The Volunteer Team Behind Bluesfest

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Welcome to the VTBB

The volunteers of RBC Bluesfest and Cityfolk in Ottawa, ON Canada are a remarkable team of hardworking, dedicated, outgoing individuals that contribute to our community each summer and fall to ensure a world class experience at our live events.
In an effort to improve the quality of the volunteer experience, and streamline our communication with our volunteers across all of our events we have established the “Volunteer Team Behind Bluesfest” (VTBB).
 This administrative umbrella will enable us to communicate more effectively with our volunteers, while still allowing people to volunteer with RBC Bluesfest, CityFolk or both. It will also make it easier for our volunteers to see and apply for opportunities across all of our events once we’re ready to host live events again.

The Ottawa Bluesfest is a non-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to present a world-class music festival featuring international, Canadian, and local artists in downtown Ottawa each July. We are youth-friendly, community and visitor-focused, culturally-diverse and committed to sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives.

Ottawa CityFolk is a multi-day celebration of music, dance, and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances on various stages.

For the most up to date festival information, please refer to our festival site(s):


Don't forget to sign up for InitLive!

Early Birds, don’t forget to sign up for InitLive!

If you were one of our 2019 RBC Bluesfest and/or CityFolk early bird-eligible volunteers, make sure to check your email for your invitation to claim your account on InitLive. It only takes a few minutes and it’s the only way to access future volunteer opportunities with our organization. And, if you sign up before Friday, August 6th @ 11:59PM, you’ll be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the upcoming Beyond Van Gogh exhibit!

If you weren’t one of our 2019 Early Birds, don’t fret—we’ll be opening applications again in the spring of 2022.


Popular FAQs

we are changing event management systems - WHy?

We had been with Cvent for nearly 10 years and decided that it was time to make the change while we had some time during the pandemic. InitLive is a local Ottawa company that we have been looking into over the last few years. We have been taking the time over the last few months to learn more about InitLive and how the system works. InitLive is geared towards volunteers and while there will be a few things similar to Cvent, there are a lot of great new features.  

Will there be many Changes for 2022?

We have been working hard on some program changes, including developing an application process, auditing and redesigning our website, reviewing our volunteer code of conduct and harassment policy, reviewing our terms and conditions, shift lengths, etc. We will keep you updated on any further changes.





The Volunteer Team Behind Bluesfest