powell street festival 2014
Poster design by Andrea Wan

38th Annual Powell Street Festival

Friday, August 1st, 2014
8:00pm Festival Launch Concert

Electric Owl (926 Main Street)

Saturday, August 2nd & Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
11:30am to 7:00pm

Alexander Street (between Princess and Dunlevy Avenues) and Jackson Avenue (between Railway and Cordova Streets).
For the 2014 Festival, the new site will span approximately 4 city blocks and will have one main stage located on Alexander Street west of Jackson Avenue. As well, our other venues have not changed! More info ›
Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
Centre A (229 E. Georgia Street)
Ming Sun – Uchida Building (439 Powell Street)


Click here to download the Festival Program Guide (PDF, 15MB)
Or click here to see where you can pick up a hard-copy one!

In 2014, PSFS presents “Roots,” a presentation of artists who either have a strong grounding in the greater artistic community or are laying the foundations of a new vision. The theme Roots intones an exploration of history and culture, tracing the lineage of influences and variable pathways. This year’s series provides a look into the importance of being rooted in cultural history and how that relevance plays out, whether it be an embrace of tradition, or a break away. We present artists who redefine cultural and disciplinary specificity, and explore the complex rhizome of Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian identity.

The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council and Direct Access to Charitable Gaming, the City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs, Sunrise Foods, and the Strathcona Business Improvement Association.

In Memory

Powell Street Festival Society staff and members have mourned the passing this year of three incredible contributors to our Society.

Carl Chinn (1957 – January 2014)

Carl worked in the same office as Powell Street Festival Society under DKAM. He brought to the office a wealth of experience about Vancouver’s festival scene, silly jokes, and a shared love of chips. We are grateful for his ready help to volunteer during the Powell Street Festival and any time we needed an extra hand. He is missed.

Owen Lightly (1982 – May 2014)

Owen was a chef and a founder of Butter on the Endive with Naomi Horii who is a past PSFS programming committee member, volunteer and production coordinator. Owen volunteered at the Festival and donated his services as a chef at our fundraiser in 2012. His zest for life and generosity is missed.

Ken Shikaze (1951 – February 2014)

Ken Shikaze was an important figure in the early 1970s Japanese Canadian movement on Powell Street. He was a strong supporter of Tonari Gumi and a key participant in the early Powell Street Festival, and an integral part in ensuring its continuing legacy. Thanks to Ken for all his work in ensuring PSFS’ longevity.