The Powell Street Festival will return for its 43rd year on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 11:30am – 7:00pm daily.
The street festival takes place in the historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood known as Paueru Gai (literally translated as Powell Street area) centred at Alexander Avenue and Jackson Street in Vancouver. The festival spans six city blocks with several participating venues including:
Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue).
This year’s lineup of performing artists features a wide variety of international and local talent. Musical highlights include Yuni Mori, who will bring her original piano compositions and delicate voice from Yamanashi, Japan, Teke::Teke, a seven-piece band from Montreal who will rock their Takeshi Terauchi-inspired blend of shoe-gaze, post-rock and noise, and from Seattle, Katrina Wolfe will unveil a shape-shifting butoh experience.
Local artists include Onibana Taiko, who bring a punk aesthetic to their presentations drawing from Japanese folk rituals, all girl pop group Seishun Youth Academy, and June Fukumura, appearing as her dark humoured, clown alter-ego, Sumiko for a quirky interactive Japanese game show.
Location: Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Street
場所: Vancouver Buddhist Temple(バンクーバー仏教会), 220 Jackson Street
*The gymnasium is on the second floor. Enter from the alley door. Elevator available upon request. Phone PSFS Production Office at (604) 808-0054 and someone will come down to help you.
* 体育館は二階にあります。路地側のドアからお入りください。エレベーターをご希望の方は申し上げください。PSFS Production Office (604)808-0054にお電話いただければスタッフが入り口まで迎えに行きます。
Activities include warm-up exercises, practice matches and a mini-tournament
The Powell Street Festival is a celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture in the Downtown Eastside. Come out and volunteer in one of the many areas to help bring the longest-running and largest Canadian festival of its kind to life!
All proceeds from lottery ticket sales directly support the Powell Street Festival Society, more information can be found about the lottery here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your business are interested in selling lottery tickets.
4th Annual Public Art Competition:
Emily Carr University of Art and Design student Shayla Giroux is the winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. Giroux is joined by fellow student and collaborator Zenyase Hunsberger for the development and production stages. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects.
Giroux and Hunsberger say, “It is an absolute honour to be creating this year’s public art piece. We hope to engage the community and create a memorable experience for the festival.”
Giroux and Hunsberger will be constructing a set inspired by Japanese Calligraphy, “Shodo”. This set includes giant fudes (Japanese calligraphy brushes) made of traditional materials such as bamboo and horse hair, and a large Hanshi (platform to create on). Titled Ashi Ato, the interactive installation invites festival goers to leave a mark, which is what the art installation is aiming to do at this year’s festival. More info..