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

Spatial Poetics

Fri, 15 June 2018 at 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue

Tickets $11

The Powell Street Festival Society
and the Vancouver Maritime Museum present
Spatial Poetics XVII.

Once Lost

In this one-night-only presentation, four artists explore the multilayered effects of WWII on Japanese in Canada, forming complementary narratives alongside, in, and among The Lost Fleet exhibition, expanding the abstract, metaphysical, and conceptual that is often absent in documented histories. Once Lost invites audiences to experience an immersive journey through The Lost Fleet exhibit.

Naomi Horii
Mayumi Yoshida
Hide Ebina

Curated by Leanne Dunic

The museum is fully accessible except for the access to St. Roch and the area underneath the ship. Automatic door is on the south side of the building.

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The 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival is
August 4 & 5 at Oppenheimer Park and Surrounding Areas!!

Volunteer Duties:
  • hospitality
  • children’s tent
  • environment
  • stage crew
  • site crew
  • drivers
  • poster distribution
  • and more!
More info below!


Volunteer Applications are Now Open!!

Image by Valiant Chan

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.

The Festival is on BC Day long weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 7 pm. 

Sign-up to volunteer here.

Download our Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information on Volunteering at the PSFS.
You must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer.

More info....

Karakasa Obake

Karakasa Obake installation is the winner of the 3rd Annual Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. The submission was created by Simon Fraser University art students: Jana Ghimire, Phoebe Huang, Haylee Marx, Elisha Wang, and Carmen Wong.  The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects.

The Karakasa Obake installation is an oversized Japanese umbrella that takes the form of a trickster spirit with one eye and one foot. The concept incorporates tsukumogami, a word used to describe objects and tools that develop spirits after being used for hundreds of years; and the practice of using recycled materials during the internment of Japanese Canadians to create wagasa, traditional paper folding. 

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, Entuitive and Revery Architecture, as well as several private donors. 

More info....

Community Events

Riot Food Here

Henry Tsang

Riot Food Here recalls the 1907 anti-Asian riots through the form of food offerings in 4 locations over 4 weekends. These sites track the route of the demonstration organized by Vancouver’s Asiatic Exclusion League from which a mob formed to attack Chinatown and Nihonmachi. The tastings, created by chef Kris Barnholden, reflect five cuisines that people in the area would have been eating at the time of the riot: European, Chinese, Japanese, Aboriginal and Punjabi. The project launches with a walking tour (sorry, no food that day) led by Michael Barnholden, author of “Reading the Riot Act: A Brief History of Riots in Vancouver."

Riot Food Here stimulates dialogue and awareness of this historic event as a way to reflect upon the ongoing struggle since colonial times about who has the right to live and eat here.


All events 2 - 4pm or until the food is gone
MONDAY MAY 21, 2018 Walking Tour with Michael Barnholden (sorry no food; meet at 2:00) Beatty Street Drill Hall, 620 Beatty Street
SUNDAY MAY 27 Beatty Street Drill Hall, 620 Beatty Street 
SUNDAY JUNE 3 Former City Hall, 425 Main Street 
SUNDAY JUNE 10 Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, 578 Carrall Street 
SUNDAY JUNE 17 Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street

More info...

Japanese Canadian
Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Visit to check it out.

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.

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

For an additional $12, get discounts are great local businesses including Coconama ChocolateCatfe, Tama Organic Life, and of course Powell Street Festival Society! 

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Read about membership benefits here!

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Community Events

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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