This past Saturday, Vancouverites had the opportunity to share in the 2013 version of the Khatsahlano Festival when the party took over a 10 block span on 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald streets. The festival, in it’s second year, presents a combination of local business promotions, live performances, and delectable treats and beverages- with a focus on Vancouver’s unique local flair.

For 2013, Khatsahlano hosted 50 entertainers across 11-12 stages- local groups with the majority representative of the strong indie spirit of the Vancouver Music scene, along with performances by all 20 finalists in this year’s Peak Performance Project, an initiative put together by Music BC and local radio station and Festival media partners, 102.7 The Peak FM.

The weather for this past weekend was brilliant with continual warming sun and an occasional light breeze. Between the stages where local entertainers put on some great performances, local food merchants offered samples of their wares, licensed beer gardens were close at hand to serve icy suds from the Mill Street Brewery, street performers kept the kids smiling, and many of the merchants were open selling their wares under umbrellas along the street.

This year’s Festival was a tremendous success. Everything about the event was top notch and as I walked toward the beach after the last show of the evening, I saw plenty of smiling faces to match mine as many were on their way back home or on to other gatherings. Vancouver has frequently been labelled “no fun city” by both locals and the press. With Festivals such as Khatsahlano, I believe we’ve gone a good distance toward proving the label wrong.

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