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

Tatsuya Nakatani
Improvisation Workshop

Sun, 5 May 2019, 1 to 4 pm
KW Production Studio, 111 W Hastings St
Tickets $40

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Tatsuya Nakatani is returning to Vancouver to conduct an improvisation workshop for musicians. Nakatani will guide the participants through various exercises and strategies aimed at developing the musicians' personal sound.
Participants will be introduced to a variety of Nakatani’s unique methods and skills for improvisation, and explore creative approaches to music and sound making. Nakatani will work with the group as individuals and as an ensemble.
Using careful listening in the context of the search for one's individual sound, workshop participants will explore the use of extended technique; by going beyond conventional approaches to an instrument, the use of extended technique grows the range of sounds. Nakatani will discuss the practical reality of full time living as an independent artist.

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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 at the same location. 


Members-Only Party

8 pm at 111 West Hastings Street

Join us for refreshments at our offices following the AGM. Thank you to Dosanko and Catfe for donating snacks!
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 get discounts at local businesses and on Powell Street Festival Society merch and tickets. More info...


Sumo: A Beginners' Workshop

Sunday May 12, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm
at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple at 220 Jackson Street on the 2nd floor.
Doors open at 12:30 pm.

Please enter through the door in the alley which is 25 feet east of Jackson Avenue.

Pre-register via or drop in.

All ages. Free.

Learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in a mini-tournament (optional). No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring your own water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Artwork by Lynda Nakashima
Many thanks to S.Y.L. Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute for the use of their tatami mats! Presented by Powell Street Fetsival Society, Sumo Fun Club, and Vancouver Buddhist Temple.

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FESTIVAL CREW (3 positions) 

Powell Street Festival Society seeks dedicated team players for the position of Festival Crew for the 43rd annual Powell Street Festival.

Deadline: June 7, 2019
Full Time, Temporary from first week of July and ending August 24, 2019
Please indicate if you are eligible for Canada Summer Jobs. To find out if you are eligible, go to this web page and scroll down to “What has changed for Canada Summer Jobs?”


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