Powell Street Festival Monthly Newsletter – April 2016 View this email in your browser
Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
KT performing at the 2014 Powell Street Festival • photo by Jeanie Ow

Join our kick-off party to celebrate Powell Street Festival’s 40th anniversary this Saturday at The Post at 750!

Tickets $25.00 – $60.00
Avilable via Eventbrite

The festive highlights include food, drinks, friends, and an irresistible array of auction items. Come early to enjoy a complimentary Kiai! Cocktail mixed by Ed’s Daily in the first hour, featuring our new signature Kiai! Festival Blend tea by Tealeaves. Then relish in Stoneboat Vineyard wine or Parallel 49 beer while sampling a variety of canapes. At 9 pm live music begins with jazz drummer Bernie Arai followed by festival favourite Kaya Kurz.

Auction items include donations from Blim, Coconama, Museum of Anthropology, Parallel 49 Brewing, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Art Gallery, Glico, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Kirei Cleaning, Storm Crow Tavern, Pizza Garden, Blenz Coffee, Mackenzie Room, Asia Pacific Farms, Hide Ebina Ceramic Works, Arts Club Theatre, Cambie Village Massage Therapy, The Soap Dispensary, Ulat Dryer Balls, Hand Works Coffee Studio, KimPrints Gastown, Eterna Mountain Studios, London Drugs, Kikori: Japanese Antiques, Hapa Izakaya, Cyclone Taylor Sports, British Columbia Science World, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, The Listel Hotel, Forage, Timber, and more!
Artworks by Merry Meredith, Rika, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Sleepless Kao (Kaori Kasai), and more are available. For updates visit
Thank you to Stoneboat Vineyards, Parallel 49 Brewing, Vegan Pudding, Fujiya, Tealeaves, Ed’s Daily, Sunrise Soya Foods, and Michael Ouchi for donating food, drinks, and services. 

Accessibility Info: 750 Hamilton is not at street level. The easiest way to find it is to get yourself to Hamilton Street between Robson and Georgia. Mid-block, with the Library behind you, you will be looking at a JJ Bean coffee kiosk. To the right of that, you will see a set of concrete steps leading up. Follow those to 750 and dial 110 on the entryphone to be admitted to The Post at 750! People with mobility issues are encouraged to use the elevator in the atrium of the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street, then go past the Security desk to the breezeway. 750 will be on your left when you exit the doors at Security.

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Events in Our Community


Michiko Suzuki: Hope Chests 

Vancouver-based Japanese artist Michiko Suzuki's solo exhibition, featuring elegant printed silk tents contain "hope chests" embodying the dreams and aspirations of adolescent women. Incorporating printmaking and photography within a richly layered structure, the artist creates intimate portraits of eight young women from diverse cultural groups.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 7-9pm | Burnaby Art Gallery | FREE
Join us for the opening reception at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening features opening remarks followed by a reception in the Fireside Room. 

Artist Tour: Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 2-3pm | Burnaby Art Gallery | FREE
Join artist Michiko Suzuki as she leads a tour through her solo exhibition and reveals the stories and influences behind her artwork. 

Exhibition runs until June 12 

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In This Together

Exhibition runs: May 6th–June 19th
Opening: May 6th 6–9pm
Online auction goes live on: Friday, May 13th, at 3pm, visit
Opening May 6th

Join Gallery Gachet in launching an exhibition fundraiser: IN THIS TOGETHER May 6th–June 19th: an in–house exhibition with an online auction featuring the renowned Gallery Gachet community of local, national and international artists working in diverse mediums and artistic styles. Artwork available at a range of price–points. For more information visit

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A Dram Come True

Join the Vancouver Writers Fest for an extraordinary evening of scotch tastings in luxurious surroundings at A Dram Come True. This unique event offers aficionados, modest fans and the uninitiated alike the opportunity to taste whisky from dozens of distilleries across the globe, with varieties curated by The President of the West Coast Whisky Society.
For those looking to sample more than just whisky, wine from the Okanagan region and beer and spirits from local Vancouver distilleries will be on hand, along with tasting stations of charcuterie, cheese and chocolate.

Surprises throughout the evening, and a silent auction with an extensive variety of items, will keep even regular attendees guessing with delight. And, with every ticket purchase, you support the Vancouver Writers Fest and our year-round initiatives to bring transformative ideas and authors to the city.

To reserve your place at this remarkable event, buy your ticket today at

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Bloom: Ink Art Fundraiser 


Nikkei National Museum 8th Annual BLOOM Art Auction
Saturday, May 28, 2016
7:00-9:30 pm
Tickets $25 + tax | Members $20 + tax
info & tickets 604.777.7000

Gallery exhibit & online preview from May 17, 2016

Taking inspiration from Takao Tanabe’s Sumie works, the Museum’s annual spring fundraiser will be around the theme of INK! Featuring gorgeous pieces by a diverse group of contemporary and traditional artists and artisans who have generously donated work in all media, there will be a preview for two weeks prior in the Nikkei National Museum gallery (from May 17) as well as online. Many of the participating artists will be in attendance.

  • Bid on over 60 select artists’ interpretations of INK
  • Ink Brush Banquet by Open Sesame
  • MC by Tetsuro Shigematsu
  • DJ Rennie Foster
  • Taiko performance by Sansho Taiko
  • Live shodo calligraphy performance by Kisyuu
  • ink colouring stations
  • a chance to snap up some amazing silent auction prizes!

Tickets: $25/$20 members (+tax) 

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Please help us spread the word!

For information on the various Community Events that PSFS supports and/or thinks that might be of interest to you, please click here

Community Events

Send Us Your Event!

Do you have a Japanese Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events. We will publicize suitable events and activities. It’s our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via Community Event Submission Form. 
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