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

Annual General Meeting

Powell Street Festival Society
Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm
111 West Hastings Street
Following the Katari Taiko AGM at 6:30 pm in the same location. 


Members Only Party

8 pm at 111 West Hastings Street

Join us for refreshments and drinks at our offices following the AGM.
Open to all members of Powell Street Festival Society.

Become a Member or Top-Up Your Membership!

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 at Dosanko, Japanese homestyle Yoshoku restaurant sourcing seasonally inspired, local ingredients, located at 566 Powell St 
  • 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!
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Top three images credit Geiun Kim, final five images credit Hammer

Calling emerging Japanese Canadian
musicians in British Columbia! 

Deadline April 1

Calling emerging Japanese Canadian musicians in British Columbia!

Powell Street Festival Society, in partnership with Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra, is offering a unique opportunity to an emerging BC-based Japanese Canadian musician to come to Vancouver to participate in this year’s Global Soundscape Festival: Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves at Waterfront Theatre June 5-9th, 2019.

Festival pass, transportation, and accommodation expenses will be covered by Powell Street Festival Society.

This opportunity is open to emerging musicians who identify as Japanese Canadian and reside in British Columbia. Artists may be singers, composers, song writers, and practice any genre of music.

Interested applicants are to send an expression of interest, artist statement, CV, and sample work (.mp3 or online link) to before April 1, 2019.

More info...

Hanami: Japanese Curry Lunch and Haiku

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1 pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Street

Celebrate the Sakura Blossoms with free Japanese Curry Lunch at 1 pm
and Haiku Workshop at 2 pm

Presented by Powell Street Festival Society and Oppenheimer Park

Community Events

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives 

will be presented April 3rd - 13th, 2019
The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver!
The Tashme Project is a verbatim or documentary-style play that delves deeply into the life experience of the nisei, with a focus on internment.  Drawn from the testimonies of 20 nisei who were children at the time of internment; their stories of adventure and play are presented in sharp relief alongside the more common internment narratives of hardship and injustice.  Both Miwa and Manning lovingly embody the voices of their elders as they seek a deeper connection with them and their performance is meant to encourage younger generation Japanese Canadians to speak to their own elder family members. 

Available Shows are:
Tues @ 7pm | Wed – Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm | Sun @ 3pm | Wed @ 1pm Pay What You Can (April 10th ONLY)
For more information about the theatre location, and for individual and group ticket prices, please visit
or call Firehall's Box Office @ 604.689.0926

More information at:

Ensoku (field trip): A gathering for young-ish Japanese Canadians

May 18 - 19th, 2019 + additional (optional) activities on May 17th and 20th
Registration Closes April 7

This event takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

As organizers of this gathering, our mission is to create a space for individuals who identify as having Japanese ancestry to connect, socialize, and have fun. We welcome people of varying ages, backgrounds, identities, abilities, and locations.


🍣 EAT: participate in a gyoza-making workshop and enjoy some delicious meals together

💬 SHARE: meet new people and discuss issues that matter such as our complicated mixed-, multi-racial, and/or queer identities, family, culture, community, and more

🎏 LEARN: revisit history on a cultural tour of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

🎨 MAKE: create art with interdisciplinary artists from our community

For more details:
Kikiai Collaborative: Creating space for young-ish Japanese-Canadian Nikkei voices | arts & culture, politics, history + more
with support from Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network
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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
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