Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival Saturday July 13

Pack A.D. Vancouver band photo

Pack A.D. at the Red Room, Vancouver, May 14 2011. Photo credit: Graeme Foote/The Snipe News.

In what may be the greatest single free showcase of local musical talent this city has ever seen, the 2013 Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival features 50 bands in one day.

Okay, “greatest single free showcase” might be a bit of an exaggeration. But there’s no arguing that the organizers of the Saturday July 13 street party have pulled out all the stops in selecting the bands and musicians that are going to rock Vancouver’s beautiful West Side for a day of music, food and loving your neighbour. And that it’s all (well, not the food) free.

But first, you may be asking yourself: “Just what the heck is a Khatsahlano, anyways?”

August Jack Khatsahlano ((July 16, 1867 – June 5, 1971) was a chief of the Squamish First Nation. The West Side neighbourhood of Kitsilano, which incorporates a number of blocks of West 4th (where the festival is taking place), is named after Khatsahlano. The festival, presumably out of respect, has adopted the chief’s name.

The Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Association established the Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival in 2011, and it’s been growing at what seems like an exponential rate since. The 10-block street fair, which includes local merchants as well as music, extends from Burrard to MacDonald. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; last year, an estimated 80,000 people attended.

The 2013 lineup includes Rich Hope, No Sinner, Long Walk Short Dock, Gold and Youth, Evy Jane, Village, Portage and Main, Pack A.D., Brasstronaut, La Chinga, Sunshine, and Rococode, among many others.

Rich Hope photo

Rich Hope and Adrian Mack at the Portside Pub, Vancouver, Jan 27 2013. Robyn Hanson photo.

Restaurants participating (with either specials and/or extended patios) include Bibo Pizzeria con Cucina, Trattoria (which is hosting a meatball-eating contest), Romer’s Burger Bar, Fable, West 4th standbys Las Margaritas and Bimini Public House, and new kids on the block Tractor and The August Jack Tapas & Craft House (craft beer and mussels a specialty). For more info, including what to bring, band bios and more, visit Khatsahlano.com.

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