This year, the Vancouver BIA decided to change things up by rebranding Kitsilano’s popular Hippy Daze street festival into Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival. Saturday’s event seemed much better organized and left me wanting more, compared with the less populated Hippy Daze events I’d been to in previous years.


Five stages were set up along West 4th, from Cypress to Vine Streets. 23 Vancouver acts performed between 11 and 6 pm. A warm, sunny Vancouver day greeted the crowds, and this time, the action continued to Macdonald Street, giving the Trafalgar-to-Macdonald business owners both a chance to highlight their services and enjoy the festival.

Rich Hope
[Rich Hope]

A community garage sale (hosted by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House) was set up from Trafalgar to Vine Street, billed as Kitsilano’s biggest yard sale.


Acts ranged from burlesque to power-pop/punk. The choice of music was selected by local indie record shop Zulu Records. Here’s an overview of the day in photos.

Ramataur of Icebreaker NZ in Kits
[Ramataur, the Icebreaker NZ mascot]

Khatsahlano The crowd for Aidan Knight
[The crowd for Aidan Knight’s show]

Khatsahlano Khatsahlano Slam Dunk
[Slam Dunk]

Khatsahlano Veda Hille
[Veda Hille]

Khatsahlano Khatsahlano street corner musicians
[Khatsahlano street corner musicians]

Khatsahlano - Semperviva Yoga lesson
[Semperviva Yoga lesson]

[Camp iVivva custom-painted couch]

[Old style ambulance]

Watching The New Values
[The New Values]

The New Values
[The New Values]

Khatsahlano The VanDolls Burlesque show
[The VanDolls Burlesque show]

[Taken at the Watch It tent]

Toni & Guy free fringe cut
[Toni & Guy Salon offered free fringe trims]

Khatsahlano Hot Panda
[Hot Panda]

Khatsahlano Khatsahlano
[A little pampering time!]

The Evaporators crowd
[The Evaporators crowd]

[Nardwuar of The Evaporators]

Nardwuar of The Evaporators
[Nardwuar of The Evaporators]

[Nardwuar of The Evaporators]

My complete Flickr photo set can be viewed here.


  • Comment by Nate R. — July 26, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Wow, what did I miss being out of town?!! Thanks for sharing…..

  • Comment by Barbara — July 26, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Great photos. What a fantastic day out!! So glad we went, but sadly had to leave before The Evaporators show.

  • Comment by george — July 26, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Cool ambulance shot!

  • Comment by Sheryl — July 27, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    Nice photos! Looks like this one offered something for all tastes 😉

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