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KT performing at the 2014 Powell Street Festival • photo by Jeanie Ow

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The rain is back and the gingko leaves are turning gold, a perfect setting for these upcoming films and presentations...

The Powell Street Festival Society and Japanese Poets North of the 49th present, Poems for Powell Street on October 15th. This collaborative performance weaves Canada and Japan together through storytelling and features veteran poet Takiya Kuwahara (Tokyo), and Steve Frost and Sora Takayama (Vancouver). For more information on this event, as well as others involving Takiya Kuwahara while on his first trip to Vancouver, check out

Japanese Poets North of the 49th, Saturday, October 15th @ 7pm
Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street
Tickets are $10 and available here and at the door.

As part of The City of Vancouver’s Homelessness Action Week, Greg Masuda’s installation Kings Room #31 will be installed in the atrium of the Central Vancouver Public Library. This recreation of a single room occupancy accommodation (SRO) was featured in this year’s festival, and will be on display at the library from Oct 11-14, 2016.

And coming up in early November, the 20th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be premiering the feature CAMEO'n Me from director Toshihiro Soh, an alternate-history science fiction film from Japan on Friday November 4th, 2016 at 5-6:45pm. Watch the trailer here.

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Vancouver International Film Festival
October 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Adult - $15.00
Accessible, Senior, or Student - $13.00

This compassionate documentary by Linda Ohama chronicles the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that devastated the coastal Japanese region of Tohoku. Cinematically beautiful and socially significant, the film portrays humanity in the face of disaster, and it achieves a balance between the intellectual and the spiritual by conveying both candid information and poetic observations on the fallout.
There is a volunteer position available before and after the screening to sell DVDs. If you are available and interested, please contact Linda at

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Internship Opportunity!

Administrative Associate
photo of volunteers at the 2012 Powell Street Festival – by Noah PhotographyPowell Street Festival Society seeks a dedicated team player for the position of Administrative Associate for the 41th annual Powell Street Festival. This temporary position is fulltime. It starts immediately and ends March 17, 2017. Working with the PSFS staff, Board of Directors and festival committees, the Administrative Associate will develop Powell Street Festival Society’s contact databases in Access 2013, and manage our documents, filing, and information by building a reliable cloud cased data storage space using Office 365.

Duties include:
  • Researching best practices for Office 365 OneDrive and SharePoint storage
  • Researching best practices for Access Database
  • Working with our expert volunteers and staff in developing information management systems that suit the needs of the Society
  • Ensuring that our information management follows confidentiality laws and regulations set out by Provincial and Federal authorities
  • Training volunteers and staff in proper use of the completed and data storage space (Office 365) and contact Database (Access)
  • Develop a training manual for new users of the data storage space and database.
  • Other administrative and organizational tasks as needed, assisting the Artistic Director, Executive Director, and Administrative Assistant
  • Assistance at community events and/or meetings
For more information about qualifications and how to apply, visit our website...

Photo by Noah Photography

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Kings Room #31

October 11 until 14th
Downtown Vancouver Public Library Atrium

350 W Georgia St
As part of Homelessness Action Week

This is a to-scale reproduction of a 10’ x 12’ SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Hotel room in what was once the Morimoto Building on Powell street, that has been home to Downtown Eastside (DTES) resident Tom Delvecchio for nearly a decade. One of the white walls serves as a projection screen for an interactive 360 degree look into the space. The outside walls feature full-size portraits of community artists: Quin Martins, Andy Mori, Herb Varley, and Karen Ward.

This installation is extracted from Revitalizing Japantown?, a three year study that culminated in an exhibition by the same name at the Nikkei National Museum (March 2016) that revealed a continuous fabric of change across events, time, borders, and cultures in the DTES. It has woven connections between Indigenous, Japanese Canadian, Low-Income, and Marginalized communities who have all fought for their human rights.

Artist GREG MASUDA has been a community-involved photographer, filmmaker, and volunteer since 2003. He is using his creative passions, visual talents, and subtle approach to tell important and entertaining stories that he hopes maay be catalysts for positive social change.

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Community-painted scales from the Koinobori installation

October 20th until November 10th
Woodward's Atrium
111 West Hastings Street
As part of Heart of the City Festival

 The Koinobori was an interactive installation inspired by traditional carp streamers. It was unveiled during the 40th Annual Powell Street Festival on July 30th and 31st, 2016. Situated in Oppenheimer Park, this large scale interactive project was developed over the course of the weekend with scales decorated and written on by members of our community. The Koinbori was designed by Melody Giang, Emily Huser and Steven Schmidt of BCIT’s Architectural Technology 3 class, along with German exchange students Kai Kattge and Sebastian Saure. It was the winner of the Powell Street Festival Design Competition in partnership with Bing Thom Architects and Abaton Projects.
“The concept of The Koinobori is inspired by the carp streamers and is designed to unite the festival goers with culture, history and personal stories,” states the design team. “In the traditional Japanese culture, the carp streamers symbolize the wishes of strength and courage for the children.”


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Japanese Canadian Historic Places in B.C.

Deadline extended to November 30th!

Get Involved Now

The Province is inviting the public to nominate places of historic importance to the Japanese Canadian community which reflect the development and history of British Columbia, and which will be considered for formal recognition of their heritage values. Nominated historic places will be evaluated against specific criteria by a team that includes community and academic expertise to establish heritage significance. Historic places of the highest significance will be considered for official recognition by the Government of British Columbia and placed on the BC Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

The announcement is the first milestone in the Provincial Recognition Program’s Japanese Canadian Historic Places Project. The Provincial Recognition Program follows a highly successful 2015 pilot project which focused on historic places of heritage significance to Chinese Canadians, which resulted in the addition of 21 provincially recognized places in British Columbia to the BC Register of Historic Places.

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WePress Events and Workshops

Intro to Letterpress - FREE - An Artists’ Books Week Event - Oct 13, 3 - 5 pm
Open House, Demos, and Workshops - FREE - October 16th, 3 - 6 pm
Modern Japanese Calligraphy Workshop by Kisyuu - $40 - October 16, 1 - 3 pm
3D printing workshop - $40 - October 22nd 3 - 5pm
Open House, Demos, and Workshops - FREE - October 30th, 1 - 6 pm

Created by long-time artists and community organizers, WePress is a new accessible makerspace located in Vancouver’s Chinatown that welcomes diverse populations, including those marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. For more information about the above events and workshops, visit our website at

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Vancouver Art Book Fair

October 14 - 16, 2016 12–6pm
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7


Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2016 the event is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a multi-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring over one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artist projects.

Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

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Survivor's Totem Pole

Saturday, November 5th, 11:30 am, Main and Hastings
Please bring drums, regalia, and banners
Procession at 12 noon to Pigeon Park, Feast 3 - 5 pm

On behalf of the St'langng Jaanas/Laanas Clan, Matriarchs, Hereditary Chiefs, Carvers and Sacred Circle Society with our partners the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Portland Hotel Society, Potluck Cafe, and Vancouver Moving Theatre/DTES Hear of the City Festival, we humbly invite you to the raising of this historic survivors totem pole in Pigeon Park in the DTES, Coast Salish Territory.

More information...

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