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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
2017 Powell Street Festival by Lucas Lau

Nikkei Emerging Artist
Christmas Mixer

Saturday, December 9, 7 to 11 pm
At the Russian Hall
600 Campbell Aveneue

Are you a young Japanese Canadian Artist? Associated with Nikkei Arts? Study a Japanese art form? Want to get involved in the Japanese Canadian artist communiy? If you said yes then come to this Christmas mixer on Saturday December 9th at 7:00PM at The Skinny (inside the Russian Hall). This is a great chance to meet, mingle, and be merry with some awesome people!

Theatre, Dance, Music, Vis Arts, Performance Art, Clowning, Playwright, Poet, New Media, Old Media, Various kinds of Media, Gardeners, Culinarty Arts, All other kinds of Arts WELCOME!

Please SHARE this event with your community!

FREE, BYOB, snacks, music, performances, and pecha kucha talks! And maybe a KARAOKE DANCE PARTY?!

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Our Annual General Meeting is on April 12, 2018! Location and time TBA.

Donate to Powell Street Festival!

Your contribution will help ensure the Powell Street Festival continues to be Vancouver’s free, dynamic, accessible Japanese Canadian arts and cultural celebration in the city’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood! We thank you for your donation and look forward to celebrating 40 years with you in 2016.

Donate today online (Credit Card/Paypal/Interac/Gift Card)

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You can also send a cheque (written to the ‘Powell Street Festival Society’) to the Powell Street Festival office at:

Suite 410 – 111 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

You now have the option to “top-up” to an Annual Membership for an additional $12.  

Annual top-up for current Lifetime Members.................$12 
Annual top-up & new Lifetime Membership...................$24 
Lifetime Membership only, no Annual Top-up................$12 

Top up now on Eventbrite!

Annual Members receive a Membership Card valid through 2018, entitling you a 10% discount at: 

  • Coconama Chocolate, first ganache chocolate shop in North Vancouver. Discount at retail location; 

  • Catfe, part cafe, part foster home for cats, and a space to hang with kitties! Discount on food, drink and ‘meowchandise’; 

  • Tama Organic Life, Japanese owned grocery store; 

  • Kyzock / House of Sushi Bowl, offering popular Japanese food items (especially Donburi!) for eat in, take-out; 

  • and on Powell Street Festival Society merchandise at any event and online throughout the year. 

Your membership card also gets you: 

  • An invite to an Members-Only Party following the Annual General Meeting; 

  • Discounted rates at PSFS art presentations including Spatial Poetics.

Sumire Yoshihara + Kazue Sawai 

The Annex
823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver 

Saturday, March 17, 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM 
Tickets $35 general, $25 senior, $15 student

Sumire Yoshihara (percussion) and Kazue Sawai (17- and 5-string koto) are among the most respected and iconic performers of Japanese contemporary music. Bridging ancient and new sounds, this amazing duo presents a selection of Japanese contemporary music showcasing a range of poetic approaches. Presented in collaboration with Vancouver New Music. 

Japanese Canadian Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Not an artist? Browse the profiles of over 300 artists in all disciplines, and spread the word so more will join. Submitting a profile is free, and a great way to share your work with the nationwide Japanese Canadian community. Visit to check it out.

The 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 

Join our 
bowling team
at the 4th Annual
JCCA Bowl-A-Thon!  

Sunday, February 25, 2018 

The Bowl-A-Thon is a fundraiser for the JCCA. Collect pledges in advance on behalf of Powell Street Festival Society and enjoy a day of bowling with your favorite festival team! Email admin [at] to sign up! 

Tonari Gumi Members’ Christmas Party 

101-42 W. 8th Ave, Vancouver  

Friday, December 15, 12pm-3pm 

Please Bring Potluck or $10 admission fee, Register by Dec 8 

Enjoy door prize & fun entertainment!

Traditional Japanese
Rice Pounding 

Vancouver Buddhist Temple,
220 Jackson Ave, Vancouver  

Sunday, December 10, 9am-1pm 

Registration & lunch: $6 or $10 includes Komochi Set. Children, Students, and VBT members: Free. Register on Eventbrite. 

Bring your family and friends and your strong arms. Pound rice, make the Komochi and Kagami sets. 

Nikkei Centre
Mochitsuki Day 

6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby 

Friday, December 29, 11am-3pm 

Free. Everyone is welcome to join in this traditional Japanese end of year activity, and try your hand at mochi pounding.  The event features traditional mochi pounding demonstration by the Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association, mochi tasting, and mochi and Japanese food sales. Sponsored by the NNMCC Auxiliary Committee.

Hastings Park 1942 Exhibit

In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in East Vancouver before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country. The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit is a collaboration with performance artist Yoshié Bancroft, to produce an experiential, dramatic glimpse into that tragic episode of Canada’s history.

The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit features a contemporary performance piece titled JAPANESE PROBLEM. This piece invites an audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination. 

Other exhibit programming includes arts workshops led by young Japanese Canadian artists and performance work related to community healing, trust, and histories of trauma. More details on our website.

The opening reception was on September 30 but the exhibition is up until January 13.
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Community Events

Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!

Send Us Your Event!

Do you have a Japanese Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events. We will publicize suitable events and activities. It’s our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via Community Event Submission Form. 
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