By Yasmine Shemesh
July 6, 2019 / West 4th Ave from Burrard to MacDonald
Kitsilano’s annual multi-block mega party has always been about celebrating both its past and future, whether it be honouring the area’s bohemian spirit and First Nations history or staging local music’s most exciting up-and-comers.
In 2015, in what felt like a sort of psychedelic mirage, Khatsahlano reunited original members of Kitsilano’s iconic Poppy Family — a stalwart of the neighbourhood back when it was the heart of Canadian counterculture.
The summer festival, which is completely free, runs the long stretch of 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, from Burrard to MacDonald. Wander down the former Rainbow Road to take advantage of its eclectic array of shops and restaurants, from longtime mainstays like veggie eatery the Naam and Vancouver music slingers Zulu Records, to newer additions Chewie’s Biscuit Co. and sunglass retailer Warby Parker.
As always, the music is the cornerstone of Khatsahlano. This year, for its eighth edition, nearly 40 musical acts will be taking to the multiple stages, including Tonye Aganaba, Jody Glenham, Hey Ocean! and the Boom Booms.
With vendors, art installations and food trucks dotted along the sidewalks, Khats is the perfect opportunity to support local business, celebrate the vast local talent and bask in the patchouli-scented aroma of community.
Don’t forget to swing by the BeatRoute Magazine stage on Maple Street to check out acts like Tiffany Rivera, China Syndrome, Reid Jamieson, Nite Sun, Blue Strange, Phono Pony, Andrew Phelan and more!
For more information visit www.khatsahlano.ca