Guelph Jazz Festival Seeks Volunteers

August 11, 2008 - News Release

Organizers of the Guelph Jazz Festival are looking for volunteers for the 15th annual jazz festival and colloquium, which will be held Sept. 3 to 7 in venues around the city of Guelph and at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

The festival was started in 1994 by U of G English professor Ajay Heble and has evolved into a world-class showcase for jazz performance and education.

Its sponsors include the schools of Fine Art and Music, Languages and Literatures, and English and Theatre Studies, as well as the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, the Central Student Association and various other U of G departments.

Hailed as one of Canada's most influential music festivals, the Guelph Jazz Festival has earned critical acclaim for presenting innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting. Most recently, the festival was named one of five finalists in the arts organization category of the 2008 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, which recognizes outstanding achievement in and contribution to Ontario arts and culture.

The festival features a main-stage program of Canadian and international artists, a free downtown jazz tent and a "jazz around town" series.

In addition, the Guelph Jazz Festival is the only such festival in Canada that includes free workshops, lectures and panel discussions on the influence of jazz on society and culture.

Festival organizers rely on volunteers for various tasks, including hospitality services, box office and merchandise sales, beverage sales and service, and festival promotions/materials distribution.

For every six hours of service, volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to a festival event, as well as a T-shirt and an invitation to a volunteer appreciation party.

For more information on how to get involved and for a volunteer application form, visit the website or send e-mail to

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1