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.

None of it could be done without the commitment of our wonderful volunteers. The award-winning Volunteer Program at Ottawa Bluesfest boasts 3200+ volunteers who support the festival in 39 different areas. We are extremely proud of the hard work and enthusiastic efforts each and every one of our volunteers brings to the program.

Interested in volunteering with us in 2019?

Public Registration for most areas opens May 15 – Job Descriptions. Early recruitment for specialized areas is underway. Read about and apply for those areas – Specialized Recruitment.

If you would like a reminder to come back and sign up in May, add your name to our list here.

Here’s what we expect from you:

• You must be at least 15 years old by the time the festival starts on July 4th, 2019
• You can meet ALL of your shift commitments (for most areas, that means completing at least 5 shifts )
• You comply with the Volunteer Code of Conduct
• You keep a positive approach to Customer Service
 • You thrive in fast-paced and dynamic environments
• You treat volunteers, patrons, and performers with professionalism & courtesy

Here’s what you can expect to receive from us:

• Free access to onsite festival shows while you’re not on shift
• An updated 2019 volunteer t-shirt as your uniform
• A free meal from the Outdoor Blues Café for each shift worked while the festival is open
• An invite to the Volunteer Appreciation Party
• A letter of confirmation for any hours worked for a high school or community requirement (available upon request)

Want to learn more?

Job Descriptions


Volunteer Leaders
Years Running
Hours Contributed Annually

Sponsors and Community Partners