Time to bundle up for Block Heater 9.0!
Our winter extravaganza returns again this February 15-17, 2024! ✨
If you are a returning Block Heater volunteer, you have been contacted directly to ask for your intentions for the 2024 season.
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.
Heading into its 9th year, Block Heater is an annual winter music extravaganza that brings together diverse programming in the heart of Calgary’s downtown and Inglewood.
Thursday, February 15 - Saturday, February 17, 2024
Block Heater takes place at seven different venues, both downtown and in historic Inglewood.
This year you can catch shows at:
The Blues Can | 1429 9 Ave SE
Festival Hall | 1215 10 Ave SE
Ironwood Stage & Grill | 1229 9 Ave SE
The Palace Theatre | 219 8 Ave SW
Central United Church | 131 7 Ave SW
#1 Royal Canadian Legion | 116 7 Ave SE
Olympic Plaza | 228 8 Ave SW
We have volunteer opportunities for folks 13+. Please note, our youth volunteer positions are limited, so be sure to check each crew’s age requirements before you request to join.
Block Heater Youth Crews:
- Volunteer ID (13+) - currently full.
All other crews are 18+.
While exact hours vary crew to crew, Block Heater volunteers are generally required to volunteer for at least two concert blocks during the event (approx. six hours each block).
- Volunteer badge
- Volunteer shirt
- Face mask (optional)
- Jacket, mitts & toque
- A great attitude and a big smile!
As a Block Heater volunteer, you will receive:
- Block Heater volunteer long-sleeved shirt;
- Ticket to a concert block at Block Heater 2024;
- Tasty meal and non-alcoholic beverages on-shift;
- 10% discount on tickets for friends and family
- Participation in an action-packed, fun-filled event with great music and amazing people!
Confirmed volunteers for Block Heater 2024 are eligible for a free ticket to a concert at the Palace Theatre on Friday or Saturday night. If working both those evenings, other arrangements will be made.
The process for ticket redemption will be shared in the volunteer newsletter. Tickets will be emailed, and volunteers are responsible for bringing their ticket to the performance. Badges are not sufficient for concert entry.
Package pick-ups are scheduled opportunities for Block Heater volunteers to come pick-up their volunteer packages. Package contents include:
- Volunteer badge
- Volunteer shirt
- Volunteer handbook
Just the name of your crew! If you can’t make it and have a friend picking up your package, give us a heads up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers who have missed the scheduled package pick-up dates can grab their items from the Venue Supervisor on the first shift. Make sure to come early to get your package and have a chance to change into your volunteer shirt. Please email email@example.com to let us know you require this arrangement.
The Calgary Folk Music Festival (CFMF) was founded in 1980 and is produced by the not-for-profit Folk Festival Society of Calgary (FFSC).
This annual family-friendly musical extravaganza takes place on the last weekend of each July; and has been held at Calgary's Prince’s Island Park since its inception. Diverse programming presents 70 some artists across seven stages; ranging from local favourites to international artists, there is sure to be something for everyone. Come be a part of the magic and join the community of over 50,000 Calgarians and tourists as we gather for good music and great times!
"Thank you! This is such an amazing event and I appreciate that there is diversity in the music that's played. My 14 year old didn't want to come with me and as we sat at a stage on Sunday he turned to me and said - Mom, this band is on my playlist! He had a totally different definition and expectation of what folk music could include. It was a magical moment; he had the biggest grin and will come happily next year!"
- 2022 Volunteer
Thank you to everyone for your hard work at the 2023 festival. We'll be in touch in early 2024 for next year's event!