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Powell Street Festival TELETHON August 1, 2pm - 7pm LIVE on our website


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Celebrate Japanese Canadian culture while giving back to your community! Join us for our LIVE online Telethon August 1, 2020 from 2pm to 7pm. Hosts Tetsuro Shigematsu and Yurie Hoyoyon will take us on a fun and heart-warming journey, presenting live performances, messages from festival vendors and friends, and opportunities to express your support for Powell Street Festival in its 44th year. Tune in to our website with your family and friends to experience the spirit of the festival right from your home! 

The program features taiko drumming from the rooftop of the Vancouver Japanese Language School, a Giving Ceremony to honour our connection to the Powell Street neighbourhood, a Paueru Mashup dance, and performances from local Japanese Canadian artists. Interspersed throughout the day, we’re bringing the festival’s sounds, excitement, and sumo to you through “Spirit of Nihonmachi”, a 35th Powell Street Festival anniversary film by Greg Masuda. Visit our website for schedule and artist details.  

100% of the  Telethon proceeds will fund our new PowellStFest Community Kitchen. This initiative is a new addition to our Downtown Eastside (DTES) Community Care Program, a suite of social justice programs including Hanami Cherry Blossom Picnic, Minori Harvest, and the Asahi Tribute Game. These programs provide meaningful and sustainable connection to the historic location of the early Japanese settlers prior to their forced removal during the Second World War. We practice social justice through arts and culture to honour this heritage while seeking to be accountable as settler-colonizers and acknowledging the larger narrative of displacement on these unceded territories of the Tsleil- Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam peoples.

The DTES Community Care program aims to raise awareness of Japanese Canadian history and culture, while creating inclusive, capacity-building experiences that foster economic and social equity for everyone. The money raised during the Telethon will allow us to enhance our DTES Community Care Program, continue our collaborative role in the DTES Community Kitchens Network, and establish our own PowellStFest Community Kitchen to help advance food sovereignty,  skills development and job creation, and community building and cultural exchange in the Powell Street neighbourhood. 

We are committed to fostering engagement, collaboration, and accessibility with our geographical communities. With logistical support from our DTES partner organizations and financial support from the Vancouver Foundation, we will deliver 1,500 care packages to unhoused and precariously housed people living in the Powell Street neighbourhood the week of July 27, 2020. 

With your support, we can rally to bring well-being to the DTES! Now is the time to show our collective resilience, solidarity, and community care to assist those in need during this challenging time.   

Please visit our website to find out more about the Telethon program and fill out our Canada Helps donation form on our homepage or send us a cheque. Please support the Powell Street Festival with a one-time donation and become a monthly donor! We are a charitable organization and will be issuing tax receipts for donations.   

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Featured Telethon Artists

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Banana Bread, Carolyn Nakagawa and Laura Fukumoto, Clala Dance Project, De Couto/Say/Arai Organ Trio, Henry Tsang, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Kaya Kurz, Kisyuu & Shion: Calligraphy & Dance, McGregor-Verdejo Duo, The Deep Cove, Vancouver Taiko Society   

Paueru MashUp Dance


Learn the Festival MashUp Dance from the comfort of your home, and join the digital performance! 

Onibana Taiko and Company 605 have integrated classic Powell Street Festival sounds and gestures, namely borrowing from the traditional Tanko Bushi dance and Radio Taiso morning exercises, to create a fun and accessible collective line dance. This 3.5 minute piece will suit participants of all ages and experiences. We will be holding four interactive online classes through Zoom. Segments of the class will be recorded, and featured during the telethon on Saturday, August 1st 2020! 

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PowellStFest Kids' Camp 2020 

Activities at Home - FREE 

This summer is unlike any we’ve experienced before! For many families, this means finding new activities for kids at home. Powell Street Festival is here for you! 

As a Pre-Telethon offering, we are releasing an at-home Japanese-themed summer camp plan with bilingual resources for kids, ages 5-7, K-Grade 1. Minimal parent supervision required!  

Get into the Matsuri spirit and immerse yourself in Japanese cultural activities during the 5-day lead up to the Telethon, July 27 to July 31. 

Register by July 24, and you’ll receive a PDF Activity Kit, with daily themes and supporting video links, book recommendations, and suggested print material. These resources are structured like a 5-day summer camp but can also be done at your own pace!


Public Talk: Ed Nakawatase with Images by Tamio Wakayama  
Saturday July 18th 1pm -2pm PST  

Join us through for this live Zoom talk in tribute to photographer Tamio Wakayama! 

In the 1960’s Ed Nakawatase and Tamio Wakayama volunteered with the SNCC (Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee) during the American civil rights movement in the deep south. Bearing witness to the social justice movement that unfolded before their eyes; the events shaped the identities of both these men and impacted their activist work in the future.   

In honor of photographer Tamio Wakayama, special guest Ed Nakawatase will speak about his memories and experiences with Wakayama and making connections to this present moment in relationship to building alliances and the ongoing social justice work with Black, Indigenous and POC communities.  

This talk will be recorded, and a portion shown at the Powell Street Festival Telethon. 

Please contact info[at] to register.

Community News

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each of the annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration have been canceled. These pilgrimages provide important educational and community-building opportunities for descendants of the camps, the Japanese American community as a whole, and the wider public.

Recognizing the ongoing significance of these pilgrimages, we are excited to invite you to: "Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage," which will take place from June 13th - August 16th, hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) website.

KW Studios (KW), with the support of the Vancouver Foundation, will be offering fifteen creative initiatives to Equity-seeking artists throughout the month of August, 2020, to assist in artists in their creative development as the Province reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Each initiative will offer free studio time with tech fees included, as well as a $400.00 honorarium, which will be delivered upon completion of the project. Capacity for KW Atrium Studio will be a maximum of 4 people, and 8 people for KW Production Studio to allow strict social distancing as per COVID-19 WorkSafe guidelines.

Hiromi Goto and Erica Isomura explore the nuances of intergenerational mentorship as queer POC writers.

Anti-Asian racism is not new to BC. During WWII Japanese Canadians had their properties seized, families divided and were uprooted and incarcerated in camps in the BC interior and the BC government of the day played a pivotal role. Together with the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) we have published a report that documents the experiences of Japanese Canadians and the lasting impact of those racist policies. The NAJC is asking the BC government to fully account for its actions and adopt initiatives that would assure these events are never repeated. Learn more about the history and how we can move forward. 

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