Parallel Paths – Family Settlement: Early 20th Century – Pre-war

Family Settlement: Early 20th Century – Pre-war May 23, 2014 | 7:00pm Steveston Community Centre at the Steveston Community Centre 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond Free, but registrations recommended (event [at] Flyer (PDF) For more information: Based on his research of documents from the Japanese Diplomatic Archives, Consul General Okada will talk about consulate … Read more

Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall Spring Market Fair

vjls spring market fair

Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall Spring Market Fair Saturday, April 26, 9:30am – 2:30pm Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander Free Admission For more information: Spring is almost here! It’s time to go to VJLS’s Spring Market Fair! There will be independent vendors, Japanese dolls, craft items, Japanese kimono and other items for sale! … Read more

GVJCCA Community Meeting

JCCA Board

GVJCCA Community Meeting Sunday, May 4, 2pm – 4:30pm The new Tonari Gumi / JCCA Building (42 West 8th Avenue) Tea and snacks will be provided For more information: For over 60 years, the GVJCCA has served the Japanese Canadian community in various ways – initially serving JCs returning to the coast after internment … Read more

Legacy Sakura Memorial Windows Unveiling Ceremony

sakura centennial

Legacy Sakura Memorial Windows Unveiling Ceremony April 18, 2014 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Oppenheimer Park (488 Powell Street, Vancouver) Please join us as we unveil the memorial windows to commemorate the history of Japanese Canadians and cherry blossom trees planted in 1977. Before 1942, Oppenheimer Park was the centre of a thriving Japanese Canadian … Read more

Wondrous Tales of Old Japan


Wondrous Tales of Old Japan April 4 – 20, 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People For more information: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan is a collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs … Read more

Jesse Nishihata – Visual Storyteller

Jesse Nishihata – Visual Storyteller April 1 – May 4, 2014 Opening reception Wednesday, April 2, 7 – 9pm Curator’s talk Saturday, April 12, 2pm Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC) Admission by donation For more information: Pioneer Japanese Canadian filmmaker Jesse Nishihata (1929 – 2006) is showcased in … Read more

Parallel Paths – Japanese Diplomacy & Nikkei Heritage

Early Settlement: Late 19th Century – Early 20th Century March 28, 2014 | 7:00pm Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall (487 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC) Free, but registrations recommended ([email protected]) Flyer (PDF) For more information: A series of 6 forums tracing the parallel histories of the Japanese consulate in Vancouver and the Japanese … Read more

Cutie And The Boxer

cutie and the boxer

Reel Causes Presents Cutie and the Boxer Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 6:30pm Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC) Reel Causes Members $10 • Non-Members $12 For more information: A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the … Read more

Music for Carl

music for carl

Music for Carl Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 8pm Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue) Carl worked in the same office as Powell Street Festival Society under DKAM. He brought to the office a wealth of experience about Vancouver’s festival scene, silly jokes, and a shared love of chips. We are grateful for his ready … Read more

Celebrate Spring 2014


Celebrate Spring 2014 Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 11:00am – 4:00pm Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC) Free For more information: Celebrate the cherry blossom season with a fun, family-friendly spring festival. Kimono dress-up, Tea ceremony, Delicious Sweets & Snacks, Kids activities, Entertainment, Crafts sales and much more! Pre-order … Read more

A farewell to Ken Shikaze, a pioneer Japanese Canadian activist

Ken Shikaze

A farewell to Ken Shikaze, a pioneer Japanese Canadian activist, who passed away last Saturday. Ken Shikaze was an important figure in the early 1970s Japanese Canadian movement on Powell Street. He was a strong supporter of Tonari Gumi and a key participant in the early Powell Street Festival, and an integral part in ensuring … Read more

You are invited! Annual General Meeting

matsuri noren by PEAK photography

March 11, 2013 at 6:30pm – 7:00pm 5th Floor, Woodward’s Building (111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver) Come learn about our plans for the coming year! Meet our board and staff, ask about our various committees, and find out if there’s a role for you. We will also be holding a raffle at the Powell Street … Read more

Tashme Project: The Living Archives

Tashme project

Tashme Project: The Living Archives, a theatrical retelling of stories from the Tashme internment camp is currently running at Great Canadian Theatre Company and the show has been receiving great reviews! Matt Miwa and Julie Tamiko Manning originally presented a reading of this work at the Festival in 2011 to great acclaim and we are … Read more

2014 Powell Street Festival Applications are now online!

Photo of slippers being sold at a craft booth at the 2012 Powell Street Festival, taken by Noah Photography

The Powell Street Festival is currently accepting applications for participation in this year’s Festival. Please fill out the appropriate form online. Please note that we are no longer accepting faxed or hard copy applications. The final deadline for applications is Monday March 3rd, 2014. Please call the PSFS office at 604 739 9388 if you … Read more


WHAT IS HENKŌ? View the Site HENKŌ launched at Powell Street Festival 2012. HENKŌ takes the renga – a Japanese collaborative poem – and opens it to 21st century possibilities. HENKŌ participation is open to all website visitors. This means you. The renga is a collaborative form that has existed in Japan for many hundreds … Read more

Open Doors Project

Open Doors Project In collaboration with the Japanese Canadian National Museum (JCNM) and funded under the City of Vancouver’s Great Beginnings Project, the Powell Street Festival presents the Open Doors Project. Designed by interdisciplinary artist, Cindy Mochizuki, the series of 16 historical panels are designed to tell a non-linear graphic memoir of Powell Street. Each … Read more

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found website is the second half of a collaborative project produced by Powell Street Festival (PSFS) and Access Artist Run Centre (VAARC) in 2006. Lost and Found was originally a group exhibition featuring the work of Judy Chartrand, Wayde Compton and Haruko Okano. Through an artistic residency with the PSFS and VAARC the three … Read more