Guelph Jazz Festival Seeks Volunteers

August 16, 2012 - News Release

Guelph Jazz Festival organizers are looking for volunteers for the 19th annual festival and colloquium, which will be held Sept. 5 to 9 in venues around the city of Guelph and at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (MSAC).

Started in 1994 by University of Guelph English professor Ajay Heble, the Guelph Jazz Festival offers jazz performance and education and is considered among the most visionary musical events in Canada.

U of G sponsors include the schools of Fine Art and Music, Languages and Literatures, and English and Theatre Studies, MSAC and the Central Student Association.

Volunteer opportunities include hospitality services, box office and merchandise sales, beverage sales and service, and festival promotions/materials distribution.

Volunteers are needed for free jazz events being held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Market Square in front of City Hall. You can complete an advance online application.

For six hours of service, you will receive a complimentary ticket to a festival event, a T-shirt and an invitation to a volunteer appreciation party.

Considered 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.

It’s the only festival in Canada that includes free workshops, lectures and panel discussions on the influence of jazz on society and culture. The festival has received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information about the festival and volunteer opportunities, visit the website or email

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or, or Shiona Mackenzie, Ext. 56982, or

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