• 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 ›

  • Ashi Ato: Winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition

    Emily Carr University of Art and Design student Shayla Giroux is the winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. Giroux is joined by fellow student and collaborator Zenyase Hunsberger for the development and production stages. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects…. 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). Hosted by VICO Artistic Director Mark… 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 ›

  • 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 variety of Nakatani’s unique methods… 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 ›

  • 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 harmony between the people of… 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 Street Festival Society. This opportunity… 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 you are already an Annual… 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 to create an experience so… 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, and drone. Over the course… 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 ›

  • Nakatani Gong Orchestra Tour

    The Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) is Tatsuya Nakatani’s large ensemble nomadic sound art project. Consisting of 17 of Nakatani’s adapted Gongs played with his handmade bows, it is the only bowed Gong Orchestra in the world.  Local players from each community are brought together for a technique workshop and rehearsal with Nakatani before he conducts them in a public performance of his… More ›

  • Spatial Poetics XVII: Once Lost

    Fri, 15 June 2018 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue Tickets $11 The Powell Street Festival Society and the Vancouver Maritime Museum present Spatial Poetics XVII. Once Lost In this one-night-only presentation, four artists explore the multilayered effects of WWII on Japanese in Canada, forming complementary narratives alongside, in, and among The Lost Fleet exhibition, expanding… 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!

  • 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

  • Annual General Meeting and After Party

    Join us April 12th for our Annual General Meeting at 111 West Hastings Street at 6 pm. There will be a small gathering with refreshments from Tama Organic and wine from Stoneboat Vineyards at KW production Studio following the AGM from 7 until 9:30 pm. Buy your membership now either online via eventbrite or mail us this form with your payment enclosed… More ›

  • Percussion and koto clinic with Sumire Yoshihara and Kazue Sawai

    COMMUNITY EVENT Presented by Vancouver New Music in partnership with Powell Street Festival and Native Education College Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7-9PM Native Education College, Fireside Lounge (285 East 5th Avenue) FREE Join Sumire Yoshihara and Miyama McQueen-Tokita as they demonstrate their unique approaches to performing on percussion, and koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument). ABOUT VANCOUVER NEW MUSIC  Vancouver New Music engages communities in… More ›

  • Sumire Yoshihara + Miyama McQueen-Tokita

    The Annex 823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver Saturday, March 17, 8PM Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM Tickets $35 general, $25 senior, $15 student UPDATE! We regret to inform that Kazue Sawai will be unable to perform as originally scheduled. We are pleased that Kazue Sawai has highly recommended, and introduced to us Miyama McQueen-Tokita, who will be joining Sumire… More ›