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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
2017 Powell Street Festival by Lucas Lau

Ko Ishikawa

at World New Music Days

The Annex 823 Seymour Street
November 7 at 5 pm
Tickets: $10 student // $29 general

Witness the reincarnation of half broken iPods in surround sound. This is a concert that needs to be seen to be believed.

Powell Street Festival is Canada’s largest and longest running expression of Japanese Canadian arts and culture, and for ISCM2017 they bring us the Canadian premiere of Yasunoshin Morita’s Reincarnation Ring II for Sho, U, and 8 iPods, performed by visiting sho virtuoso, Ko Ishikawa.

This stellar concert also includes performances by Vancouver’s own Tiresias Duo with percussionist Brian Nesselroad, featuring works by composers from Canada, Japan, Belgium, Romania, and Turkey.

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Check out photos of the 2017 Festival!

Block Printmaking Workshops
at Heart of the City Festival

Image by Analyn CuartoWednesday November 1, 12pm - 2pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall

For Kids! - Saturday November 4, 2pm - 4pm
Oppenheimer Park Fieldhouse, 488 Powell

The Festival is pleased to present four free block printmaking workshops in collaboration with WePress, Aboriginal Front Door, DTES Market Society, Culture Saves Lives, Oppenheimer Park, and Powell Street Festival Society. WePress thanks the Vancouver Foundation for their support.

Draw, carve, and print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Make cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use our fabric and/or paper. Learn how to sew the patches onto clothing or bags by hand! Snacks and materials provided. Open to all. Free

Image by Analyn Cuarto

Japanese Canadian Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Not an artist? Browse the profiles of over 300 artists in all disciplines, and spread the word so more will join. Submitting a profile is free, and a great way to share your work with the nationwide Japanese Canadian community. Visit to check it out.

The 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.

Image credits: Clockwise from upper left: Inner Structure by Kazuo Nakamura, 1955; NESTING (detail), ink sketch using brush and twig, 11” x 16”, Tsuneko Kokubo, 2016; Sumida River by Denise Fujiwara; Tsuneko Kokubo by Paul Gibbons; C•osmos•is Series 1 by Aiko Suzuki, 1987; Judges, by Shizuye Takashima, ca.1964; Chant, Nobuo Kubota, 1986; Jesse Nishihata. Logo by Lotus Miyashita.


Powell Street Festival hosted an estimated 17,242 people on August 5 & 6th!

Learn about the science behind our festival statistic in this detailed report by
Carl James Schwarz, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science,
Simon Fraser University.

Hastings Park 1942 Exhibit

In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in East Vancouver before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country. The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit is a collaboration with performance artist Yoshié Bancroft, to produce an experiential, dramatic glimpse into that tragic episode of Canada’s history.

The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit features a contemporary performance piece titled JAPANESE PROBLEM. This piece invites an audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination. 

Other exhibit programming includes arts workshops led by young Japanese Canadian artists and performance work related to community healing, trust, and histories of trauma. More details on our website.

The opening reception was on September 30 but the exhibition is up until January 13.
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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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