Summer Movie Nights 2019

That's a wrap for Summer Movie Nights 2019! We've had an incredible eight nights on the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, and we're already excited for Summer Movie Nights 2020!

We had eight incredible nights on the Vancouver Art Gallery square, each week featuring different pre-show activations. We hosted dance parties and hula hooping contests, set up sparkle stations and photo booths, and definitely had some fun with our beloved mascot Poppy.

Throughout the eight-week series, we saw an estimated 8,000 – 10,000 people watching the screenings or engaging with pre-show activations, with many people returning for a second movie.

The DVBIA’s Clean Team worked tirelessly in the setup of the event, ensuring the north plaza was clean and prepped for each screening. While the Downtown Safety Ambassadors were on-site each night, helping with security and assisting members of the public.

We would like to thank our incredible sponsors, Vancouver Is Awesome, CF Pacific Centre, Cineplex, TransLink, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Miller Thomson Law Firm, and 94.5 Virgin Radio.

A huge shout-out to our community sponsors, Blaze Pizza, Mobify and Simon Fraser University, we could not have done the event with you!


If you want to be involved in Summer Movie Nights 2020, either as a sponsor or vendor, please email our Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, heather@dtvan.ca.

Canvas Corridor

Canvas Corridor is the third Downtown Vancouver Laneway Transformation Project

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association is proud to launch the latest laneway transformation project in Eihu Lane. In partnership with the Robson Street Business Association (RSBA), we introduced local artwork to help transform another laneway in the downtown core into a vibrant and inviting public space. Eihu Lane, shared between Alberni and Robson Streets, is the location of the latest public art project, Canvas Corridor, which has created a colourful outdoor art walk for all to enjoy. Forty-five laneway-facing doors and vents from Burrard to Bute Streets provided a blank canvas on which to showcase unique work from local artists. The artwork is printed onto vinyl and wrapped onto the face of each door or vent. To create a gallery feel each door trim is painted black and an info panel is installed that displays the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.

In collaboration with the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and Vancouver Mural Fest, over 200 artwork submissions were received for the project. Property owners were able to choose the artwork for their doors and a total of 27 artists now have their work featured in Eihu Lane. The project team worked closely with property owners and businesses to secure doors for the project, and the City of Vancouver played a key role in supporting the permitting process to make this public art project happen.

A launch party for Canvas Corridor, including a media tour and a cocktail reception for the artists and project partners was held on August 28th. We encourage everyone to go check out the laneway and discover all 45 doors and vents.

Granville Bridge Connector

The City is developing conceptual plans for the Granville Bridge Connector, an improved walking, rolling, and cycling path across Granville Bridge. The second phase of public engagement is taking place in September. It will provide an opportunity to review and comment on a range of design options. BIA members are invited to participate through public open houses, workshops, and a survey. More details and an opportunity to register for the workshops will be provided on the Granville Bridge Connector website next week: Vancouver.ca/GranvilleConnector

Call for survey participants: Permitting delays in City of Vancouver

The DVBIA has partnered with LOCO BC, BOMA BC, and the Vancouver's BIA Partnership to identify the economic burden of the City of Vancouver’s permit and licensing process on businesses in the city.

The DVBIA has partnered with LOCO BC, BOMA BC, and the Vancouver’s BIA Partnership to identify the economic burden of the City of Vancouver’s permit and licensing process on businesses in the city. We will aggregate the information from more than 25 businesses city-wide to push for decreased wait times and improved process efficiency with City staff and City Councillors.

We need businesses who have recently received a permit/license from the City of Vancouver to share information on the impact on their business. In order to determine the economic impact of the process, we will collect data on: 

  • revenue 
  • employment/payroll 
  • lease costs
  • property taxes
  • purchasing
  • other 

This information is collected confidentially. We will only use data in aggregate. We will also collect your ideas for making the process more efficient, or your experiences from other jurisdictions. Please fill out this online survey or book a 30 minute call with Amy Robinson at amy@locobc.com 604-351-1664.

Granville Window Wraps

Vacancies are down and new businesses are booming on Granville.

The newest additions to the Granville Entertainment District are enjoying steady business. Colony Bar and Hotel Belmont are the most recent additions to this ever-evolving street, and more improvements are on the horizon.

Deloitte will be moving into the former Tom Lee Building this Fall, and Cineplex will soon begin construction on their Rec Room concept at 855 Granville Street.

The DVBIA has dedicated extra resources to ensure the street is clean, safe, and welcoming to all. The Downtown Vancouver Clean Team removes litter and does regular power-washing on Granville Street, while the Downtown Safety Ambassadors patrol the area to reduce crime.  

These investments are intended to usher in a new era for the street, which is already underway. Storefront vacancies are down 15% since 2017, however several leasing opportunities remain. Colourful window wraps improve the appearance of vacant properties, such as this one which was recently installed at the former Buy & Sell on the 1000 Block.

Watch this space for more Granville improvements! 

Yoga in Van

Ian Hand began Yoga in Van to bring yoga to offices and workplaces – perfect for those busy schedules! All yoga mats are provided, and all that is required is a clear physical space.

Yoga Teaching of the ages reaches us even today, in the preservation of Vedic literature and through scriptural and oral traditions of world religions. We apply these ageless teachings to our times and find spontaneous connection with others and new meanings in life.

My name is Ian and I began Yoga in Van to bring the heart of yoga to offices and workplaces. Yoga is a simple and beautiful activity to integrate into a workday. It only takes a clear physical space and a comfortable seat (sometimes on a yoga mat) to practice yoga. Yoga in Van gets you started with certified and insured teachers, core lessons in hatha yoga (light movement, stretching and release). We provide yoga mats and everything required for a safe and fun yoga class, at work.  

Yoga in Van Class Styles

  • Meditation (Raja Yoga). The stilling of the mind opening the way into direct perception. Integration of body mind and feelings into a state of inner wellbeing.

  • Yin Yoga (Hatha Yoga). A series of long-held postures designed for joint health, flexibility, circulation, balance. Done on a yoga mat in comfortable/loose fitting or athletic/yoga clothing.

  • Flow Yoga (Hatha Yoga). A series of energetic postures in a continuous flow. Builds strength, flexibility, balance, aids in digestion. Done on a yoga mat with comfortable, athletic or yoga clothing.

Ian Hand, E-RYT 200

Ian Hand is a teacher, practitioner and lifelong student of yoga. Ian finds his daily yoga and meditation practice to inspire energy and creativity and this he hopes to share with students in their own creative pursuits. Ian completed his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yandara Yoga, Baja California Sur.