The Volunteer Team Behind Bluesfest
(and CityFolk)


We are as excited as you to start welcoming new volunteers for this year’s festival!

Let the weather be the only surprise this season! ☀️💨🌦 Please carefully read each job description that interests you to see the job expectations and requirements. To apply click  the green “Apply for…. CLICK HERE” links below, bringing you to InitLive (registration).

Last day to edit your schedule is June 30th. Final registration day is July 5th.

Note**: New volunteers must complete one shift (or the July 5th on-site training) before being eligible for a free show, and must remain in good standing (attending all scheduled shifts, adhering to the code of conduct, etc.). 

Volunteers can only register for one department (all shifts within one area) New shifts are added often, check back for your desired shifts.

If you think that nothing beats the combination of crisp, cold beverages and live music, join our Beverage Services team to meet other enthusiastic volunteers who share that passion!

This department is responsible for taking, processing and delivering drink orders in a timely manner to our parched patrons. With multiple locations and countless beverage options throughout the festival site, every shift is a new experience!

Beverage Cashiers

Do you have Smart Serve AND a finely-tuned set of observation skills? Can you find the line between firm and fair? Then we’ve got a place for you on the Cashiers team, where you’ll ensure our festival-goers get their ice cold beverages in an orderly manner!

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Beer Tents

Are you quick on your feet and like staying on your toes? Do you work well with others and excel at two-way communication with a variety of other team members? If you answered ‘YES!’ to all of these questions, join our Beer Tents team where you’ll sign up to sling suds and other cool refreshments for our thirsty patrons.

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Our Fundraising team has a real drive for raising money for our Be in the Band & Blues in the Schools charity

The Fundraising volunteers are responsible for assisting the festival’s established fundraising objectives.



Are you socially-conscious and excited to work with other team members towards a common goal? Do you have a strong sense of community and a passion for raising money for a good cause? Sounds like you’d do well with our Fundraising Ambassadors team!

These volunteers sell 50/50 raffle tickets, limited edition Mardi Gras beads, and unsigned
commemorative festival posters, plus spread the news about our incredible music education programs and community music and arts programs including Be In the Band and Blues in the Schools.

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CUSTOMER CARE (15-17)(18+)

Are you a problem-solver who is amped to be on the frontlines at the festival? Are you all about making people’s experiences as smooth as possible? If so, join our Customer Care team and support festival-goers by assisting them with their questions and special requests, and providing them with the directions they need to fully enjoy the festival and all its amenities!

Gates (15-17)(18+)

Always wanted to be at the front-line of a giant festival? If you are a natural leader who’s calm in the face of chaos, consider the Gates team, and welcome our guests into this great festival!

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bike park (15-17)(18+)

You know a thing or two about bikes? Think of this team as the ultimate valet service for bikes. While these shifts are among some of the latest shifts in the Volunteer department, this energetic team loves to encourage green transportation!

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Seeing thousands of people a day means that RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is among Ottawa’s biggest and most anticipated music festivals! Because the festival is such a huge operation that requires a lot of collaboration and teamwork, our Festival Operations department is an essential team in keeping the festival running smoothly.

If you’re ready to be part of the festival’s backbone and do some heavy lifting, both literally and figuratively, come join the department that all other departments depend on: Festival Operations!

Inventory Control (18+)

Are you constantly praised for being efficient, punctual and willing to move all around the festival? If you are 18 years of age or older consider joining our team and help keep the festival running in tip-top shape by managing and delivering supplies to areas in need.

Inventory Control (I.C.) maintains and supplies all materials required by festival staff. This area is responsible for managing pre-festival inventory and purchasing, daily on-site dispatch, delivery, pick-up and post-festival inventory and storage.

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Road warriors (18+)

Are you a natural leader who loves being on the front lines of the action? Are you outgoing and looking for an additional challenge?

Do you want to take part in an elite team that specializes in ensuring safety in the festivals paths, roadways and parking garages? This key role at the festival allows you to have a serious impact by using your quick eye to alert patrons, staff or volunteers of any safety concerns. The Road Warriors are an elite team of volunteers that specialize in ensuring the safety of our patrons and volunteers so that they may make the most of their festival experience.

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If you’re a team-player, ready to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for other enthusiastic volunteers, and prepared to be the first-point of contact for hundreds of volunteers, check out our Volunteer Support department!

The goal of this department is to support the rest of our awesome volunteer teams and ensure they have all the tools and resources they need to succeed onsite, whatever their assigned tasks and responsibilities may be!

Alternates (15-17) (18+)

Do your friends call you the jack-of-all trades? If you’re someone that is adaptable and comfortable learning new skills on the go, the Alternates position is a fun and always changing position for you! This team helps fill the gaps on other teams when they need extra support. You’ll get to try a variety of experiences – a great first time volunteer role!

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The Volunteer Team Behind Bluesfest