We brought back our holiday giveaway and gift guide. And it was even stronger and more eclectic this year. Thanks to all those businesses who contributed one-of-a-kind items and experiences that can be found Only in Gastown.
We partnered with the very first Vancouver Cocktail Week (VCW) to host a series of events, including our own Gastown Spirited Walking Tour where we uncovered secret venues and hidden history, while sipping our way through the history of cocktails in a secret-speakeasy style.
“The heritage architecture and the rich history of Gastown make for a type of atmospheric dining that you can’t get anywhere else in Vancouver.”
Understanding the importance of partnership. We, once again, partnered with other BIA’s from across Vancouver to show our love for this city. This year we added some words of inspo that hit us in the feelers (vibrant, inspire, love peace, hope).
The neighbourhood, once again, came alive this summer with the sound of kick-ass music. From acoustics on every street corner, to a Jazz Fest pop-up, Pride takeover, and a 30 person orchestra, Gastown’s cobblestone’s transformed into a stage for local and international talent. Every Thursday night from June-September.
Our largest takeover yet. Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra brought a whole new level to the plaza. Special thanks to Go2 Productions (The Local projection-mapping) and Lowtide Properties for making this one happen.
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 22 a series of free (and hella fun) events took over the streets and storefronts of Gastown. Featuring ballet in shop windows, roaming mariachi bands, Indigenous story-telling, seasonal delights, roaming carolers, brass bands, and of course, late-night shopping at some of the city’s most eclectic independent shops.
Read Gastown in The News: Vancouver Is Awesome, This charming Vancouver neighbourhood will transform into a festive musical town next month or Curiocity Vancouver, This hip Vancouver neighbourhood is hosting free holiday-themed events every Thursday
We celebrated some pretty big milestones this year. Here are just a few –
We were humbled by the commitment and dedication that this community has for its neighbourhood as we welcomed back tourists, students, office workers (and spring) with a clean-up party. We had over a hundred volunteers and city council members show up to lend a helping hand in giving Gastown some much needed TLC.
2022 was not all fun and games. On April 11 a devastating fire at 203 Abbott St left more than 10 businesses forced to close, and two residents dead. Many of the businesses and residents lost everything.
While we still mourn the loss of everything in the fire, we are thankful for all those who supported through the various GoFundMe’s and the businesses that have found new homes in Gastown, including: Australian Boot Company, Roldorf & Co., and Nika Design.
“Follow the cobblestone road into a land of boutiques, artisan flavours, and historic ambience. This land is called Gastown.”