©Brett Delmage, 2010
©Brett Delmage, 2010

You wouldn’t want to go outside in just a t-shirt and shorts or recline in a lawn chair yet, but local festivals are already looking for volunteers for this summer. Whether you want to sell tickets, usher at concerts, work on stages, or pick up garbage (surprisingly, it can be fun), there’s a volunteer task that you could enjoy doing.

The Ottawa Jazz Festival opened its applications for new volunteers as of March 15. Applications are often only open for a few weeks, so you might want to check out ottawajazzfestival.com/volunteer/ soon.

Opportunities range from selling tickets to driving musicians to stage crew to selling beer to access control at the different venues. By volunteering, you also become a voting member of the festival, and can move motions and vote on its board of directors at its yearly AGM.

You can also volunteer now for the Ottawa Chamberfest in late July/early August. That festival needs people for ushering, stage crew, box office, driving, and distributing publicity material. More information and the application form is at www.chamberfest.com/support/volunteer/ .

Bluesfest, in early July, will be asking for volunteers starting May 24. They're accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can only pick one volunteer task. See https://volunteers.ottawabluesfest.ca/volunteer/ for more information and a list of the possible tasks, ranging from fundraising to selling beer to parking bikes.

The Ottawa 2017 celebrations throughout the year, which will include music shows, are also seeking volunteers. To apply, see www.ottawa2017.ca/get-involved/volunteer/ They're looking for people to act as information officers, ushers, or shuttle drivers, to help with interactive activities with young students, and many more tasks. Volunteers must go through an extensive registration process and a criminal records check before being able to pick possible volunteer opportunities.

    – Alayne McGregor

Alayne McGregor has been selling t-shirts at the Ottawa Jazz Festival as a volunteer for 27 years

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