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

Today at 8 pm

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KW Production Studio

111 West Hastings Street

Celebrate the season's change with Powell Street Festival Society at our biennial fundraiser. Build your art collection with a curated array of local artists' work on auction: Steve SmithGailan NganJayce SalloumDiyan AchjadiCindy MochizukiHide EbinaDerya AkayAfuwaTomoyo IhayaKatie SoNomi ChiCarmen Papalia, and Kathy Shimizu. Witness a sneak preview of Spatial Poetics XVII artists' Fish and Hide Ebina's new installation artwork.

Drinks provided by Fuggles and Warlock as well as Stoneboat Vineyards and food provided by Dosanko and Vegan Pudding.

All proceeds will support the 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival and our year-round programming.

This event takes place on the unceded territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

Access Info: Venue has a wheelchair accessible gender neutral bathrooms and a ramp leading to the venue after you exit the elevator. Volunteer Student Interpreters will be doing ASL Interpreting until 9:30 pm.

2017 Powell Street Festival by Lucas Lau

Apply to participate in the 2018 Powell Street Festival in Oppenheimer Park on Saturday & Sunday, August 4th and 5th, 2018 as a Community Booth, Craft Vendor, Display, Food Booth Vendor, Marketplace Vendor, Martial Arts Participant, and Performers and Demonstrators.

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Our Annual General Meeting is on
April 12, 2018 on the 5th Floor of Woodwards at 6pm, followed up our members-only party!

Sumire Yoshihara + Miyama McQueen-Tokita (UPDATED!!) 

The Annex
823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor 
Saturday, March 17, 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM 
Tickets $35 general, $25 senior, $15 student

UPDATE! We regret to inform that Kazue Sawai will be unable to perform as originally scheduled. We are pleased that Miyama McQueen-Tokita will be joining Sumire Yoshihara for this performance.

Sumire Yoshihara (percussion) is among the most respected and iconic performers of Japanese contemporary music, and Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto) is emerging as a versatile, award-winning koto player. Bridging ancient and new sounds, this amazing duo will present a selection of Japanese contemporary music showcasing a range of wonderfully poetic approaches in a program that includes solo and duo works by Maki Ishii, Michio Kitazume, and Teizo Matsumura, as well as a new duo by Yoichi Sugiyama.

The Lost Fleet Speaker Series

Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park

More info

Japanese Canadian artists, musicians and authors reflect on our current exhibition.

Visual artist, Haruko Okano, presents an artist talk on environmental art Thursday, March 8th at 7:30pm

Composer, Rita Ueda, discusses her work and her inspiration for writing music Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30pm

The Lost Fleet Speaker Series is free with museum admission. Arrive early and take a guided tour of our Lost Fleet exhibit!

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Vancouver Art Gallery
February 3 – May 6, 2018

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of Takashi Murakami, one of the world’s most influential artists.

With fifty-five works, the show will trace Murakami’s oeuvre over three decades, from early paintings to a newly created five-metre-tall sculpture. There will also be two multi-panel paintings created specifically for the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition.

3rd Annual Design Competition
Call for Entries!

Deadline: April 3, 2018 at midnight

Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 42nd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 4 and 5, 2018. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission and production budget to build their design.

More info including Site Location, Limitations, Submission Reqs, Timeline, Jury, Prize, Budget available in this pdf.

Japanese Canadian
Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Visit to check it out.

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.

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

For an additional $12, get discounts are great local businesses including Coconama ChocolateCatfe, Tama Organic LifeKyzock / House of Sushi Bowl, and of course Powell Street Festival Society! 

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Read about membership benefits here!

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Community Events

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

Send Us Your Event!

Do you have a Japanese Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events. We will publicize suitable events and activities. It’s our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via Community Event Submission Form. 
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