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

Notice of Special General Meeting
Wednesday, October 14
6:30 pm PST (online)

An online Special General Meeting will take place to vote on an amendment to Powell Street Festival Society’s Constitution, making an addition to its purposes.

To attend, members are requested to email to register in advance and to receive a link to the online meeting.

Proposed amendment

The present purposes of the Society set out in our Constitution are:
  • to organize, sponsor, stage and otherwise promote cultural events including festivals, theatre, video, live entertainment, film, demonstrations, exhibits, music and art involving Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian artists, themes and interests;
  • to encourage the above through educational activities including cultural exchange and scholarships to foster community development through cultural events.
Motion to add the following purpose to the Powell Street Festival Constitution:

To advance economic and social equity by creating skills training and employment opportunities through programs that deliver basic necessities of life and/or cultural education for marginalized and racialized populations currently living in the historic Japanese Canadian geographic location of the Powell Street neighbourhood, currently known as the Downtown Eastside.

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17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2020
Over 50 events throughout the Downtown Eastside and online
Tickets and Info:


Every year, the Downtown Eastside community looks forward to the Heart of the City Festival. This year, more than ever, Downtown Eastside residents and artists seek opportunities for cultural exchange and to get together. The Festival is here to ensure that our community and artists are supported during these challenging times. Due to circumstances of the pandemic, we have reimagined this year’s festival to be smaller in scale with programming mostly online and outdoors.

The 2020 Festival theme, This Gives Us Strength, resonates today as our community copes with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing, ongoing displacement, the fentanyl crisis, and the raw realities of bigotry and systemic racism. 

UBC Library, Colour our Collections: Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era:

Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era from the Library’s Rare
Books and Special Collections (RBSC) is one of the world’s
largest collections of maps and guidebooks of the Japanese
Tokugawa period (ca. 1600-1868). The varied collection ranges
from small single-sheet maps to maps of more than 30 square
feet, and also includes a ceramic plate, woodblock, and maps
in scroll format.

VJLS-JH Interpretive Centre: Oct 28th Community Consultation 

VJLS-JH wishes to invite you to participate in a community discussion about the Japanese Hall and how it can best serve diverse, local communities, communicate the history of Historic Powell Street, and share Japanese Canadian language and culture.  

This session will seek to centre voices from the community, how they use space, and what the Hall means to them. We look forward to hearing from a wide range of voices who represent our DTES community and beyond.  
Please join us this Wednesday October 28 at 7pm to learn more. 
What: A discussion on the VJLS Interpretive Centre project 
When: Wednesday October 28 from 7pm - 8pm 
Where: Zoom 

The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! series

Japanese Dances with TomoeArts

Thursday November 26, 2020 at 12 noon PST

Streaming online at until December 10, 2020

Free: donations welcomed

Info: 604.606.6400

Vancouver’s TomoeArts joins forces with Burnaby’s Satsuki-kai for an illuminating online presentation of nihon buyoh, or Japanese classical and traditional dance. Ranging from theatrical kabuki to joyful folk-derived pieces and shin-buyoh or ‘new’ dances to popular music, they will share some of the styles of nihon buyoh, its rich history and culture, and its distinctive tradition of training, with knowledge handed down from teacher to disciple.

The Dance Centre’s 2020-21 season features a program of digital and small-scale live events adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Discover Dance! series will be online in the fall with performances available for viewing for a limited time, with live events for small audiences resuming in the spring, complemented by digital streams.

TomoeArts promotes and performs nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance), and creates performances incorporating Japanese forms and aesthetics. The company has produced traditional dances in parks, contemporary dance-theatre in art galleries, festival-dance inspired performance with hand-held projectors in rainy city streets, and kabuki dance concerts featuring master artists from Japan. TomoeArts' founder and Artistic Director, Colleen Lanki has studied nihon buyoh since 1996, and was given the professional dance name, Fujima Sayū, in 2011, making her part if the Fujima School/Tradition.

Satsuki kai was formed in May 2011 by Nishikawa Kayo of the Nishikawa School of Japanese classical dance to give people an opportunity to enjoy learning Japanese dance. The group participates in many events, especially at Nikkei Place, and works hard to showcase Japanese culture through dance.  Past events include the annual Powell Street Festival, kimono fashion shows, performances at seniors’ residences and other multicultural events. The founder and leader of Satsuki kai is Yoko Matsuno, who received her “natori” (professional dance name), Nishikawa Kayo, in 1962. She now teaches nihon buyoh and “matsuri-ondo” (festival dancing), and she and her group volunteer at community events as dancers and kimono dressers.


2020-2021 Discover Dance! season:


September 24 Shot of Scotch Vancouver

October 15 Sujit Vaidya

November 26 TomoeArts

In theatre, for small physically distanced audiences*:

March 25 Mozaico Flamenco

May 20 Goh Ballet

*Tickets go on sale spring 2021. Performances will be filmed for future online streaming.


The Dance Centre was established in 1986 as a resource centre for dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, and offers a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. The Dance Centre offer programs and resources supporting the professional development of artists, presents public performances and events, manages Scotiabank Dance Centre, one of Canada's leading dance facilities, and works to promote BC dance. | |

Unsettling Dramaturgy is Hiring a Technical Producer
Applications Due Oct 14

Job Description:
Unsettling Dramaturgy is hiring a Technical Producer to support us with production of our public-facing events! The Technical Producer will:
- Work closely with Unsettling Dramaturgy Co-Coordinating Artists, mia susan amir and DeLesslin George-Warren, and more intermittently with Unsettling Dramaturgy Creative Collaborators
- Co-produce live and pre-recorded events including, identifying technical needs, solutions, and organizing approaches
- Coordinate web-based accessibility services and purchases for regular convenings of the Creative Collaborators

Please email us at to ask any question or to apply.

Learn more about Unsettling Dramaturgy here:

A PDF and Word Doc of the job description can be found here:
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