BLOCK HEATER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
Our winter extravaganza returns again this February 9-12, 2023! ✨
If you are a returning Block Heater volunteer, you have been contacted directly to ask for your intentions for the 2023 season.
If you are interested in helping out at Block Heater for the first time, please fill out this form.
Created in 2016, the Folk Festival Society of Calgary (FFSC) added a second annual event to its resume: Block Heater.
Block Heater has broadened Calgarians’ musical horizons during the winter months. Held in the city's downtown core and historic Inglewood and East Village neighbourhoods, Block Heater is an immersive, veritable festival-in-a-box. Over three days, more than thirty Albertan, Canadian and international roots, blues, world and indie artists — stellar instrumentalists and songwriters who represent fresh and singular approaches to art and culture — are programmed in concerts and collaborative sessions. It’s Calgary's cure for cabin fever!
With varied crews spread across multiple venues, our small but mighty Block Heater volunteer team offers hands-on event experience in unique and high-energy spaces.
If you are a returning Block Heater volunteer, you were contacted directly in October to ask for your intentions for the 2023 season.
If you are interested in helping out at Block Heater for the first time, please fill out this form. Please note that returning volunteers, and volunteers in our CFMF program, receive priority for placement (in that order).
The Calgary Folk Music Festival (CFMF) was founded in 1980 and is produced by the not-for-profit Folk Festival Society of Calgary (FFSC). Held at Calgary's bucolic Prince’s Island Park since its inception, it’s one of Canada’s flagship, trailblazing music festivals with a national and international profile and a broad, cutting-edge programming vision.
The annual Festival is a four-day family-friendly cultural and musical extravaganza, which takes place the last weekend each July. Some 70 artists from Alberta, Canada and the world perform on six daytime and two evening stages in concerts and sessions – unpredictable mash-ups where artists collaborate in unique and unexpected ways, sharing songs and stories. It’s a genre-bending affair that cleverly unites roots, world and indie icons and upstarts from around the globe; a destination event and essential community gathering for 53,000 Calgarians and tourists.
The site boasts a family area with interactive activities and live entertainment, a Talk Tent featuring comedians and spoken word artists plus other site animations, an artisan market, global culinary delights, a record tent and tree-shaded beer garden within earshot of two stages. Our multi award-winning environment program includes recycling, composting, wind-powered energy and bicycle parking.
The Calgary Folk Music Festival relies on the support of over 1,500 volunteers each year. With assistance required on over 70 different crews, there are opportunities for volunteers of all skill, ability and age levels (13+).
We are not currently accepting applications for the Calgary Folk Music Festival. We will provide an update on CFMF volunteer opportunities in Spring 2023.
With the CFMF's building, Festival Hall (FH), we are able to present the diverse indie, roots, traditional, and world music the Festival is known for, all year round.
Directly recruiting from our loyal CFMF volunteer base, the Festival Hall Volunteer Program operates with over 50 people on our mailing list. We rely on the support of our volunteers to help us run a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, orientations, and meetings.
We are not currently accepting applications for the FH Volunteer Program. Existing FH volunteers will be contacted with season updates and volunteer opportunities as they arise.
We are not currently confirming volunteer intentions at this time.