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What sorts of volunteer opportunities does SweetWater offer?

Despite the challenges of COVID, the SweetWater Music Festival, under the inspired guidance of artistic director Edwin Huizinga, is looking forward to another year of growth. The Festival, now in its 19th year, is a unique annual event in Grey-Bruce, Ontario that showcases exceptional musicians from across Canada and beyond, performing live classical, jazz and contemporary music. 


Staging a Festival as ambitious as SweetWater takes significant volunteer support and as we expand, we invite new people from the immediate local community and beyond who feel they can lend a hand to help contribute to the Festival’s success.


The Festival is on the lookout for three categories of volunteers: 


BOARD MEMBERS- The Board of Directors is made up of individuals with a passion for live music and community. The Board works year-round to lead strategy, establish practices and policies, and oversee operations and finances. To find out more or to join the Board, CLICK HERE. 


COMMITTEE MEMBERS - Each of SweetWater’s committees (Resource Development, Education & Outreach, Board Development, and Audience Developmen) is always on the lookout for volunteers with specific skills or interests in those areas. Some committees such as Education & Outreach appreciate specific musical experience. Many others also benefit from hands-on knowledge of a particular, not necessarily music-related, skill of use to the Festival.


EVENT ASSISTANTS - Running a festival of this size demands significant operational help. There are big tent events, local pop-up concerts, fundraising drives, social events and each relies heavily on volunteer support. Volunteers play a key role in the set up, execution and supervision of events, especially during COVID when it’s necessary to make sure that all our events comply with the various guidelines. From helping with catering to crowd control and seating, the Festival is dependent on volunteer aid. By volunteering, you’re playing a key role in making the Festival happen, but you also get to experience some exceptional music!

New volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the SweetWater team, please sign up below or give us a call (226 379 8413). Thank you!

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To send a written correspondence, mail to:

SweetWater Music Festival, P. O. Box 333, Owen Sound, ON   N4K 5P5

ATTN: Volunteer Team