Volunteers Make Our World Go 'Round!

First of all, thank you for volunteering with us! We hope you enjoy your experience, and you encourage your friends and family to join in on the fun. As a volunteer with the Canmore Folk Music Festival, you are part of a big, wonderful team that works together to execute a magical event. We need close to 650 volunteers and volunteer coordinators to make the magic happen. Trust us: We couldn’t do it without you!

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NEW! Beer Garden:

Serve drinks, check age verification, and sell drink tickets at our on-site assessment zone


Sell 50/50 tickets during the festival weekend and help us reach our fundraising goal


help control access to festival grounds to maintain a safe environment, warmly welcome guests, ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience throughout the event

Artist Liaison:

The artist liaison team are ambassadors for the artists, supporting them in their requests for providing accommodation, accreditation, and hospitality, so they can have a memorable festival!

Artist Liaison (Massage):

Provide massage services for performers (RMT designation required)

Community Cruisers:

Operate bicycle parking on the festival site


Set up and take down site electrical infrastructure (Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Electrician designation required)


Help the festival achieve Towards Zero Waste initiatives by directing waste separation

Family Area:

Help run activities for children during the weekendGate: Welcome festival patrons and scan tickets


Welcome festival patrons and scan tickets

Hospitality (Blue Moon Cafe):

Prepare snacks and refreshments for volunteers

Hospitality (Performer meals):

Serve meals to artists and guests

Hospitality (transportation):

Must be available before and after the festival. Help move hospitality equipment from the office to the festival site, help set up the hospitality area, deliver food to the site set up crew

Info Booth:

Help with volunteer registration and provide festival information to patrons and volunteers

Instrument Storage:

(Must be able to lift 50lbs) Manage backline gear between stages


Sell festival and artist merchandise at the merch tent


Provide festival photography/videography services

Product Control:

Liaise with artists to manage their merchandise (Criminal Record Check required)


Sell beverages, man the front door and sell drink tickets at the offsite pub

Site Set Up:

Set up/take down equipment and infrastructure before/after the festival (must be available weekdays before/after the festival).

Stage Crew:

Provide stage production services


Drive artists to/from the airport and their accommodations (Drivers Abstract (at our cost) and minimum Class 5 drivers license required)


Manage cash on site (Criminal Record Check required)


As a volunteer, you have the right:

  • To be identified as a volunteer and to be treated as a co-worker, with respect and zero tolerance of abusive behaviour.
  • To be properly informed about the Canmore Folk Music Festival, its policies, programs, services, and procedures.
  • To know what is expected of you.
  • To be recognized for your contribution to the Canmore Folk Music Festival.

You will receive:

  • A weekend pass for the festival.
  • A volunteer T-shirt that must be worn while you are on shift.
  • Access to backstage snacks and beverages.
  • Access to the party following the main stage concert (day TBD)

We expect you:

  • To volunteer for 12 hours during the festival or 18 hours before/after the festival, at tasks assigned to you by your Coordinator
  • To show up on time, ready to help, and treat others with respect.
  • To make arrangements for child care during your shift
  • To adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct available on our website.


Our festival is outdoors, which means that it is critical that you come prepared.  Here is a list of hints that will help to make your volunteering experience a positive one:

Volunteer Checklist

  • Bring your own water bottle. There will be no water for sale in the food vendor area, but there will be free water bottle filling stations throughout the site
  • Make sure you wear comfortable and weather-appropriate footwear
  • Weather in the mountains is unpredictable! Pack a hat, sunscreen, warm clothes, rain gear, and bug spray. It has been known to rain (and sometimes snow!) at the festival… So be ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at us!
  • Read all the information given to you by your Coordinator so you know what is expected of you
  • Know how to contact your Coordinator. Save their cellphone number on your phone.
  • Ensure you have eaten before your shift. Most shifts are at least 4-hours long, only permitting bathroom breaks.
  • Wear your volunteer T-Shirt, wristband, and volunteer badge when you are on shift


Volunteeer Registration



Festival Friday - Free community concert! Times TBD

Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Sunday - 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Monday - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

in case of Emergency

Our Emergency Guidelines are currently under review. Please check back in soon!

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