Jim Deva Plaza in the heart of Davie Village is now open!

The time has come for the transformation of the intersection of Bute and Davie street to be officially unveiled as the new Jim Deva Plaza in the heart of Davie village in time for the Pride weekend. This designated area has been designed to be the very first Pavement to plaza area in Vancouver and is a fitting tribute to Jim Deva who tragically passed away in 2014.

Jim was and still is unquestionably one of the most important and influential figures of the Vancouver Gay community, way back in the year 2000 he bravely stood up and fought the Supreme court of Canada and won the fight. This was due to an incident in December 1985 when Canada Customs agents declared a shipment of books and magazine bound for Little Sister’s obscene, and confiscated them. This was a landmark ruling that stunned Canada and really jettisoned Jim Deva to be an iconic hero and figurehead in the LBGTQ community.

Read about the Little Sisters Emporium history here: http://www.littlesisters.ca/docscc/index_court.html

Events at Jim Deva Plaza
Pride Proclamation
Start Date: July 25, 2016 11:30 am
End Date: July 25, 2016 12:00 pm

This year, Vancouver Pride Society will be launching Pride Week in the new Jim Deva Plaza. Join us in the plaza as Mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver City Council, and representatives from the Vancouver Pride Society, proclaim Pride Week in the City of Vancouver to get the festivities started! Joan-E will host this year’s event, as Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaims July 25 – July 31 Pride Week in Vancouver.

Plaza Launch Party
Start Date: July 28, 2016 4:30 pm
End Date: July 28, 2016 8:30 pm

Come join us for the Jim Deva Plaza launch celebration! The City of Vancouver invites you to join them for an evening of cupcakes and entertainment. Hosted by Golden Goddess and featuring local musical performances by Carlotta Gurl and Studio Cloud 30. Come be a part of this momentous event in the history of the City of Vancouver and the Davie Village.
Schedule of events: 4:30 PM: Family Activities; 7:00 PM: Ribbon Cutting; 7:30 PM: Entertainment

Davie Street Party
Start Date: July 29, 2016 6:00 pm
End Date: July 29, 2016 11:00 pm

Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Street Village between Burrard and Jervis! This year the Vancouver Pride Society is exploding the beer garden, with the party spilling out from the Community Stage at Davie Street’s historic Rainbow Crosswalk at Bute Street. Come out and celebrate with LGBTQ2+ community groups and artists from around Vancouver, as well as the businesses of Davie Street!