Artists express sadness as Waldorf creative team announces plans to leave building
Saturday, January 19 will be the final night programmed by Waldorf Productions at the Waldorf Hotel. In the following days, the Creative Team will be moving their assets out of the complex and attending to administrative affairs. They will be vacating the premises on Monday, January 21.
"There is no resolution possible here and it's a sad day for us. But we're filled with gratitude for the support from our incredible staff and the community," says Ernesto Gomez.
People had this to say:
"The loss of the Waldorf is also a loss for the Polaris Prize. They were a perfect West Coast headquarters for us as they shared our passion for exciting, leading edge creativity." -Steve Jordan, Founder of the Polaris Music Prize.
"The Waldorf began with good people, a common vision, and many hands coming together. It was good to feel a part of that and it was good to see Vancouverites come out in the numbers they did." - Michael Turner, Author.
“The Waldorf closing is a big loss to our growing creative community, they built a great culture hub," said Mayor Gregor Robertson
“I'm sad to see it go. It was the coolest, most intelligent watering hole the city's ever had... It points out just how little flexible space there is in Vancouver. Everyone knows it’s getting too expensive for a creative class to live here any longer," said Douglas Coupland, Artist and Author.
"The dedicated crew took over a languishing old hotel and in two short years turned it into a unique and vital cultural centre. There was nothing else like it in the city," said Rodney Graham, Artist.
"The Waldorf has become an essential part of Vancouver's cultural landscape. To lose it now would be tragic," said Stan Douglas, Artist
"The Waldorf was such a staple for me whenever I was in Vancouver. So much verity and vision under one roof. I'm really going to miss playing and making music there," said Skrillex, Musician
"It was the coolest thing to happen to Vancouver in the past however many years. It had great vision. It was just beginning to realize its amazing potential. What a loss," said Jeffrey Boone, Executive Director of the East Side Culture Crawl.
The Waldorf Creative Team would like to extend their sincere thanks to the following:
Sandy Garossino and Lindsay Brown for forming Vancouver Loves the Waldorf and organizing the Love-In on Sunday, January 13.
Gen Why Media and Tim Kraumanis for starting an online petition to save the Waldorf that currently has over 18,000 names attached to it.
Kathleen Bartells (Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery), Zach Berman (co-owner of The Juice Truck), Graeme Berglund (Creative Director of The Cheaper Show), Torquil Campbell (Musician, Broken Social Scene/Stars), Douglas Coupland (Artist/Author), Libby Davies (MP for Vancouver East), Robert Demand (Director of Local 40), Stan Douglas (Artist), Jian Ghomeshi (Broadcaster), Grimes (Musician), Rodney Graham (Artist), Avan Tudor Jogia (Actor, Victorious), Neil Hamburger (Comedian), Malcolm Levy (Director of New Forms Festival), Cory Monteith (Actor, Glee), Bif Naked (Musician), Lana Parrilla (Actress, Once Upon a Time), Skrillex (Musician), Michael Turner (Author), Ian Wallace (Artist/Officer of the Order of Canada), Paul Wong (Artist), and Jim Wright (General Director of the Vancouver Opera) for lending their public support over the past week.
Mayor Gregor Robertson, City Councilor Heather Deal, Vision Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver for their commitment to preserving the building and support for the Creative Team moving forward.
"Having to leave this building is obviously a great blow. I've never been anywhere exactly like the Waldorf but we can't take credit for that. We saw a need for a place with high-quality programming and an open door policy for anyone with a good idea," says Thomas Anselmi. "It's been such an incredible two-and-a-half years. We've had the opportunity to meet and work with so many great people, from emerging talent to firmly established artists, and we've had a hell of a lot of fun doing it."