Walking down West 4th during the Khatsahlano Street Party, you can constantly hear music playing.
No matter which area of the festival and no matter which corner you turn, you can hear indie acts performing their hearts out.
Khatsalano Street Party never disappoints.
I can say myself that with all the sun that Vancouver has had in the last couple days, I was really excited to see the rain. However, at first I was not really willing to make a trek to Vancouver and go outdoors to be drenched in the rain all while walking down the endless Khatsahlano festival path. Sure you can just walk the whole thing in probably less than half an hour but what’s the fun in that? When you go to a music festival you must don your best “Coachella” gear and stop and listen to the wonderful indie music. Not to mention all the stops you must make for the vendors there, especially the food ones. I’m glad I went because I had the time of my life. The indie music playing at the festival made my day brighter.
Relive these amazing acts and check out the article below.
â€œI want to cheer for the clouds,â€ enthused the Balsam Stageâ€™s MC during the early stages of the Khatsahlano Street Party. â€œEven if it rains, this is so good.â€Â
Nearly identical sentiments were echoed by numerous folks throughout the course of the fifth installment of the free outdoor festival; not only were people unbothered by the lack of sunshine, they seemed downright delighted. After a scorchingly sunny spring and early summerâ€”which, of course, came complete with hazy smoke from nearby wildfiresâ€”this temperate day was a welcome change. Whatâ€™s more, the cool weather made it possible for fans to hike between the six stages along West 4th Avenue without ever breaking a sweat.Â
With over 50 acts on the bill,Â Skinny KidsÂ got the music underway at 11:15 a.m., and they cranked their amps as they tore into a selection of â€˜60s-tinged garage-psych numbers. It was very early in the day for such fuzzy music, but the long-haired trio acted as a bracing wake-up call for the festivalâ€™s early arrivers.Â
For those seeking a gentler start to the day, there were yogis doing the downward-facing dog at the Yew Stage, whileÂ Kiki the Eco ElfÂ got the kids dancing with her family-friendly comedy tunes at the Trafalgar Stage.Â
Throughout the day, the Balsam Stage was host to all 12 of the contenders in this yearâ€™s Peak Performance Project contest. The first of these was folk-rocking Victoria residentÂ Mike Edel. Unfortunately, his slow-building, cinematic standout â€œThe Country Where I Came Fromâ€ was undermined by the photo booth that 102.7 The PEAK had set up near to the stage, since the workers running it chose that exact moment to blast Carly Rae Jepsonâ€™s â€œCall Me Maybe.â€
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After that, it was a six-block walk to the Burrard Street Main Stage, next to which Trattoria Italian Kitchen hosted a meatball-eating contest in which uninhibited competitors attempted to inhale 10 sauce-covered, baseball-sized meatballs in just two minutes.Â
After that unappetizing display, pop-rock singerÂ Louise BurnsÂ arrived on the adjacent stage with four backing players. With the exception of keyboardist Bryce Janssens, the musicians were all wearing sunglasses despite the cloudy weather; their eyewear added a steely sense of cool to theÂ Disintegration-style synth drama of â€œEmeralds Shatterâ€ and the Stevie Nicks-flavoured new cut â€œPharaohâ€.Â
Following Burnsâ€™ set, Khatsahlanoâ€™s organizers took the stage for the eventâ€™s official greeting, with Musqueam rep Debbie Sparrow welcoming everyone to her peopleâ€™s traditional lands.Â
It took an epic trek across the entire length of Khatsahlano to catch a couple of sprawling country rock numbers fromÂ Real PonchosÂ at the Trafalgar Stage. The eight-block walk took 25 minutes due to the hoards of festival-goers lining up at countless vendors. No one seemed bothered in the slightest by the steady drizzle that had begun to fall, and some folks idled to watch skateboarders ride down a hill littered with jumps and ramps.
A big thank you to the Georgia Straight for the fantastic coverage. Read the full story here.