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  • Mobi on Downtown

    Aug 23, 2016

    A week after its launch, Mobi, Vancouver’s public bike share program, is both a roaring success while still working out a few kinks. Open to just Founding Members so far, about 1,500 early adopters have been the first to ride like the wind between 23 bike stations. Another 1,000 Founding Members can expect to be hitting the road shortly. Early bird rates for Founding Members extended till August 15.

    Registrations for both 30- and 60-minute memberships can be purchased for the regular rates of $180 and $240 respectively. A small price to pay for quick, safe, healthy transport in the city centre.

    Note: as more docking stations and bikes are added to the system, the online map will be updated. Private bike rental shops are also noted on the map. Watch for a mobile App shortly to make commuting even simpler.

    FB: @mobibikeshare
    Twitter: #mobi_bikes @mobi_bikes

  • Piano in the Park

    Aug 23, 2016

    A beautiful refurbished piano has just arrived at Cathedral Square! It was painted by local artist Jake Johnston, and is cared for by the Holy Rosary Cathedral right across the street.

    Keys to the Streets is all about adding flair to the busy city, and creating spontaneous connections through a shared love of music. These public pianos are open to people of all skill levels and invite the rogue concert pianist to show off her talent during a lunch break or stroll through the park.

    The Cathedral Square refurbished piano is a great part of the DVBIA’s efforts to breathe new life and vibrancy to the 1980’s era park, and complements the pink, red, and orange bistro tables and chairs now out in Cathedral Square as part of the Perch program.

    Stay tuned for more exciting changes to this lunch hotspot – we’re just getting started!


  • DOXA's Outdoor Free Screening

    Aug 23, 2016

    DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Motion Pictures Film Series, with support from the DVBIA , is very happy to offer our second annual FREE outdoor summer screening at Robson Square (800 Robson Street, north steps) with an encore screening of Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps!

    The show is on Wednesday August 24th, 8:30pm at Robson Square.

    A moribund women’s intramural basketball league in Los Angeles is the unlikely setting for a Hoosiers-style sports story, but stranger things have happened in the City of Angels. As actress and Shrimps team member Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) explains in an interview with Jimmy Fallon: “We’re a really serious basketball team. We love to ball and we ball hard. No Haters allowed!” The rest of her team members aren’t quite so certain. For some, it’s a chance to do something they never got to do in high school, meaning play team sports. This is not your mama’s Hoop Dreams, or maybe it actually is.


  • Downtown SkyTrain go wireless

    Aug 19, 2016

    Transit passengers traveling on SkyTrain’s Dunsmuir tunnel in downtown Vancouver, the underground span for the Expo and Millennium lines, can now use their smartphone’s wireless connection.

    As of yesterday, wireless infrastructure installed inside the tunnel allows customers with Rogers to go online, make and receive calls, send and receive emails and text messages, and stay connected during emergencies.

    The infrastructure covers the 1.4-kilometre-long tunnel span of four stations – Stadium-Chinatown, Granville, Burrard, and Waterfront – and the tracks between them, accounting for approximately six minutes of travel time in each direction.  Read more on Daily Hive.

    credit: Image: GoToVan / Flickr
  • Hiring Administrative and Events Assistant

    Aug 11, 2016

    The DVBIA currently has an opening for a positive-thinking and self-motivated Administrative and Events Assistant.

    As the ideal candidate, you thrive in an environment that challenges you to balance multiple demands. You possess strong planning and organization skills. You are a highly effective communicator, both written and oral.  You have a keen eye for detail.  You are professional, and demonstrate a high level of discretion with confidential information. You are a team player and you are pro-active with a positive outlook.  You are able to quickly adapt to new systems and processes. You have a passion for learning and have a desire to learn and grow.

    Read the full job posting and apply online before September 5.

  • Keys to the Streets

    Aug 08, 2016

    Five Keys to the Street pianos have been installed in the downtown. All Keys to the Streets pianos are painted by local artists and placed in an outdoor public space where community stewards look them after for the summer months. DVBIA sponsored pianos are at the Orpheum, Lot 19, Nelson Square, Vancouver Public Library, Canada Place, Oceanic Plaza and Cathedral Square.

    See the map here to find the closest piano to you.

    Support for Keys to the Streets comes from a wide range of organizations and individuals. The pianos are donated, and many are diverted from landfill by the program. Financial support helps refurbishing, tuning, maintenance, and transportation of the pianos. Local artists lend their talents to decorate the pianos with their unique designs.

    See the pianos in action here:

  • Experience Façade Festival 2016

    Aug 03, 2016

    FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016 is the 2nd year of the annual festival. The event aims to provide the City of Vancouver with a dynamic and interactive approach to place-making and visual art in the public realm. FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016 takes cues from renowned visual arts festivals such as VIVID in Sydney, Australia, Luminato and Nuit Blanche in Toronto, which draw millions of attendees each year.

    Organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, this public art project will feature newly commissioned works by artists Barry Doupé, Renée Van Halm, Eric Metcalfe, Rebecca Chaperon and Chris Shier. Projections will take place in the evenings between 8pm and midnight beginning August 30 until September 5, with an encore presentation featuring all five artists on September 4th and 5.

    August 30th-September 5th; 8pm-midnight each evening

    To stay updated on Facade Fest, please follow;

    FB: Burrard Arts Foundation
    Twitter: @burrardarts #facadefest

  • Re-Imagined Plaza Re-do

    Aug 02, 2016

    Built in 1911, the former courthouse turned art gallery, has been at the centre of Arthur Erikson’s Robson Square or Block 51 design. The north or front plaza was originally used for ceremonies. Over the years, it’s become the hub for festivals, protests, impromptu vigils and more.

    Since 2013, the DVBIA has been advocating for a major upgrade to the site. Replacement of the leaking membrane was completed last year. Now, after public and stakeholder consultation, construction on a re-designed plaza has begun.

    The new design will have a flat, hard surface making it easy for festivals to activate. It will have new trees, a washroom, attractive lighting and a design that wraps around the VAG on the Howe side.

    Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

    FB: VivaVancouver 
    Twitter: @Viva_Van

  • More Public Spaces

    Jul 29, 2016

    Cathedral Square is becoming a true Perch. As with all of the other Perches of the DVBIA, this one will be full of colourful, movable tables and chairs. We’ve worked with the Vancouver Park Board to clean up the park and plant flowers. Let a new age of glorious pink, red, and orange furniture begin!

    Invite everyone you know to meet you at the park… then again… it could also be our little secret.

    The tables and chairs will be out for your enjoyment between 10:30-3:30pm on weekdays. Let us know what you think!

  • Bike to Shop Day on August 13

    Jul 29, 2016

    Join us for HUB’s first annual Bike to Shop Day! This one-day event will celebrate cycling for transportation in a new way, by showing how making shopping trips by bike can be fun, easy and convenient.

    On August 13th, ride and shop at local businesses to join in the fun! HUB will be hosting celebration stations near popular shopping destinations in Vancouver with free snacks, drinks, prizes, bike mechanics, and tips on how to carry items by bike.

    Get involved by visiting our stations, stopping at participating stores on the HUB Bike to Shop Passport, joining in one of our themed rides to visit stores that support biking, or simply consider biking to do your daily shopping and show your support!  

    Register in advance to win a BC getaway for two to Kelowna with flights and accommodation (value $1500). Register Here

    Picnic Paradise Ride
    Starting with an empty basket, explore Vancouver's specialty food shops and build your perfect picnic! End the ride to share snacks and stories with new friends at Lot 19, the final stop for all Bike to Shop Day participants.  Sign-up here!

    Pet Parent Ride
    Gain the confidence you need to bike with your pet! This ride will begin and end in Vancouver's dog parks. Learn about pet cycle safety, exchange travel tips with pet parents, and shop at pet stores.  Sign-up here!

    This event is sponsored by the DVBIA in partnership with HUB.

    Twitter: @wearehub

  • Taiwanfest

    Jul 29, 2016

    Rediscover what defines Asia at this year's TAIWANfest! This year's celebration features Hong Kong in a Cultural Tango showcasing stories and icons through music, arts, games and activities, and even a Pan-Asian culinary competition all designed to spice up your summer!

    Learn to play Mahjong by Waterfront Station?

    Watch Chinese Chess integrated with Flag Football taking over Granville street?

    Rope jump like the old days in Taiwan with the Rubber Band Rope!

    More activities like Monkey Theatre, One-Minute Movies and Hong Kong’s “Beat the Petty Person!” will immerse you in two of the most storied cultures in Asia.

    Challenge your knowledge of the Chinese speaking world and redefine your understanding of Asian cultures with exhibits, films, and so much more September 3 - 5 in downtown Vancouver.!

    Buy tickets to a Cultural Tango with Hong Kong, a Taiwanfest Symphony. The show is at the Centre for Performing Arts on Saturday Sept 3.

    Twitter: @taiwanfest

  • Downtown Farmers Market

    Jul 27, 2016

    Located on the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the new Downtown Farmers Market showcases great farms and producers from the Lower Mainland with the finest fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry, baked goods and artisan food and craft, and fresh fish.

    You can also sample - and buy - local craft beer, wine and spirits.

    It's open through October every Thursday from 2-6pm. Check out the website first to see what's fresh that week, then walk over for your afternoon break and indulge!}

    Twitter: vanmarkets
    Facebook: vanmarkets


    Jul 26, 2016

    The Coast is Queer is just one of dozens of films and film events – this one is a collection of short films by local artists – part of this year’s 28th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival that runs August 11-21, and proudly sponsored by the DVBIA.

    This year’s theme is ‘Quriousity.’ More than 68 films will be showcased, 25 directors in attendance, 30 performing artists and three free workshops, in addition to the parties and talk back sessions.

    You can download the program here and watch the website for any scheduling and programming updates.




  • Star Wars, Pirates & the Classics

    Jul 26, 2016

    PCI and Ledcor are excited to present the 3rd Annual VMO Live Symphony Performance – a free, family-friendly summer evening of live music inspired by the classics and iconic pop culture.

    This free summer evening event will be performed by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, led by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. The performance takes place at Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains while listening to an enchanting programme of live symphony music.

    JACK POOLE PLAZA AT BURRARD LANDING 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC Thursday, August 4, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm

    This is a FREE outdoor concert and seating is first come, first serve. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort.

  • 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)

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