Join the Team!

The Powell Street Festival Society is excited to announce that we are hiring! Join our 45th Powell Street Festival Production Team and Staff. Current Openings Seasonal Production Coordinator – Due Monday, March 29, 2021 Production Assistant – Due Monday, March 29, 2021 Production Associate – Due Monday, March 29, 2021   Permanent Development and Administrative … Read more

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 … Read more

Pulling Together

Dear Powell Street Festival friends and family: maintaining community connection and drawing on our individual and collective strengths is essential during this turbulent time. We are committed to employing safe and innovative ways to connect and support communities through Japanese Canadian (JC) arts and culture. In the coming weeks and months, we will host online … Read more

Update from Powell Street Festival

Happy New Year wishes to you all! We are now officially gearing up for the 44th Powell Street Festival, August 1 and 2, 2020.   Please welcome our new permanent part–time staff!   June Fukumura joins us as our Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator. June is a second-generation Japanese Canadian born and raised in Vancouver. She is an interdisciplinary and experimental theatre maker, performer, … Read more

DEADLINE EXTENDED: RFP for Digital Strategy Consultant

Powell Street Festival Society is seeking a Digital Strategy Consultant to facilitate of a digital maturity and needs assessment (October 2019 to February 2020) and subsequent development of a Digital Strategy (March 2020 to December 2020). DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED to September 23, 2019. Request for Proposals   Resources: Digital Needs Assessment Template Digital Maturity Assessment … Read 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 … 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

Powell Street Festival Applications NOW OPEN!

Apply to participate in the 2019 Powell Street Festival in Oppenheimer Park on Saturday & Sunday, August 3rd and 4th, 2019. For Community Booths 2019 Community Booth Application For Craft Vendors 2019 Craft Vendor Application For Displays 2019 Display Application For Food Booth Vendors If you have not been a Food Booth Vendor at the … 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

Lost and Found

Did you loose something at the Powell Street Festival? Contact us as soon as possible to find out if it is in our Lost and Found. We will be donating all unclaimed Lost and Found items by Friday, September 21st! Email us at admin@powellstreetfestival.com or call 604-739-9388 and leave a message if we are out … 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

Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

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

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 … Read more

2018 Festival Applications now open!

Please choose the appropriate application form below. If you have already registered or applied through this site in previous years, you can log in to your profile page using the right sidebar. For Community Booths 2018 Community Booth Application For Craft Vendors 2018 Craft Vendor Application For Displays 2018 Display Application For Food Booth Vendors … Read more

3rd Annual Design Competition – – Call for Entries!

3rd Annual Design Competition – – Call for Entries! Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 42nd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 4 and 5, 2018. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission … Read 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, … Read more

Konkei: Early Bird Tickets on Sale Until Feb 7!

BUY TICKETS NOW at bit.ly/Konkei $40 until Feb 7 $50 in advance $60 at the door Celebrate the season’s change with Powell Street Festival Society at our biennial fundraiser. Build your art collection with a curated array of local artists’ work on auction: Steve Smith, Gailan Ngan, Jayce Salloum, Diyan Achjadi, Cindy Mochizuki, Hide Ebina, Derya Akay, Afuwa, Tomoyo Ihaya, Katie So, Nomi Chi, Carmen Papalia, … Read more

Powell Street Festival Society issues a statement regarding its decision in support of censorship

Japanese Canadian Artists Directory

As a partner in the creation of the Japanese Canadian Artist (JCA) Directory (www.japanesecanadianartists.com), the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) board members have supported an act of censorship and wish to share the circumstances and reasons for this difficult decision. Since its launch in September, the JCA Directory (www.japanesecanadianartists.com) has been hailed as a triumph … Read more