The CFMF volunteer family is loud and proud.
Coming from a variety of different backgrounds, we all work together to achieve our crew goals. CFMF Volunteers are ambassadors of the Festival, and make sure that every person has a great experience. We work hard, we play hard, we dance harder. Thank you, volunteers – we couldn’t do it without you!
Want to join our team?
We are not currently accepting applications
Thanks for another great year! We will reach out again in March for CFMF 2020!
If you are interested in volunteering as a CFMF volunteer, you must complete the following steps:
- Fill out an online application form & RSVP to a New Volunteer Orientation (dates will be in the form)
- Attend a New Volunteer Orientation. At this session, you will learn about:
- Calgary Folk Music Festival overall & the CFMF Volunteer Program
- Current volunteer opportunities & how to join the team
- Following the New Volunteer Orientation, you will be expected to agree to the CFMF Volunteer Contract before you are invited to join our team
Volunteer applications will open March 15, 2019 @ 12 pm, and will close May 30, 2019 @ 5 pm. Waitlist Applications will open June 1, 2019.
We have volunteer opportunities for folks 13+. Be sure to check the crew's minimum age requirement and submit a youth permission form before you request to join.
- Cold Food (15+)
- Environment (14+)
- Family Area (16+)
- Food Servers (13+)
- Lamp Lighters (16+)
- Music & Merchandise (15+)
- Pot Washing (13+)
- Stores (16+)
- Volunteer ID (13+)
It really depends on what crew you are on, and when you volunteer. Be sure to check the crew's hourly commitment in its description before you request to join.
Pre & post-Festival crews: 24-36 hours
During Festival crews: 16-24 hours
Duties will vary from crew to crew. When you are invited to choose a crew, you can read a general overview to see what to expect. After you are accepted on a crew, your Crew Coordinator will go over duties and expectations in more detail.
2019 Crew Descriptions | click here
After attending an orientation session, you will be given instructions on how to request a crew. Depending on the crew's requirements, you may have to undergo an interview, certification or training before you are accepted.
If you are on the waitlist (after June 1), we will send out a 'crew opportunties call' on Fridays and will draw names on Mondays.
Once you are accepted on a crew, your main point of contact will be your Crew Coordinator. If you have questions before you are placed on a crew, or can't get a hold of your Crew Coordinator, you can contact our Volunteer Manager via email at email@example.com.
Yes, you can! You can choose another orientation date by logging back into your profile. If there are no more orientation opportunties, please contact our Volunteer Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be placed on the waitlist.
When you look at the list of orientation dates, you will find a ‘I am unable to attend an orientation’ option. Click on that, and we’ll contact you!
April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
May 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
May 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
We will be sending out instructions on how to confirm your 2019 intentions after March 11, 2019. The guaranteed placement cutoff is April 5, 2019, and the unconfirmed cutoff is May 19, 2019.
Confirmation Instructions | click here
Returning volunteers are guaranteed placement on their crews until April 5, 2019. After that date, they are still welcome to return, but may have to transfer to another area if their crew becomes full. Volunteers who have been marked recontact for 2+ yrs are automatically marked as 'discontinue contact'. If this has happened to you, and you want to return to the volunteer program, you must contact email@example.com and she will assist you with reactivating your account.
Returning volunteers have until April 5, 2019 to confirm themselves on their 2019 crew. After that date, we will start to accept transfer requests. This may take some time depending on the crew - some require interviews, certification, etc. Returning volunteers requesting to transfer have crew placement priority over new volunteers.
Once you have confirmed your 2019 intentions, your Crew Coordinator will contact you directly with further crew details.
Your first point of contact should always be your Crew Coordinator. If you can't get a hold of your Crew Coordinator, you can contact our Volunteer Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Package Pick-Ups are scheduled opportunties for CFMF volunteers to come pick up their volunteer packages. Package contents include:
- Volunteer Badge
- Volunteer T-shirt
- Volunteer Handbook
- and more!
There are two dates scheduled, but you only need to attend one.
Please bring your ID to the Package Pick-Up, and be sure to make note of what crew you are on!
Volunteers who have missed the scheduled Package Pick-Up dates can grab their items at the on-Island Package Pick-Up Pop-Up Tent! This tent is located at the entrance of the West Gate, by the Peace Bridge.
Package Pick-Up Pop-Up Tent Hours
- Wednesday, July 24, 4:30-7:30 pm
- Thursday, July 25, 1:30-8 pm
- Friday, July 26, 1-8:30 pm
You can pick-up volunteer packages for your friends and family WITH their permission.
- Volunteer badge & t-shirt
- Closed-toe shoes
- Reusable water bottle
- Extra shirt for off -duty Beer Garden fun
- Insect repellant & sunscreen
- Rain gear, extra layers & warm socks
- Blanket / tarp & Festival chair
- A great attitude & big smile!
Volunteers are welcome to enjoy the Festival while off-shift! Check-out the Artist Lineup before the Festival, so you know what acts you want to see.
If there is a certain band you’re itching to catch, let your Crew Coordinator know when they are working on schedules, and they will do their best to accommodate. Please remember that shift preferences are considered, but may not always be possible. It is expected that all volunteers work their scheduled shifts.
Volunteers are welcome to enjoy music on the Main Field or at the Side Stages while off-shift.
If you are looking for a front-row seat at the ATB Mainstage or to participate in the tarp run, get to the Main Gate early and line up! Volunteers do not get prioritized seating over our patrons, and must remember that seating access is a privilege, not a right. Volunteers who wish to place a tarp down without lining up with the public must wait on the sides of the Main Field and await the signal from Safety & Security personnel.
Volunteers get access to an exclusive hospitality area during the Festival. It is located on-Island - turn right after you enter the Main Gate! Dinner is offered nightly (Thursday to Sunday), and lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteer Meal Times
- Thursday | Dinner - 4:30-7:30 pm
- Friday | Dinner - 4:30-7:30 pm
- Saturday | Lunch - 11:30 am-2 pm | Dinner - 4:30-7:30 pm
- Sunday | Lunch - 11:30 am-2 pm | Dinner - 4:30-7:30 pm
Snack Bar Hours
- Thursday & Friday | 4-7:30 pm
- Saturday & Sunday | 11:30 am-7:30 pm
Make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to your shift and check in with your crew coordinator when you arrive! Wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. You will also need to wear your volunteer shirt and badge while you are on duty. Make sure to have eaten before your shift as meal breaks are not included!
As per the Volunteer Contract, it is expected that you arrive and remain sober to your shifts. This includes liquor, cannabis and other recreational drugs or substances.
Your volunteer t-shirt shows patrons that you are part of the Festival team, whether you are on shift or not. As such, current year Festival t-shirts are not permitted in the Beer Garden, Blue Room or Cannabis Consumption Area for any off-duty volunteer. Please bring an extra shirt with you if you want to partake in the fun in these areas after your shift.
The Volunteer Information Tent is located on the west end of the Island (behind the ATB Mainstage) in a big GlobalFest trailer. It is an information clearing house for all things volunteers, and is open during Festival Hours.
Volunteer Information Tent Hours
- Wednesday, July 24 | 5:30-8 pm
- Thursday, July 25 | 1-9 pm
- Friday, July 26 | 10:30 am-9 pm
- Saturday, July 27 | 9 am-9 pm
- Sunday, July 28 | 9 am-8:30 pm
Reasons to visit the Volunteer Information Tent
- Meal times & menu items
- Locating your crew
- Questions about volunteering
- Incident reports
- FREE Festival program
- Buying a guest pass for the Volunteer Parties
- Volunteer Parties & Hospitality schedules
- Getting in touch with the Volunteer Services Team
There is a full resource team to help you before, during and after the Festival. You can contact any of the following fine folks through our Safety & Security Volunteers (the red shirts), or from the Volunteer Information Tent:
- Crew Coordinators
- Area Managers
- CFMF Staff
- Volunteer Services Co-Manager, Hallie Caplan
- Volunteer Services Co-Manager, Lawna Hurl
- CFMF Volunteer Manager, Emily McCormick
Life happens - keep us in the loop! Contact your Crew Coordinator first AND send email@example.com an email. If you fail to show up for a shift and do not let us know, you may be permanently removed from the CFMF volunteer program.
If you lose your badge, let your Crew Coordinator know and head directly to Volunteer Information for further support. Please note that we do not necessarily replace lost badges.
Thursday, July 25 - Sunday, July 28, 2019.
Current volunteers are entitled to a 10% discount off select CFMF & FH tickets. Please call us at 403.233.0904 or drop by our office for more information.
Tell your Crew Coordinator and the Volunteer Manager immediately via phone AND email. Failure to properly notify your supervisors may result in removal from the CFMF volunteer program.
Tell your Crew Coordinator immediately. You can call the Festival Office at (403)-233-0904 and we will redirect the message to your Crew Coordinator. You should send a follow up email to your Crew Coordinator and CC the Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to notify your Crew Coordinator may result in volunteer follow up and possible removal from the CFMF volunteer program.
The Volunteer Parties are a celebration of all the amazing work done by our volunteers! They’ve got live music, food, drinks, and amazing company! Parties happen on Saturday and Sunday night of the Festival. They are held at the Westin Hotel Ballroom at 320 4th Ave SW. The events are 18+ and are only open to folks with accepted badges or guest tickets.
Guest tickets are available to purchase at the Volunteer Info Tent for $20. Volunteers may purchase 1 guest ticket per day. Guest tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door.
Drink tickets are available to purchase at the Volunteer Parties. Please note that you CANNOT use your CFMF Beer Garden tickets at the Parties. Limited pizza and snacks will be available later in the evening!
The Volunteer Parties are 18+. Please have your ID with you, as you may be checked at the door or when you purchase a drink ticket.
Check out the Volunteer Information Tent and the Volunteer Newsletter the day of the party to find out who is playing that night!
In your Volunteer Handbook, you’ll find our Festival Bingo! Snap a pic of yourself completing each of the squares and send it into email@example.com by August 24 for the chance to win!
The FFSC has gone from a humble summer Festival in July, to a well-established organization that hosts engaging musical programming throughout the year. We are thrilled to add another component to our resume: Block Heater - a winter music extravaganza. Recruiting directly from our CFMF volunteers, we rely on the support of almost 100 volunteers to help us run this sub-zero event.
Thank you for another great year! We will reach out to returning volunteers in November for 2020 Block Heater intentions.
The Block Heater Volunteer Program is currently closed. The 2020 waitlist will reopen in November 2019.
With the CFMF's new building, Festival Hall, we are thrilled to be able to present the diverse indie, roots, traditional, and world music the Festival is known for, all year round. We rely on the support of our volunteers to help us run a variety of events throughout the year. Recruiting from our loyal CFMF volunteers, the Festival Hall Volunteer Program operates with over 50 people on our mailing list.
Thank you for another great season! We will reach out to returning volunteers in August for Fall 2019 intentions.
We are not currently accepting applications for the FH Volunteer Program.