As part of the City’s response to COVID-19, the Nuit Blanche Volunteer Program has been placed on hold until further notice.


A diverse range of volunteer opportunities before, during and after the Nuit Blanche Toronto are available, including Accessibility Assistants, Artist Assistants, Assistant Stage Managers, Information Ambassadors, Behind-the-Scenes Assistants, Project Facilitators and Ushers.

Event Location

Downtown Toronto, Scarborough Civic Centre, South Etobicoke, North York and other locations.

Event Date & Time

Saturday, October 3, 2020. Shift times vary.
Pre and post-event volunteer opportunities are available.

Time Commitment

The volunteer commitment for Nuit Blanche Toronto is overnight (more than 12 hours) for the duration of the event. Shifts before and after the event range between two to six hours. For overnight shifts, volunteers are require to attend a pre-event training session.

How to Apply

  1. Complete a volunteer application. 
  2. Attend a recruitment session, please RSVP to

Becoming a volunteer is easy! Are you:

  • interested in festivals and events?
  • want to develop or share a skill ?
  • interested in meeting new people?
  • age 16 or older?

If you answered yes, you should attend a recruitment session.

To become a volunteer, follow these simple steps:

  • RSVP to a City Cultural Events Volunteer Recruitment Session
  • attend the session to learn about our events and volunteer roles
  • successfully complete a short, informal interview

For more information contact the City Cultural Events Volunteer Department at 416-392-9315 or email

Benefits of Being a Volunteer

As a Nuit Blanche volunteer, you will:

  • assist at one of Canada’s leading contemporary 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 volunteer hours towards community service or a VAACT stamp (Volunteer Award in Arts and Culture)

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

Nuit Blanche Toronto volunteers are supported by Tim Hortons.

Recruitment sessions consist of an informative presentation and short interview. Please RSVP your attendance to Once recruited and accepted, volunteers will be able to participate in any and all City Cultural Events!

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.