"Vancouver Loves the Waldorf" group launches in support of Team Waldorf

Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel is the heartbeat of our city. More than just a piece of built heritage, it is a unique cultural institution whose contribution to arts and entertainment in Vancouver is unprecedented and broad. 

We are a group of Vancouverites who know that this venue, run by this team, can never be replaced. 
The Waldorf was recently restored at the cost of $1 million by its current tenants, who made it wonderful.  There is only one social license to operate this venue, and it belongs to them. 
Vancouver loves Team Waldorf. We are their grateful city, and today we express our united commitment to Save the Waldorf exactly as it is.
Vancouver has lost far too much culture and heritage to condo development already. We will not give an inch in our fight to save our Waldorf.

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The above was actually the press release put out by our group, Vancouver Loves the Waldorf. Thanks for running it, though! The turnout yesterday at the Waldorf was a surprising show of community support attended by many Vancouver luminaries, in and outside the arts. The following spoke at the press conference:  Jim Wright, General director of the Vancouver Opera; Ian Wallace, internationally renowned Vancouver artist currently showing at the VAG & an Order of Canada recipient; Vancouver Art Gallery Director Kathleen Bartels; Robert de Man, head of 60 unionized Waldorf staff belonging to the Unite Here union local; Sarb Mund, head of the Food Cart Ass'n who pointed out that the Waldorf is key to the carts' profitability; and eminent Vancouver artist & Governor General's Award winner Paul Wong who gave a hilarious finale speech We want to thank other supporters of the Waldorf and of this fight, especially Ellen Woodsworth who suggested holding the event in the first place, and thanks to Nardwuar for showing up, architect and former city councillor Bill McCreery, Clr George Affleck, Vancouver Poet Laureate 2009-11 Brad Cran, Jazzfest Director Ken Pickering, Vancouver recording artist Grimes for the free CDs and twitter support, and to so many other local luminaries who showed up! And thanks to those who couldn't show up but supported us on facebook and twitter - including a series of tweets by Cory Monteith. Also to Jian Ghomeshi and Torquil Campbell for their impassioned support on CBC's Q, and so many more.