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

Get Ready for the 45th Powell Street Festival!

The 45th Powell Street Festival has officially launched 🚀 our new website and festival hub,! There’s already so much to see and do

See the New Festival Website!

Join our Daruma Community Art Installation Campaign!

Send us your Daruma by July 26th!

Daruma are seen as symbols of well-wishes and luck. They are also our unofficial mascot! In the spirit of Powell Street Festival, we encourage you to create your very own daruma as a gesture of good will to your community, your household, and Paueru Gai. We are collecting origami Daruma from the community to add to our community art installation on display in Oppenheimer Park during the festival weekend.
PLUS mail us your daruma by July 26th for the chance to win fantastic prizes! The top folder will win a prize pack including a gift certificate for one Continuing Education course at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (worth $600)! Other winners will be chosen by raffle for a prize pack of Powell Street Festival Merchandise! Every 25 daruma sent to us gains one entry, and every 100 daruma gets 10 entries!
Be sure to include your return address and a slip with your full name, email, and phone number in the package. See below for more details!

Learn More & Participate

45th Powell Street Festival Merchandise

A Sneak-Peek

Celebrate 2021's Powell Street Festival with one of many great styles of limited edition T-Shirts and Tank Tops to choose from, plus 2021 hachimaki and tenugui, and PSF tote bags! Online orders will be available soon!
Pick up items in our Festival Pick-Up Depot on July 31st and August 1st or have them shipped to your address.
Check back on our website soon to browse everything!

Join our Instagram Giveaway with the Georgia Straight!

Look for this image on @georgiastraight to enter

We’re running an Instagram Giveaway with the Georgia Straight! Find the above image on their Instagram @georgiastraight for a chance to win some amazing prizes! The prize pack contains:
✨ $60 gift certificate to our online merchandise store
✨ Gift certificate to enroll in one Continuing Studies course with Emily Carr University of Art and Design ($600 value)
✨ Limited edition 2021 Powell Street Festival swag bag
Enter by July 16th to win!

Renew your Annual Top-Up Membership!

Lifetime Members can visit our website to renew your Annual Top-Up Membership. Annual Top-Up Members receive a Membership Card valid until March 31, 2022, entitling you to discounts at local Membership Partner businesses, including 10% off any purchase of Powell Street Festival Merchandise!

Not yet a member? Support us, stay in touch, and gain voting rights at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) by becoming a Lifetime Member. Become an Annual Top-Up Member and get the additional benefits listed above!

Work with Powell Street Festival Society

The Powell Street Festival Society is excited to share that our organization is growing! 

In our 45th year and eager to support this growth phase, we are pleased to announce a restructuring that will create two new positions from the existing Executive Director role: Co-Director (Internal) and Co-Director (External). Together, these two positions will lead Powell Street Festival Society as we continue to support Japanese Canadian arts and culture and the neighbourhood that we call home, Paueru-gai (Powell Street).

We are currently looking to fill a new Internal Co-Director position. The internal Co-Director will oversee the operations of the organization, pursue funding and fundraising opportunities and ensure the financial health of the Society. Applications will be accepted until the role is filled.

Click here to read the job description and how to apply
Click here to read more about this upcoming change in structure

Saturday, July 10, 2021  | 2-3:30 pm PST
What’s At Stake  

In the third and final panel of the series, contributing writers to the 360 Riot Walk website speak to a breadth of significant issues and events that led to, and resulted from the 1907 riots. With Angela May, Michael Barnholden, Melody Ma, Paul Englesberg, facilitated by Henry Tsang.
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Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk

Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk is a series of three free online panel discussions using 360 Riot Walk as an entry point to explore the history of anti-Asian violence and white supremacy in Vancouver.   

360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver that traces the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. Participants are brought into the social and political environment of the time where racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence. The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi.

For more information please visit:
The first two discussions are available here

This series is hosted by the Powell Street Festival in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Financial support for the creation of 360 Riot Walk was provided by Creative BC and the BC Arts Council, Neighbourhood Matching Fund of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and a SSHRC Explore Grant through Emily Carr University of Art & Design. 

Learn the Paueru Mashup Dance!

Get ready for the Paueru Mashup Flash Mobs on the Festival Weekend and learn the Paueru Mashup Dance’s chorus from our YouTube channel below! Start with the chorus and see last year’s performance, plus if your ambitious, learn the whole dance with our instructional video! We are even having live lessons in Oppenheimer Park Fridays in July 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM with Company 605’s Kaya Tsumuri!
More information on the dance lessons here
Learn the Paueru Mashup Dance

Za Daikon - Haru wa Akebono

Za Daikon welcomes everyone to join their weekly reading sessions on Zoom taking place Thursdays from July 8th to 29th. They also invite community members to participate in the project by writing, reciting or creating artwork to express the Japanese classic passage by an iconic female author, Sei Shōnagon, “HARU WA AKEBONO” from the 11th century. Participants will send photos or videos of their homemade creation and these submissions will be compiled into collages and shared on Za Daikon’s website and social media platforms. 

See More!

Paueru Gai Dialogues #6 on YouTube

If you missed the sixth installment of the Paueru Gai Dialogues or just want to relive the experience, you can now watch presentations by guest host Sho and panelists Paulette Moreno, Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw, and Nicole Yakashiro on Land, History and Belonging.
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Thank you to Hapa Collaborative, The Bulletin (JCCA), ElementIQ,  SFU David Lam Centres, The Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and City of Vancouver for their financial and in-kind support of this program.

Many Thanks to these Supporting Organizations!

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their support of Powell Street Festival:
Anvil Press, Baker and Table, Blim, Cadeaux Bakery, Catfe, Coconama Chocolate, Dosanko, Figure 1 Publishing, Fujiya, Geist Magazine, Greystone Books, Hapa Izakaya, Kathy Shimizu, Kiku Wellness, Listel Hotel, Mint Records, Sunrise Market, Sunrise Soya, Tama Organic Café, Tea Lani, The Bulletin, The Cinematheque, Vegan Pudding & Co.


Uzume Taiko & Friends - Intimate Portraits #3

July 10 at 8:00 PM


Uzume Taiko & Friends celebrate Summer with a specially-filmed performance and collaboration! The third and final episode in the Series, this 60-minute Event captures the taiko drummers up close and personal in the intimate Taiko Studio setting. During CoVid, drummers rehearsed in their bubbles and briefly came together to collaborate for the Virtual Concert Event. The work is vigorous and fiery, inspired by the steamy energy of Summertime! Join us for a show of powerful drum beats and ensemble drumming spirit. You are also invited to attend the post-show performers chat by Zoom. Uzume Taiko gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Richmond and the Province of British Columbia.
Click Here for tickets and more Information

Tonari Gumi Charity Golf Classic 2021

Saturday, August 28 at Meadow Gardens

All funds raised will enable Tonari Gumi to totally pay off any debt remaining on their Seniors’ Drop-in Centre building and help us in expanding vital community programs and services.

Everything looks positive for an exciting, Texas Scramble format golf tournament at Meadow Gardens, with a shotgun start, great prizes and a gourmet banquet

Registration fees: $185 per person, $740 per foursome

  • Includes green fees, two-person power cart, gourmet dinner, and a tax donation receipt of $55.00 per person
  • Registrations received before Friday, July 30 will receive two sleeves of premium golf balls per golfer.
  • Final registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.
See More information on Tonari Gumi's website here.

Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre: Stories of Japanese Picture Brides in Canada

August 11, 2021 5:00 PM Pacific

The Nikkei National Museum welcomes all to learn, share, and talk about Japanese picture brides who settled in Canada. This event will introduce the recent English translated e-book of “PICTURE BRIDES 写婚妻”  - written in Japanese by Miyoko Kudo and translated by Fumihiko Torigai.
More information from the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre here
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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!
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