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 BeachFREE EVENTCeremonial 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. In person … 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

Announcing: Powell Street Festival Telethon on August 1, 2020 from 2pm –7pm  

Banner of Powell Street Festival Telethon 2020

Celebrate Japanese Canadian culture while giving back to your community! Join us for a LIVE online telethon August 1, 2020 from 2pm – 7pm to watch live performances, highlights from previous festivals, appearances from festival vendors, and so much more. Tune in with your family and friends to experience the spirit of the festival right from your home! The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) produces the annual Japanese Canadian (JC) outdoor festival that takes place in the historic JC neighbourhood, Paueru Gai … Read more

The 44th Powell Street Festival cancelled as a public gathering event 

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the 44th Powell Street Festival is cancelled as a public gathering event. The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) board is directing its staff to follow public safety guidelines and to continue consulting with community stakeholders to reconceptualize a safe and innovative celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. “Our festival is first and foremost, a celebration of community and culture.  We may not be gathering together physically but we … Read more

Winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Announced 

Winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Announced Vancouver, BC (Monday, May 4, 2020) – UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture students Shaheed H. Karim and Amy Wu are the winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize for their proposal titled Go Kingyo, a production … Read more

Mask Making Workshop

Mask Making Workshop – Accessible Skills Building Using Materials in Your Home in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Wednesday, May 20th, 2-3 PM, RSVP: Eventbrite  Laura Fukumoto will be leading a free and interactive Zoom workshop making durable reusable face coverings from everyday items found around the home – no sewing skills … Read more

Pulling Together

Dear Powell Street Festival friends and family: maintaining community connection and drawing on our individual and collective strengths is essential during this turbulent time. We are committed to employing safe and innovative ways to connect and support communities through Japanese Canadian (JC) arts and culture. In the coming weeks and months, we will host online … Read more

Update from Powell Street Festival

Happy New Year wishes to you all! We are now officially gearing up for the 44th Powell Street Festival, August 1 and 2, 2020.   Please welcome our new permanent part–time staff!   June Fukumura joins us as our Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator. June is a second-generation Japanese Canadian born and raised in Vancouver. She is an interdisciplinary and experimental theatre maker, performer, … Read more

Lessons from I-Hotel: A reading and conversation on a San Francisco SRO with Karen Tei Yamashita

Friday, November 8 from 8-10pm  InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall FREE In this conversation between author Karen Tei Yamashita and writer/community organizer Erica Hiroko Isomura, lessons and stories from I Hotel (Coffee House press, 2010) are discussed through the context of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood in which low-income, racialized, and stigmatized … Read more

Introducing our new Artist Residency in Japan! 

The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) is pleased to present its inaugural partnership with the Artist in Residence Yamanashi (AIRY) program. This artist-run initiative, based in the mountainous region of Yamanashi, Japan, focuses on cultivating community, connections, and work between artists from Japan and abroad. Artists in this program are provided accommodation, studio space, local outreach opportunities, … Read more

Fill out our survey!

Did you attend the Powell Street Festival on August 3 or 4, 2019? Please fill out our survey and tell us how we did!   Image credit: Keric Wu

DEADLINE EXTENDED: RFP for Digital Strategy Consultant

Powell Street Festival Society is seeking a Digital Strategy Consultant to facilitate of a digital maturity and needs assessment (October 2019 to February 2020) and subsequent development of a Digital Strategy (March 2020 to December 2020). DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED to September 23, 2019. Request for Proposals   Resources: Digital Needs Assessment Template Digital Maturity Assessment … Read more