Volunteer with the TD Kitchener Blues Festival

Volunteering is an amazing way to get up close and personal with the TD Kitchener Blues Festival. The hundreds of volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours each year are huge contributors to the festival’s success. We literally could not run the festival without volunteer support.

Here are some common questions and answers from prospective volunteers:

What are the volunteer opportunities like?

There are a wide variety of volunteer roles available including artist hospitality, bar serving, information or sales support, set-up and tear-down, and many more!

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What time commitment is required?

Volunteer shifts are in four-hour increments. Some volunteers sign up for only one or two shifts, and others volunteer throughout the whole weekend. Whatever works best for your life and schedule!

What are the benefits to volunteering? 

Volunteering gives you an insider’s perspective on a really exciting and large-scale music festival where you’ll meet amazing people and contribute to the festival and our community. It’s an activity you can participate in with family and friends, and a way to earn valuable experience to contribute to your personal or professional development. We have many return volunteers year after year who we so appreciate! (which reminds me… there’s a fun volunteer appreciation party following the festival each year)

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I want to apply… how do I get involved? 

A volunteer application form is made available each year in the spring prior to the festival in August. Watch the TD Kitchener Blues Festival website for updates on this year’s application process (coming soon!).

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Photo credits: TD Kitchener Blues Festival photography volunteers including Tom Ludwig and Stefan Myles, 2012, in photos 2 and 3 above. See more photos like this one via the “festival in photos.” Thank you to the wonderful volunteer photographers.

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Not from around here?

No problem! The TD Kitchener Blues Festival is centrally located in the heart of downtown Kitchener and there are two excellent accommodation choices walking distance to the festival stages.

The Walper Hotel was built in 1893 and is a landmark in the area – 20 Queen St S, Kitchener ON N2G 1V6.

The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo underwent a huge renovation in 2013 – 105 King St E, Kitchener ON N2G 2K8 (note: accepting reservations for arrivals on or after April 21, 2014).

So if you’re coming from out of town for the TD Kitchener Blues Festival August 7 to 14, 2014, plan your visit soon, rooms will fill up!

2014 TD Kitchener Blues Festival lineup announced tonight

Tonight at the TD Kitchener Blues Festival launch party, the 2014 lineup was unveiled in front of an energetic crowd. We’re proud and excited to have this incredible lineup of talent coming to the festival this year August 7 to 10.

Kickoff concert August 7, 2014 featuring Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, Steve Strongman

The kickoff concert will feature JUNO Award winner Steve Strongman and the young and brilliant Quinn Sullivan, opening for blues legend and multi-Grammy winning Buddy Guy. This amazing concert is a fundraiser to support the effort to continue to provide a free admission throughout the festival weekend. Tickets will be $40 each for general admission or $150 each for gold seating tickets.

Closing concert August 10, 2014 featuring The Otis Taylor Band and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

At the end of the festival weekend, this year there will be a festival fundraising concert as part of an Acadien, Cajun, Zydeco showcase featuring The Otis Taylor Band and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. Tickets will be $20 each.

2014 TD Kitchener Blues Festival lineup:

Launch party next weekend!

If you don’t have your tickets for the launch party yet, go get ’em now, so you can be there for the blues event of the spring!

Be one of the first to know who’ll be a part of our amazing lineup for this year’s festival. While you’re there, enjoy live music from Matt Weidinger, Jon Knight, and two-time JUNO Award winner Jack de Keyzer. Enjoy amazing food and a cash bar at the historic Walper Hotel.

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Photo credit: TD Kitchener Blues Festival photography volunteer. See more photos like this one via the “festival in photos.” Thank you to the wonderful volunteer photographers.

Started young with Grand River Blues Camp

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So far we’ve covered two great youth-focused events as part of the started young series:  the Youth Legacy Showcase and Blues in the Schools.

Now onto the Grand River Blues Camp! The day camp for musicians ages 12 to 18  is organized by the Grand River Blues Society. The four-day camp provides campers with a unique experience learning from local musicians.  The camp ends with a performance opportunity on stage at the TD Kitchener Blues Festival. This year, the camp will run from August 5 through 8 and registration is already open!

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Photo credits: TD Kitchener Blues Festival photography volunteer Stefan Myles, 2012. See more photos like this one via the “festival in photos.” Thank you to the wonderful volunteer photographers.

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY

So I took a walk down memory lane through some festival photos and came across this gem:

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Buckwheat Zydeco playing the accordion with a young fan in 2010! Exactly the moment I was talking about back in January. #TBT

Photo credit: TD Kitchener Blues Festival photography volunteer in 2010. See more photos like this one via the “festival in photos.” Thank you to the wonderful volunteer photographers.

Started young with the Youth Legacy Showcase

Yesterday we talked a little bit about Blues in the Schools. Now let’s take a peek at the Youth Legacy Showcase: an event for young musicians where the winner is offered the opportunity to perform at the TD Kitchener Blues Festival. Last year’s representative was the Johanna Pavia Band and in 2012 it was Brendan J Stephens.

The 2014 Youth Legacy Showcase will be April 13, 2014 and the registration deadline is April 7, 2014.

Johanna Pavia, 2013 Youth Legacy Showcase Representative, performing Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re no good” at the 2013 TD Kitchener Blues Festival.

Started young with Blues in the Schools

There are three really cool youth-focused programs that the TD Kitchener Blues Festival offers or partners with every year including  Blues in the Schools.

Blues in the Schools is a blues music program for students ranging between kindergarten and grade 12. The TD Kitchener Blues Festival describes Blues in the Schools as delivering, “… educational experiences for young students … that will teach the heritage of the blues – the foundational musical form of rock and roll, jazz, rhythm & blues and contemporary popular music.” There was a TD Kitchener Blues Festival Blues in the Schools event in the fall of 2013 and another coming this spring  – more detail on that soon.

Tomorrow we’ll get into the Youth Legacy Showcase.