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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977

Powell Street Festival is at Global Soundscapes Festival!!

Tuesday June 4 | 7 pm
Native Education College (237 East 5th Ave., Vancouver) 
Co-presented by Powell Street Festival

Meet some of the Festival’s featured musicians and get an up close look at their instruments, as well as an inside sneak peek at the process of creating and performing intercultural music.

Featuring: Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Naomi Sato (sho), and Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), hosted by VICO Artistic Director Mark Armanini


Powell Street Festival Showcase
Sunday June 9 | 8 pm
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Co-presented by Powell Street Festival

Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

10% discount for Powell Street Festival Society Annual Members using your discount on your membership card.

We are hosting this showcase of local Japanese musical acts in partnership with VICO, featuring:

  • Banana Bread: a quartet of multi-instrumentalists with a fondness for the ukulele and a light-hearted pop/R&B/choral flavour
  • Kotojiro: a koto & guitar duo with an eclectic repertoire of traditional, pop and world music.


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Images credit Geiun Kim

4th Annual Public Art Competition: Ashi Ato

Emily Carr University of Art and Design student Shayla Giroux is the winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. Giroux is joined by fellow student and collaborator Zenyase Hunsberger for the development and production stages. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects.

Giroux and Hunsberger say, “It is an absolute honour to be creating this year’s public art piece. We hope to engage the community and create a memorable experience for the festival.”

Giroux and Hunsberger will be constructing a set inspired by Japanese Calligraphy, “Shodo”. This set includes giant fudes (Japanese calligraphy brushes) made of traditional materials such as bamboo and horse hair, and a large Hanshi (platform to create on). Titled Ashi Ato, the interactive installation invites festival goers to leave a mark, which is what the art installation is aiming to do at this year’s festival. Ashi Ato is a performative interactive art piece that participants can use one at a time to create a serene and encapsulating experience. The platform is fast drying material that changes color when wet, festival goers will use water instead of ink to paint. The image or words created will fade and another participant will be able to create a mark. 
The Design Competition for Powell Street Festival is a partnership between PSFS, Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects and is financially supported by Hapa Collaborative, PFS Studio and Revery Architecture, as well as several private donors. The jury included Brenda Crabtree, Director of Aboriginal Programs at Emily Carr University of Art and Design; Leanne Dunic, Artistic Director of Powell Street Festival; Shinobu Homma, Technical Principal of Revery Architecture; and Gary Smith, Art Fabricator of Abaton Projects.
The design is now in development and will be unveiled at the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd annual Powell Street Festival in Oppenheimer Park at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Follow @powellstfest on social media and posts tagged #powellstfest #ashiato to see the production process.

We're Hiring!

FESTIVAL CREW (3 positions) 

Powell Street Festival Society seeks dedicated team players for the position of Festival Crew for the 43rd annual Powell Street Festival.

Deadline: June 7, 2019
Full Time, Temporary from first week of July and ending August 24, 2019
Please indicate if you are eligible for Canada Summer Jobs. To find out if you are eligible, go to this web page and scroll down to “What has changed for Canada Summer Jobs?”


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Children’s Sumo Workshop

Date: Sunday, July 7     日付:7月7日(日)

Time: 1 to 3 pm     時間:午後1時~3時

Location: Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Street
場所: Vancouver Buddhist Temple(バンクーバー仏教会), 220 Jackson Street

*The gymnasium is on the second floor. Enter from the alley door. Elevator available upon request. Phone PSFS Production Office at (604) 808-0054 and someone will come down to help you.
* 体育館は二階にあります。路地側のドアからお入りください。エレベーターをご希望の方は申し上げください。PSFS Production Office (604)808-0054にお電話いただければスタッフが入り口まで迎えに行きます。

Pre-register by emailing or just drop in!

Ages: 2-14     対象年齢: 2歳~14歳

Admission: Free     参加費: 無料

Activities include warm-up exercises, practice matches and a mini-tournament



Community Events


Taiko drumming is a fun experience for all ages that will energize, stimulate and excite. Taiko playing requires great energy and teamwork, as well as total integration of one's mind, body and spirit. Participants engage in physical warm-up exercises, martial arts stance, vocal shouts and drum sticking techniques. They learn rhythmic drills and choreography. Student drum gear supplied. The Uzume Taiko members and associates who lead our workshops are all highly trained performers and teachers.

Uzume Taiko Drum Workshop
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019, 11:00 - 11:45 AM. FAMILY Ages 6+

Uzume Taiko Drum Workshop
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. FAMILY Ages 10+

KATSUGI OKEDO, Uzume Taiko Drum Workshop
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019, 1:15 - 2:15 PM. Ages 16+

TO REGISTER: email or call 604.254.8801
#100 - 11566 Eburne Way #100, Richmond, B.C.

Unscripted: Kuroko 

At Unscripted: Kuroko, join Tetsuro Shigematsu for a behind-the-scenes party exploring the world of his upcoming new play, Kuroko. Kuroko is a darkly comedic family drama about an agoraphobic daughter’s quest to find out the truth about her family. Test virtual reality environments, discover the ideas that sparked Kuroko, and see a sneak peek of the play. At the intersection of live performance and virtual reality experiment, Unscripted: Kuroko looks at the pros and cons of virtual versus real connection. Enjoy food, music, and conversations engaging with contemporary Japanese culture.

Date: June 8th, 2019, 8pm – doors open at 7:30pm
Location: Progress Lab – 1422 William St
Tickets: Tickets are $15- $20 + service fees.


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