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Vancouver’s East Vancouver Waldorf Hotel is being forced to shut-down after being sold to condo developer titan, Soltera Group.The Waldorf Hotel, as we know it, is being forced to close Jan 20th

Waldorf Productions must be given the opportunity to sign a long-term lease if it is to be saved. The development company Solterra Group so far isn’t budging as they sprawl across the city making our community more cold and costly.

Despite Waldorf Productions efforts Solterra has ignored requests to negotiate fair terms of a new lease.

To save the Waldorf we need as many people as possible to send Solterra Group a message now using this email tool:


East Vancouver’s cultural institution the Waldorf Hotel has been sold to real estate development company forcing imminent closure.

The Waldorf Hotel re-opened its doors on October 31, 2010 with a vision: create a welcoming cultural hub in the heart of East Vancouver. Prior to this, the complex, which was built in 1947, had seen better days, and was just one of many dilapidated Eastside dive bars. But in the summer of 2010, a 15-year lease was signed by a group of partners led by Thomas Anselmi, Ernesto Gomez, Scott Cohen, and Daniel Fazio. They proceeded at great financial and sweat equity costs, with no assistance from the landlord, to restore the building to its former glory.

A restaurant, hotel rooms, a world renowned tiki bar, two nightclub spaces, a recording studio, and an art gallery were housed under the re-imagined Waldorf’s roof. 

During its tenure, institutions like the Cheaper Show, the East Side Culture Crawl, the New Forms Festival, the Polaris Music Prize, the Presentation House Gallery, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Vancouver International Film Festival all held events at the Waldorf. And the city’s top culture producers like Black Mountain, Douglas Coupland, Rodney Graham, Grimes, Japandroids, Michael Turner, and Paul Wong all headlined events there as well.

The Waldorf will be vacated on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

via Scout Magazine


As w'ere both campaigning in support of the Waldorf and the arts and culture scene in Vancouver, I've joined forces with Timothy Kraumanis. We've linked our petitions together to show how many people support the preservation of important cultural institutions in the city. Here is the link to  Timothy Kraumanis's petition page:

Letter to
City of Vancouver
To: Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver

The Waldorf Hotel is being forced to close due to the unexpected sale of the site to condo developers. The loss of this cultural hub will greatly impact the Downtown Eastside and the entire city. With the recent loss of many cultural institutions to condo and commercial development, the City of Vancouver is quickly losing the arts, culture and creative vibe that once dominated the city. With the loss of the Waldorf, The Ridge, Richard's on Richards, W2, to name a few, the city is losing its heart and soul to condo development.

Mr. Mayor, you have spoken out in support of the Waldorf, and the greater arts and culture scene of Vancouver. I implore you to act up and exercise your authority to deny the rezoning of this important cultural site, and take a step towards preserving the arts and cultural identity of this city. If we keep allowing these important cultural sites to be sold to the highest bidder, the arts and culture scene in the city will disappear altogether, and that can't be allowed to happen.