Despite postponing the White Rock International Music Festival to next summer, organizer Janice Savage will instead bring local musicians to the stage in Kitsilano.
Savage has partnered with the Khatsahlano Music Festival, a block party along West 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.
She said Russ Davies, a long-time friend and CEO of the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Association, reached out when he heard the White Rock International Music Festival was being put off.
"He knew that we had already done a lot of groundwork and asked if we would like to join with them," said Savage.
She will manage one of the eight stages, bringing such local acts as Wyckham Porteous and The Deadlights and Jordan Carrier to the lineup of 40-plus bands.
The inaugural White Rock International Music Festival, originally scheduled for July 21 and 22, was postponed in June due to economic concerns.
"We wanted to do it right," said Savage, the festival's president and artistic director. "There's limited funding and we didn't have that much time from approval to the festival date.
"We knew it would be a bit challenging, especially with other events going on out there like the Summer Games in Surrey and the Fusion Festival."
Instead of putting on a rushed event this year, the organizers are putting their efforts into making a larger one next year.
Savage said they still have slots for musicians, vendors and sponsors at the Khatsahlano Music Festival. Anyone interested can contact her at info@ beyondscarlett.com.