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

We’re seeking a Web Designer

PSFS requires the services of a consultant on a fixed fee basis to undertake and complete a website design for JAPANESE CANADIAN (JC) ARTIST ONLINE DIRECTORY WEBSITE. Please read the full Request for Proposals: .docx format .pdf format Deadline for inquiries is February 7 and Deadline for Proposals is February 17.   Image credit: Breyten Ernsting

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Freelance Publicist

Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) seeks a publicist on contract for the 41st Powell Street Festival and its lead-up events in May, June and July. The contract will start May 1st and conclude August 15, 2017. The contract must encompass the following responsibilities, however, PSFS is open to proposals that bring a vision of partnership … Read more

We’re Hiring!

photo of volunteers at the 2012 Powell Street Festival – by Noah Photography

ABOUT THE SOCIETY The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its … Read more

In Memoriam

Everyone at Powell Street Festival Society sends our deepest condolences to Bing Thom’s family and our friends at BTA. Bing Thom’s generous spirit and community sensibility permeates his firm and PSFS has benefited immensely. In an unique partnership to host the 2016 Design Competition, BTA used their goodwill within their industry to bring support to … Read more

 11th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

Sat, Aug 27th from 10 am to 4 pm It’s that time of year again. Come out to play or cheer on the annual Asahi Tribute baseball game hosted by Powell Street Festival and Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Vancouver. The Annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game is a free, inclusive, and family-friendly place to … Read more

Please Donate to the Tent City at 58 W. Hastings

A Tent City at 58 West Hastings Street has recently formed in response to inadequate, unavailable, and unaffordable housing. Due to the current housing crisis, our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside are occupying this space to protest a lack of government support. The Tent City declares solidarity with Indigenous communities and the unceded territories. Likewise, … Read more


Do you have any leftover yarn from knitting projects that you completed long ago, but you are still holding on to like my Obaasan?  Please donate your remnant yarn to a public art project to take place at this year’s Powell Street Festival.  No ball of yarn is too small!  Your remnant yarn will become part of … Read more

Sumo Beginner’s Workshop

Presented by Powell Street Festival Society, Sumo Fun Club, and Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1 t o 4 pm at the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall 487 Alexander Street on the 5th floor; doors open at 12:30 pm Info: 604.739.9388 or admin [@] Everyone ages 16 and up … Read more

The Koinobori · BTA Design Competition Winner!

The Koinobori · BTA Design Competition Winner! In the Interactive Zone in Oppenheimer Park Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am to 7:00pm 土曜日&日曜日、午前13時~午後7時 オッペンハイマー公園 The Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of its design competition! The winning design—“The Koinobori”—is an interactive installation inspired by traditional carp streamers. The design will be unveiled … Read more

Kiai! 40th Anniversary Party & Silent Auction

May 7th at 7:30 pm The Post at 750 110-750 Hamilton Street Tickets $25 – $60 BUY TICKETS NOW via EVENTBRITE Join our kick-off party to celebrate Powell Street Festival’s 40th anniversary on May 7th at The Post at 750! The festive highlights include food, drinks, friends and an irresistible array of auction items. Enjoy a free Kiai … Read more

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm W Room, 5th Floor, Woodwards Building 111 West Hastings Street Come learn about our plans for the coming year! Meet our board and staff, ask about our various committees, and find out if there’s a role for you. If you are not already a member, the cost of a lifetime … Read more

Thank you to the Howard C. Green Memorial Fund

Powell Street Festival Society graciously thanks the Howard C. Green Memorial Fund for a generous contribution toward our 40th anniversary campaign. Howard C. Green, Conservative MP for Vancouver South from 1935 to 1963, was in support of the uprooting, and later the repatriation, of Japanese Canadians. In 2007, a federal building at 401 Burrard Street … Read more

We broke 21% on #GivingTuesday!!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our 40th Anniversary Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 1st (otherwise known as #GivingTuesday). Together we raised $640.00 on Tuesday alone. We’ve now raised 21% of our fundraising goal. We still have a ways to go! It’s no too late to donate and help us reach our goal of $40,000. Donations of over $50.00 … Read more

In Memoriam – Mr. Mamoru Yamaguchi

Mr. Mamoru Yamaguchi May 11, 1934 – November 4, 2015 We are mournful to learn that Mamoru Yamaguchi passed away on November 4, 2015 at the Surrey Memorial Hospital. He was a loved member of our community for several years and will be greatly missed.

Fundraising Campaign off to a great start!

Thanks to several generous donors, our 40th Anniversary Fundraiser is off to a fantastic start! We’re just over a week in and we’ve already raised $6,495.98. Help us reach our goal of $40,000.00! For more information and to see the donor perks, check out our campaign page.

The science behind our festival statistics

In 2015 we saw an approximate 32% increase in our attendance at Powell Street Festival! In 2014 we had an estimated 10,253 – 12,530 visitors and in 2015 we hosted an estimated 13,433 – 16,436. In this document statistician Carl James Schwarz from Simon Fraser University explains the science behind reaching these estimates. Estimating attendance at the Powell Street Festival … Read more

Kiai! An Afternoon of Japanese Music & Tea Tasting

Saturday, November 7th at 2pm Canadian Music Centre, BC Region 837 Davie Street, Vancouver Powell Street Festival (PSFS), in partnership with Tealeaves and Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, invites you to a special FREE afternoon of Japanese music and tea drinking at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie Street, Vancouver) on Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. … Read more