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

Yasei no Sakana no Hi
Wild Fish Day

Powell Street Festival Society honours food security and sustainability in partnership with the Wild Salmon Caravan at Oppenheimer Park.

Sunday, September 16


Free salmon-chowder lunch at 1 pm

Parade Prop-making workshops at 2-4 pm

Parade prop-building workshops facilitated by interdisciplinary artist Wil D Salmon and WePress.

Then, the following week, join Powell Street Festival with your fish-props to march in solidarity at the Wild Salmon Caravan (a project led by the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty).

Saturday, September 22

Parade starts at 10 am at Vancouver Art Gallery, Georgia Street courtyard. Look for Powell St. Festival t-shirts and/or hachimaki and a giant Ningyo fish puppet.


Let's have a strong Japanese Canadian contingent! Wear your Powell Street Festival t-shirts (any year) and / or hachimaki! 2018 hachimakis will be provided!


"The salmon were caught on the Fraser River and these salmon have travelled from Alaska and crossed through many nations to be received for your feast.  From the mouth of the Fraser through Stolo Territory and back to your feast.
Many Blessings!"


— Jenelle

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Photo credits: Kristin Fuchihara and Hammer


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These events take place on the occupied and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓il̓wətaʔł (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Salmon via

Special thanks to our partners Wild Salmon Caravan, WePress, Oppenheimer Park, Carnegie Centre, Vancouver Buddhist Temple, Vancouver Foundation, TD Park People, City of Vancouver.

Master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani wowed audiences at this year's Powell Street Festival.

If you missed his festival performances, an additional opportunity awaits! On Sunday September 16th @ 7PM, Nakatani will be playing a solo set, as well as a set in collaboration with 2018 PSF calligraphy artist, Kisyuu. This special event, presented with The Little Chamber Music Society That Could, will be held at Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery. 5455 Fraser St, enter the cemetery on 39th off Fraser.

Photo credit: Shannon Miller

Missing Festival Already?

Check out these amazing images taken by our wonderful volunteer photographers.


Check out the rest on flickr.

Photo credits: Shannon Miller (top) and Hammer (others)


Keiji Haino at the Fox Cabaret


Thursday, October 11 at 9 pm
Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street
Tickets $30

One of the most visionary and individual voices to emerge from the Japanese underground is Keiji Haino. Active since the 1970s, his venerated career has navigated a wide array of styles and instrumentations including blues, rock, free improvisation, noise, percussion, psychedelic music, minimalism, and drone. Over the course of this many-sided trajectory he has nevertheless consistently reflected a determined quest for transcendence, disassociation, and spiritual self-knowledge through sound.

This will be his first concert in Vancouver in over a decade, presented by Quiet City through partnerships with Powell Street Festival Society and the 20th anniversary edition of Send+Receive Festival in Winnipeg.

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Call for Committee Members

The Powell Street Festival Society has several working committees. Currently, these include:


The Programming Committee

The Programming Committee researches and identifies artists and arts organizations that give voice to the Japanese Canadian community. Find out more here ›

The Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee promotes the profile of the organization to the cultural, social, political and mainstream communities; and participates in Downtown Eastside community-building efforts. Find out more here ›

The Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee solicits and secures financial support. Find out more here ›

Please contact Emiko at 604 739 9388 emiko [at] if you are interested in joining any of these committees.

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Pick up your lottery prize!!

Check on our website if you are a lucky lottery winner. Pick up your prize at 410 - 111 W Hastings Street by appointment. Call 604-739-9388 or email to make arrangements.

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Lost and Found

Did you loose something at the Powell Street Festival? Contact us as soon as possible to find out if it is in our Lost and Found. We will be donating all unclaimed Lost and Found items by Friday, September 21st! Email us at or call 604-739-9388 and leave a message if we are out of the office.

Community Events

Fish Saw

September 18 at 8 pm
The Cultch, 
1895 Venables Street
Early Bird: $22 + fees
At the door: $25 + fees

Sachie Mikawa (often seen as Egg in The Birdmann Fringe Festival shows) brings an enchanting solo theatre show about an unlikely friendship that withstands natural disaster.

Through the eyes of a talking Fish, a magical encounter of two girls across time and oceans tells the story of an eccentric family and their giant house by the sea. Miyazaki meets Garcia Marquez in this one-woman multimedia show created by Japanese performer/composer, Sachie Mikawa and Argentine-based director, George Lewis.

See Yourself Here Contest

Upload your entry to Instagram via a public account between Aug 13 – Sept 28
Hashtag the entry with #ReelAsianHere
Follow Reel Asian’s Instagram account at
Complete a submission form

The See Yourself Here online video contest is a nation-wide competition for all Asian Canadians.

Reel Asian is looking for videos that are 60 seconds in length or under to highlight stories about the Asian-Canadian experience. Participants from across the country are encouraged to send us a short film, animation, documentary, vlog, or any video (be creative!) that tackles one of following six themes from the perspective of an Asian Canadian.

All contest details can be found at

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

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

Top up now on Eventbrite!

Read about membership benefits here.

Photo credit: Hammer

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