Long before the yoga and boutique culture of Kitsilano took hold, the area was home to an extensive counter-culture. In fact, back in the 1960s the area attracted many of the hippies from across the US and Canada. The Kits neighbourhood was an inexpensive area to live in and was home to a thriving artistic and alternative community.
The close proximity to downtown Vancouver and the sheer beauty of the area however soon changed the neighbourhood into a very desirable place to live amongst more affluent types.
The area became increasingly gentrified over the years and is now a rather different place. The Kitsilano real estate values shot up quite dramatically during that time reflecting this trend towards gentrification.
Nevertheless, the area still holds on to some of its former funky roots. The Kits area continues to hold a youthful appeal and to be home to some of the best music and arts festivals of the country.
The Khatsahlano Music and Art Festival provides just one of these returns to a former free-love and counterculture vibe. The festival encompasses a ten block radius and offers a street party anyone will be sure to enjoy.
The musical repertoire is put together by Zulu Records includes bands ranging from Kathryn Clader’s pop to Nu Sensae’s punk rock. 40 local bands in total are booked to set up on the 7 stages.
The food comes from various street vendors and restaurants along the area and there will surely be something for everyone.