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Paueru-Gai パウエル街 Premiere & On-Demand

November 2, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Vancouver’s history is Japanese immigration is explored through French Art Song and personal stories from creator, Luka Kawabata.

Join the Paueru-Gai パウエル街 premiere & watch party on Nov. 2nd to catch an interview with the project creator, Luke Kawabata or experience this project on-demand from Nov. 2 – 7 2021.

Artist Statement

Paueru-Gai パウエル街 is an exploration of my personal experience as a Japanese-Canadian, being raised between cultures. The piece speaks to the history of Japanese immigration to the West Coast of North America and the aftermath of WWII.

The piece seeks to remember the stories of the people who once created a beautiful, rich community in Vancouver. In doing so, this experience opens the door for myself and others to continue educating ourselves about their history.

About Luka Kawabata

Nikkei-Canadian baritone, Luka Kawabata is a current member of the Yulanda M Faris Young Artists’ Program with Vancouver Opera, having appeared as Dmitri in Wargo’s The Music Shop and as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen: Up Close and Personal in the 2020-2021 Digital Season. He is an alumnus of the Digital Emerging Artist Program with Manitoba Opera, the ‘Opera in the 21st Century’ program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and has been a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach and the Vancouver Opera/Pacific Opera Victoria’s school tour of The Flight of the Hummingbird. Luka is proud to be making his producorial debut in “Paueru-Gai パウエル街”, celebrating his intersectional lived experience and a vision for the future.




November 2, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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