powell street festival society

In this Issue:

Donate to the Powell Street Festival Society!
The Future of Our Neighbourhood: Sustaining our Japanese Canadian Legacy
Community Meeting about DTES and LAPP 
Community Photo in front of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society / Uchida Family Building
Reminder of 2014 Festival Applications
Become a Member!

Donate to the Powell Street Festival Society!

Image Credit: Tamio Wakayama
This fall, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Powell Street Festival to ensure that we continue as a community hub and presentation platform for Japanese Canadian artists. Your support will help the Festival continue its annual tradition and stay strong for another 37 years.
Through our annual festival and year-round season events the Powell Street Festival Society continues to:
- commission original works from Japanese Canadian artists
- provide presentation opportunities to emerging, mid-career and established Japanese Canadian artists
- advocate for the commemoration of Powell Street’s diverse histories and communities
- introduce the Festival audience to unique performances and artists from Japan
- reduce landfill-bound waste and Festival-related carbon emissions through an extensive recycling and composting program and the provision of free bike valet services
- promote fully accessible, enriching, educational, and entertaining arts and culture programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Donating is easy! You can make either:

1. Mail a cheque payable to ‘Powell Street Festival Society’ and mail to
410 – 111 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

2.Or, donate online. If you would like to support us through making a tax-deductible donation online you can click HERE to donate online!

Your generous support will go far in ensuring the Powell Street Festival can continue to be a free festival, and to support local artists and the growing community that is our home. Thank you!

The Future of Our Neighbourhood: Sustaining our Japanese Canadian Legacy

As many of you know, the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) has been underway for almost two years now and will conclude in March 2014. The Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (VJLS-JH) and the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) share a seat on this committee. Please see the City of Vancouver website ( for more information about the plan and public feedback sessions or contact us at kathy at kathyshimizu dot com or 604 725 6054.

Community Meeting about DTES and LAPP-- Japanese Canadians, past, present and future
6pm, Wednesday January 29th
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
VJLS-JH and PSFS are holding a community meeting to allow JC community members to share their visions for Powell Street within the context of the LAPP. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 29th at 6PM at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue). Snacks will be provided.

Join us for a Community Photo on February 2nd at the old Uchida building!

Join The Friends of 439 Powell Street for a Community Photo in front of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society / Uchida Family Building!
Sunday, February 2nd at 12:30 pm
For more information and to help save the building, please go to
and read about it on The Bulletin website 

Him Creations at 2012 Powell Street Festival

Applications for 2014 Powell Street Festival

We are gearing up for the 2014 Powell Street Festival!

1. If you would like to apply to be one of our marketplace, craft or display booth vendorsor would like to be a performer at the festival, online application forms will be available in February, and will be due at the beginning of March (date TBA).

2. For all food booth and community booth applicants, please contact us at our office in February to request an application.
You can reach us by email: info at powellstreetfestival dot com or by phone: (604) 739 9388

*A friendly reminder that it is the applicant's responsibility to apply online and in a timely manner . Thank you!

Not yet a Powell Street Festival Lifetime Member?

For only $12 you can become a Lifetime Member of the Powell Street Festival and receive reduced ticket prices on PSF seasonal and festival events as well as two issues of our mailed PSF Newsletter each year (which includes a sneak preview of each upcoming festival as well as notification on our special events!)

Please consider being a part of the Powell Street Festival Community as we continue to celebrate and recognize the strength and diversity of Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage in the Downtown Eastside!
If you would like to become a Lifetime Member today, please click HERE to print and fill out our membership form.
Please mail cheques payable to 'Powell Street Festival Society' to our address:

Suite 410 -111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H4, Canada

Send us your events!

Do you have a Japanese-Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is happy and excited to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events to our newsletter. It's our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via PSF Community Event Submission Form.

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Powell Street Festival Society
410-111 West Hastings Street
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