East Hasting's Waldorf Hotel has become a hotspot for alternative entertainment and events since Waldorf Productions transformed the 63-year old hotel into a cultural hub back in October 2010. Home to events like last summer's Yelp Food Cart Fest and the Valentine's Day People's Prom, the hip Waldorf was one of the best alternatives for local entertainment and functioned as a "family living room" for Vancouver's arts community.
Which is why there has been such an outcry over the decision of Waldorf Productions to close up shop on January 20. The end of their operations comes after a rent dispute with their landlord, Marko Puharich of Waldorf Hotel Ltd.; after Puharich sold the site to the Solterra Group, the new owners wanted Waldorf Productions to sign a month-to-month lease, which Waldorf Productions found untenable. (It's believed that the Solterra Group may want to turn the Waldorf site into condos, but, as The Vancouver Sun explains, that would require re-zoning, making it a difficult option for the developers, to say nothing of the angry public outcry they would endure if they demolished the East Van landmark.)
Saturday, January 19, will be the last day of Waldorf Productions operations at the hotel. Expect a big turn out to say farewell to the beloved culture hub. And check out their farewell post here, which includes quotes from Vancouverites and Mayor Gregor Robertson on the loss of the Waldorf-as-creative-centre.
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