Downtown Sounds Part 4

The Downtown Vancouver BIA is proud to present 'Downtown Sounds', bringing Vancouver's buskers and musicians to you in the virtual realm.

For our fourth installation of Downtown Sounds, we have a new and exciting playlist of Vancouver artists. So take a break, relax, and tune in weekly  for new playlists from various downtown buskers. 

This Week's Playlist

  1. Etienne Siew – Ain’t No Sunshine – FB | IG | Website
  2. Niki Kennedy – I’m Your Girl FBIGWebsite
  3. Marc Rivest – Lauren’s Garden FBIG | Website
  4. Aaron Loewen – Bouncin’ Around FB | IG | Website
  5. Andrei Diaconu – Final Crossing (Titanic) IG FBWebsite
  6. KD – Snowbird WebsiteFB
  7. Julia Farry – The New Coronation 
  8. Patricia Dunphy – Where Dreams Are Made WebsiteMySpace
  9. Serkan Sogukpinar – Sari Zeybek FBIG | Website
  10. Simone Saviane – Crazy Little Thing Called Love YoutubeFBIG | Website

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted the Arts and Cultural sector, like many others. Social-distancing has resulted in a loss of performance space and, therefore, income. We will be doing all we can to support local artists, creators and businesses during and after these difficult times. 

If you’re a local musician who would like to partake in our program, please contact clare@dtvan.ca

Breaking bread


With a mission to support independent food and beverage businesses and hospitality workers, non-profit organization Breaking Bread has launched a user-friendly online platform featuring hundreds of local restaurant listings. 

Founded by hospitality communications agency SMC Communications Inc., Breaking Bread was born out of a collective of 23 bars and restaurants in the Greater Vancouver area. The group came together to encourage public support of the industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, more than 1,250 independent food and beverage businesses from across Canada have signed up for Breaking Bread, including restaurants, wineries, breweries and grocery delivery services. The online hub gives consumers the inside track on all of the ways in which restaurants in their neighbourhoods have adapted and expanded their business models to keep serving their communities through such features as:

  • Contactless delivery;
  • Curbside pick-up;
  • Take-out options;
  • Meal kits and groceries;
  • Support for healthcare workers and first responders.


In addition to foodservice listings, the Breaking Bread website also helps consumers discover additional ways to support small and independent restaurants by purchasing gift cards, subscribing to digital newsletters, engaging on social media, writing positive reviews, and connecting with industry organizations.

get involved

Independent restaurants and foodservice suppliers are encouraged to register their services on Breaking Bread by signing up for a free listing at breakingbreadnow.com/signup

As a non-profit initiative, Breaking Bread relies on the generous support of community partners. If you are interested in contributing to Breaking Bread or want to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Judie Dahl at judie@breakingbreadnow.com.

 For more information and to stay up to date on all the latest news from Breaking Bread, visit breakingbreadnow.com, follow @breakingbreadnow on Instagram and become a fan of /breakingbreadnow on Facebook.


Murals of Hope

Supporting local artists and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are so excited to be supporting the Vancouver Mural Festival while they bring hope, positivity and colour to the streets of Vancouver amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With boarded-up windows becoming an increasingly common occurrence in neighbourhoods across the city, VMF is enlisting a large group of its alumni and other local artists to create temporary mural artwork to these locations.

While we understand the excitement of live mural painting, we strongly urge the public to stay home and enjoy the progress of the murals by following #MakeArtWhileApart through our Instagram and Facebook

The artists

Will Phillips | Instagram

Kari Kristensen | Instagram

Jnasty | Instagram

The Downtown Vancouver BIA has financially supported these artists to create the murals and has paid for the anti-graffiti coating so that businesses are not out of pocket for their upkeep.

A Message from Charles Gauthier

Dear members,

We have all collectively entered the second month of our temporary new reality. Like you, we have been physically distanced from our friends and coworkers for several weeks now, and are eagerly awaiting news from our health authorities advising when it will once again be safe to come together. But for now, we have seen several silver linings within in these challenging circumstances.

The DVBIA team, although physically distant, has maintained virtual connections with one another and found comfort in our shared experiences, and those of our members. We have seen our downtown businesses and the surrounding community rally around local artists, musicians, and creators, and support the important work that they do each day. We have witnessed our restaurants becoming more innovative than ever before, offering meal kits, frozen takeaway dinners, and even groceries, in order to stay afloat. We have experienced new levels of support from our stakeholders and industry partners as we all put our heads together to come up with inventive and strategic ways to help out during these unprecedented times.

Seeing all of this has given us hope for the future, and has inspired our team to think outside of the box in order to deliver programming that will support our membership and help them get back on their feet. Our economic development department is hard at work developing initiatives that we’re excited to implement when the time is right to begin re-opening downtown Vancouver.

Within this month’s newsletter, you’ll be able to read more about the ways that the DVBIA has pivoted our programs and services to meet the current needs of our members. From weekly webinars to virtual event listings, we have developed a digital suite of offerings that we hope will bring value to your business, and to you personally, during these difficult times.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on my team if you need support. We are here for you.

Charles Gauthier,

President & CEO, DVBIA



Here are some initiatives the DVBIA has been working on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the midst of our world being turned upside down these past few weeks, the DVBIA has pivoted our programming across the board—from community safety to placemaking to economic development—in order to be more responsive to the needs of our members. Have a look at some of the initiatives we’ve been working on lately.

  • We created a COVID-19 resource page to house the many updates and resources that cover everything from virtual events to government announcements.
  • Looking for some takeout in the downtown core? We’ve compiled a list of restaurants currently offering delivery and takeout options, and continue to update it on a weekly basis.
  • Financial relief and a business recovery plan are just a few of the many things we’ve advocated for at the municipal level recently. See all letters related COVID-19 within the 2020 tab of our advocacy section.
  • Understanding that community safety was a top priority for our members in these challenging circumstances, we acted quickly to ensure that our district had extra eyes and ears on the street when most needed. Our overnight mobile patrols operate from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. We also collaborated with the VPD to compile a list of safety tips to help protect our member businesses.
  • Although we wish that we could connect in-person, it’s simply not safe right now. To maintain a feeling of connectedness and community, we share our “top-ten” virtual events, many of which are hosted by our members and festival partners.
  • The boarded-up storefronts are necessary for the time being, but they’re not exactly nice to look at. In order to brighten up the downtown core, and to continue supporting our amazing local artists, the DVBIA partnered with Vancouver Mural Fest and our neighboring business improvement associations to paint colourful, inspiring murals on the plywood. Read more about the project here:
  • We missed hearing our downtown buskers so much that we decided to continue our busker program virtually! Our placemaking team organized “Downtown Sounds”, a weekly spotlight on some of our favourite musicians who often grace Granville Street with their melodic presence. A new video is recorded and shared each week on our social channels.
  • Each quarter we would typically host a Roundtable “lunch and learn” style event to share information and resources with our members. Since we’re not sure when we’ll all be able to get together in-person again, we’re proud to present our weekly webinars series, “DVBIA Members Helping Members”, which touches on the topics that are most pressing to you and your business right now. Check out our schedule and register for the next event today!
  • We’re partnering with local restaurants for “Takeout to Help Out”, a campaign that gives a $10 gift card to anyone spending $20 or more at participating restaurants on April 24th. Our restaurants are such an essential part of our downtown community, and we hope that this promotion will generate more food traffic and help remind people to continue supporting local business.
  • In order to stay on top of the plethora of resources and information available about COVID-19, we partnered with BIV for the month of April to sponsor their daily “Coping with COVID-19” podcast series. Every day they speak with industry experts about the ever-evolving situation, helping share insight on a diverse range of topics. And our very own Charles Gauthier was a guest, speaking about how our businesses downtown will start to re-open when the time is right.