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

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.

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Children’s Sumo Workshop

Date: Sunday, July 7     日付:7月7日(日)

Time: 1 to 3 pm     時間:午後1時~3時

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。

Pre-register by emailing or just drop in!

Ages: 2-14     対象年齢: 2歳~14歳

Admission: Free     参加費: 無料

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!

Read all about our volunteer positions!
  • Volunteer Booth Registration
  • Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Volunteer Hospitality in Chill Space
  • Patron Hospitality in Language School
  • Children’s Tent Volunteer
  • Daruma Costume Volunteer
  • Daruma’s Friend
  • Asahi Pitch Game Volunteer
  • Interactive Zone
  • Hospitality & Security Volunteer
  • Food Runner
  • Photography / Videography
  • Survey
  • Seniors Tent Hospitality
  • Load-in and Load-out
  • Morning Site Sweep Volunteer
  • Set-up and Take-down Volunteers
  • Signage Volunteer
  • Sound & Tech
  • Site Crew
  • Sumo Volunteer
To apply, please visit
Contact Anika Ihara at or 604.739.9388
*You must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer*


Lottery Tickets being sold by local businesses!

Powell Street Festival Lottery tickets for the 2019 season are available now until July 19th at the following businesses: 

Blim at 115 E. Pender St. 

Dosanko Restaurant at 566 Powell St. 

Kami Insurance at #200-678 W. Broadway St. 

Massy Books at 229 E. Georgia St.
Benny Foods at 
598 Union Street

All proceeds from lottery ticket sales directly support the Powell Street Festival Society, more information can be found about the lottery here. Please contact if you or your business are interested in selling lottery tickets.


4th Annual Public Art Competition:
Ashi Ato

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..
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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!
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