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There’s only two more sleeps left until the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival kicks off at Oppenheimer Park! The entire festival team is working around the clock to ensure that this year’s event is as enjoyable, entertaining and exciting as ever.
As always, the Powell Street Festival will present an amazing array of activities, performances, special events, and demonstrations, not to mention an abundance of delicious food! If you’d like to plan your experience in advance, download our official programme guide from our website: (a limited number of programmes will also be available at the park).
Mariko TamakiWeekend highlights include a reading by Governor General shortlisted author Mariko Tamaki (ON; pictured), author of Skim and (You) Set Me on Fire, and performances by Robson 800 Crew (BC), Rhythm Recall (BC), Tetsu Taiko with Dead Beat Ninjas (BC), improvisation loop-pedal sensation Doug Koyama (BC), indie dream pop performer Ohara (QC), Spring (BC), and dancer Aretha Aoki (BC; pictured below); a new work by taiko drummer Tiffany Tamaribuchi (USA) for Canada’s trailblazing taiko ensemble Katari Taiko (BC); a stirring debut performance of the butoh-flavoured Pond by dance artist Tomomi Morimoto (QC); the second year of the Jackson Street Marketplace; and the opportunity to embrace the festival’s Champion theme and create your own trophy at Tin Can Studio’s mobile art studio.

You can read more about our eclectic musical line-up in this great article from today’s Georgia Straight; about Mitch Miyagawa’s film, A Sorry State, in this compelling Vancouver Courier article; and about this year’s fest in general in this informative article in The Province.
This year, we’re launching the festival on the Friday night with a special and thoroughly unique performance by Omodaka from Japan—and keeping the festival vibe going on Saturday night with a jaw-dropping concert by the Polaris Prize shortlisted duo Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (more on both of these events below).
But wait, there’s more! The festival extends into next week with several performances of When The Sun Comes Out, a new opera presented by the Queer Arts Festival and co-commissioned by the Powell Street Festival (more on that further down, too).
We thank you for your support of the Powell Street Festival—the nation’s largest Japanese Canadian summer festival and the longest-running community celebration in Vancouver—and hope you enjoy your time at the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival!
P.S. If you’re plugged in to social media, consider sharing your festival experience with others by using this official hash tag: #powellstreetfestival2013


August 2nd, 2013, 8:00pm
Centre A (229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver)**
Tickets by donation at the door

Soichi Terada, the electro producer of Omodaka combines traditional minyo (folk music) with contemporary electronic sounds performed in tandem to projected videos. The mask-wearing chip-tune enthusiast plucks live melodies from modified video game hand-helds to create live performances of bleeps and blips with traditional Japanese singing. Seating for this special performance is limited.
Community Sponsored by Vancouver New Music. 

**VENUE CHANGE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the August 2 concert will now take place at Centre A. Many thanks to Centre A for the last-minute venue accommodation!

Omodaka will also perform at the Firehall Theatre at 4:45pm on Sunday, August 4. 



August 3rd, 2013, 7:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Tickets $5 for youth (24 and under)/$20 (advance/students/seniors/members) at$25 at the door

Presented in partnership with Queer Arts Festival.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are a psychedelic noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-orientalist cesspool of East-meets-West culture clash in giant monochrome paper sets. Founded in late 2007 by performance artists Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, YT // ST is an Asian, Indigenous and Diasporic Art Collective that was shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Prize. 



August 5th, 7th & 9th, 7:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Tickets: $30 in advance ($35 at the door
Commissioned by the Queer Arts Festival and co-presented by the Powell Street Festival.

A story of forbidden love, divided loyalties and culture clash unfolds in When the Sun Comes Out. This lesbian opera explores the oppression that queers face and the risks they take, in nations where homosexuality is illegal. Written by composer Leslie Uyeda and poet Rachel Rose. Directed by James Fagan Tait. Featuring Teiya Kasahara, Julia Morgan and Aaron Durand.


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