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Black Mountain performs at the Waldorf Hotel. (Simon Hayter for The Globe and Mail)
Black Mountain performs at the Waldorf Hotel. (Simon Hayter for The Globe and Mail)

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My favourite nights were the Legendary Long Weekend parties every long weekend at the Waldorf. So many good memories and new friendships bonded in a unique venue with some of Vancouver's most talented DJs. The Waldorf was a gem in the city that those who knew about felt they were truly a part of something special!

— Michelle Santos, Kitsilano

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I have a lot of great memories of going to the Waldorf over the years. They always booked great acts for the Cabaret, the Tiki Bar is amazing, and Nuba is one of my favorite restaurants in town. They were an artist friendly venue. They would let me into shows for free, as a contributing member of the local art scene, and not even expect me to write something for them. In many respects, they were by and for artists in a myriad of mediums, from food and hair to installations and all manner of performances.

I caught the last day of the New Forms Festival there in 2011, and loved the Food Cart Fest this summer in their parking lot. The Polaris Music Prize did all of their Vancouver Listening Salons there too. Plus, Ty Segall and White Fence last May was the best show I experienced in all of 2012, hands down.

Alan Ranta, Commercial Drive area

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The "Wally" as we used to call it, was the first place I ever got served beer. We used to go there after softball games with the General Paint team. I was the youngest on the team and the "Wally" was a coming of age place for me - back in 1977! The staff would give you a wink and fill up the terry-cloth covered tables with as many glasses as they would hold.

David Counsell, Port Moody

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Oh my goodness. Where to start? The night my Waldorf cherry popped... The Chameleon Lounge. Cozy, elegant, old world cocktail and music. Nothing like it, never since. East Van Academy community memories of wine and barbecue. Hollyhock gatherings in my good friend Steve and his crew's Tiki Lounge. Cocktails again and young coconut too! Sad day for the East Vancouver community and for Vancouverites who grew up here, the ones who came later, plus the ones who have not yet arrived. So long to a Vancouver institution and a part of our heritage.

Ali Hui, Vancouver

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I met my (now ex) boyfriend there. We talked for ages downstairs, he kissed me outside, I ran away without giving him my number and was kicking myself for it for a week. I decided to write an I Saw You ad and he had already written one for me. Thanks Waldorf, if it wasn't for you I would have missed out on 8 months of lovely memories.

Heather H, Mt. Pleasant area

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The Waldorf Hotel was a true gem in a city that is seriously lacking cultural and smaller event spaces. After collaborating with the Waldorf for the East Van Bazaar, which housed over 40 local artists, designers and artisans, I saw first hand the revenue they generated for local businesses as well as the overwhelmingly positive response from the 700 guests, including many families and children. It's incredibly sad to see this happen to an amazing venue that contributed so much to local arts and culture.

Jamie Gill, East Vancouver

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I have been to the Waldorf many times, so when my sister was visiting it was easy to recommend checking out the famous Tiki Bar room.

When we arrived we were told the Tiki Bar was closed but with a wink and a wave my sister and I were ushered through several doors and into a dark room, with a click the ceiling lit up with thousands of little lights and as my eyes came into focus I could see we were in the Tiki room. The manager at the time told us to look around and he would be back in a few minutes. 

We ended up having about 10-15 minutes of time, alone in the Tiki room, we checked out the treasure trove of artwork behind glass and remarking on what a great space it was. 

What a shame for all of Vancouver to lose yet another landmark. One less cultural centre and Vancouver continues to allow itself to turn into a cultural desert. One less condo development and no one notices and no one cares.

Alexander Baron, Mount Pleasant

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