Khatsahlano! Free Summer Street Festival Announces Line-Up of 50 Vancouver Bands

Khatsahlano! 2012

Khatsahlano! 2012

Khatsahlano! Music & Arts Festival, which takes place every summer in the beachfront Kitsilano neighbourhood, is a hotly-anticipated Vancouver summer event. Why? It’s a big free street party with live music all day.

This year, Khatsahlano! takes place Saturday, July 13. Kitsilano’s main shopping drag (West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald) will close to car traffic and 50 local bands will get on stage and do their thing. The 80,000+ spectators who camp out will be reminded of the Kitsilano of yore; in the 1960s Kitsilano was Vancouver’s hip, counterculture enclave and the go-to spot for concerts.

Khatsahlano! organizers have just announced the 2013 band line-up. If you’re into the Vancouver music scene, you’ll want to check out the well-curated list before you make summer travel plans. If you’re visiting town in July, this is a must-attend event.

Grant McDonagh, owner of Zulu Records, Kitsilano’s premier destination for music and concert tickets, has joined forces with the Waldorf Productions crew Arrival Agency and brand.LIVE to produce the musical component of the festival. And it’s going to be good.

Folks are particularly excited about hot Vancouver bands including Gold & Youth, No Sinner, Brasstronaut and The Pack A.D.  Find the full list after the jump. Continue reading:
Khatsahlano! Free Summer Street Festival Announces Line-Up of 50 Vancouver Bands

“Pop Rocks” To Cover 800 Block of Robson with Giant Bean Bag Chairs, Aug. 15 – Sept. 3

Bean bag for “Pop Rocks” installation by Matthew Soules Architecture. Photo credit: MSA Projects

Hey dreamers. This one is for you.

What happens when you’ve got 2,000 ft.² recycled fabric from the iconic Canada Place sails + 4,000 ft.³ recycled polystyrene? Nothing unless VIVA Vanvouver, local architect Matthew Soules and AFJD Design Studio team up to create an unforgettable installation. The masterpiece is “Pop Rocks” – a public installation of giant bean bag chairs that will cover the 800 block of Robston Street, August 15, to September 3.

The team worked with a local sail maker who sewed Canada Place’s old tensile fabric roof into gargantuan bags. A Metro Vancouver recycler repurposed blocks of polystyrene into bean bag chair beads. The result is a range of pillows of varying sizes and shapes which will be strewn across an entire city block.

The public is invited to drop by this outdoor rec room and lounge to their heart’s content. If you’re the type of kid who refused to leave Ikea’s ball pit, or ricocheted around the moon bounce until it heaved its last breath, make “Pop Rocks” your end of summer hang out. Continue reading:
“Pop Rocks” To Cover 800 Block of Robson with Giant Bean Bag Chairs, Aug. 15 – Sept. 3

Free Outdoor Movie “Dirty Dancing” in Yaletown’s David Lam Park, August 19

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA

Want to have the time of your life? Don’t miss the free outdoor movie screening of ‘8os cult classic Dirty Dancing at David Lam Park in Yaletown, August 19.

Free outdoor movies are a Vancouver summer staple and as August nears the halfway point, chances are running out. Yaletown Free Outdoor Movie Night is one of three remaining opportunities to spread a blanket and partake of lazy summer bliss. We’ve blogged about free outdoor movies every Tuesday in Stanley Park. There are two remaining showtimes in the Stanley Park series: August 21 (Labyrinth) and August 28 (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). Get more details on free movies in Stanley Park here.

Yaletown Free Outdoor Movie Night officially starts at sunset (around 8pm). It’s better to arrive early to get good real estate, otherwise, to the disappointment of both you and Patrick Swayze, baby will end up sitting in a faraway a corner. Continue reading:
Free Outdoor Movie “Dirty Dancing” in Yaletown’s David Lam Park, August 19

10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in July

Caribbean Days. Photo credit: Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC

They say there’s no such thing as free lunch, but there are plenty of enticing, free Vancouver summer events to add to your July bucket list.

From free outdoor movies to free live music festivals and the highly anticipated Celebration of Light fireworks show, there’s something exciting going down every weekend that doesn’t require ticket coordination or plastic.   Continue reading:
10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in July