“What does my stuff mean? It doesn’t f*#%ing matter. I just do it and move onto the next masterpiece,” says punk rock provocateur Jim Cummins, who’s headlining the arts programming at Khatsahlano between Trafalagar and Stephens street.
When Cummins came to Vancouver in the late 70s and attended a Subhumans show it turned him from a hippy into a punk overnight. Shortly thereafter he formed punk rock ensemble the Braineaters with Art Bergmann and Buck Cherry (the Modernettes). The outfit received a lifetime ban from the Commodore Ballroom for being the worst band the venue’s manager had ever heard. Fortunately the ban didn’t last very long as the Braineaters broke up at their record release party, where Cummins wound up dancing on the stage with no pants on.
Since then, he’s been ground zero in the Vancouver punk underground art scene. Involved in performance arts, painting, photography, film, and music, Cummins’ work has been featured in film, television and magazines, and has appeared in a multitude of solo and group exhibits worldwide.
The retrospective of his work, titled Planet X: The Underground World of Jim Cummins and I, Braineater, will feature a whitewalls exhibition of his nearly four decade-long career, which includes paintings, silkscreened gigs posters, and early punk scene photography. In addition, there’ll be two live performances: one with longtime collaborator Phil Western (Download), and another where Cummins will be backed up by a band of cartoon monsters.
The brand new Desjardins Insurance Family Zone at Trafalagar Street will feature hours of children’s programming, games, balloon artists, face painting, a roving juggler and yo-yo artist, and other fun activities for the kids. Bring the family down to see performances by Rockin’ Robin and the Magical Tree, Chris Hamilton, Matt Henry, the Wild Moccasins, and more!
Rockin’ Robin — 2-2:30pm
Wild Moccasins — 1-1:30pm
Matt Henry — 12:30-1pm
Rockin’ Robin — 12-12:30pm
Chris Hamilton —11:30-12pm
Matt Henry — 11-11:30am
The 4th Avenue all-day longboard skate jam is back! Landyachtz Longboards and Longboarder Labs present the biggest street sesh of the summer at the Khatsahlano Street Party. Landyachtz Eh-Team demos at 1:30 and 6:30 pm. The rest of the day – you skate! We have the sweetest downhill pavement between Balsam and Larch streets on Fourth Ave! Prizes from Concrete Wave, Predator, Landyachtz and RipTide. Helmets mandatory and all skaters under 18 must have a parent-signed waiver.
Zip! Zilch! Nada! Nothing! Khatsahlano! is 100% FREE for you to enjoy fifty bands, artist experiences, and street entertainment.
Absolutely! We are one of Vancouver’s favourite award-winning restaurant streets – there’s 50 great places to eat & drink on West 4th. Kick back on a patio, or grab take-away and make your own street picnic… there’s food options galore for every wallet. We also have a wonderful selection of food truck vendors on the street, too – so bring your appetite!
The show must go on! Khatsahlano! goes rain or shine, so bring your umbrella if it does happen to shower. The bands advertised on this site are confirmed and scheduled to perform, but sometimes our acts are subject to change.
The 04, 07, and 84 Lines will be rerouted from Burrard Street to MacDonald Street along Broadway all day on Saturday, July 12th.
Leashed pets and service animals are welcome on the Festival site and at select retailers, but are NOT permitted in food areas, restaurants or patios. Please make sure your pet does not bite, scare or inconvenience other guests AND BE SURE TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEM.
-Cash, credit, debit cards – there are ATMs along the festival site
-Comfortable shoes – the festival site is 10 blocks, or 1 mile long!
-Your friends and family!
-Alcohol (and there’s a ZERO tolerance for drunkenness on site, too)
-Professional audio, video and photography equipment
West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Block Party
202-1857 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada