• 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 are united in spirit.  Because of… 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 required!  Wearing a mask is… 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 residents struggle for justice everyday…. More ›

  • Queer Japan at Queer Film Festival

    Queer Japan Screening at Vancouver Queer Film Festival August 18 @ 9 PM SFU Goldcorp Cinema Tickets $10 – $14 Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of Japanese LGBTQ+ culture. Using over 100 interviews conducted over 3 years in locations… More ›

  • Children’s Sumo Workshop ちびっこ相撲ワークショップ

    Date: Sunday, July 7  日付:7月7日(日) Time: 1 to 3 pm  時間:午後1時~3時 Location: Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Street  場所: Vancouver Buddhist Temple(バンクーバー仏教会), 220 Jackson Street *The gymnasium is on the second floor. Enter from the alley door. Elevator available upon request. Phone PSFS Production Office at (604) 808-0054 and someone will come down to help you. * 体育館は二階にあります。路地側のドアからお入りください。エレベーターをご希望の方は申し上げください。PSFS Production Office (604)808-0054にお電話いただければスタッフが入り口まで迎えに行きます。 Ages:… More ›

  • Sumo Workshop

    A Beginners Workshop Sunday May 12, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple at 220 Jackson Street on the 2nd floor. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Please enter through the door in the alley which is 25 feet east of Jackson Avenue. Pre-register via admin@powellstreetfestival.com or drop in.   All ages. Free. Learn the basic rules… More ›

  • Hanami: Japanese Curry Lunch and Haiku

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1 pm Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Street Celebrate the Sakura Blossoms with free Japanese Curry Lunch at 12:30 pm and Haiku and Block Printing Workshop at 2 pm Presented by Powell Street Festival Society, WePress Community Arts Space, and Oppenheimer Park. Supported by TD Park People and Vancouver Foundation.    

  • Annual General Meeting and Members Party

    Annual General Meeting Powell Street Festival Society Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm 111 West Hastings Street Following the Katari Taiko AGM at 6:30 pm in the same location.  Members Only Party 8 pm at 111 West Hastings Street Join us for refreshments and drinks at our offices following the AGM. Open to all members of Powell Street Festival Society.  … More ›

  • Workshops and Events as part of Heart of the City Festival

    All events are FREE, open to all, and snacks are provided!!   Official Grand Opening of the new Gallery Gachet + WePress Space Open House Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 1 to 4 pm 9 W. Hastings Street ASL, Mandarin, and Cantonese Interpretation provided. More info… It’s been just under a year since Gallery Gachet + WePress opened their doors… More ›

  • 野生魚の日 Yasei no Sakana Wild Fish Day

    Powell Street Festival Society honours food security and sustainability in partnership with the Wild Salmon Caravan at Oppenheimer Park. Sunday, September 16 Free salmon-chowder lunch at 1 pm Parade Prop-making workshops at 2-4 pm Parade prop-building workshops facilitated by interdisciplinary artist Wil D Salmon and WePress. Then, the following week, join Powell Street Festival with your fish-props to march in solidarity at… More ›

  • 13th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

    August 18, 2018 10 am to 2 pm at Oppenheimer Park (400 block Powell Street) on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations Register or contact us at info at powellstreetfestival.com or 604 739 9388. Join the Powell Street Festival Society, Oppenheimer Park & Carnegie Community Centre, and the Kikiai Collaborative at… More ›

  • Hanami Cherry Blossom Picnic Photos!

    Check out some highlights from the Cherry Blossom Picnic on April 7! Thank you to Oppenheimer Park, The Right to Remain and Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall for a great day!

  • Lost Fleet Speaker Series – Sunny Island + Spatial Poetics

    Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm at Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Talk is included with paid museum admission For tickets: CLICK HERE Underwater archeologist Charles Moore and VMM curator Duncan McLeod discuss the recent excavation of Japanese-Canadian fishing boat, the Sunny Island – Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm. The discovery and identification of the Sunny Island, a boat build in 1929 for the BC… More ›

  • Lillooet Legacy Sign Unveiling

    Highway 12 & Sumner Road beside Airport Gardens, Lillooet, BC Fri., May 11, 1:30 pm In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Internment, Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be unveiling the second of seven Highway Legacy Signs for the Internment Site clusters and Roadcamps for the Self-supporting sites of East Lillooet, Bridge River, Minto,… More ›

  • Photo of Sumo Tournament at 2016 Powell Street Festival by Ed Law

    Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

    Sunday, May 13 Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson St, 2nd floor Doors at 12:30pm; 1 – 4pm FREE To pre-register email admin@powellstreetfestival.com No experience necessary. All ages. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own water bottle. Please enter through the door in the lane 25 feet east of Jackson Avenue. Photo by Ed Law

  • Rita Ueda talks about her cantata Debris

    Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm Composer Rita Ueda talks about her cantata Debris, inspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America – Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm. Rita Ueda is a Japanese-Canadian composer and sound designer based in Vancouver. She is currently a sessional instructor at… More ›

  • Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance

    Saturday May 12 at 8pm Scotiabank Dance Centre Samurai warriors, pearl divers, court nobles and heartbroken women who transform into serpents grace the stage in “Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance. ” This concert celebrates the life and work of Fujima Yūko (1929-2003) bringing Vancouver audiences a rare performance of nihon buyoh and the chance to witness the legacy… More ›

  • Lost Fleet Speaker Series: From Up on Poppy Hill and Leanne Dunic Poetry Reading

    From Up On Poppy Hill Sunday, April 15th, 11am at The Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver $6 – Ages 13 & Under $10 – Everybody Else Co-scripted by anime master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Gorō Miyazaki, this lovingly hand-drawn film from Studio Ghibli is a poignant, tender coming-of-age drama adapted from a 1980 manga. “Frankly stunning, as beautiful a… More ›

  • Hanami: A Cherry Blossom Picnic

    Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1 pm Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Street Celebrate the Sakura Blossoms with free Japanese Curry Lunch at 1 pm and Haiku and Calligraphy Workshops at 2 pm Presented by Powell Street Festival Society and Oppenheimer Park  

  • Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

    Vancouver Art Gallery February 3 – May 6, 2018 Murakami’s Birthday Bash February 2nd at 5:30 pm Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of Takashi Murakami, one of the world’s most influential artists. With fifty-five works, the show will trace Murakami’s oeuvre over three decades, from early paintings to a… More ›

  • Ko Ishikawa at World New Music Days

    The Annex (823 Seymour Street) Tuesday, November 7 at 5 pm Tickets: $10 student // $29 general Witness the reincarnation of half broken iPods in surround sound. This is a concert that needs to be seen to be believed. Powell Street Festival is Canada’s largest and longest running expression of Japanese Canadian arts and culture, and for ISCM2017 they bring us the… More ›