14th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

August 20, 2022 10:00 AM Team Sign-up | 10:30 AM Games Begin | 12 Noon Lunch Oppenheimer Park, 400-block Powell St. at Jackson FREE, Drop-in Event Drop-in for our 14th annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game! Come play a game of ball as we commemorate the historic Vancouver Asahi: the legendary Japanese-Canadian baseball team who played … Read more

Sumo Beginner Workshop (July 10)

Sumo Beginner Workshop Come learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in an optional mini-tournament! Register Here! Join us for this free, all-ages event. No sumo experience necessary. Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 Time: 1:30-4:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm) Location: Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (487 Alexander St., 5th floor) … Read more

Illuminations: a celebration of seventeen-syllable poems and musings (June 18 live event)

June 18 – 9:00 PM (Doors 8:00) Café Deux Soleils Sliding-scale cover charge ($5-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds) Entry at the door only; no advance tickets Powell Street Festival Society, in association with DKAM, is excited to announce Illuminations: a celebration of seventeen-syllable poems and musings—9:00 PM (Doors 8:00) June 18, … Read more

Paueru Mashup Dance: Biweekly In-Person Lessons at Seymour Elementary School (July)

Paueru Mashup Dance – Seymour Elementary School Lessons 2022 The Paueru Mashup is a community dance that is accessible for all ages and abilities across the country. No dance experience necessary! Registration Recommended – Please register through Eventbrite – meet at Seymour Elementary School- 1130 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z3 We’ll have skilled dance instructors … Read more

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

Paueru Mashup Dance: Weekly Online Lessons (June)

Paueru Mashup Dance: Online Lessons 2022 The Paueru Mashup is a community dance that is accessible for all ages and abilities across the country. No dance experience necessary! We’ll have skilled dance instructors walking you through the movements as you learn from the comfort of your own home. These are iterative lessons, so we encourage you … Read more

Drumming up Spirit – Tzo’kam & Sawagi Taiko in Concert

Update May 20, 2022 We regret to announce that due to COVID-19, tomorrow’s Drumming up Spirit concert, including the live stream, has been CANCELLED. Refunds have been issued to all ticketholders to the original method of payment through Eventbrite. Please note that it may take 5-7 working days to process. We thank you for your understanding, and … 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 Beach FREE EVENT Ceremonial 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. … 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