Current Volunteers

Volunteer Registration is now OPEN!
2020 Volunteer Registration is now OPEN!

We want volunteering at the Winnipeg Folk Festival to be something you love to do. By doing what you love, you can inspire and awaken the hearts of others to do the same. And we’re thrilled that this festival is a place you decide to give your time and energy to every year.

Here’s what you need to do:

Check your inbox for your personalized registration email from the Marcato database on Monday, January 27! This is the ONLY way to access your own registration form. If it's not in your inbox make sure to check your junk and spam folders too! (We can resend the email if necessary.)
NOTE: Your sender will either be Colette Havens or Marcato Digital Solutions.

The registration link will take you to a form that already contains some of your personal information. Simply update the form and hit submit.

NEW! Please log in and register regardless of whether or not you’re volunteering this year. That way, we’ll know whether or not we should follow up with you.

As usual, fill out all questions under 'Registration Information'.

Update your contact information if any of it has changed in the past year. If we don't have your correct email address, you'll be out of the loop.

DO NOT share your registration link! Each link is unique and connects to your personal information only, so sharing it will allow someone to copy over your data and effectively delete you from our database.

Registration Deadline is February 29.

If you can commit to being a rock-star volunteer, we will do our very best to make sure all returning volunteers have a job at the 2020 festival. If you do not fill out the 2020 festival Information by the February 29 deadline, we will assume you are not able to return this year and your volunteer position will become available for another volunteer.


Additional Info for:

Apprentice volunteers (returning)

In addition to the registration info above:

  • In the Apprentice Information section, make sure you’ve indicated 3-5 crews you’d be interested in working with.
  • If you would prefer to receive messages from us through Facebook, you can enter your Facebook email address in your volunteer profile. Your Facebook email address is generally (check in the About section on your timeline).
Apprentice grads

If you will be 18 or older at the time of the 2020 festival, we’d like to invite you to ‘graduate’ from the Apprentice program and join an adult volunteer crew!

Here’s what to do:

  • You will be sent a registration email that will link you to the adult transfer form. Just follow the same steps as above.
  • In the Crew Preferences section, make sure you’ve indicated 3-5 crews you’d be interested in working with, to help us find you a crew with a good fit.
  • Apply by February 28 to ensure priority placement on one of your preferred crews. We will do our best to place late registrants, but your options will be limited.
Year-round volunteers

We realize you complete your volunteer hours year-round, so what this really means is: Do you plan to attend the 2020 festival? If you do not answer this question, we will assume you will not be attending the 2020 festival and we will not issue you a volunteer access pass.

NOTE: hours worked apply to benefits at the upcoming year’s festival.

Requesting a crew transfer

In general, we try not to promote crew transfers and instead want to encourage team building within individual crews. Our priority is to facilitate necessary transfers. This year with changes to a few crews we will see more requests than normal, so we need to prioritize members of your folk fest family who don’t have a crew. As a result, we may not be able to accommodate the requests from folks who might just like to try something different this year.
We do recognize however that for a variety of reasons, sometimes a crew isn't the best fit. All we ask is that when you ask for a transfer you have truly given it your all on your current crew and can provide sufficient information to explain why you need a switch.
If a crew transfer is what you need please contact before February 29.

Lapsed volunteers

(haven’t volunteered since 2017 or earlier)

If it’s been a while since you volunteered, we are still happy to have you back as a volunteer! We weren’t able to carry your profile into our new database. You will get prioritized to return to your old crew, but depending on available space we may not be able to guarantee that. Give us a bit more info when you register so that we have some options in placing you on a crew:

  • Fill out the application form for new volunteers.
  • Under Previous WFF experience, make sure to check ‘yes’ to ‘Have you volunteered for the WFF before?’ and list your previous crew(s).
  • In the Crew Preferences section, make sure you’ve indicated 3-5 crews you’d be interested in working with, to help us ensure we find you a crew with a good fit.
Previous applicants

(who have not yet been placed on a volunteer crew, both regular and apprentice)

We were not able to carry your applications into our new database, so if you have previously applied we will need you to reapply in our new system.

  • Please fill out the application form.
  • All returning volunteers must commit to volunteering by February 28. After that, we’ll begin placing new volunteers on crews, likely in late March/early April.
Kin Pass

Kin Pass applications will open in April.

Refund Request

You can request a refund by filling out the application form HERE.