The thirty-seventh annual Vancouver Powell Street Festival –  Celebrating Japanese Canadian Art, Culture and Heritage in Vancouver.

The 2013 Vancouver Powell Street Festival held on August 3 & 4, 2013 from 11:30am-7pm is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food.

Vancouver Powell Street Festival - Clairefromyvr
Vancouver Powell Street Festival – Clairefromyvr

The Powell Street Festival is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland. We provide a much-needed venue for emerging and established, professional and amateur, and traditional and contemporary artists in the Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian communities. The theme for the 2013 festival is CHAMPION. Powell Street Festival celebrates artistic champions who have risen above an array of challenges in order to create dynamic works and build stronger communities. Look for Mitch Miyagawa’s film A Sorry State, which investigates the impact of the state apology on individuals who have borne the brunt of Canada’s colonial and racist past; a new work by taiko drummer Tiffany Tamaribuchi (USA) for Canada’s trailblazing taiko ensemble Katari Taiko (BC); and a stirring debut performance of the butoh-flavoured Pond by dance artist Tomomi Morimoto (QC).

37th Annual Powell Street Festival
Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th, 2013
11:30 am to 7 pm
Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova)
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Street)
Chapel Arts (304 Dunlevy at Cordova)

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Live Event Highlights

A reading by 
Mariko Tamaki
 (ON), author of Skim and (You) Set Me on Fire; 
, a multimedia project led by 
Soichi Terada
 (Japan) that mixes Minyo (Japanese traditional-flavored folk song) and electronic music with motion graphics; performances by 
Robson 800 Crew
Rhythm Recall
Tetsu Taiko and Dead Beat Ninjas
 (BC), improvisation loop-pedal sensation 
Doug Koyama
 (BC), indie dream pop performer 
 (BC), and dancer 
Aretha Aoki
 (BC); and the second year of the 
Jackson Avenue Block Party performance space and marketplace

Festival Launch with Omodaka
August 2, 2013, 8:00pm
Instant Coffee Workplace (441 Powell Street, Vancouver)
Soichi Terada, the electro producer of Omodaka combines traditional minyo (folk music) with contemporary electronic sounds performed in tandem to projected videos. The mask-wearing chip-tune enthusiast plucks live melodies from modified video game hand-helds to create live performances of bleeps and blips with traditional Japanese singing. Limited seating and by donation.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
August 3rd, 2013, 8:00pm
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Tickets $5 for youth (24 and under)/$20 (advance/students/seniors/members) at$25 at the door
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are a psychedelic noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-orientalist cesspool of East-meets-West culture clash in giant monochrome paper sets. Founded in late 2007 by performance artists Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, YT // ST is an Asian, Indigenous and Diasporic Art Collective that was shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Prize. Presented in partnership with Queer Arts Festival.

The Festival continues its 6th year of the Zero Waste Challenge, and offers a Free Bike Valet for all Festival attendees.

Past Promotion:
Participate in this year’s Sake Social fundraiser on June 1st! Spend a delightful summer evening learning about the smooth, cool taste of Japanese rice wine while lounging outdoors at the beautiful courtyard of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Taste delicious sake, enjoy a delicious array of appetizers, and bid on some fabulous items at our silent auction-all while supporting your favourite Festival! REGULAR TICKETS are $45 for 4 sake tastings & food.
~ Sakes provided by Blue Note Wine & Spirits, That’s Life Gourmet, Select Wines & Spirits, The Association of Pure Sake Promoters of Japan, D-Way Beverage Inc, and Jizake Japan.
~ Appetizers courtesy of Hapa Izakaya, Fujiya, Freshpoint Produce