Reflections from the 2023 Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort

2023 JC Youth Cohort Reflection

This past summer, Powell Street Festival Society welcomed our second Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort to Vancouver. This program for Japanese Canadian youth ages 19-29 aims to create an embodied experience of Japanese Canadian identity as vibrant and vital. Beginning with online training, education, intergenerational relationship building, and skills development, this program culminated in a 10-day … Read more

Meet the 2024 Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort

2024 Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort

Powell Street Festival Society is excited to announce the members of our thrid Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort! This expenses-paid program brings three young Japanese Canadians aged 19-29 who are living outside a 100-mile radius from Oppenheimer Park to experience the Powell Street Festival and participate in its production, attend training sessions, and to create an embodied … Read more

2024 Vancouver Basho: Amateur Sumo Exhibition

2024 Vancouver Basho: Amateur Sumo Exhibition Banner

2024 Vancouver Basho: Amateur Sumo Exhibition Designed by Kayla Isomura Sunday, June 9th, 2024 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | Templeton Secondary School, 727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver Tickets: $15-30, sliding scale. $5 for children under 12 Available online until June 5 with limited availability at the door Buy Tickets Now Join us on Sunday, June … Read more

DOXA 2024

DOXA 2024

DOXA 2024 Between Pictures: The Lens of Tamio Wakayama | Sunday, May 5th at 4:15pm | The Cinematheque Powell Street Festival Society is proud to be a Community Partner of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. DOXA will be screening three Japanese Canadian and Japanese films this month: Between Pictures: The Lens of Tamio Wakayama Black … Read more

Drumming Up Spirit: Tzo’kam and Sawagi Taiko in concert at the Annex

Drumming Up Spirit: Tzo'kam and Sawagi Taiko in concert at the Annex

Drumming Up Spirit Featuring Sawagi Taiko and Tzo’kam Sunday, May 12, 2024 | Doors: 1PM, Show: 2PM The Annex | 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver Sliding-scale tickets $20/ $25/ $30 ($15 for children 12 and under) Buy Now! Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society (VIM), in association with the Powell Street Festival Society, is excited to announce … Read more

48th Powell Street Festival: August 3 and 4!!

48th Annual Powell Street Festival  48th Powell Street Festival Artwork by Nicole Larsen (https://rippleandrise.ca/) It’s official! The 48th Powell Street Festival returns on August 3rd and 4th, 2024! Get ready for a vibrant celebration filled with mouthwatering festival foods, one-of-a-kind craft vendors, captivating exhibitions, and dynamic performances! Plus, don’t miss out on our crowd-favourite lottery … Read more

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic 2024

Sunday, April 14th, 2024 | 12:30PM-3:00PM Oppenheimer Park Free Event Join PSFS under the spring cherry blossoms for a taiko performance, Japanese craft making, and a hot meal of Japanese curry rice. Fold your hopes and wishes into paper craft cherry blossoms and create rainy weather wards, called teru teru bozu! All materials provided. Lunch … Read more

Musing on the Making of IzumonookunI

Aretha Aoki crawling across stage with a child on her back.

IzumonookunI Blog Post Powell Street Festival Society is proud to be supporting the development of “IzumonookunI,” a multidisciplinary dance inspired by Izumo no Okuni, the 17th century cis-female founder of kabuki: a Japanese dance-drama form that currently contains little trace of its cis-female-centric, grassroots, counter-cultural origins. The following blog post is a reflection by choreographer Aretha Aoki on her motivations and ethos in … Read more

Dance Experiment

Aretha Aoki crawling across stage with a child on her back.

Dance Experiment Photo credit: Still from video by Colin Kelley Saturday, March 9Morrow | 910 Richards St., VancouverFREE Dance and Improvisation Workshop| Register Now! Dance Experiment is a free workshop for movers and choreographers informed loosely by the multidisciplinary dance project, IzumonookunI by Aretha Aoki and Ryan MacDonald. Aoki will lead participants in a warmup and exercises for … Read more

2nd Annual Setsubun New Year Event

Saturday, February 3 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PMOppenheimer Park | 488 Powell St.FREE Event Join us for elder Veronica’s Sacred Fire, special appearances and a community meal of Japanese curry rice. This New Year’s event features a nod to Setsubun traditions like mamemaki, alongside Powell Street Festival twists as we celebrate a turning point … Read more

Visioning Paueru Gai: Public Spaces in the Powell Street Neighbourhood

Saturday, November 25 |  10am-4pm Vancouver Buddhist Temple | 220 Jackson Ave. Free community event Register Here English 日本語版 繁體中文 简体中文 English ASL, Japanese, Cantonese & Mandarin interpretation available. Bringing together artists, urban planners, community organizers, architects, landscape architects, and members of the Japanese Canadian (JC), Indigenous, and Downtown Eastside communities, this event seeks to … Read more

I Have My Mother’s Eyes: A Holocaust Memoir Across Generations

Panel Conversation: October 25, 7pm Chamber Opera Premiere: November 18 & 19, 8pm Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre | 950 W 41st Ave., Vancouver Tickets $40 (includes panel conversation and opera) | Buy Now! Powell Street Festival Society is proud to partner with Chutzpah! Festival to present I Have My Mother’s Eyes: A Holocaust Memoir … Read more

Minori (実り) Harvest Event 2023

Sunday, November 5 |  Lunch from 12:30 PM, art workshop from 1:00 PM Oppenheimer Park | 488 Powell St. at Jackson Ave. Free community event We hope you’ll join us for a meal of butternut squash miso soup, plus arts and crafts at Minori (実り) Harvest in Oppenheimer Park, hosted by the Advocacy and Outreach Committee! This … Read more

Godzilla: King of Kaiju Series at The Cinematheque

October 26 – October 31 The Cinematheque | 1131 Howe St., Vancouver Tickets $10~ | Buy Now! Powell Street Festival Society is proud to partner with The Cinematheque to present Godzilla: King of Kaiju, a Halloween season series saluting the epic reign of the kaiju king. This monster-sized, all-ages series draws from the earliest and most … Read more

15th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

Register Here Date: Saturday, August 19, 10am sign-up | 10:30am games begin Location: Oppenheimer Park Free, Drop-in Event 日付:8月19日、土曜日、10時チーム受付開始|10時30分試合開始 場所:オッペンハイマー公園 無料、ドロップイン・イベント Drop-in for our 15th annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game! 今年で15回目となるバンクーバー朝日トリビュートゲームに、ぜひお立ち寄りください! Drop-in for our 15th annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game! Come play a game of ball as we commemorate the historic Vancouver Asahi: the legendary … Read more

Celebrate Japanese Canadian art and culture at the 47th Annual Powell Street Festival!

Powell Street Festival Society announces the 47th Annual Powell Street Festival this August 5-6, 2023, 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. This free two-day celebration of Japanese Canadian art and culture in Oppenheimer Park and the surrounding Paueru Gai area presents a spectrum of events and entertainment for all: from live performances to a Japanese food … Read more

Children’s Sumo Workshop

Children’s Sumo Workshop Register Here Join us for an afternoon of sumo training! This session’s aim is to build confidence and safety around this popular Japanese sport in preparation for the Festival. Children ages 2-14, regardless of size, gender, or experience are welcome to participate. Activities will include warm-up exercises, practice matches, and a mini … Read more

Meet the 2023 Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort

Powell Street Festival Society is excited to announce the members of our second Japanese Canadian Youth Cohort! This expenses-paid program brings three young Japanese Canadians aged 19-29 who were raised outside of British Columbia to Paueru Gai to experience the Powell Street Festival and participate in its production, attend training sessions, and to create an … Read more

おやすみ (Oyasumi): A Collection of Japanese Canadian Short Films

Thursday, May 25 2023 | 7:00 PM The Cinematheque | 1131 Howe St., Vancouver Tickets $14 | Buy Now! Powell Street Festival Society is proud to join the Cinematheque in co-presenting おやすみ (Oyasumi), a special evening featuring 12 Japanese Canadian short films curated by Natalie Murao. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with … Read more

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic 2023

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 12:30 PM Oppenheimer Park Free Event Join PSFS and our Advocacy and Outreach Committee under the spring cherry blossoms for a hot meal of Japanese curry rice and a community art project of cherry blossom wish making. Fold your hopes and wishes into paper craft cherry blossoms and take part in … Read more

Finding Her Beat

Saturday February 18, 2023 Noon to 6:00 PM SFU Woodward’s Free & ticketed events Buy Film Tickets Join Powell Street Festival Society for a day of femme Taiko on Saturday, February 18th, 2023! Begin the day with a 30-minute free public Taiko performance at 12:00 noon by Vancouver’s Sawagi Taiko, the first all-women Taiko group … Read more

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