PSFS - May 2022 E-Newsletter
Photo credit: Hammer, 2018

Dear Powell Street Festival Friends,
We can't believe it's May already! So many things on the horizon this month, plus we are building more and more excitement for this year's Festival - mark your calendars for July 30 and 31!

In this letter:
  • Upcoming: Online Radio Taiso lessons, Drumming up Spirit with Tzo'kam & Sawagi Taiko, and Road Work: Street Photography from the 70s and 80s
  • Festival Updates: Lottery tickets are officially on sale, plus you can now sign-up to volunteer this summer!
  • Society News: New job postings, an early notice for our AGM, and our Annual Community Card 💳 benefits are in force
  • Community Announcements and other exciting notes from friends of the Festival

New Online Program

Radio Taiso - Online Zoom Lessons

Every Wednesday & Friday 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In Japanese & English

FREE event - Starts May 4

Beginning May 4, we will be collaborating with the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society's Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Fund to bring you Online Radio Taiso Zoom Lessons in Japanese & English. Every Wednesday & Friday from 3:00 to 3:30 pm PST May 4 until July 27. 
Free to join, registration required; please contact samantha[at]

Upcoming Live Events

Drumming up Spirit

with Tzo'kam & Sawagi Taiko
Saturday, May 21 — 7:30 PM (Doors at 7:00)
ANNEX, 823 Seymour (2nd floor)
Sliding-Scale tickets

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for Drumming up Spirit - A dynamic reunion of friends performing in a unique collaborative expression of Indigenous and Asian Canadian music.

Tzo'kam and Sawagi Taiko are two groups of multi-generational Indigenous and Asian Canadian artists drawn together by their passion and dedication to traditional music in contemporary times, a community focus, and the power of these shared experiences.

Don’t miss Tzo’kam and Sawagi Taiko reunited for this exhilarating performance! Limited tickets are on sale now, click the link below to learn more and buy today
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Road Work: Street Photography from the 70s and 80s

Sunday, May 29 — 2:00 PM
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St., Vancouver, BC

Sliding-scale tickets: $10-25

Based on his new self-published photography book of the same name, Greg Soone takes us through New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, and Paris in the 1970s and 1980s, with particular emphasis on the Chinese immigrant community and African Americans to reveal alternate interpretations of seemingly innocuous symbols. At their core, these pictures reflect the compassion and social consciousness of an artist transformed by the tumult of the 1970s.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these poignant photos on the big screen, with context and reflections from the photographer. Limited tickets are available now on our website - click below!
Read More and Get Tickets!

Festival Update

Lottery Tickets are officially on sale!

It's time again for the annual Powell Street Festival Lottery! Back again this summer with fantastic prizes, purchase your tickets now on our website, through a community ticket seller, or at one of our upcoming live events!

There are 20 prizes to be won, donated and sponsored by our longstanding community partners and independent businesses! All proceeds go toward Powell Street Festival Society and help ensure our ongoing sustainability and resilience. 

Draws will take place on July 31st at 1:30PM, and August 1st at 6:00PM at Oppenheimer Park. Attendance is not required and all winners will be contacted. 

Thank you to The Listel Hotel, Hapa Izakaya and Mint Records for sponsoring a portion of the prizes.

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Volunteer at the Festival

Want to help out at the 46th Powell Street Festival? Join our fantastic volunteer team! New to the festival? There are plenty of ways to get involved with no experience required! Click below to see how you can help.

Returning volunteer? We're so glad to have you back! Click below to see what's new this year and to register.
Become a Volunteer

Society News

Photo credit: Andy (@eatwithmao), 2022

Work with Us

Powell Street Festival Society is hiring seasonal Festival Crew positions! These temporary full-time crewmembers will work with the PSFS staff, Board of Directors and volunteers, to assist with tasks related to the 46th annual Powell Street Festival production, with particular emphasis on site coordination.

This is a temporary, 7-week position that will begin as soon as June 13, 2022. Applications are due May 31 at 5:00 PM

Interested or know someone who might be? Click the link below for full details and application instructions!
Read More or Apply Now

Annual General Meeting

May 24, 2022 6:00 PM

Powell Street Festival Society's Annual General Meeting will take place online via Zoom. If you are a Powell Street Festival Society lifetime member, watch for an official announcement and invitation in the coming days. Not yet member? Find out more about the Society and ways to get involved on our website or by attending the AGM.

The Paueru Gai Annual Community Card is now available!

Benefits in effect from April 2022 through March 2023

Paueru Gai Annual Community Card 💳 benefits are in full force! Formerly known as the Annual Top-Up Membership, support Powell Street Festival Society and enjoy discounts on festival merchandise, off-season event tickets, and at local businesses in the Paueru Gai neighbourhood and around Vancouver!

Welcome to our new participating businesses Yama café, COFU, the Bunny Café, and NAMI Studio and returning partners including BLIM, Dosanko, Vegan Pudding & Co, Coconama Chocolate, Tama Organic Life, and Catfé. Benefits are valid for one year, starting April 1!

The Paueru Gai Annual Community Card is available for purchase by Powell Street Festival Society lifetime members; read more and join now on our website below
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Donate to Powell Street Festival Society

Photo by Ying-Chi Lin, Powell Street Festival 2019

Mark your calendars - this year’s Powell Street Festival takes place Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st in Oppenheimer Park and surrounding neighbourhood!

Celebrate with a weekend of exciting programming, musical and theatrical performances, a bustling marketplace, and your favourite festival foods. We are excited to share with you two new programs at this year’s festival: JC Youth Cohort and Festival Connect

JC Youth Cohort welcomes three yonsei and gosei youth from across Canada as part of the Festival Production Team, including a 10-day trip to Powell Street Festival and local historic sites. During this free summer program, the participants receive training and education in event production, culture, and history, and opportunities for inter-generational relationship building and hands-on festival production tasks. This embodied experience of Japanese Canadian community promotes a deeper connection to place and heritage for the youth, nurturing the next generation and future of Powell Street Festival. 

Festival Connect features on-location reporting and livestreaming of the Festival weekend – a first in our history. From the comfort of your home, you can enjoy featured programs and a walk through the festival grounds alongside our Festival Connect hosts. 

Available in English and Japanese, this program will ensure the Festival is freely accessible to all Festival supporters.

Your donations will support these innovative programs and Powell Street Festival’s ongoing resilience.
You can make a donation online by clicking the button below or by mailing a cheque to:
Powell Street Festival Society
410-111 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
Donate Today

Community Announcements

Dumb Instrument Dance: Rebel Grace

May 12-14
The Dance Centre


An exciting world premiere from choreographer Ziyian Kwan, Rebel Grace explores gentle transgressions as acts of resistance, empowerment and gratitude. Expect scenes of rupture, repair and sweet subversion. Rebel Grace is conjured by Kwan in collaboration with dance artists Lisa Mariko Gelley, Andrea Nann, Justin Calvadores, Juolin Lee and Rianne Svelnis . These inimitable performers traverse the rhythm and rhyme of imagery, text and movement – in conversation with live music from multi-instrumentalist Roxanne Nesbitt and Taiko artist E. Kage.

Post-show artist talkback May 13

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Japanese-Speakers Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Tonari Gumi - Online

日本語認知症ケアギバー・サポートグループ [無料]
Japanese Dementia Caregiver Support Group [FREE]
Tonari Gumi is now holding the Dementia Caregiver Support Group over Zoom. This is a gathering for Japanese-speaking caregivers where they connect through shared experiences around caring for family with dementia. Sessions are in Japanese. 
Participants: Caregivers who are currently caring for family with dementia (at home or remotely)
Facilitator: Masako Sakuma-Anderson, BC Registered Clinical Social Worker
Date & time: 1st and 3rd Fridays at 1 – 2pm
Access: Zoom (Link emailed after registration)
Inquiry/registration: Phone: 604-687-2172 ext. 102, email: (Masako)

Tanaka Kinuyo, Director

The Cinematheque

Series begins May 20, 2022

The formidable acting career of Tanaka Kinuyo (1909–1973), who starred in masterpieces of Japanese cinema by Mizoguchi Kenji, Naruse Mikio, and Ozu Yasujiro, has long overshadowed her pioneering status as a film director—Japan’s first (and for a long time, only) female filmmaker of the postwar period.

This touring retrospective collects the entirety of Tanaka’s overlooked output as a director. The half-dozen films, each staunchly female-centric, have been restored and come to The Cinematheque following acclaimed engagements at Cannes 2021, the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Film at Lincoln Center.

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Thank-you from the Powell Street Festival Society Team!

Thank-you for reading this month's edition of our newsletter! We invite you to stay in touch and continue the conversation on social media, forward this letter to your friends, and come say hi at our upcoming events! See you soon!
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Thank-you to our individual monthly donors for March:

Beth Carter, Colin Yakashiro, Edward Takayanagi, Emily Yakashiro (in memory of Bryan Yakashiro), Jana Squires, Karen Bartlett, Kathy Shimizu (in memory of Mio and Victor Shimizu), Laura Ishiguro, Madeline Keller-MacLeod, Randi Edmundson, Rebecca Ho, Revery Foundation, Richard and Sandra Marsh (in honour of Samantha Marsh), Richard Kuzyk, Rieko (Rachel) Enomoto, Rika Uto, Shaena Kobayashi, Shaunn Watt, Susan Doi (in memory of Tomoaki and Mitsue Doi)

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Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
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