THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to our 40th Anniversary Fundraiser! Together we have raised a total of over $10,000! Donors will be receiving their charitable tax receipts and perks in the mail at the end of February, as promised. 

If you did not have chance to donate, and you still would like to, it is not too late! Powell Street Festival Society accepts donations year round. We also will continue giving perks (including our new signature Kiai! Tea) to donations over $50.00 before the end of February.

We are continuing our 40th Anniversary fundraising efforts this Spring at the KIAI! 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY & SILENT AUCTION on May 7th. Tickets are $25 – $60.00 and are available via Eventbrite

This past summer, Powell Street Festival saw a record attendance of approximately 15,000 people enjoying the weekend celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. In 2016, Powell Street Festival Society plans to expand the festival site, increase children’s activities, upgrade food vendor equipment, and improve our year-round storage. Help us raise $40,000 in preparation for its 40th festival, July 30-31, 2016.

TEALEAVES, a bespoke purveyor of tea, has generously sponsored our campaign and custom-blended Kiai!, an empowering signature tea in celebration of our 40th anniversary. The signature tea captures the bold tradition, solidarity and innovation of the festival in its 40th year.

As thank you, all donations of $50 or more will receive a package of the festival tea, Kiai!, in addition to other perks listed below.

 Thank you to Telus Studio for video footage


Donate Now!

The best way to make a donation is to mail a cheque to Powell Street Festival Society, #410-111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4. A convenient alternative is to donate online through Canada Helps. PSFS is a registered charity so Charitable Donation receipts will be mailed along with the gift packages of Kiai! tea. Your donation will be used to:

  • Purchase fireproof tents and hot-water-on-demand tanks to improve the safety and energy efficiency of our food vendor stations
  • Expand the festival site, which increases our production costs
  • Improve access to our year round storage to save over 80 human-labour hours during the festival set-up and take-down
  • Expand our children’s programming with more activities, games, and child oriented artworks and/or performances


Contributions of $50 – $99………………………………..A package of the festival tea, Kiai!.
The tea blend, created by bespoke tea purveyor TEALEAVES, captures the bold tradition, solidarity and innovation of the festival in its 40th year.

Contributions of $100 – $249…………………………….Six Art Cards and a package of Kiai! Tea
Documentation from “between what’s said and unsaid”, a 2007 Powell Street Festival exhibition featuring drawing by Madoka Hara, R. Kikuo Johnson, Kaori Kasai, Cindy Mochizuki, and Jillian Tamaki.


Contributions of $250 – $499…………………………….Five Powell Street Festival Postcards and a package of Kiai! Tea
Documentation of Powell Street Festival before 1992 by Tamio Wakayama.


Contributions of $500 – $999…………………………….PH6: a book of haiku moods and a package of Kiai! Tea
Limited edition chapbook commission by Powell Street Festival in 2008. Works by Lydia Kwa, Hiromi Goto, Roy Miki, Mark Nakada, Ruth Ozeki, and Brandy Lien Worrall. Illustrated by Kaori Kasai.


Contributions of over $1000.00………………………..Limited Edition Print and a package of Kiai! Tea
Limited edition Linocut Print of Powell Street Festival by Kathy Shimizu.




For more information about the campaign, check out our updates:


Thank you to the Howard C. Green Memorial Fund

We broke 21% on #GivingTuesday!!

Enter a draw for Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa album on #GivingTuesday

Fundraising Campaign off to a great start!

Kiai! An Afternoon of Japanese Music & Tea Tasting