Powell Street Festival Newsletter - March 2014
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We are Hiring! Summer Job Postings

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Powell Street Festival is seeking dynamic, self-motivated individuals to join our 2014 Festival production team! To find out more information, please visit Work Opportunities Page in our website.

Current Openings:
  • Communications Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Annual General Meeting

psfs logo March 14, 2014
6:30pm (Katari Taiko's AGM is at 7:00pm. Please come to both!!)
5th Floor, 111 West Hastings Street, Woodwards Building

Come learn about our plans for the coming year! Meet our board and staff, ask about our various committees, and find out if there's a role for you. We will also be holding a raffle at the Powell Street Festival AGM. If you are not already a member, the cost of a lifetime membership is $12, which, in addition to voting privileges at annual general meetings, comes with some extra perks such as discounted ticket prices to some of our events!


Become a Sponsor!

We are currently looking for the 2014 Festival Sponsors and Donors. Become a part of Canada's largest Japanese Canadian Festival and Vancouver's oldest community-based festival! For more information, please visit our website or download our sponsorship package.

Community News

A Farewell to Ken Shikaze, a Pioneer Japanese Canadian Activist

A farewell to Ken Shikaze, a pioneer Japanese Canadian activist, who passed away on February 15.

Ken Shikaze was an important figure in the early 1970s Japanese Canadian movement on Powell Street. He was a strong supporter of Tonari Gumi and a key participant in the early Powell Street Festival, and an integral part in ensuring its continuing legacy.

A public Memorial Service was held at Heritage Hall. In lieu of koden or flowers, donations to Tonari Gumi or the Canadian Diabetes Association are encouraged.

Photo credit: Tamio Wakayama, photo of Ken Shikaze at the 1988 Powell Street Festival.

Celebrate Spring 2014

April 12, 2014
11:00am - 4:00pm
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Celebrate the cherry blossom season with a fun, family-friendly spring festival. Kimono dress-up, Tea ceremony, Delicious Sweets & Snacks, Kids activities, Entertainment, Crafts sales and much more!

Pre-order a “Sakura Bento” to enjoy in our beautiful gardens. $13 for pre-order and $15 for the day. Sales start March 1st.

Craft & bake vendor booths also available. Please contact Nikkei Centre for more details. 604.777.7000 or

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