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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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The Powell Street Festival Society office is closed from December 24 to January 1. 



22,838 people attended the 2018 Festival.

6157 attended other PSFS events throughout the year.

118,721 people reached our website + 393,965 on social media. 

We have 544 members + 438 incredible volunteers.

665 artists were paid, 66% are local.

We featured 24 unique Japanese Food Vendors and 34 Craft and Marketplace vendors.

Check out our Annual Report for more information!


2019 Membership Top-Up is available!

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 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!
Buy a membership online at

Top image credit @bakerandtablecafe via instagram

Crafter, performer, musician,
martial artist, small business?

Interested in participating in Powell Street Festival?


Sign up for our applications mailing list. We send out a notice once annually that Powell Street Festival application are open. Our 2019 Festival applications will open early in the new year!

Photo Credit Katelyn Yuen

Submit your profile to the online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory!



Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

Community Events

Mochitsuki Pounding

Vancouver Buddhist Temple
Sunday, December 9 at 9 am
220 Jackson Ave

Calendar of events...

Community Mochitsuki

Vancouver Japanese Language School (in the Japanese Hall)
Thursday, December 27
487 Alexander St

Calendar of events....

Exhibition Feeling :

An Exhibition of New Works by Sleepless Kao
December 14 – 28, 2018
At Out & About, 21 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Friday, December 14th, 2018 6PM – 9PM

Live music by Yujiro Nakajima (guitarist)

more info about Out & About

ただいま一生懸命、展覧会に向けて絵を描いております。11月4日にはジャパンフェア(Robson squareにて)ありの、日本でのグループ展もありなので、お近くに来ましたらぜひ!– Kao

Nikkei Community
New Year’s Celebration

2019 Shinnenkai Event


Saturday, January 12, 2019, 6pm (doors open at 5pm)
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre Event Hall
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 after January 4
$30 for kids 11 and under, free for kids under 5

Send ticket request to

End of Year Ringing of the Temple Bell
& New Year's Ceremony

December 31, 2018 to January 1, 2019
Tōzenji Buddhist Temple
209 Jackson Street, Coquitlam, BC


Young Japanese Canadian Language Exchange

A group for young (<40) Japanese Canadians and native Japanese speakers in British Columbia who wish to practice their Japanese and English. We plan to meet about once a week to have a language exchange with time split between Japanese and English. We can also have events like pub nights, movies, dinner, etc. All levels are welcome!

This Meetup is generously funded by the National Association of Japanese Canadians through the Young Leaders Fund.

More info and to sign up...


このミートアップはNational Association of Japanese CanadiansのYoung Leaders Fundの提供で開催されます。

Rikyū Memorial

March 25, 2019
Ceremony to honour tea master Sen Rikyū, followed by Tea Gathering is the tea room. 

Tōzenji Buddhist Temple
209 Jackson Street, Coquitlam, BC

Thank you to our 2018 donors!

Janice Shimizu • Jeffrey Moser • John Philip Richardson • John Price • Judith Lee & Themba Tana • Judy Hanazawa • Karen Bartlett • Kathy Shimzu • Kikuye Komori • Les Murata • Maryka Omatsu • Matt Miwa • Meghan Lin • Megumi Anderson • MJ Morita • Nina Inaoka Lee • Pat and Chris Tipple in memory of Tamio Wakayama • Randy Enomoto • Shinobu Homma • Shirley Peerenboom • Stanley Fukawa • Takara Ketchell • Takeo Yamashiro • The Salloum Foundation • Tyler Russell in memory of an old friend • Yoshio Arai • Marlene Yuen • Beth Carter • Rika Uto • Margaret Nakamura • Karen Bartlett • Kazuko Takahashi • Tomoko Ito • Gary Kuromi
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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!
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