The Waldorf Crew Have Signed The Lease At The Old Adult “Fox Cinema” On Main St.

by Andrew Morrison | The old Waldorf crew – Ernesto Gomez, Thomas Anselmi, and Danny Fazio – have partnered up with David Duprey and Rachel Zottenburg, they of The Rickshaw, Rumpus and Narrow. Together, this super pod has taken over the old Fox Cinema space at 2321 Main, by Antisocial and Lark (RIP). If you’re not from around these parts, The Fox was a pretty gnarly skin flick theatre, showing porn films on a loop for people who either didn’t have the internet or didn’t care to (aka the Nina Hartley set). It won’t be missed by many.

Ernesto Gomez spoke to me about this a month ago when they were trying to get the lease locked down. I expected him to be a little down with the end of his involvement with The Waldorf being so fresh, but on the contrary, he was excited. It’s not every day that one gets to reinvent a porn theatre, right? That’s rare. And you have to expect City Hall to be happy in the wake of the Waldorf bit of business. Likely generous, too.

And so a neighbourhood’s cultural tectonics shift. “Our mission is to create cultural experiences that embrace exceptional and fun.” says Danny Fazio. “We are delighted to continue the work we did at The Waldorf, expanding it further into the city.” I’m sold. Porn is fine and all, but I’ll take another Waldorf, thank you very much.

The Fox Caberet is scheduled for a Fall opening. There is much work to be done.

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GOODS: “Dine Over” Evening At The Waldorf To Celebrate End Of Dine Out And Feast Van

January 31, 2012 

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

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Vancouver, BC | Join us on Monday, February 6th for a special, multi-room edition of the Ice Cream Social. We’re calling this event “Dine Over” because it’s the first night after Dine Out and Feast Van. So come on down if you’re a waitress who got yelled at because something from the set menu had been 86′d or a waiter who got stiffed because a customer thought the gratuity was included. To show our appreciation to all the brave souls who toughed it out during for the two week dining festivals, we’re offering 2 for 1 admission to service industry employees so they can blow off some steam, enjoy cheap drinks and dance to the best rock and pop from the 50′s and 60′s… Read more

DINER: The 1st Annual “FeastVan” Dining Fest Gearing Up To Help Local Kids In Need

Here’s an early heads-up on FeastVan, a brand new, 17 day dining event involving many of the best restaurants of East Vancouver. Help us spread the word far and wide, because from January 20th to February 5th, local foodies and visitors will be invited to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from Au Petit Chavignol, Red Wagon, Campagnolo Roma, Cafeteria, El Barrio, Les Faux Bourgeois, Two Chefs & A Table, Founders’ Lounge at The Cultch, Fray, and The Waldorf Hotel. We haven’t seen the menus yet, but that sure looks like a tasty line-up!

The participating restaurants will donate $1 to the Vancouver Inner-City Backpack Food Program for every special meal sold. The awesome organisation, which serves the children of Strathcona and the DTES, aims to “bridge the weekend gaps when school food programs are not running” (and is pretty much a breeding ground for saints). Also signed on are the good folks at R&B Brewing, who will be donating a percentage of every delicious keg of East Side Bitter sold during the event. Les Amis du Fromage will do the same for every sale of its kickass macaroni and cheese.

If you own or run a restaurant in East Van and would like to get on board to help out, email Joe Chaput at joe [at] buycheese [dotcom] and he’ll tell you everything that you need to know. Scout will be keeping you abreast of all things FeastVan in the run up to January 2oth, but in the short term, we kindly ask that you spread this initial good word and click after the jump for the rapid-fire FAQ… Read more

SOUNDTRACKING: Thus Spake Tim Cohen In Advance Of “The Fresh & Onlys” Show

December 8, 2011 

by Daniel Colussi | Tim Cohen’s a busy man. With The Fresh And Onlys he tours the globe and releases a steady stream of jangled rock and roll that fuses Buddy Holly with the Blue Orchids. When the Onlys aren’t doing their thing he self records the kind of perfect, fractured pop that so much home-recorded music promises but too often fails to deliver. Simply put, he’s got a way with words and knows how to use simple things like an old drum machine and an acoustic guitar to build up songs into mini epics of bejewelled pop. He lives high above San Francisco in a home studio that looks out in all directions over the city and in this way resembles a kind of Nietzschean mountain sage of outsider pop. Between finishing off a new Onlys album and preparing for this West Coast tour, Tim told me about his hip hop faves, touring the world, and more… Read more

The Scout List: A Curated Agenda For Discerning Vancouverites

October 28, 2011 

The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.

The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. From our calendar to yours… Read more

GOODS: Everything That You Need To Know About This Halloween At The Waldorf Hotel

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

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Vancouver, BC | You’ve been asking for it so here it is… the lineup for our four-day, property-wide Halloween bash. Aside from top entertainment in multiple rooms, your ticket to any of these nights gives you access to all the other goings on at the hotel… Read more

GOODS: Rare Film Series “Vancouver Sometimes Plays Itself” At The Waldorf Hotel

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | The Vancouver Sometimes Plays Itself series is the first comprehensive showing of some of the earliest, most ambitious and strangest films shot in Vancouver. It is presented by local arts researcher Elvy Del Bianco, who has spent the last year and a half identifying and acquiring Vancouver-set films, and features notable guest speakers, including author Fraser Nixon and actor and UBC professor Tom Scholte. Michael Turner’s On Location 1 (Elvy Del Bianco’s Annotated Film Collection) will screen weekly before each film. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: “The Waldorf Hotel” To Officially Launch Its F&B Programs With Big Shindig

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | www.waldorfhotel.com

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | After a busy first three months, The Waldorf is excited to introduce its full food and beverage program which includes four distinct experiences: the Leeteg Room, Cafe Nuba, Brunch Mexicana and the Tiki Bar. The Waldorf uses the historic space of the hotel as backdrop and inspiration to build a contemporary eating/drinking experience that is both expansive and inclusive. Each of the four menus at the Waldorf is unique, yet all share a respect for tradition and a passion for quality. The launch party, which will take place in the restaurant and Tiki Bar on Wednesday, March 23 from 7pm – 10pm will feature food and beverage selections from all four menus, including… Read more