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Friday, August 1
 

8:00pm

GRMLN with Late Spring

Electric Owl (926 Main Street, Vancouver)

Tickets $8 /$10 at powellstfestlaunch.bpt.me
Restricted to 19+


GRMLN is the noise pop project of Kyoto-born Yoodoo Park, whose music incorporates the sunny feel of his Southern Californian upbringing with nostalgia for Japan. GRMLN’s earlier melancholic guitar-pop songs have morphed into something more rock-driven representing a Californian blend of clean-rock and dream-pop. Opening for GRMLN are Late Spring, a rock and roll band from Vancouver formed in 2013. Their sound combines raw and dirty with melodic dream pop elements. More info ›

Special thanks to donor Craig Natsuhara for his support.



Friday August 1, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Electric Owl 926 Main Street, Vancouver
 
Saturday, August 2
 

12:00pm

Takuro Otani

Takuro Otani, from Aichi Japan, started writing songs at age 24. By age 30, he began performing at live music bars in Aichi and Tokyo. Five years ago Otani stayed in Vancouver for three months and sang his original Japanese compositions at many open mics. Ever since then, he’s been in love with this city, Vancouver. More info ›



Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

2:00pm

Cosmic Wink

Cosmic Wink is the musical collaboration of fiddler Caitlan Read and guitarist Chika Buston. They compose folk tunes inspired by their west coast upbringing and their travels around Canada, and perform creative interpretations of other notable Canadian artists. With more than 10 years of performing experience locally and internationally, they are excited to announce their upcoming first full-length album this year. More info ›



Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

2:00pm

Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie
Saturday and Sunday exhibition hours: 12pm to 5pm
Performance: Saturday, 2pm
Centre A, 229 East Georgia Street
Post Festival hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays until September 13, 11am-6pm

Performance and gallery entrance: Free

Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie present ‘Music Temple’ at the 38th Annual Powell Street Festival. Seasoned collaborators in sculptural installation and music, Honda and McKenzie employ prepared acoustic instruments, found percussion elements, and often mythological and pantheistic themes delivered in a mixture of English and Japanese. ‘Music Temple’ is inspired by natural and human-altered landscapes and the flora and detritus that exist in each. Guided departure from the Festival Info Booth will leave at 1:30pm to walk to Centre A for the 2pm performance on Saturday August 2nd.

Honda and McKenzie began Elfin Saddle after migrating from Canada’s lush west coast to Montreal, transporting their nature-inspired, ethnically ambiguous folk creations to the urban environs of the east. Already seasoned collaborators in sculptural installation and music, Elfin Saddle began as a more contained outlet for these multi-disciplinary activities, using prepared acoustic instruments, found percussion elements, and often mythological and pantheistic themes delivered in a mixture of English and Japanese. Recently incorporating video projection and audio installation elements into their live performances, the resulting ‘Music Temple’ presents a pseudo-narrative culmination of all of the above. More info ›


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Centre A 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

2:30pm

Chibi Taiko

Chibi Taiko was founded in 1993 by Shinobu Homma with a goal of passing on taiko to the next generation of Asian Canadians. The group’s philosophy emphasizes cooperation, leadership, responsibility and spirituality in addition to physical and musical discipline. Members include 24 youth ages 7 to 25-years-old. Chibi has performed at various festivals in the lower mainland and in 2009, toured Japan. More info ›



Saturday August 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

5:00pm

LOUD

Composed of Eileen Kage (taiko/percussion) and Elaine Stef (electric guitar), LOUD is a Vancouver based instrumental duo who meld the acoustic with the electric into music described as ‘ancient and psychedelic’ and ‘resonating with a pulse that feels as if it emanates directly from the heart of the planet’. More info ›



Saturday August 2, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

5:45pm

Sawagi Taiko

Formed in 1990, Sawagi Taiko is the first all-women's group in Canada. Members pool their common and unique experiences as East Asian women living in Canada, and focus their creative energy and ideas into a powerful expression that is always heard and cannot be ignored. Sawagi Taiko offers an alternative to the stereotype of Asian women as quiet and demure and strives to encourage cultural connections among different communities. More info ›



Saturday August 2, 2014 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

6:30pm

Kytami

Kytami is a “violinistextremist” and co-founder of the acclaimed bhangra-Celtic fusion group Delhi 2 Dublin.  Fusing classical fiddle styles with bass-heavy dubstep and hip-hop, Kytami is forging a bold and unique path with her solo career. Since 2010, she has won Electronic/Dance Album of The Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards for her full-length album and has played the Vancouver and Victoria Jazz festivals, Shambhala Music Festival and the Joshua Tree Fest. More info ›



Saturday August 2, 2014 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park
 
Sunday, August 3
 

11:30am

Sakura Singers

The Sakura Singers was formed in 1970 as a mixed choral group under the auspices of the Japanese Canadian Citizen’s Association and directed by Mrs. Ruth Suzuki. Upon its inauguration into a Society in 2006, an endowment fund was established. Resources from the fund are being used to promote the enjoyment of Japanese songs and a better understanding of Japanese Canadian culture. The Sakura Singers perform at numerous venues throughout the year, and holds its major concert biennially at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

12:00pm

Coração Boêmio

Coração Boêmio – which means “bohemian heart” in Portuguese -started in Japan 12 years ago. This trio, including guitarist Yujiro Nakajima and vocalist Sarah McAlister, performs popular bossa nova tunes as well as a little jazz and samba. They have arranged some Japanese music to perform in honour of the Powell Street Festival and Japan, where the band first formed. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

12:30pm

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko (formerly Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. The group aims to promote and preserve the Okinawan performing art of Eisa drum-dancing in the community and building friendship through Okinawan folk art. Vancouver Okinawa Taiko performs in various multicultural festivals, charity and anniversary functions in Metro Vancouver and US. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

1:00pm

Kaya Kurz

Kaya is an indie/alt-rock performer who sings and plays the guitar. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

1:30pm

Stephanie Nakagawa

Soprano Stephanie Eiko Nakagawa was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up in Okanagan Valley. Her exquisite voice has been described as "clear as a bell" and " dazzling."  Miss Nakagawa is a talented and versatile performer and has sung on operatic and concert stages throughout Canada, the United States, Japan, and Europe. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

2:00pm

Carol Oya
Carol Oya was born and raised in Vancouver. As a kid, she loved to watch "Solid Gold" and mimic her idols, Olivia Newton-John and Sheena Easton. Carol began performing professionally when she moved to Spain and sang with a rock band. After living in Japan and fronting two jazz quartets, she returned to Canada and currently lives in Toronto where she performs jazz. More info ›


Sunday August 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

2:45pm

Tomo Nakayama

Whether performing as frontman in his art-rock band Grand Hallway, playing multiple instruments in local rock groups (Gold Leaves, Sera Cahoone, The Maldives), or collaborating with orchestras, Tomo Nakayama has been an active and versatile member of the Northwest music scene for over a decade. He has performed at festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, and Sasquatch. Nakayama is currently serving as Artist in Residence at Town Hall in Seattle, and writing and recording songs for an upcoming solo album. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

5:00pm

Katari Taiko

Katari Taiko has the distinction of being the first taiko drum group formed in Canada. Since its inception in 1979, Katari Taiko has performed throughout Canada and the U.S. and has built up an extensive repertoire of both traditional and modern pieces, including original compositions. The synergy of the group, their joy and passion appeals to audiences of all ages and transcends cultural barriers. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

5:45pm

Sprïng

In a big green and purple house on a pleasant mountain in Vancouver's east side, four auditory wizards are brewing sounds under the moniker of Sprïng. Surviving only on the sound waves of their psychedelic music, and relying only on the power of chance, Sprïng spent a year conjuring up the eleven spells contained on their debut album Celebrations, released in March of 2014. Sprïng has toured the vast terrain of Western Canada in support of their release. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park

6:30pm

JODAIKO

JODAIKO was one of the first all-women wadaiko ensembles in North America, debuting in 1988. JODAIKO has toured internationally in Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States, and is comprised of members who play with or lead their own regional groups, and often tour as solo artists. Bringing a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces to the stage, JODAIKO has performed at the Powell Street Festival since 2006. In 2013 the group celebrated its 25th Anniversary. More info ›



Sunday August 3, 2014 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Diamond Stage Oppenheimer Park