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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

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Applications for the 2017 Powell Street Festival are DUE MARCH 10!

Please contact us if you have any questions or difficulties – call 604.739.9388 or email Cara at admin [at] or Tracy at production [at]

Photo credit Kristin Fuchihara, 2016

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We're looking for volunteers to help out at our Annual General Meeting and member's party on March 9th at 6 pm. Please email admin [at] powellstreetfestival [dot] com to sign up!


We’re launching a new Membership Reward program with Catfe, Coconama Chocolate, Kyzock Sushi Bowl and Tama Organic Life! Read below or give us a call for more details.

Annual General Meeting & Members Party

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm at Woodwards Heritage Building, W Room, 5th Floor of 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4.

The entrance is near the corner of Abbott and Hastings next to the TD Canada Trust.*

Official Notice for Annual General Meeting

Following the meeting join us at the Members-Only Party at 7:30 pm at one block away**; email or call the office at 604-739-9388 for the address if you plan to join us after the meeting. Enjoy complimentary appetizers donated by our membership partners Coconama and Catfe and beer donated by Parallel 49 Brewing.

If you are not a member yet, you can become one online, via mail, or at the event. The cost is $12 for a life-time membership which gets you voting rights at our Annual General Meeting. For additional benefits, including discounts at local businesses, you can Top-Up for an additional $12 annually. You will receive your Annual Membership card, entitling you to discounts, at the AGM or via mail.

*The Katari Taiko Annual General Meeting is at 7:00 pm, immediately following the Powell Street Festival Society AGM in the same room at the Woodwards Building.

**The Members-Only Party is a private apartment building located one block from the PSFS offices. We will walk as a group to the party following the meeting, or if you arrive late, you will be greeted at the door by a volunteer and directed upstairs.

Community News

The Photo Club Project Exhibition
Sharing stories through photography

March 1 to 31, 2017, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
The Moat Gallery
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
350 W Georgia St, Vancouver

The Photo Club Project features work by a diverse group – predominantly Chinese and Japanese speaking seniors – who met at Tonari Gumi, the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Pandora Park Fieldhouse to explore storytelling through photography.  At weekly gatherings, their images were viewed and feedback was exchanged. Time and space was created for language interpretation and the safe exploration of cultural differences.

Facilitator Emiko Morita established The Photo Club Project in response to the discovery of the photographic archive of her late uncle Hiroshi Morita (1927-2012). Hiroshi Morita was born in Vancouver, raised in Japan, and lived a solitary life in Toronto. This exhibition includes, Hiroshi Calling, an ethnography of Hiroshi Morita through his photographs and artifacts.

Contributors: Emma Chen, Henry Chen, Michael De los Santos, Mari Fitzgerald, Ted Hara, Yoko Hop, Tomiko Ibuka, Lynn Katey, Junko Kataoka, Martin Kobayakawa, Jacquie Landry, Lee Arturo, Toshiko Narumi, Linda Ng, Yu Din Ng, Wayne Shum, Colleen Tsoukalas, Utako Ueki, Miloslav Vlcek, Keiko Watanabe, Grace Wong, and An Min Yao.

Facilitator: Emiko Morita
Japanese interpreter: Mari Fitzgerald and Izumi Kafetzis
Chinese interpreter: Carmut Me and Sophy Xie
Community partners: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, Maraya Cultural Projects Society, Tonari Gumi and Dance Troupe Practice, artists-in-residence at Pandora Park Fieldhouse.
Special thanks to Ayaka Yoshimizu, Lorne Wolk, photographer Fred Herzog, Kerrisdale Cameras and The Lab.
Financial support from the City of Vancouver Community Arts Grants and the National Association of Japanese Canadians is gratefully acknowledged

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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!

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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