results will provide the consortium with valuable information to develop communications for an upcoming educational campaign. We are particularly keen to ensure diverse participation, including input from business owners/operators.

    Feel free to share the survey with friends and colleagues.

    Moving in a Livable Region is committed to preparing Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders for the transportation referendum by providing information on related issues and funding options.

    Photo by Dennis Tsang.

    May 09, 2014

    cyclists in the dunsmuir bike lane

    Want to get fit, save money and have fun?

    Then join thousands across Metro Vancouver and sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week May 26 - June 1 to track your commutes and win prizes. Visit a HUB celebration station for free coffee, bicycle tune-ups and daily giveaways! Start an office team and challenge your co-workers to win even bigger prizes.

    New or returning to cycling? No worries!  Learn everything you need to know for a safe and convenient bike commute by attending a HUB Workplace Cycling Workshop at your office!

    Register today.


    May 09, 2014

    cover poster for public art install

    Urban Reef installed on Robson Street this Summer.

    The Robson Redux design-build competition, part of VIVA Vancouver, received almost 80 submissions from around the world, including entries from Japan, Italy, Spain, the United States, and Chile.

    A jury selected the winning design – Urban Reef – which will be built and installed this summer on 800-block Robson Street; the jury also chose two designs for honourable mention.

    Though only the winning design selected by the jury will be built in 2014, the City is also giving a People’s Choice award, selected by the public through online voting: between April 3rd and April 13th, 20,175 votes were cast!

    Spacing Magazine will publish the winning design entries in their Summer 2014 national edition.

    proposal for public art instalation


    May 09, 2014

    poster for doxa film festival

    The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, running May 2-11, is venturing deep into the unknown this year to bring back interesting new species of non-fiction film. From a very special celebration of the weirdly wonderful city of Winnipeg, to our special Spotlight Program that examines deception and secrecy in all its manifest forms, DOXA 2014 proves that documentary knows no bounds, as we boldly go where no one has gone before!

    DOXA is proudly sponsored by the DVBIA.


    May 09, 2014

    late night patio on alberni street

    Businesses: apply for extended patio hours.

    Patrons will have an extra hour to enjoy warm weather nights on an outdoor patio this upcoming season at Vancouver restaurants. Restaurants with good track records will once again be able to invite their patrons to enjoy Vancouver’s fresh air later into the evening. Expanding from its 2013 pilot program, the City has already approved 53 locations for extended patio hours starting now, through summer 2014.

    “Patios are a big draw for residents and tourists alike, and help build a lively, vibrant street scape,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With patio season upon us, I know many Vancouverites will enjoy the extra hour to socialize outdoors later into the night.”

    Patio hours: This year, longer patio hours will run from April to October. Small and large patios can remain open until midnight (extended from 11:00pm).

    Eligibility: Currently, 316 large patios and 277 small patios are eligible for the one hour extension. Interested businesses can apply online . Businesses are asked to have up-to-date insurance, fees paid in full, and no noise complaints on file in the last 12 months.

    Read more


    May 07, 2014

    vancouver lookout | harbor center

    Meet us at the Vancouver Lookout to network.

    Vancouver Lookout and the new Harbour Centre food court have joined forces to bring you a unique experience for Downtown Libations.  Check out the 360° aerial view of our beautiful city from the Lookout’s observation deck while sampling a variety of bites from the building’s new food court vendors.  The sky’s the limit on how many new members you will connect with!

    Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 4-6pm

    Vancouver Lookout, 555 West Hastings Street

    Free for DVBIA members, $20 for guests
    (Tickets sold in advance only, limited quantity)

    Registration for this event is now closed.


    May 06, 2014

    Find a seat before the lights go down at this year’s Downtown Appreciation Awards & AGM. DVBIA members will be celebrating our 2014 award recipients: Phillip Boname, the Rogers Santa Claus Parade, and Charlie Wu for their outstanding contributions to downtown Vancouver.

    Learn more about the organization, participate in the AGM, and see a preview of what’s to come.  Afterward, rub elbows with cast and crew at our reception over canapés and cocktails.  You won’t want to miss our biggest member exclusive event of the year!

    TIME & DATE:
    Thursday, June 19th, 2014

    Scotiabank Theatre at 900 Burrard Street

    Thank you to our sponsors


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