Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic- 2022

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic- 2022 Sunday, April 10th, 2022 at Oppenheimer Park Join PSFS and our Advocacy and Outreach committee for a hot meal of Japanese curry rice, Taiko performance, and Paueru Mashup chorus community dance lesson under the spring blossoms. A portion of the event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel. Hanami is … 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

Minori Harvest Event 2021

Minori (実り) Harvest at Oppenheimer Park An annual PSFS event to celebrate the harvest season and honour the history of Japanese Canadian farmers in BC On November 28, we held Minori (実り) Harvest at Oppenheimer Park, an annual event to celebrate the harvest season and honour the history of Japanese Canadian farmers in BC. Many … 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

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

Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk

Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk is a series of three free online panel discussions using 360 Riot Walk as an entry point to explore the history of anti-Asian violence and white supremacy in Vancouver.    360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver that traces the history … Read more

Paueru Mashup Across Canada

Greetings, Courtesy of the 45th Powell Street Festival, we would like to invite everyone across the country to learn the Paueru Mashup, a taiko flashmob work that encapsulates the festival!  It’s a community dance that we can all learn and perform together one day!  Learn the dance online   and videotape yourself, then we will edit … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #9: Monumental Reckoning

Paueru Gai Dialogues #9: Monumental Reckoning

Saturday November 20, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Online on Zoom
This event is completed – watch the recording below!

In the ninth and final Paueru Gai Dialogues event, Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon will be in conversation with Skundaal Bernie Williams- Gul Kiit Jaad, Joe Fry and Ken Lum as they rethink and reimagine what monument means and why memorialization might be important. Do we need monuments and, if so, why? What do they mean and for whom? How are monuments being rethought? Participants will be invited into breakout groups to share their perspectives with one another. To wrap up the event, everyone will reconvene to offer questions and debrief together.

This online event is free, donations are gratefully accepted through Eventbrite or Canada Helps.

Guest Host and Panelist Bios

Guest Host Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon is a Landscape Architect and Partner at PFS Studio. Specializing in projects dealing with the public realm, she is committed to the creation of meaningful public spaces that merge cultural, social, and environmental ecologies.

 

Skundaal Bernie Williams (Gul Kiit Jaad; Golden Spruce Woman) is a long time Downtown Eastside resident, artist and activist. She is the first Indigenous woman to receive the Bold Woman of the Year award from BOLDFEST in 2018, and is cofounder of Walk4Justice, which brought National attention to the Highway of Tears and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a passionate advocate and rallies against the discrimination, abuse and sexual assault, human trafficking, exploitation against Aboriginal and LGBTQ2S women and girls.

Joe Fry is the founding principal of Hapa Collaborative and a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and urban design in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Joe has dedicated himself to deepening the discussion around the economic, societal and environmental values of civic placemaking. Joe is a coach, a parent, a volunteer and a committed participant in our City’s discussion about design and the public realm.

Ken Lum is an artist of long standing who has exhibited widely in numerous important global art exhibitions. He is co-founder of Monument Lab, a think tank focused on analysing monumental and memorial forms as well as an active writer.

Watch the recording here:

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #8: Expanding Diasporic Imaginaries

Paueru Gai Dialogues #8: Expanding Diasporic Imaginaries Saturday October 16, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT Online on Zoom FREE event, advance registration required (CLICK HERE) In the eighth Paueru Dialogues event, Ayumi Goto will be in conversation with Andrea Fatona, Peter Morin, and Abedar Kamgari. Coming from diverse communities of culture, art, … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #7: On Mental Health and Art

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #7 This event took place on Saturday, September 18th. Saturday September 18, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDTOnline on ZoomFREE event, advance registration required Art as activism and relational connection to place have been threads throughout the Paueru Gai Dialogues, a pandemic series creating space for … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #6: Reconsidering Land, History and Belonging

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #6 Reconsidering Land, History and Belonging  Date: June 26, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required.  How can we fight against the dominant frameworks of capitalism and settler colonialism to conjure different futures? What does it mean to imagine new relationships to place? … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #5: The Changing Environment and Humanity

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #5 The Changing Environment and Humanity Date: May 22, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required. Global warming and environmental protection are big inaccessible topics that point to news headlines, oil companies, pipelines and government policy. Guest host Haruko Okano will facilitate a … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #4: Old Roots and New Relationships on Indigenous Lands

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #4 Old Roots and New Relationships on Indigenous Lands  Date: April 24, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-paueru-gai-dialogues-4-tickets-148815333669 How can Japanese Canadians request the return of lost property in the Powell Street neighbourhood without perpetuating colonial practices? Guest … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #3: On Memory, Mythmaking, and Community Resilience

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #3 On Memory, Mythmaking and Community Resilience  Date: March 27, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-paueru-gai-dialogues-3-tickets-143858989109 What, if anything, have we learned from our past? Are there ways we can harness this renewed sense of connection to heal … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #2: On Food and Culture for Community Building

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #2 On Food & Culture for Community Building  Date: February 27, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-paueru-gai-dialogues-2-tickets-139560295601?aff=erelpanelorg Guest host erica hiroko isomura will facilitate a discussion with panelists Carmel Tanaka, Kage, and Ingrid Mendez de Cruz as they … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #1: Catalyzing Social Equity Through Culture and Connection to Place

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #1 Catalyzing Social Equity through Culture & Connection to Place Date: January 30, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required.  Guest host Izumi Sakamoto will facilitate a discussion with three panelists — Ayumi Goto, Kathy Shimizu and Terry Watada — as they share … Read more

Make a Wish with the Daruma

This past year has been a particularly difficult one, and we hope that 2021 has good fortune in store for us all. As you may know, darumas are seen as symbols of perseverance and luck. They’re also the unofficial Powell Street Festival mascot! The eyes of the daruma are initially blank. They are meant to be filled in on one side when a wish is made and only completed on both when that wish is fulfilled.  In the spirit of Powell … 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

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