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

Online Applications Due March 10


We are very excited to be celebrating the 43rd annual Powell Street Festival on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 2019!

If you are interested in participating in the 2019 festival, please fill out our online application by March 10 or the following business day.

Fill out your application now!

Go to application central or click on one of the links below.


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Check out our 2018 Annual Report!



Craft Booth

Image by Noah Photography


Image by Noah Photography

Community Booth

Image by Gieun Kim

Performers and Demonstrations

Image by Shannon Lee


Image by Noah Photography

Martial Arts

Image by Hammer



If you have not been a Food Booth Vendor at the Festival before, please contact Emiko for more information about the 2019 application process at emiko [at] or call 604.739.9388.

Image by Noah Photography

Summer Work Opportunities

Applications DUE February 22 at 10 am.







Working with the Executive Director (ED), Artistic Director (AD), Admin and Development Manager (ADM), seasonal staff (Volunteer Coordinator, Production Associate (PA) and Communications Coordinator), Board of Directors and Festival Core Committee, the Production Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all details of Festival coordination, with particular emphasis on site coordination, equipment rentals, and liaising with community-based participants (performers, vendors, displays, community tent).  More info...


Working with the Executive Director (ED), Artistic Director (AD), Administrative Coordinator (AC), seasonal staff (Volunteer Coordinator, Production Coordinator (PC) and Communications Coordinator), Board of Directors and Festival Core Committee, the Production Associate will be responsible for assisting with the details of the Festival coordination. More info...


Working with the PSFS staff, Board of Directors and festival core committee, the Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible primarily for filling all volunteer slots during Festival weekend and pre-Festival events. More info...


Working with the PSFS staff, Board of Directors and festival core committee, the Festival Assistant will contribute to administration and production tasks related to the Festival weekend and pre-Festival events. More info...


Want to get a taste of the society?

Please consider signing up to Volunteer!

2019 Membership Top-Up is available!

You now have the option to “top-up” to an Annual Membership for an additional $12. Annual Members receive a Membership Card valid until the last day of the calendar year, entitling you to discounts at:
  • 10% off at Coconama Chocolate retail location, first ganache chocolate shop in North Vancouver at 264 E. 1 Street
  • 10% off of Catfe food, drink and ‘meowchandise’. Catfe is part cafe, part foster home for cats, and a space to hang with kitties! #2035 – International Village Mall, 88 W. Pender Street
  • 10% off at Tama Organic Life, a treasure trove of Japanese food products & organic vegetables as well as healthy home-made foods including daily bentos at #102 - 2828 E. Hastings Street
  • 10% off BLIM classes and at retail shop. BLIM is an independent art and craft workshop space, resource, and small business at 115 E. Pender Street
  • $1 off large coconut puddings at Vegan Pudding, the one and only vegan custard pudding store at 422 Richards Street
  • 10% off at Baker & Table Café, the only place you can get mochi melonpan, Japanese cakes, & yougashi, a Japanese peanut-free bakery at 6414 Fraser Street
  • 10% off at the first overseas branch of Ramen Taka notsume, serving Asahikawa-style ramen from Hokkaido at 841 Bidwell Street
  • 10% off Powell Street Festival Society merchandise at Festival and all year.
Your membership card also gets you:
  • An invite to the Members-Only Party following the Annual General Meeting in the Spring;
  • Discounted rates at PSFS art presentations all year long!
Buy a membership online at

Top image credit @bakerandtablecafe via instagram

4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival

More info...


Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 43rd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 3 and 4, 2019. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission and production budget to build their design.

The submission deadline is March 27 at midnight.

To read the design brief and application details...

Community Events

Mark Takeshi McGregor + Liam Hockley

Vancouver New Music
Saturday, February 16 at 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor)

Advance: $29 general / $21 senior / $12 student
At the door: $35 general / $25 senior / $15 student


15% off regular ticket price for Annual Members of Powell Street Festival Society.
If you are already an Annual Member, and you have not received a discount code via email, please contact Cara at or call 604.739.9388. If you have not topped-up your membership for 2019, now is your chance!! Top-up now via eventbrite before purchasing your tickets to the show.

Flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor has been praised for his “mind blowing” performances of “huge physical energy” (Times Colonist). Clarinetist Liam Hockley is emerging as a musical talent to watch – an artist for whom “alternative or avant-garde approaches to his instrument are only part of the everyday tool kit” (Georgia Straight). For this concert, the two will collaborate to perform a selection of recent works for flute, clarinet and electronics by Mark Andre (France), Luigi Nono (Italy), Salvatore Sciarrino (Italy) and Jane Stanley (Australia), plus the world premieres of works by Yota Kobayashi (Canada) and Kimia K. Yazdi (Iran).

Tonari Gumi Survey

Tonari Gumi, the Japanese Community Volunteers Association, is planning to introduce more programs for Engish-speaking Japanese-Canadians and community members who are interested in the Japanese-Canadian community, as well as third generation Japanese-Canadians. We would welcome your input and ideas on what types of programs you would like to see at Tonari Gumi.

Fill out the survey here!

Rikyū Memorial


March 25, 2019
Ceremony to honour tea master Sen Rikyū, followed by Tea Gathering is the tea room. 

Tōzenji Buddhist Temple
209 Jackson Street, Coquitlam, BC

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