Volunteers are needed for various roles during Nuit Blanche Toronto including Accessibility Assistants, Artist Assistants, Assistant Stage Managers, Information Ambassadors, Behind-the-Scenes Assistants, Project Facilitators and Ushers.


Downtown Toronto, Fort York, Scarborough Civic Centre and other locations.

Date & Time

Saturday, October 5, 2019. Shift times vary.

Time Commitment

Between four and 15 hours per shift on/or around October 5, 2019, plus a two-and-a-half hour pre-event training session.

How to Apply

  1. Complete a volunteer application.
  2. Attend a recruitment session, please RSVP to spevvol@toronto.ca.

Accessibility Assistants

Accessibility Assistants help escort patrons who use wheelchairs and other assistive devices to the event’s accessibility area(s). They have the authority to request that other people vacate the area if they don’t need it. This position is ideal for friendly people who like to help patrons with special needs, and involves some walking.

Information Ambassadors

Information Ambassadors provide front-line, top-calibre customer service to festival visitors. They are the goodwill ambassadors who keep everyone informed. Responsibilities include helping patrons navigate the event by distributing information materials, answering questions and giving directions. This position is ideal for friendly people with good communication skills and high energy who want lots of interaction with patrons, but no supervisory duties.

Artist Assistants

Artist Assistants help the artist and/or performer in a myriad of ways. Responsibilities include assisting with performance logistics and escorting them to the performance area. This position is ideal for people familiar with helping artists and/or performers and with some previous theatre or event experience.

Assistant Stage Managers

Assistant Stage Managers help the Stage Managers ensure the stage runs smoothly and on schedule. Responsibilities include working directly with the performers and their handlers, and assisting with cues, set up and clean up. This position is ideal for students in theatre or technical production programs looking for real experience at large events and who are calm and assertive. This position is for experienced volunteers and requires a resume.

Project Facilitators

Project Facilitators provide unique and varied assistance to event patrons (i.e. the public) about how to interact with the art, theatre, music or architecture projects. Responsibilities include ensuring patrons have the tools and information to interact with the project appropriately. This position is ideal for friendly people who want lots of interaction with patrons, as well as hands-on experience with the projects, with no supervisory duties.


Ushers also provide front-line, top-calibre customer service to festival visitors while they wait to view projects and ensure their successful navigation through line-ups. Responsibilities include greeting the audience and crowd control. This position is ideal for friendly people who like participating in crowd management and are willing to be assertive, but want no supervisory duties.

Becoming a volunteer is easy. Are you:

  • a resident of or visitor to the Greater Toronto Area?
  • interested in festivals and events?
  • age 16 or older?

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Read about the available volunteer positions to see if your skills, talents and interests match our team needs for our events.
  2. Email or phone Rachel Fender, Coordinator of Volunteer Management at spevvol@toronto.ca or 416-392-9315 for information on upcoming recruitment sessions.
  3. After attending a recruitment session, you’ll receive a weblink to the online application form and instructions on how to fill in your Volunteer Profile.

For more information call Rachel Fender, Coordinator of Volunteer Management at 416-392-9315 or email spevvol@toronto.ca.

Benefits of being a volunteer

As a Nuit Blanche Volunteer, you will:

  • assist at one of Canada’s leading art events
  • acquire new skills in event production
  • experience the great feeling of helping Toronto be a liveable city
  • contribute to your city’s well-being
  • earn hours towards community service

To become a Nuit Blanche Volunteer, you will:

  • attend a mandatory information and interview session to understand the festivals produced by the City and the roles open to volunteers
  • attend a mandatory training session for your specific festival and event role

As an active Nuit Blanche Volunteer, you will:

  • become part of an amazing network of enthusiastic individuals
  • receive regular updates on City-produced activities
  • receive recognition letters after each festival
  • receive certificates of hours after each festival
  • be eligible for recognition awards

Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308/309
Tuesday, February 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m.

City Hall., 100 Queen St. W. Committee Room 2
Thursday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information contact Rachel Fender at 416-392-9315 or spevvol@toronto.ca.