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 #6

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 … Read more

Powell Street Festival is at Global Soundscapes Festival!!

Open Rehearsal **FREE** Wednesday May 29 | 3 pm Vancouver Japanese Language School  Co-presented by Powell Street Festival Meet some of the Festival’s featured musicians and get an up close look at their instruments, as well as an inside sneak peek at the process of creating and performing intercultural music. Featuring: Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Naomi Sato (sho), Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto) and Geling Jiang (sanxian). … Read 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. … Read more

Tatsuya Nakatani – Improvisation Workshop

Sun, 5 May 2019 1 – 4 pm KW Production Studio 111 W Hastings St Tickets $40 Buy Tickets Now! Tatsuya Nakatani is returning to Vancouver to conduct an improvisation workshop for musicians. Nakatani will guide the participants through various exercises and strategies aimed at developing the musicians’ personal sound. Participants will be introduced to a … Read 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.    

Powell Street Festival Society at Honolulu Fest!

Are you in Honolulu right now? Make sure to check out PSF artists Mark Takeshi McGregor and Soramaru Takayama’s performances at Honolulu Festival March 9&10th. Visit our artistic director Leanne Dunic at the PSFS booth in the Hawaii Convention Center both days! The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic … Read more

Calling emerging Japanese Canadian musicians in British Columbia! 

Powell Street Festival Society, in partnership with Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra, is offering a unique opportunity to an emerging BC-based Japanese Canadian musician to come to Vancouver to participate in this year’s Global Soundscape Festival: Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves at Waterfront Theatre June 5-9th, 2019. Festival pass, transportation, and accommodation expenses will be covered by Powell … Read more

Mark Takeshi McGregor + Liam Hockley

Vancouver New Music Saturday, February 16 at 8PM Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor) Advance: $29 general / $21 senior / $12 student At the door: $35 general / $25 senior / $15 student BUY TICKETS 15% off regular ticket price for Annual Members of Powell Street Festival Society. If … Read more

PuSh Festival

Powell Street Festival is proud to be a community partner at the following events at Push Festival, which runs Jan 17 to Feb 3, 2019. Ringo Tetuya Umeda (Japan) Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island January 18, 2019, 7 pm Tickets: $39 The wildly inventive Tetsuya Umeda uses tin cans, dry ice, bowls, hot plates and more … Read more

Keiji Haino at the Fox Cabaret

Thursday, October 11 at 9 pm Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street Tickets $30 One of the most visionary and individual voices to emerge from the Japanese underground is Keiji Haino. Active since the 1970s, his venerated career has navigated a wide array of styles and instrumentations including blues, rock, free improvisation, noise, percussion, psychedelic music, minimalism, … Read 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 … Read more