We have over 500 spots reserved for Youth Volunteers aged 15-17!

The following teams accept Youth Volunteers: AlternatesBead Tent, Bike ParkEnvirodish, Gates, Green TeamInfo Booth, Island AmbassadorsMerch Tent, Poster Gallery*Outdoor Blues CaféSilent Auction, and Stage Crew*.

The areas followed by an (*) require a separate application and interview.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to make your RBC Bluesfest Volunteer experience a great one:


You must have a Parental Permission Form signed and returned to us when you check in for your first shift at RBC Bluesfest. You will not be permitted to begin your first shift until you have done so.

Download our Parental Permission Form 2017 HERE!


Volunteering at RBC Bluesfest is a great way to get your High School volunteer hours. You can accumulate up to 20 hours in one summer! All we ask is that you bring your volunteer form with you each shift so that your Area Leader can sign off for your hours. This way you can be sure that you get credit for the hours your worked in the moment.


Volunteering is a great way to see your favorite acts at the festival for free! Returning volunteers can see a show before working their first shift. If you are a new volunteer, you will need to complete a shift before gaining access to free shows. You can sign in for a free show at Volunteer Village, the same place you sign in for your volunteer shifts.


We need you to show up for ALL the shifts you’ve signed up for. Please only choose 5 shifts when you register to make room for other people to sign up. If you skip a shift or disappear during your shift without letting your Area Leader know where you are, you could lose your free show privileges. We don’t want you to miss out, so be cool about it okay?

We want you to have a great time while you are volunteering and while you are enjoying the shows. Stay hydrated, bring a snack, and be prepared to be on your feet for most of your shift (many of our youth roles have A LOT of walking involved). Don’t forget that underage drinking or possession or consumption of drugs of any kind is completely illegal. You will be escorted offsite and you will no longer be able to volunteer, which would be a total drag for both of us.


We often have volunteers working together in areas throughout the festival site. To increase the chances of this happening, you and your friend should sign up for the same shifts at the same time, using separate computers. However, because volunteers are placed where they’re needed, we can’t guarantee that you’ll work together; your Area Leader may need you to work separately during your respective shifts.


Every volunteer should be knowledgeable about the tasks that they’re asked to do. In order to ensure that your time here passes without injury, make sure to carefully review the information we provide to you, ask any questions you may have, and review some information for volunteers which can be found on the Ministry of Labour’s website.

And for any parents out there who might be wondering if there’s anything that they should know before their teen heads out to volunteer, the Ministry of Labour also provides some more information for employers and supervisors that could help to set your mind at ease.


Every year we work with our Area Leaders to identify exceptional youth volunteers, and provide them with a personalized reference letter that can be used for University and College applications, as well as job opportunities.


The Advisory Group (aka TAG) is a youth committee of high school- and university-aged students between 15 and 21. We enlist the help of 12-15 individuals who are asked to provide input to festival programming, marketing, event production and community initiatives.