Published May 21, 2014Vancouver summer festival Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival is undergoing a slight name change for 2014, but the fourth annual edition of the free outdoor event will still be showcasing a ton of local talent along the city's West 4th Avenue. This is reflected via the new title of the West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Block Party, which takes place July 12.
The lineup for the fest was confirmed at a launch party this evening (May 21), where it was announced that long-gone Vancouver group the Poppy Family will be reuniting to headline the fest. The band's Susan Jacks is re-teaming with Craig McCaw and Satwant Singh to play classic '60s pop tracks like "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" alongside as-yet-unspecified members from Black Mountain, Destroyer, and the New Pornographers. However, co-founder Terry Jacks is not involved in the revival project.
In addition to the headliners, other acts playing at Khatsahlano this year include the Grapes of Wrath, Black Mountain offshoot Lightning Dust, Humans, Bend Sinister, the Furies, Aidan Knight, Nardwuar's the Evaporators, Nü Sensae, Jay Arner, Nicholas Krgovich, Piggy, Shawn Mrazek Lives!, White Poppy, Cool, Tough Age, Young Braised, Woolworm, Young Liars, Geoff Berner, Mesa Luna and more.
All told, 50 acts will be spread across a series of stages over a 10-block radius between Burrard and MacDonald. You'll find the complete roster over here.
Like years past, the West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Block Party also has an art component to it, with Jim Cummins (a.k.a. I, Braineater) set to showcase his four-decade career in a retrospective show called Return to Planet X: The Underground World of Jim Cummins and I, Braineater. In addition to showing off his old work, the program also includes live action painting and a performances from I, Braineater.
The street fest will also deliver other attractions like a long boarding competition, food trucks, children's activities and "happenings."