The Waldorf Hotel Upgrades The Art Party at No Cost to Support Local Community
April 1, 2016 (5pm to 8pm):
The Waldorf Hotel moved The Art Party (www.TheArtParty.org) free entry event at no cost to the Hideaway Nightclub space that fits over 100 people. The Vancouver-based social club for local art and small business members originally booked the back area of Nonna’s, which was no longer available due to an upcoming movie shoot throughout this historic hotel. The Waldorf Hotel needed the lucrative movie contract and moved this event to the Hideaway Nightclub, providing more space for DJ, dancing, networking, live painting and art show.
DJ Dunbar (Cole Fraser) will be spinning some chilled retro, to complement a duo art exhibition with Christopher Rodrigues (abstract planet artist) and Sarazen Brooks (abstract galaxy artist) at this networking mixer. The Waldorf is also opening the bar and the kitchen by the Hideaway Nightclub to support this event.
Local Small Businesses:
Sponsors include First Canadian Barter Exchange (network of +600 local business owners) running a $23,000 contest called Small Biz Win Big (www.SmallBizWinBig.com), DreamTalks, event-based company with a reach of +30,000 young professionals in Vancouver, Golden Brush Art, live painting competitions and DA Top Talent, business coach for small business owners.
About The Art Party:
The Art Party started as a Facebook Group in 2010 to promote the Main Art Drift, an annual event of local small businesses supporting local artists along Main Street, Vancouver. Today, The Art Party is a social innovation club located in East Vancouver that promotes Buy Local to Support Local Artists to +7,000 contacts on social media. The Art Party’s buy local post was shared 615 times and liked 64 times on The Art Party Facebook network. This inspired the tagline: “Buy Local to Support Local Artists”. The Art Party held its first mixer in 2012 at The Waldorf Hotel, but after the hotel’s closure, the mixers went on hiatus until 2015.
About The Waldorf Hotel:
In January 20, 2013, The Waldorf Hotel was forced to close due to the unexpected sale to Solterra Group of Companies (Solterra), a condominium developer. It had re-opened its doors on October 31, 2010 and showcased the city’s top culture producers like Black Mountain, Douglas Coupland, Rodney Graham, Grimes, Japandroids, Michael Turner, and Paul Wong all headlined events there. Prior to this, the complex, which was built in 1947, had seen better days, and was just one of many dilapidated Eastside dive bars. The closure caused a petition with thousands of art supporters protesting Solterra who was unwilling to sit down and discuss negotiating long-term lease possibilities with former tenant, Arrival Agency.
This was a fun joint event with First Canadian Barter Exchange. Over 70 guests attended. Malcolm Parry from the Vancouver Sun interviewed several of the guests.
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