To sum up my feelings on Vancouver losing the Waldorf, a comment from Louise Burns to the Globe and Mail says it best: “Watching Vancouver slowly commit cultural suicide is a difficult thing to do.” Within the past year, our city has swallowed not only the Waldorf, but a number of other venues supported by our scene; Submerged, W2, and the Minotaur’s Lair have all become victims of the ‘condos over culture’ clash.
A worse sacrifice than the starred ceiling in the Tiki Bar, or community-friendly events like the Food Truck Fest or Free Cereal Day, is the loss of yet another home for Intimate Productions’ Legendary Long Weekends (first rendered homeless through the sale of equally beloved Lotus Sound Lounge) — or the ridiculously popular Ice Cream Socials, or the numerous other residencies and events that the Waldorf has been hosting, most of which don’t quite fit on the Granville strip, in Yaletown, on the Drive, or Robson Street.
To quote Kevin Bacon in Footloose: “This is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning; it’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.” There is so much amazing talent in this city, so please, get out and support it before it’s too late — dance to keep our culture alive.
Some motivation for you:
The Northern Invasion Tour promises a high energy, smashy-smashy double-header, bringing Kelowna’s Downlink (best bud of Rottun Recordings labelmate Datsik) and Butch Clancy of Detroit to the Red Room February 7th. With the Willisist of the SHAHdjs and Myles Away fleshing out the bill, big bass and dirty beats are definitely on the menu.
Fortune Sound Club’s Happy Ending Fridays continues a relentless streak of solid bookings with Jersey native and booty club connoisseur, DJ Sliink, making the dancefloor “Vibrate” on February 8th.
Back to the heyday of West Coast house, Intimate honours us with a special Spotted Saturday at the Electric Owl, starring the legendary DJ Dan. Check out his new-ish Disko-Funk Odyssey, released last year, for a preview of what’s to come February 9th.
Soundproof and the SHAHdjs turned the ‘tables on us last month, swapping genres at SHAH’s Saturday at the Backstage Lounge where typically techno Soundproofers Evan Jones and Jeff Johnston repped DnB, while SHAH’s Kir Mokum and WIllisist tried their hands at techno. This month, they do it again during Soundproof’s February 10th evening at the Anza. You have permission to go in extra hard: the following Monday is BC Family Day, aka, government-paid recovery day!
Blueprint’s #FVDED puts the spotlight on Vancouver’s Finest in a showcase February 13th at Shine, with a stacked bill that does the dirty work of pinpointing who to watch for in 2013: January cover boy, Cyril Hahn, in his last local show pre-European tour; trap wunderkind, recently relocated to sunny LA, Falcons; and fresh off an opening gig for the Ryan Hemsworth/Groundislava show, Chapel Sound Crew.
The Subversive crew, steadily gaining ground in their own right, brings Belgian techno legend Peter Van Dobrik to Open Studios on February 15th.
The WEDIDIT/Friends of Friends Collective continues their storm through Vancity, this time heralded by slowed-down sweethearts Shlohmo and D33J on February 28th at Fortune. Shlohmo recently said that when thinking of those listening to his music, he mostly “…envision[s] nerds in their room listening alone.” Well played, sir.
By Summer Swanson
Photo: Euan Forrester (Soundproof)