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

From all of us at PSF thank you so much for your continued support. We look back at the last decade with tremendous pride in the growth of our beloved community and look forward to this new decade with a renewed sense of purpose and excitement. We can't wait to bringing you another robust suite of programs in 2020! 

Online applications are now open! 

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 festival, please fill out our online application by March 10 or the following business day.

Fill out your application now!

Go to application central or click on the link below.

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Photo by Shannon Lee
Performers and

Photo by Noah Photography

Photo by Noah Photography
Craft Booth


Photo by Hammer
Martial Arts

Photo by Gieun Kim
Community Booth

Photo by Noah Photography


If you have not been a Food Booth Vendor at the Festival before, please contact Emiko for more information about the 2020 application process at emiko[at] or call 604.739.9388.

Click here to access the photos from the 2019 festival 

Photo Credit: Jeanie Ow

Please welcome our new staff members:

(Left to right in photo)

Samantha Marsh joins us as our Program Coordinator. Sammy is of Japanese American decent, but since moving from San Francisco, has fallen in love with Vancouver. She has a background in museum studies with a heavy focus on community engagement, programming, and outreach. Sammy is delighted to join the PSFS team and to connect with all its community members and collaborators! 


June Fukumura joins us as our Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator. June is a second-generation Japanese Canadian born and raised in Vancouver. She is an interdisciplinary and experimental theatre maker, performer, and cultural worker who is thrilled to join the PSFS team. If you are a PSFS sponsor, membership partner or lottery supporter, you’ll be hearing from her soon! 


Sophia Kitazume returns to PSFS as our Administrative Assistant. Born and raised in Japan, she currently studies Psychology and Education at SFU. Sophia is excited and honored to be a part of the team again! 


Community Events

Envisioning a Japanese Canadian Community Space in the Powell Street Area
Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 2 to 4 pm
at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

Free and open to all; accessible space; snacks provided.

For many years, members of the Japanese Canadian community have been talking about establishing a community space in the Powell Street area (Paueru Gai) that recognizes the history of Japanese Canadians in the neighbourhood, including its uprooting and dispossession in 1942, while serving the low-income and marginalized people who live here now. Please join us in this ongoing conversation and bring your ideas, suggestions, and what you think needs to be included in such a space!

We will hear from a few speakers to start the session – short presentations to get some personal perspectives from members of the Japanese Canadian and DTES communities. Then we'll break into smaller groups to share and discuss ideas, and wrap up with main themes at the end. We hope to see you there!

Participate in a McMaster Study "Finding Queer Female Japanese, and Nikkei Spiritual Role Models". 

Dear reader,

My name is Alexandra Loop and I am a Master’s student in the Religious Studies department at McMaster University. I am working on a research project under the supervision of Dr. Mark Rowe. I am hoping to talk to Japanese-Canadian women who love women, to bring concerns about historical representation into the academic discourse surrounding Queer spirituality.

I would like to invite you to participate in a study entitled “Finding Queer Female Japanese, and Nikkei Spiritual Role Models”. This study aims to determine the scope and impact of representation of women in the Japanese-Canadian Queer community.

This study involves one survey which should take 5-15 minutes to complete, and one optional sixty-minute interview that will take place in a convenient, safe location, or through a video-calling application if it is inconvenient for you to meet in person in a Canadian city. With your consent, interviews will be audio-recorded. Once the recording has been transcribed, the audio-recording will be destroyed.

Though this project may involve some professional and emotional risks, care will be taken to protect your identity. This will be done by anonymizing any data to which consent to use of identifying information is not explicitly given.

All research data, including audio-recordings and any notes will be anonymized according to an alpha-numeric code, the key to which will be kept in a locked box at the home of the principal researcher. Hard copies of all data will also be kept in the same locked box.

If you would like to participate in this research project, or have any questions, please contact me at 226-507-2225, or loopa1[at]


Alexandra M. Loop BA,

Masters Candidate in Social Sciences

Department of Religious Studies

McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario

Tel: (226) 507-2225


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