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

Powell Street Festival Society, a non-profit charitable organization, has enjoyed significant growth and recognition from the general public in recent years – both our attendance and government financial support have more than doubled! At the 42nd Powell Street Festival, we presented 665 artists and over 50 artisanal vendors in celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture.   

As our Festival grows, we believe it is vital that we maintain our connection to our community, long-time donors, and our Japanese Canadian grassroots origins. You can indicate your support for the annual Powell Street Festival and establish a sustainable financial model for our two-day event through a financial donation. Your donation today will have a significant impact on our future! Our support through donations, lottery ticket sales, and festival commissions demonstrates our stakeholder support and subsequently secures our government grant contributions.  

Donations can be sent via: 

  • cheque made out to Powell Street Festival Society, 410-111 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4 

  • or through

All donations will receive a Charitable Tax Receipt.  

Along with your donation, please contribute to our future with your feedback! Feel free to mail, email, or phone our executive director Emiko Morita at or 604-739-9388.   



Edward Takayanagi 


follow us @powellstfest




Photo credits: Kristin Fuchihara and Hammer

Missing Festival Already?


Check out amazing images taken by our wonderful volunteer photographers on flickr!!

Top-up your Membership
to Powell Street Festival Society!

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 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

On BC Day long weekend
Powell Street Festival hosted an estimated 22,838 attendees!!!!



Thank you to Carl Schwartz of Simon Fraser University for providing the science behind our festival statistics. 

Read all about how we estimated the attendance at the 2018 festival!!!


Image by Hammer.

Call for Committee Members

The Powell Street Festival Society has several working committees. Currently, these include:


The Programming Committee

The Programming Committee researches and identifies artists and arts organizations that give voice to the Japanese Canadian community. Find out more here ›

The Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee promotes the profile of the organization to the cultural, social, political and mainstream communities; and participates in Downtown Eastside community-building efforts. Find out more here ›

The Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee solicits and secures financial support. Find out more here ›

Please contact Emiko at 604 739 9388 emiko [at] if you are interested in joining any of these committees.

More info....

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

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。

The Deep Cove, Mi'ens, and Naomi Horii & Mark Wickstead

Red Gate Arts Society
1965 Main Street
November 29, 8 pm

Naomi Horii & Mark Wickstead
The Deep Cove

$10/pay what you can

The Deep Cove //

This event takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the wməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.


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

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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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