Powell Street Festival Monthly Newsletter – June 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

Message from the Artistic Director

Ahh, Summer! That time of year when we reacquaint ourselves with the patio, the barbecue, a couple terrifying ghost stories…
Well, alright. A good ghost story might not be the first thing that leaps into our North American brains once the weather warms up, but they’re very much a staple of Japanese summer festivities (the Bon Odori, in fact, is a summer matsuri dance that welcomes the spirits of the dead). So with that in mind, it seems only fitting that our 15th Spatial Poetics on June 25th is inspired by all manner of Japanese ghostlore: Yōkai, Yūrei, maybe even some shapeshifting Obake. Taking place at Studio D at SFU Woodward’s (146 W. Hastings), Spatial Poetics features artists Jay Hirabayashi, Barbara Bourget, Stefan Smulovitz, Linda Uyehara Hoffman, and Eileen Kage, all of whom will titillate and terrify with phantasmagorical tales that fuse the worlds of dance, music, theatre, and visual art. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite for a paltry $12 – seriously, it’s like the eighties all over again.
After Spatial Poetics, it’s a mere four weeks until the 40th Powell Street Festival returns to Oppenheimer Park and surrounding areas! Some of our outstanding headline artists include Vancouver’s very own Chordophone, the classical-electronica brainchild of brothers Marcus and James Takizawa with guitarist Adrian Verdejo; from the Yukon we thrilled to present the Southern Tutchone-Japanese-Tlingit-Scottish alternative folk sensation, Diyet, who dazzled audiences at last year’s Vancouver Folk Festival; and all the way from Tokyo we are proud to present koto virtuoso Miyama McQueen-Tokita. Our full festival lineup will be revealed very soon, featuring perennial favourites, fresh new faces, and of course a few city blocks worth of delicious Japanese food. Stay tuned!




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Miyama McQueen-Tokita


Powell Street Festival Society presents

Spatial Poetics XV

Saturday, June 25 at 8 pm
SFU Woodwards, Studio D
111 West Hastings Street
Curated by Mark Takeshi McGregor
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Available on Eventbrite

This new interdisciplinary work is inspired by Japanese ghost stories and features artists Jay Hirabayashi, Barbara Bourget & Stefan Smulovitz and Linda Uyehara Hoffman & Eileen Kage.

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The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and family, and get behind the scenes of this vibrant and special event.

If you have volunteered in the past three years, you do not need to fill out a new volunteer application. You will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator, David Wang, in June or can contact him directly at

Download our Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information on Volunteering at the PSFS.

You must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer.


Festival Committee
The Festival Committee is made up of very dedicated Festival Coordinators. Each Festival Coordinator is a volunteer who is responsible for a specific area of festival production and oversees the volunteers that help with that particular area (including the areas listed below).

Festival Volunteers
During Festival weekend (BC Day long weekend), we will require hundreds of volunteers to help run the festival smoothly! Positions include:

  • hospitality
  • children’s tent
  • environment
  • stage crew
  • site crew
  • drivers
  • poster distribution
  • and more!

More info…

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Kiai! 40th Anniversary Silent Auction & Party a Success

Powell Street Festival Society would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported our Kiai! Party and fundraising efforts! Together we raised over $4000.00!!

Increases in volunteer, donor and government agency contributions now enable PSFS to upgrade our infrastructure. This puts us on a strong footing to nurture and promote Japanese Canadian artists well into the future! 

Check out the images from the event on flickr!

These images are courtesy of Kirstin Fuchihara


Introducing our 2016 Powell Street Festival
production crew!

We have a well-fortified team to stage the 40th Powell Street Festival on July 30 & 31Please join us in welcoming our 2016 production crew.

Production Assistant
Tracy Moromisato is currently in the Arts and Entertainment Management Program at Capilano University. Volunteering at the Powell Street Festival in the past, Tracy would like to further contribute, by finishing up her final practicum term with the Powell Street Festival Society. With her previous experience in events at a talent development studio, Studio Cloud 30, she hopes to bring her passion for the arts to culminate camaraderie, to unite the community with arts and culture.

Volunteer Coordinator
David Wang was born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver. He is currently studying Economics at the University of British Columbia. Although he grew up in Vancouver, he has developed a strong interest in the Japanese culture through participating in local Japanese cultural events and visiting Japan. He has many fond memories of attending the Powell Street Festival, and he hopes to contribute to the festival to help create memorable experiences for others interested in the Japanese Culture. He is excited to be part of the festival, and he looks forward to celebrate the Japanese culture beyond the scope of sushi and ramen with the people of Vancouver.

Senior Production Consultant
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kathy Shimizu is a sansei, graphic designer, artist, and community activist who has lived in Vancouver for many years, with a 5-year hiatus in Philadelphia. She works and volunteers for the Powell Street Festival and its Advocacy & Outreach Committee, WePress: A Downtown Eastside Community Makerspace, the Greater Vancouver JCCA Human Rights Committee, Asian Americans United, the SRO Collaborative, and is a member of Sawagi Taiko. She received her Bachelor of Design degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr Institute in May 2005.

Production Coordinator
Michael is happy to reprise his role as Production Coordinator and is looking forward to working with all the great volunteers Powell Street Festival has returning every year. 


Tonari Gumi is hiring an Administrative Manager

Tonari Gumi is a grass roots charitable, non-profit resource centre located in Vancouver, BC that provides social, recreational and educational programs and services for the betterment of the Japanese Canadian community.

The role’s primary responsibility is to work closely with the volunteer Board of Directors to manage facility operations and enable staff and volunteers to offer the best possible variety of programs and services.

You are a proactive communicator with effective planning, organizational, time management and prioritizing skills. You are a collaborative team player who leads by example and works with others to find creative ways to maximize resources and solve problems.

More info...

If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and cover letter to Les Fugeta at by no later than May 31, 2016. The role is intended to be full time but exceptional applicants seeking a part time role will also be considered. We thank all who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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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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