PSFS - June 2022 E-Newsletter

Dear Powell Street Festival Friends,
We are already enjoying the wonderful June weather. You're also among the first to see this year's 46th Annual Powell Street Festival poster! Keep an eye out for these online and around town as we get closer and closer to the July 30 and 31 Festival Weekend.

In this letter:
  • Upcoming: Illuminations: a Celebration of Seventeen Syllable Poems and Short Musings; an online 360 Riot Walk Guided Tour; online lessons and other ways to learn the Paueru Mashup Dance; and Online Radio Taiso lessons
  • Festival Updates: Skip the lineups and get your lottery tickets today, plus sign up to volunteer!
  • Society News: Check out some great Paueru Gai Annual Community Card 💳 benefits and get your card today
  • Community Announcements and other exciting notes from friends of the Festival

Upcoming Live Events

Dark graphic with lantern, announcing Illuminations


A celebration of seventeen-syllable poems and musings

June 18 at 9:00 PM

Café Deux Soleils

Sliding scale entry at the door

Join Powell Street Festival Society for an intimate evening of short poems—haiku and beyond—art, and good company featuring local poets Brandon Wint, jaye simpson, and Anjalica Solomon, curated and hosted by Jillian Christmas.

Blending styles of short poetry from across cultures, Illuminations brings together readings from local poets with a special participatory activity, at one of the Vancouver literary scene's favourite hangouts, Café Deux Soleils.

Entry by donation at the door only, $5-$10 suggested cover. Can't make it in person? This event will also be streamed online to our YouTube channel! Watch our website for more information on Illuminations.

Online Programs

Green poster listing June dates for online lessons
White poster listing all Paueru Mashup Dance lessons this summer

Paueru Mashup Dance Lessons - Online

Every Monday in June

FREE series, registration required

The Paueru Mashup is a community dance that is accessible for all ages and abilities across the country. No dance experience necessary!

Skilled dance instructors will walk you through the movements as you learn from the comfort of your own home. These are iterative lessons, so we encourage you to sign up for all the lessons and learn a new portion of the dance each week.

But that's not your only opportunity to learn the Paueru Mashup this year! We're excited to have in-person lessons throughout the month of July; learn the whole dance start-to-finish in incremental lessons at Seymour Elementary in Strathcona, or drop in to brush up your skills at Oppenheimer Park. Read more about this year's offerings below!
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Still frame from the 360 Riot Walk

360 Riot Walk

Online Guided Tour

Saturday June 25 2:00 PM PST

Free, registration required

Join us for the first-ever online guided tour of 360 Riot Walk, led by the project's creator, Henry Tsang. Wherever you are, join us in learning more about the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver through this online 360° video tour.

360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour that utilizes 360° video technology to tell the story of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver. It traces the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. Participants are brought into the social and political environment of the time where racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence. The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi.
Register Now

Radio Taiso - Online Zoom Lessons

Every Wednesday & Friday 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In Japanese & English

FREE event - registration requested

Our online Radio Taiso lessons with the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society's Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Fund are still going strong! Jump in at any time to get moving with us.

Lessons are in Japanese & English, Every Wednesday & Friday from 3:00 to 3:30 pm PST until July 27.
Free to join, registration required; please contact samantha[at]
Email to Register

Festival Update

Lottery ticket announcement, listing prices

Skip the line and pre-buy your Festival Lottery tickets today!

It's time again for the annual Powell Street Festival Lottery! Back again this summer with fantastic prizes, purchase your tickets now on our website or through a community ticket seller. Single tickets cost $5, or purchase books of 5 for $20.

There are 20 prizes to be won, donated and sponsored by our longstanding community partners and independent businesses! All proceeds go toward Powell Street Festival Society and help ensure our ongoing sustainability and resilience. 

Draws will take place on July 31st at 1:30PM, and August 1st at 6:00PM at Oppenheimer Park. Attendance is not required and all winners will be contacted. 

Thank you to The Listel Hotel, Hapa Izakaya and Mint Records for sponsoring a portion of the prizes.

See More & Buy Now
Volunteer at PSF

Volunteer at the Festival

There are so many ways to help out at the Powell Street Festival, whether you are a friendly talker, a friendly walker, or like to work behind-the-scenes. Plus volunteering is a great way to make new friends or spend time with old friends & family at the festival, get a ticket to the volunteer appreciation party, and help to create the Festival we all love!

Whether you're new to the festival, new to volunteering, or have been on the team since the beginning, click below to get started for this year
Become a Volunteer

Society News

An offscreen person holds the Paueru Gai Annual Community Card
List of participating businesses, with dancing daruma

Get your Paueru Gai Annual Community Card Today!

Benefits in effect from April 2022 through March 2023

Paueru Gai Annual Community Card 💳 members are already enjoying 2022 benefits! Formerly known as the Annual Top-Up Membership, join to support Powell Street Festival Society and enjoy discounts on festival merchandise, off-season event tickets, and at local businesses in the Paueru Gai neighbourhood and around Vancouver!

Welcome our new participating businesses Yama café, COFU, the Bunny Café, and NAMI Studio and returning partners including BLIM, Dosanko, Vegan Pudding & Co, Coconama Chocolate, Tama Organic Life, and Catfé by showing your card when you visit. Benefits are valid for one year, starting April 1!

The Paueru Gai Annual Community Card is available for purchase by Powell Street Festival Society lifetime members; read more and join now on our website below
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Donate to Powell Street Festival Society

A crowd gathers for the 43rd PSF
Photo by Ying-Chi Lin, Powell Street Festival 2019

Mark your calendars - this year’s Powell Street Festival takes place Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st in Oppenheimer Park and surrounding neighbourhood!

Celebrate with a weekend of exciting programming, musical and theatrical performances, a bustling marketplace, and your favourite festival foods. We are excited to share with you two new programs at this year’s festival: JC Youth Cohort and Festival Connect

JC Youth Cohort welcomes three yonsei and gosei youth from across Canada as part of the Festival Production Team, including a 10-day trip to Powell Street Festival and local historic sites. During this free summer program, the participants receive training and education in event production, culture, and history, and opportunities for inter-generational relationship building and hands-on festival production tasks. This embodied experience of Japanese Canadian community promotes a deeper connection to place and heritage for the youth, nurturing the next generation and future of Powell Street Festival. 

Festival Connect features on-location reporting and livestreaming of the Festival weekend – a first in our history. From the comfort of your home, you can enjoy featured programs and a walk through the festival grounds alongside our Festival Connect hosts. 

Available in English and Japanese, this program will ensure the Festival is freely accessible to all Festival supporters.

Your donations will support these innovative programs and Powell Street Festival’s ongoing resilience.
You can make a donation online by clicking the button below or by mailing a cheque to:
Powell Street Festival Society
410-111 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
Donate Today

Community Announcements

Yellow Fever

May 28 - June 12
Firehall Arts Centre

Who kidnapped the Cherry Blossom Queen? 
On now at The Firehall Arts Centre, Yellow Fever by R.A. Shiomi—a "captivating" (New York Times) comic whodunnit that follows Sam Shikaze, hard-nosed private eye, as he tries to solve an intriguing mystery. Presented in the Powell Street area for the first time since its runaway success in the 1980s, this Japanese Canadian theatre classic is rife with political intrigue, cultural commentary, and razor-sharp wit. Don’t miss it!

Read More and get tickets!

Sound of Dragon Music Festival

Sound of Dragon Music Festival returns to Vancouver, June 23-26, 2022
8pm June 24: KATAJJAQ meets KHOOMEI -- the first Inuit and Mongolian throat singing collaboration in concert with Asian, Middle Eastern and Western instruments, featuring OKTOECHO (Montreal), ORCHID ENSEMBLE (Vancouver), and ANAND AVIRMED (Mongolia).
8pm June 25: Taiwanese Music meets Jazz -- electronic processing on the yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) and composition by Mark Armanini, featuring the Canadian debut of YAPING WANG (Taiwan/France) playing with Vancouver musicians.       
Free Events: Inuit and Mongolian throat singing workshop (7pm June 23); Music Jam Party for all to join (3pm June 26), co-presented by Gung Haggis Fat Choy.                            
New this year is a live stream series (5pm June 21-25), hosted by Andean flutist and social media celebrity Edgar Muenala, bringing virtual audiences up close to local/visiting musicians performing at the festival. 
Finally, new music videos will be released and available on demand.

For more information visit

Thank-you from the Powell Street Festival Society Team!

We hope you are excited as we are as summer begins and we inch closer and closer to this year's 46th annual Festival! Stay tuned to our website and social media as we start to announce more details. We can't wait to see you there, if not at an event before!
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Thank-you to our individual monthly donors for May:

Beth Carter, Colin Yakashiro, Edward Takayanagi, Emily Yakashiro (in memory of Bryan Yakashiro), Jana Squires, Kathy Shimizu (in memory of Mio and Victor Shimizu), Laura Ishiguro, Ling-Chuan Julia Wang, Madeline Keller-MacLeod, Masako Fukawa, Nina Inaoka Lee, Randi Edmundson, Rebecca Ho, Rieko (Rachel) Enomoto, Rika Uto, Shaena Kobayashi, Shaunn Watt, Susan Doi (in memory of Tomoaki and Mitsue Doi), Vivien Nishi

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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.
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