Illuminations: a celebration of seventeen-syllable poems and musings (June 18 live event)

June 18 – 9:00 PM (Doors 8:00) Café Deux Soleils Sliding-scale cover charge ($5-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds) Entry at the door only; no advance tickets Powell Street Festival Society, in association with DKAM, is excited to announce Illuminations: a celebration of seventeen-syllable poems and musings—9:00 PM (Doors 8:00) June 18, … Read more

Paueru Mashup Dance: Weekly Online Lessons (June)

Paueru Mashup Dance: Online Lessons 2022 The Paueru Mashup is a community dance that is accessible for all ages and abilities across the country. No dance experience necessary! We’ll have skilled dance instructors walking you through the movements as you learn from the comfort of your own home. These are iterative lessons, so we encourage you … Read more

Job Opportunity: Festival Crew (2022)

The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. The main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF), an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, music and culture in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). With the support of … Read more

Drumming up Spirit – Tzo’kam & Sawagi Taiko in Concert

Update May 20, 2022 We regret to announce that due to COVID-19, tomorrow’s Drumming up Spirit concert, including the live stream, has been CANCELLED. Refunds have been issued to all ticketholders to the original method of payment through Eventbrite. Please note that it may take 5-7 working days to process. We thank you for your understanding, and … Read more

Road Work: Street Photography from the 70s & 80s

Sunday, May 29, 2022 | 2:00 PM (Doors 1:30) The Cinematheque | 1131 Howe St., Vancouver, BCTickets $10-25 (Sliding scale), reduced capacity. Purchase belowASL Interpretation available Based on the self-published photography book of the same name, Soone takes us through New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, and Paris in the 1970s and … Read more

The 2022 Paueru Gai Annual Community Card is now available!

Formerly known as the Annual Top-up Membership, the 2022 Paueru Gai Annual Community Card is now available for purchase! Available to Powell Street Festival Society lifetime members, the Paueru Gai Annual Community Card is a great way to show your support for Powell Street Festival and for local businesses in Paueru Gai and beyond, while … Read more

Announcing 2022 Summer Staff Positions

Powell Street Festival Society is excited to announce we are now hiring for 2022 summer staff positions! We are currently seeking two dedicated team-players for the positions of Production Assistant and Programs Assistant to support the 46th Annual Powell Street Festival. Both openings are full-time, temporary staff positions working from May 9th through August 12, … Read more

Job Opportunity: Production Assistant

The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian art and culture to connect communities. The main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF), an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, music and culture in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). With the support of … Read more

Job Opportunity: Program Assistant

The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian art and culture to connect communities. The main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF), an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, music and culture in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). With the support of … Read more

Announcing the 2022 Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort

Powell Street Festival Society proudly announces the 2022 Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort. This new program offers an expenses-paid opportunity for young Japanese Canadians, age 19 to 29, who were raised outside of British Columbia to attend the Powell Street Festival, participate in its production, attend training sessions, and create an embodied experience of Japanese Canadian … Read more

Inklings to Action: The Paueru Gai Dialogues Workshop

The Paueru Gai dialogues / Inklings to Action: The Paueru Gai Dialogues workshop / Saturday February 12, 2022 1 PM PST, 4 PM EST

Event Recap In 2021, the Paueru Gai Dialogues created an online space where we collectively considered contemporary issues—such as art as activism, food security, climate change, histories and decolonization—through a racialized lens. We sought to learn from differences, build solidarity, and discover everyday points of action. On February 12, 2022, we came together for a … Read more

Read the 2021 Annual Report Now!

During 2021, Powell Street Festival Society presented a hybrid, distributed Powell Street Festival in Paueru Gai and around Vancouver and off-season programming including the Paueru Gai Dialogues, Talking the Walk: Reflections on the 360 Riot Walk, Miyō: Powell Street Festival at the Rio, plus a suite of DTES Community Care programs. See the data behind … Read more

DTES Grocery Delivery Programs

DTES Grocery Delivery Programs Powell Street Festival Society is proud to be able to support the Downtown Eastside (DTES) community in which we gather and celebrate every year. As part of our ongoing Community Care Programs, we collaborate on the Chinatown Grocery Program and DTES Indigenous Elders Grocery Program, which altogether deliver groceries to 190 … Read more

Daruma Kuyō

Daruma Kuyō Saturday January 15, 2022 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | CRAB Park Beach FREE EVENT Ceremonial burning of Daruma as transformation and honouring our ancestors On January 15th 2022, the final cycle of Powell Street Festival’s Daruma Well Wishing campaign will take place in collaboration with elder Veronica’s sacred fire at CRAB park. … Read more

CANCELLED: The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey

The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey All performances cancelled We regret to announce that due to COVID-19 concerns, all performances of The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey, including online livestreams have been cancelled. If you have purchased an advance ticket to an in-person performance, the Firehall Arts Centre box office will be in touch shortly. … Read more

Sponsored Post: Hapa Collaborative shares the meaning behind the Steveston Nikkei Internment Memorial

An overhead image of the internment memorial site, showing the paving, grass, boulders, and other features

Hapa Collaborative on the meaning and process behind the Steveston Nikkei Internment Memorial We wanted to thank Hapa Collaborative for their support of the Paueru Gai Dialogues series. You may remember the Steveston Nikkei Internment Memorial from our 9th dialogue – this summer, we had the opportunity to talk in-depth with Joe Fry at Hapa … Read more

Job Posting: IT Assistant

Job Opportunity: IT Assistant Temporary, through March 31, 2022 Powell Street Festival Society seeks a dedicated team player for the position of IT Assistant. This temporary position is a full-time position (35 hr/week) and will start as soon as possible and end March 31, 2022. Working with the PSFS staff and 3rd party consultants the … Read more

PSFS Receives Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund Grant from Canadian Heritage

PSFS Receives Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund Grant from Canadian Heritage Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) is proud to announce the support of Canadian Heritage’s Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund. The grant is designed to support the arts and cultural sectors in creating opportunities for … Read more

Miyō: Powell Street Festival at the Rio

Miyō: Powell Street Festival at the Rio December 4, 2021 | 3:00PM (Doors 2:30PM) Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway at Commercial) & Live Online Sliding Scale Tickets Join Powell Street Festival artists for a joyful, in-person afternoon of short films, live music, and conversations with host Tetsuro Shigematsu featuring live performances by festival-favourite local artists … Read more

Tatsuya Nakatani – In Vancouver 2021

Tatsuya Nakatani Powell Street Festival Society presents master of resonance and sound, Tatsuya Nakatani November 10, 6:30pm – Solo show at Massey Arts Society November 13, 2:20pm – with Mark Haney at Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre Reserve Your Tickets Limited tickets by donation (suggested $10-$30). Attendees must wear masks and be able to show proof … Read more

Powell Street Festival Society Announces two new Director Positions

Powell Street Festival Society Announces Two New Director Positions The Powell Street Festival Society is excited to share that the organization is growing! In our 45th year and eager to support this growth phase, we are pleased to announce a restructuring that will create two new positions from the existing Executive Director role: Director of … Read more