PSFS - July 2022 E-Newsletter

Dear Powell Street Festival Friends,
We are finally ramping up for the 46th Annual Powell Street Festival, this July 30 and 31!

In this letter:
  • Pre-Festival: Paueru Mashup dance sessions every Monday in Oppenheimer Park, or Monday and Wednesday classes at Seymour Elementary! Online Radio Taiso lessons continue through the 27th. Waitlist for this weekend's Sumo Workshop.
  • Festival Updates: Event schedule, know before you go, lottery ticket sales, volunteer opportunities and limited-edition merchandise!
  • Society News: Welcome the JC Youth Cohort to Vancouver
  • Community Announcements and other exciting notes from friends of the Festival

Pre-Festival Events

Sumo Workshop (Waitlist)

Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall
487 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC

July 10 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Sold out - Join waitlist

Come learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in an optional mini-tournament.

No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring your own water bottle. Snacks will be provided. This is a free event for all ages. Masks are required. This event is hosted by the Powell Street Festival Society in collaboration with the Vancouver Japanese Language School.

This event is currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist to be notified if a spot opens.

In-Person Paueru Mashup Dance Lessons

Every Monday in July 3:00 - 4:30 PM in Oppenheimer Park (Drop-in or register)

Every Monday and Wednesday in July 7:00 - 8:00 PM at Seymour Elementary (Registration required)

FREE series

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 of the Paueru Mashup at these sessions.

Once you know the dance, join in a Paueru Mashup Community Dance during the 46th Annual Powell Street Festival, Saturday July 30 at 1:15 PM at the Demo Area.

Come along and learn the dance, see familiar faces, and get in the Festival spirit!
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Radio Taiso - Online Zoom Lessons

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

In Japanese & English

FREE event - registration requested

There is still time to join our online Radio Taiso lessons with the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society's Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Fund! Jump in at any time to get moving with us, no experience or prior attendance necessary.

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

Festival Schedule Released!

Wondering what to do and where to go? Want to know who's performing or like to plan your Festival Weekend in advance? Our full performance and program schedule and listing is now available on our website! Click the link below to browse our full catalogue of events and performances. You can even use the sched app to send the full festival schedule to your calendar or phone.
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Featured Event: Kūsou/空相

July 28 - Aug 3

Anvil Theatre, New Westminster

Catch this immersive, interactive audio-visual installation part of this year's Powell Street Festival!

Kūsou is an immersive audio-visual installation. The primary visual and sound sources for Kūsou are respectively Japanese calligraphy and Western flute. The calligraphy is represented as dynamic 3D objects through real-time computer graphics and rendered spatially in the exhibit space as a continuously transforming visual scenery. Similarly, the audible scenery consists of acoustic and electronically transformed flute sounds. The audience plays a special role in Kūsou. 

The Kūsou artwork production team was formed through an international and interdisciplinary collaboration of four artists in Japan and Canada, each member bringing their expertise from the respective artistic field. The team comprises Japanese calligrapher Aiko Hatanaka (Tokyo), flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor (Vancouver), video artist Ryo Kanda (Tokyo), and soundscape artist and interactive system developer Yota Kobayashi (Vancouver). This installation is produced by Studio Program Sounds and presented in collaboration with New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre, and Formscape Arts Society with financial and in-kind support from Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver New Music, ICICS, University of British Columbia- School of Music, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

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Know before you Arrive!

As the Powell Street Festival gets nearer, here are a few things (new and old) to know this year!

Powell Street Festival has proudly embraced the Zero-Waste challenge since 2007!
Help us do our part as we make a continuous effort to reduce the waste we produce and to divert what we do produce away from the landfill by composting and recycling.

Avoid the City of Vancouver Single-Use Item Fee
All vendors must implement the City of Vancouver Single-Use Item By-Law, and will charge a fee for shopping bags and single-use cups. We encourage you to also bring your own utensils and water bottle or participate in our Cup Sharing program – there will be water stations throughout the festival site for refills.

New this year: Participate in our Cup Sharing Program
Make a small deposit at our Cup-Share Booth on Jackson Street. When purchasing a drink at a food booth, simply exchange the cup in your hand for a clean cup. Return the cup at the end of the day or weekend for your deposit back.

Help us protect fellow festivalgoers and local residents by wearing a mask!
Masks are encouraged for all indoor and outdoor events.

Ask our Ambassadors!

Have a question or concern at the festival? Need directions or assistance? Ask our friendly Festival Ambassadors—long-term festival volunteers and participants who are trained to assist festivalgoers. Look for the bright blue happi vests and walkie-talkie radio.

Festival Merchandise Now Available

Pre-order online and pick up at the Festival!

We're so excited to share our limited-edition 46th Annual Powell Street Festival Merchandise! Based on this year's festival poster illustrated by Emmie Tsumura, this colorful design is sure to fit into your collection. Plus, select timeless items come back for another appearance.

This year, you can avoid the lines, get what you want, and even wear your new merch to the festival when you buy online and opt for home delivery OR pre-order online and pick up at the Festival! Click the button below to browse this year's catalogue.
Browse Merch
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.

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Volunteer at PSF

Sign up to Volunteer now!

Volunteer applications are still open for a limited time, sign up now if you'd like to join us for a 3-4 hour shift (or more!)

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

Welcoming the JC Youth Cohort to Vancouver

This festival season, the Powell Street Festival Society is excited to introduce the first-ever Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort! After two months of meeting online, we look forward to welcoming:
  • Tamiko Chase Kavanagh from Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory on the traditional and occupied lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota.
  • anaïs peterson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the traditional and occupied land of the Osage, Hopewell, Monongahela, Lenape, and Shawnee peoples, at the headwaters of the Ohio river.
  • Rani Kobayashi from Toronto, Ontario on the traditional and occupied land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.
These Cohort members will be traveling to Vancouver for a 10-day Festival Production Residency, participating in cultural field trips and assisting in the Festival Production.

Thank you to SFU David Lam Centre, Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society - Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Fund and private donors for supporting this program.

Donate to Powell Street Festival Society

Photo by Kayla Isomura, Omikoshi at the 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
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Community Announcements

Call for Japanese Canadian Cooks

GVJCCA, Tonari Gumi, Vancouver Japanese Language School

We are looking for knowledgeable and flavour-focused cooks and chefs to teach people some Japanese Canadian foodie heritage and kitchen magic!

Classes will be a maximum of 15 participants using a casual workshop and hands-on approach, to be held at Tonari Gumi, the Vancouver Japanese Language School and occasionally at Nikkei Centre.

For your commitment to instruct a 2 hour class, the Japanese-Canadian Heritage Cooking Class program can offer an honorarium of $100. As well, the program will pay all food and supply costs and shop/prep/organize for the event.

For more info, please call Michael at 604 609 0657 or email torabc[at]

Thank-you to our Festival Partners

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 share more of what's to come, and keep a look out for a special Festival Edition e-Newsletter! We can't wait to see you on the Festival Weekend, if not at an event before!
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Thank-you to our individual monthly donors for June:

Beth Carter, Colin Yakashiro, Edward Takayanagi, Emily Yakashiro (in memory of Bryan Yakashiro), Jana Squires, Kathy Shimizu (in memory of Mio and Victor Shimizu), Kelty McKinnon (in memory of Marie Saito), Kyle Yakashiro (in memory of Kazuyo Yakashiro), Laura Ishiguro, Madeline Keller-MacLeod, MJ Morita, Randi Edmundson, Rebecca Ho, Rieko (Rachel) Enomoto, Rika Uto, Shaena Kobayashi, Shaunn Watt, Susan Doi (in memory of Tomoaki and Mitsue Doi)

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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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