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Downtown Vancouver Association
Arts and Cultures Forum Tour

The Arts Experience Centre - Exploring the Possibilities
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Storyeum, 142 Water Street, Gastown


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"Hey, where ya goin'?"
"I'm goin´home."

Helping people get home

A Vancouver Community Issues Forum

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
5:30pm to 8:00 pm
Chateau Granville Hotel
1100 Granville St.
Corner of Granville and Helmcken

Contributions Welcome
$20 Suggested
Bring a friend

There are more than 2500 people living on the street in Vancouver. There are many more who live at risk of ending up on the street. goin´home is a community enterprise interested in


  • connecting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to organizations where help is available.

  • giving organizations who are helping the opportunity to tell what they are doing and how they contribute.

  • informing concerned businesses and individuals about organizations who are caring for and helping the homeless get off the street.

  • keeping the community informed about what we know, what we are doing, and what is working for the homeless in Vancouver.

  • providing opportunities for everyone to share information, ideas, and resources.

Come and explore how goin´home can work as a communication network and contribute your ideas and stories

Click here to view the goin'home film

Click here to reach www.goinhome.ca

Event Hosts

Vancouver Community Forums     Vancouver Foundation     Downtown Vancouver Association

    Quantum Ideas



Vancouver's Oldest Exotic Nightclub


Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Tours - 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Presentation - 7:15 pm
Striptease Show - 8:00 pm

The Penthouse, 1019 Seymour Street

Admission $20.00
Heritage Vancouver Members $15.00

Price includes cover charge and one drink

By popular demand, Heritage Vancouver goes back to the Penthouse to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Vancouver's oldest Exotic Night Club. Begin the evening with a behind the scenes tour of this famous club. Hear tales of the early days and visit the Steak Loft Dining Lounge and the VIP room where Joe Filipone entertained high profile guests such as Frank Sinatra.

The tour will be followed by an intriguing presentation by UBC Professor Becki Ross, "The Shake, The Rattle, and the Pole: Vancouver's Striptease Past, based on her nearly completed book on postwar burlesque and striptease in Vancouver from 1945 to 1980.

To celebrate the occasion, The Penthouse menu will include a selection of reasonably priced South Asian Cuisine and a special Heritage Vancouver Martini.

Plan to make an evening of it - enjoy dinner, drinks and a performance.

Event Hosts




Vancouver Urban Design Forum
A Conversation with Brent Toderian

Brent Toderian

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
7:45 am to 9:00 am
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1425

An opportunity to explore and contribute ideas with
Vancouver's new Director of Planning

Brent Toderian thinks City building is a team sport and that we begin dialogues with what we want to create, not with what the rules are. He is a planner who believes in sustainability, creativity, beauty, diversity, collaboration, constructive candour, and holistic urbanism.

Brent served as Manager of Centre City Planning and Design for the City of Calgary where he led a team in visioning and policy, master planning, development design, architectural review, civic realm design, heritage planning, and special projects in areas of rapid growth.

He headed Calgary's comprehensive Centre City Plan, which combines design and planning issues with arts and culture, social planning, and economic development, and has been instrumental in introducing new approaches to sustainable design and growth.

Before joining the City of Calgary, Brent spent nine years as an award-winning city planning and urban design consultant consulting on a wide variety of residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use projects and created many municipal plans and strategies for Canadian cities.

Come and talk with Brent Toderian about his ideas


Non Members $20

Downtown Vancouver Association

Presented by the Downtown Vancouver Association
Attendance is limited.


Does Heritage Matter
The Future of the Burrard Building
at St. Pauls Hospital

St Paul's Hospital
Heritage Vancouver
Vancouver Urban Design Forum

Join Heritage Vancouver and the following presenters for a
conversation on the relevance of built heritage
in our modern society and the future of one of Vancouver´s
iconic heritage buildings, the Burrard Building at St. Paul´s Hospital

Thursday, November 16th, 2006
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Vancouver Museum
1100 Chestnut Street

7:30      Greetings - Heritage Vancouver President, Don Luxton
7.35      Context for the Conversation - Moderator

7:40      Does Heritage Matter - Presenters
             Is there value in preserving heritage buildings and why or why not?

8:00      The Future of the Burrard Building - Presenters
             What is your idea for the future of the Burrard Building and why?

8:30      Questions and ideas from the community
9:00      Small group conversations with the presenters
9:30      Informal conversation
10:00     Event ends

Robert Lemon, Architect
Neil MacConnell, Chief Architect, Providence Health Care
Lorne Mayencourt, MLA Vancouver Burrard
Gerry McGeough, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Vancouver
Ray Spaxman, Former City of Vancouver Director of Planning

Roger Chilton, Quantumideas

Admission $5.00 - Heritage Vancouver Members Free

We invite you to participate in the Forum by reading the background information and posing questions online.

Attendance is limited.
RSVP required


Hosted by
Downtown Vancouver Association   Heritage Vancouver

Co-Hosted by

West End Community Action Network    Davie Village Business Improvement Association    Downtown Vancouver Association



Vancouver Community Forums

A Celebration of the Sixtieth Anniversary
of the Downtown Vancouver Association
and the Launch of Vancouver Community Forums
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
5:30 pm, Centre A, 2 West Hastings Street


5:30 pm - Reception
6.00 pm - Welcome: Mayor Sam Sullivan
6:05 pm - A Context for Conversation: Ray Spaxman
6:15 pm - Forum Conversations
8:30 pm - Celebration
9.00 pm to close - Conversations and Connections
Forum Conversations and Moderators
Vancouver Community Forums: Roger Chilton
Community Issues: Michael Clague
Arts and Culture: Hank Bull
Urban Design: Ray Spaxman
Creating Connections: Judith Marcuse

More information
Invite a guest
Bring your questions and ideas
Have a good conversation
$60 ticket contribution suggested
If a contribution is a challenge please be our guest
Event Hosts

Centre A       Downtown Vancouver Association       Quantum Ideas

Conversation Hosts

Merrick Architecture Kenna Group Vancouver Foundation

Cadillac Fairview   BC Electric Building   Spirit of Vancouver

Reception Hosts

Tourism Vancouver     Oh Boy Productions


Creating a Civil City
Addressing Street Disorder

Downtown Vancouver Association
Community Issues Breakfast

Councillor Kim Capri will talk about creating a new, coordinated, and integrated approach to dealing with street disorder issues.

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
7:30 am to 9:00 am
Sheraton Wall Centre, Finback Room

Street disorder has become top of mind with Vancouverites. We are facing significant challenges with public disorder and the City wants community input.

Councillor Kim Capri is working with the Mayor to develop a new, coordinated and integrated approach to street disorder issues. This 'made in Vancouver' program is intended to address graffiti, littering, by-law infractions, aggressive panhandling and other public disorder activities. The plan is to bring recommendations to City Council later this Fall.

Involvement from the entire community will be needed in solving this problem. Please join the Downtown Vancouver Association for a presentation by Councillor Kim Capri on how we address street disorder.

Councillor Kim Capri

Kim Capri holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology. Although her original plan was to pursue a career in law or policing, her volunteer work with The Elizabeth Fry Society, The John Howard Society and Police Victim Services impassioned Kim to pursue work in the social justice field, exploring the root causes of crime, examining evidence-based ways to prevent crime and victimization, and creating solutions that resolve conflicts, repair harms and restore peaceful relations in communities.

Kim has worked as a Parole Officer, a case worker and manager of halfway houses, a coordinator of volunteer programs and a manager of the John Howard Society, the BC SPCA and the BC Crime Prevention Association.

Kim's experience includes positions with the Elizabeth Fry Society, the John Howard Society, the Vancouver Police Victim Services Unit, Amnesty International and BC Pets & Friends. Kim has served as a Board Member for the Provincial Association of Residential and Community Agencies, the Central Organizing Resource for South Asians and as a Cabinet Member for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Presented by the Downtown Vancouver Association

Downtown Vancouver Association


Vancouver's Transportation Strategy

   Peter Ladner
   Vancouver City Council

Peter Ladner

A Community Issues Forum Meeting
When : Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Where: UBC Robson Square, Room C485

More people in Vancouver walk to work than anywhere in North America except New York City, the number of people commuting by bicycle has doubled in 10 years, and the transit system is becoming so popular it is in danger of losing passengers because of overcrowding. That is the trend in transportation as Vancouver is setting the standard in North America.

A major problem area for Vancouver is central Broadway. More than 60,000 people use the Broadway buses every day and passengers are being left at stops because buses are overcrowded. The Broadway/Commercial hub is Vancouver's biggest congestion problem.

Lon LaClaire, Head of Vancouver's Strategic Transportation Planning Branch is the co-author of a report outlining the city's progress on its transportation plan. His department, having achieved most of what it planned to do by 2021, is now setting new transportation targets for 2031.

Peter Ladner will talk about the report and Vancouver's Transportaion Strategy.

Come and hear what we can expect.
Please RSVP by email to Peter Jackman
UBC at Robson Square
Presented by the Downtown Vancouver Association and the
University of British Columbia Downtown Campus

Future Directions for City Hall

Suzanne Anton
Suzanne Anton
City Councillor

Vancouver Urban Design Forum

Suzanne Anton will give an update on the direction City Hall will be moving in the months ahead

Thurday June 22nd, 2006
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour St.

Councillor Suzanne Anton has had a career as a mathematics teacher in Nigeria and Portugal and as a lawyer and Crown Counsel. Her many years of community involvement led her in 1999 to leave the paid sector to volunteer full-time, particularly in the community sport area. Advocacy for better facilities and sport programs for all children led to her interest in the political realm and she was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002.

Suzanne has served with many organizations, including: MoreSports where she was a founding member; the Vancouver City Planning Commission; the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Vancouver event; the Riley Park Community Association, and as a past president of the Kerrisdale Soccer Club and a vice-president of the Vancouver Field Sport Federation.

Suzanne has been married to Olin for 25 years. They have three adult children.

Councillor Anton's current Local and Regional Appointments include:

      Chair, Planning and Environment Committee
      Member, Heritage Commission
      Liaison, Vancouver Athletic Commission
      Director, Greater Vancouver Regional District
      Member, GVRD Land Use and Transportation Committee
      Member, GVRD Waste Management Committee
      Member, GVRD/UBC Joint Committee
      Director, TransLink
      Member, TransLink Finance Committee
      Vancouver Representative, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Presented by the Downtown Vancouver Association

Downtown Vancouver Association


Creating a Portal to Asian Arts and Cultures

The Vancouver Arts and Cultures Forum
An invitation from
The Vancouver Arts and Cultures Forum
The Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is creating a new exhibition and media arts facility in a magnificent space in the former BC Electric Building in the Downtown Eastside. With its 5000 square feet of space and its 25 foot ceilings, it will be one of the largest exhibition spaces on the West Coast.

You are invited to see where Centre A is moving and hear Hank Bull, the Executive Director, tell where Centre A is going, - and how our International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is becoming a portal in Vancouver to Asian Arts and Cultures.

Time: 8.00 AM
Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
Location: The former BC Electric Building at the corner of Carrall and Hastings Streets. Enter from the Pender Street Parking Lot




Planning for St. Paul's Hospital

St Paul's Hospital

Sheryl Williamson-Harms

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Sheryl Williamson-Harms, Chair of WECAN, the West End Citizen's Action Network, and Aaron Jasper, the Co-chair of a coalition of community groups, will speak to the Community Affairs Forum of the Downtown Vancouver Association about their interests in the plans for St. Paul's Hospital.




Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale

Mr. Barrie Mowatt, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale presented an update on the Biennale to the
Arts and Cultures Forum.
The Vancouver Sculpture Biennale is a bi-annual city-wide celebration that benefits the city, its citizens and visitors. Open Spaces 2005/2006 highlights Vancouver's public spaces with an 18-month installation of major public art sculptures, international works of art from around the world, installed throughout Vancouver's public spaces.

The Biennale officially launched in September 2005 with a series of unique unveiling ceremonies. The Biennale is the largest public art exhibit and festival in Vancouver and the only event of its kind in North America. It closes in December 2006.


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