Grimes has hit out at her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, saying it is “fucked” if plans to close down a cultural complex in the city go ahead.
The artist/producer, who released ‘Visions’ in 2012, posted a number of messages on Twitter after discovering the future of Vancouver’s Waldorf Hotel was under threat following the sale of the building to a real estate company. Grimes posted a link to a petition attempting to save the building, which currently houses nightclubs and a recording studio, and wrote: “Wow Vancouver is so fucked if they shut down the Waldorf. Fuck this city. You’ve destroyed nearly every piece of culture that you had.”
A post on the petition Grimes linked to explains the severity of the situation; “The Waldorf Hotel is being forced to close due to the unexpected sale to condo developers. The loss of this cultural hub will greatly impact the Downtown Eastside. 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.”
Grimes released her latest album, ‘Visions’, in March of this year. Her fourth LP in two years – following 2010’s ‘Geidi Primes’ and ‘Halfaxa’, and 2011’s ‘Darkbloom’ – the record became one of the year’s most critically acclaimed releases and was voted second in NME’s Albums Of 2012 poll.
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