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

Nikkei Emerging Artist Christmas Mixer

Saturday, December 9, 7 – 11 pm At the Russian Hall: 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver Are you a young Japanese Canadian Artist? Associated with Nikkei Arts? Study a Japanese art form? Want to get involved in the Japanese Canadian artist communiy? If you said yes then come to this Christmas mixer on Saturday December 9th … Read more

Ko Ishikawa at World New Music Days

The Annex (823 Seymour Street) Tuesday, November 7 at 5 pm Tickets: $10 student // $29 general Witness the reincarnation of half broken iPods in surround sound. This is a concert that needs to be seen to be believed. Powell Street Festival is Canada’s largest and longest running expression of Japanese Canadian arts and culture, and for … Read more

The 12th Annual Asahi Tribute Game!

August  19, 2017 10 am to 4 pm at Oppenheimer Park (400 block Powell Street) on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations Register or contact us at info [at] powellstreetfestival.com or 604 739 9388. On Saturday, August 19th, 2017, join the Powell Street Festival Society, Oppenheimer … Read more

Tracey Morrison and Jim Wong-Chu

We recently lost two incredible members of our community, Jim Wong-Chu and Tracey Morrison.  We send our condolences to Jim and Tracey’s friends and families. Jim Wong-Chu was an author and mentor. His friend and colleague, Rich Shiomi, shared his words with us below. Tracey Morrison was an activist and community leader in the Downtown East … Read more

Check out the 2017 Festival Program Guide

Photo of Shorinji Kempo at the 2016 Powell Street Festival by Kritstin Fuchihara

Photo of special guests, George and Noriko, a Japanese blues cowboy and a Tsugaru shamisen player from Melbourne, Australia Hot off the presses! The full line-up and schedule for the 41st Annual Powell Street Festival has been published! You can download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) containing the full Festival schedule with … Read more

Volunteer Applications are now open!

The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and … Read more

Announcing Our 2017 Powell Street Festival Lineup

Photo of Katie Malia from Almost Asian

Announcing Our 2017 Powell Street Festival Lineup Powell Street Festival Returns August 5th and 6th with Haruki Murakami’s Top Translators, Almost Asian’s Katie Malia, and a presentation on Japan’s Third Gender Musical highlights include Australia’s George & Noriko, Japan’s Ensemble Liberta and numerous taiko groups including California’s JODAIKO Download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide … Read more

Spatial Poetics XVI: KIYO生き残り

Honouring the living memory of invisible lives Sat, 8 July 2017, 7:30 PM Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Avenue Presented by Powell Street Festival Society in association with the O k’inādās Collective Curated by MARK TAKESHI MCGREGOR and EMIKO MORITA Created and Performed by AYUMI GOTO, MARK HANEY, JULIE TAMIKO MANNING, and LISA C. RAVENSBERGEN Get … Read more

41st Annual Powell Street Festival

Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6, 2017 11:30am to 7:00pm Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street) Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street) Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street) Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue) Download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) or just the Festival 2017 … Read more

Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 pm Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson Street, 2nd floor; doors at 12:30 pm Information: 604-739-9388 Pre-registration: admin [@] powellstreetfestival.com Learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in a mini-tournament (optional). No experience necessary. Free. All ages. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring your … Read more

Macro Maki: Winner of the Design Competition

Photo of Macro Maki Installation

Macro Maki: Winner of the Design Competition Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of its design competition: “Macro Maki” invites festivalgoers to don pillow-sized sushi costumes and stage selfies on stage designed as an oversized wooden sushi tray. This quirky, interactive installation will be presented at the 41th annual Powell Street … Read more

Member’s Party & Annual General Meeting

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm at the Woodwards Building (PSFS Offices) at 111 West Hasting Street. The entrance is near the corner of Abbott and Hastings next to the TD Canada Trust.* Detailed Notice for Annual General Meeting Following the meeting join us at the … Read more