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  • 25 May 2021 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    NEW OUTDOOR PICNIC PODS 

    To help our Public Market take-out customers enjoy their meals and snacks, two trial outdoor picnic pods with seating for up to four people; one in Triangle Square and one in Island Plaza. The signs on the pods will encourage people to support the Public Market businesses, and to share the space by limiting their stay to 30 minutes. 

    The plan is to have these installed by June 1st and depending on popularity potentially more to come.

    BIKE VALET 

    This year, the free Bike Valet will be on the razed western portion of Building 55. As part of the project, the angled parking stalls on Old Bridge Street will be removed to improve cycling and pedestrian connectivity. Removing these stalls is going to make the area safer for pedestrians and will reduce vehicle congestion that can back up along Cartwright Street. 

    Bike Valet will be open Saturday, May 22 to Monday, September 6, 2021. More information is available here: https://granvilleisland.com/directory/bicycle-valet  

     MOBI BIKE SHARE 

    In the parking lot off Old Bridge Street, a Mobi Bike Share station will be installed, as well as adding seating and chairs to create a new Island Plaza. The timeline for these additional pieces is still being finalized - stay tuned. 

    NEW STAFF BIKE LOCK UP 

    There is a new staff bike lock up on the east side of the Island near the Yellow Crane. Bike lock up keys are available through the Administration Office via phone order. Call the CMHC office at 604.666.6655 to pay your refundable deposit and pick up your key. 

    EVENTS & PROGRAMMING 

    Carver Clarence Mills 

    Please join us in welcoming back Clarence Mills! Many of you will remember watching Clarence carve totem poles in Ocean Art Works in past years. After returning to the same location in March, Clarence has now moved into the fenced-off area on the east side of the Arts & Innovation Hub where he will be pursuing his craft with fewer distractions. Please feel free to drop by and say hi to Clarence as he pursues his carving throughout the summer. 

    Past Echoes in the Present May 24 – 31 

    An open-air gallery exhibit by New Works Performance Society will feature local, self-identifying Asian dance and visual artists in recognition of Asian Heritage Month. 

    Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 31 – June 13 

    Reimagine fun at the 2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival with an extraordinary online line-up of world-class theatre, music, dance and storytelling created specifically for children. The festival will offer a mix of live and pre-recorded online performances. 

    Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 15 – July 4 

    This year, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival features 39 ticketed streaming performances and 10 international performances from the US & Europe, as well as extensive free programming & workshops. 
     
    SPRING CAMPAIGN RESULTS 

    “The perfect destination without the journey” spring campaign was originally scheduled to run until April 25, but thanks to some savvy media buying, the dates have been extended at no extra cost. There are still 18 transit posters up around the city, which has resulted in a total circulation of more than 15 million to date! Additionally, radio ads reached 304,000 listeners. The accompanying social media and search campaign exceeded our goals with total impressions at 1.9 million. The highest impressions were generated from the description line “Visit Granville Island this spring for a unique and safe outdoor shopping experience.” 

    TEMPORARY WASHROOMS (NOTE THAT ALL PUBLIC WASHROOMS WILL BE TRANSITIONING TO GENDER NEUTRAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE) 

    Additional temporary washrooms will be back on the island beginning May 20 in following locations: 

    Behind Opus Art Supplies (same location as last year) 

    (1) 7-Station Trailer 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    Ron Basford Park-Adjacent to Fire Lane by GI Hotel (same location as last year) 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    False Creek Community Centre near the base of the water slide stairs (new location) 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    Backside of Compactor Site 1 (same location as last year) 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    (1) Regular Portable Toilet (relocated from Opus) 



  • 25 May 2021 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Here is a link to Alaska senator's press release re: their bill to allow cruise ships to bypass stopping in BC when passing thru Canadian waters:

    https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/release/alaska-congressional-delegation-successful-in-fight-to-create-path-forward-for-alaskas-tourism-industry-

  • 18 May 2021 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Vancouver Sun has an article about the US senate unanimously passing a bill to allow Alaska bound cruise ships to bypass BC.

    https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/u-s-senate-passes-bill-allowing-alaska-bound-cruise-ships-to-bypass-b-c

  • 14 May 2021 9:32 AM | Anonymous


    Granville Bridge Upgrades

    1. The sidewalk exclusion zone around the corner of Granville Island Brewing will remain in place until May 24th, with spotters on site to assist in redirecting and maintaining pedestrian access.

    Please use additional caution when driving in this area as there may be more pedestrian traffic than usual.

    2. 
    CoV will need to implement an additional exclusion zone on Duranleau St where it curves onto Anderston St as you exit the Island. Vehicles will need to redirect around the large planter curb as shown below:

    Pump Station Repair Testing & Manhole Access

    On Tuesday, May 25th, CoV crews will be at the pump station just off island (the large building on the other side of the pond behind Kid's Market, on the seawall side) for some testing and will possibly need to access a few manholes on Granville Island depending on how the testing goes.

    Should they need access, it will be on Johnston St between A Bread Affair and the corner of the Public Market, for approximately 15 minutes or less to take measurements. This will be sometime between 10:30AM and 1PM. There will be a flagger on site to assist and access to the loading zone will be maintained. Depending on traffic, a few cars may need to be stopped for a couple of minutes. See location below:

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Granville Bridge work, you can contact City of Vancouver directly at granvilleupgrades[at]vancouver.ca. For any other inquiries, contact the Tenant Coordinators at coordinators[at]granvilleisland.com

  • 11 May 2021 11:15 PM | Anonymous


    A crew of 30-60 will be on Island each day to film an episode of "Charmed", with filming taking place primarily after hours on Friday from 9PM until approximately midnight. Due to weather forecast the shoot was moved from later in the month to this week.

    Parking for the filming crew will be over in Lot 73 on the East side of the Island, with some reserved parking on the East side of Bridges and the West side of Popina Canteen. These areas are reserved for carnival equipment required for the scene being filmed. Early tomorrow morning, Wednesday, a ferris wheel will be delivered to the Bridges lot and a carousel delivered to West side parking near Popina. Additionally, on Friday after 6PM, they will have trucks utilizing the Public Market loading zone and A Bread Affair loading zone.

    The crew will not be bringing in their own catering until Friday evening's filming, and have been given a budget to eat and drink at Island businesses.

  • 11 May 2021 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    May Public Space Activations

    Crafted Vancouver: May 1-25, varying times 

    Crafted Vancouver is an annual 25-day celebration that presents and advances outstanding local, Canadian and International craftsmanship and creativity through a curated program of events taking place in venues throughout Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley. This year they debut six official Creative Districts, each with its own unique character and identity; Armoury District, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Artisans, Parker Street Studios | Mergatroid Building, & Railtown. Due to the ongoing event restrictions, the 2021 Craft Vancouver festival will not feature Spotlight Days or specialized events.
     
    Circle Craft, Silk Weaving Studio, and Craft Council BC will be participating with in-store art installations, and/or virtual offerings. Interested in participating in future years? Please visit Crafted Vancouver to find out more information on how to connect with the event.
     
    https://craftedvancouver.com/granville-island-artisans/ 
     
    Past Echoes in the Present: May 24-31, all day

    New Works Performance Society will be installing an open-air gallery exhibit on Granville Island, which will provide a platform for local self-identifying Asian dance and visual artists to share their work with the public in recognition of Asian Heritage Month. Participating artists will be announced later in May through New Works social media. The multimedia installations will be compilation of dance films and printed images from past performances.

    Participating locations include: Waterfront Theatre, Carousel Studios, Arts Club Theatre, Ocean Art Works outdoor gallery space, and unoccupied retail spaces: 1420 Bridge St and 1345 Railspur Alley.
    The gallery will be open to the public all day between May 24th and May 31st.

    Vancouver International Children's Festival: May 31st – June 13th, 2021, varying times
     
    For the second year in a row, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival will be producing a virtual event in lieu of in-person audiences. Reimagine fun at the 2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival with an extraordinary online line-up of world-class theatre, music, dance and storytelling created specifically for children. The reimagined 2021 Festival will offer a mix of Live Online and Pre-recorded Online performances with an extra 7 days of extended show viewing.  Watch a show online from the comfort of home from May 31 to June 13 with Pay-What-You-Can pricing. Both Public tickets and School tickets are on sale now. View the 2021 lineup.

     
    Canada Day 2021: Update

    Due to the ongoing restrictions and limitations that are in place for gatherings and events, CMHC Granville Island is unable to produce the island-wide celebration series for July 1st, 2021. See the Provincial Health Order in place for any gathering or event over 10 people. This restriction is currently in place until May 25th, 2021, and it is uncertain if the restrictions on events will be relaxed in time for smaller in-person events on July 1st.

    The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will return to Granville Island June 25th-July 4th and will be providing a virtual festival with over 100 streamed concerts. Supported by CMHC-Granville Island, the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society will host a full day of virtual programming on July 1st, available to the public, in celebration of O Canada Day. More details to come, closer to the event.
     
    Interested in hosting a celebration or activation for Canada Day?

    • Where possible, CMHC is encouraging tenants to utilize online platforms to promote products and services, and use e-commerce for transactions.  Similarly, any online events or workshops, or in-store installations, please complete an Event Website Submission Form by June 1st, 2021 and they can help promote it.
    • If you are interested in the possibility of using outdoor space to host a one day Canada Day activity outside of your premises, (if the restrictions are lifted in time), please submit an Event Form by 9am Tuesday May 25th, 2021,  to Ruhamah Buchanan at Rbuchana@cmhc.ca.

     


  • 11 May 2021 9:12 AM | Anonymous


    Work remains mostly unchanged from last week, with one pedestrian exclusion zone being added at the corner of Granville Island Brewing. This portion of sidewalk will be temporarily closed as crews are working above, and pedestrians will be redirected to the crosswalks going torwards the Kid's Market or The Keg. Please see pictures below:

    Please use additional caution when driving in this area as there may be more pedestrian traffic than usual.

    Additionally, on Thursday morning, May 13th, CoV crews will return to the island entrance to complete further repairs to the pavement; the work should not take longer than one day but we will update accordingly should they need more time. Lanes may be reduced while entering the Island.

    Any questions or concerns, contact City of Vancouver at granvilleupgrades@vancouver.ca

  • 11 May 2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Changes to ICBC insurance policies take effect on May 1, 2021. ICBC is moving to a no-fault insurance model, which, based on the experiences in other provinces, could result in an increase in lawsuits for non-motor vehicle personal injuries incurred. 

    To protect yourself and your business: 

    • Inspect leased or licensed spaces regularly to identify hazards including anything that could cause someone to trip or slip. 
       

    • The best measure to avoid slip and falls is good housekeeping practices, for example, cleaning spills and debris on the ground immediately. 
       

    • When receiving deliveries, ensure boxes, pallets, carts etc. are kept out of common walkways and pose no danger to the public. 
       

    • Any hazards, or items that could cause someone to trip or slip in common areas or outside of buildings on Granville Island should be reported to the Tenant Coordinators at  coordinators[At]granvilleisland.com immediately.  
       

    For full details on the changes, please visit Enhanced Care changes (icbc.com) 


  • 3 May 2021 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    The Province has an article about the return of paid parking to Granville Island and the rent-relief situation for tenants in head lessor buildings

    https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/merchants-cry-foul-as-pay-parking-returns-to-granville-island

  • 2 May 2021 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    As many merchants and the island as a whole are suffering due to the loss of tourists and mandated health orders, a petition has been started by David McCann to stop the resumption of paid parking for those working on Granville Island

    https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-treat-granville-island-merchants-and-their-staff-fairly?recruiter=84140352&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&recruited_by_id=708cd15f-6746-439b-82dd-49a3f6bf3553

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