THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!
We have had a wonderful time seeing your masked faces, giving distanced high-fives, and watching you all in action. Our hearts are full, and we’re so excited to see what next season has in store.
The CFMF Volunteer Program is proudly powered by ENMAX.
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 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 of 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 nearly 2,000 volunteers each year. With assistance required on over 70 different crews, there are engaging 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 2022.
Created in 2016, Block Heater (BH) has broadened Calgarians’ musical horizons during the winter months. Held in the city's historic Inglewood and East Village neighbourhoods at Festival Hall, Studio Bell (home of the National Music Centre), King Eddy, and the Central Library, Block Heater is an immersive, veritable festival-in-a-box. Over three days in February, more than 30 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. Every year this festival gets bigger and better, it’s Calgary's cure for cabin fever!
Over 100 folks support Block Heater, with the volunteer program growing each season. With 23 crews spread across multiple venues, this small but mighty team offers hands-on event experience in unique and high-energy spaces.
We are not currently accepting applications for Block Heater. We will provide an update on BH volunteer opportunities in Winter 2022.
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 Festival Hall. Existing FH volunteers wills be contacted with season updates and volunteer opportunities as they arise.
We are not currently confirming volunteer intentions at this time.