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Are you interested in volunteering? You will be able to meet new people, get into shows for free, build your résumé and increase your references! Below is a listing of volunteer opportunities with Toronto Arts Council partner organizations and other non-profit organizations in the GTA. 

If interested, please contact the organization directly. Contact information is provided beneath each listing.

VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert
VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, now in its 40th year, is a unique company with a mandate to present rarely heard works while showcasing young Canadian talent. We’re looking for Board Members with a passion for the arts who would like to work with enthusiastic individuals to assist our organization in the areas of development, fundraising and policy.
Jobs: Board member
Dates: Around 10 meetings throughout the year
Location: 947 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor, The Edward Jackman Centre, Toronto, ON M4M 1J9
Contact: Alison Wood – – 416-922-2142

Shakespearience Performing Arts
Shakespearience Performing Arts is a literacy program offering in-school workshops as well as summer and after hours programs for at risk and under-resourced young people between the ages of 8 and 18. 
Jobs: Administration assistance
Benefits: Occasional theatre/movie/sports tickets
Dates: Flexible, starting immediately through June
Location: Volunteers can work from home or on site at 10 Muirhead Road in North York
Contact: Marvin Karon – – 416-845-1407
Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra
We’re a community orchestra dedicated to enriching your life through high-quality musical performances. We’re committed to offering you an affordable, fulfilling, and convenient live entertainment experience, and to supporting, encouraging and mentoring young musicians.
Jobs: Website maintenance, social media promoter, box office coordinator, concert support personnel, volunteer coordinator, rehearsal stage set up and strike, fundraiser volunteer, promoter, program advertising sales
Age group: High school students welcome
Benefits: Free admission to concerts
Dates: Immediately, until May
Locations: SPO office ­– 3007 Kingston Road, Suite 209; Venues – St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church 3333 Finch Ave. E, The Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel 2021 Lawrence Avenue East
Contact: Sue Payne – – 416-429-0007
Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)
The Toronto Animated Image Society is a not-for-profit, artist-run organization. Over the past 25 years, TAIS has encouraged the exchange of information, facilities, ideas and aesthetics within Toronto's animation community through events, screenings, workshops, and art exhibitions. 
Jobs: Monthly e-newsletter editor
Benefits: Membership to TAIS Studio, discount to TAIS events
Dates: Immediately, until July
Location: Work from home – office is located at 1411 Dufferin St, Unit B, Toronto, ON M6H 4C7
Contact: Janice Schulman – – 416-533-7889
The Guitar Society of Toronto
The Guitar Society of Toronto aims to enrich Toronto’s cultural life by providing educational support for teachers, performance opportunities for students, a meeting place for aficionados, free community concerts for schools and hospitals, and free concert tickets for deserving community members. 
Jobs: Grant writer
Benefits: Comps for all concerts
Dates: Immediately, through spring
Location: Toronto
Contact: Mariette Stephenson –
Theatre Gargantua
Theatre Gargantua is an artist-driven, non-profit ensemble theatre company committed to the production of original Canadian works. Our seasons consist of the creation, development and performance of new work as well as the remounting of past productions for regional, national and/or international touring.
Jobs: Production and Publicity Assistant
Age group: High school students welcome
Benefits: Complimentary tickets to next installment of work, opportunities for information sessions with core members of the company, potential for paid employment opportunities
Dates: Weekdays - flexible times to be arranged with volunteer
Location: Theatre Gargantua, 55 Sudbury Street (near Queen and Dufferin)
Contact: Yolanda Ferrato – – 416-260-4660
Arts4All is an ever-growing community of professional artists and local residents who celebrate local stories across generations and cultures and provide a creative playground for residents of Davenport West. We explore the performing arts and all of its related art forms with our professional artists, so that everyone of all abilities and interests has a way to express themselves. Presently we are focusing on art events that connect seniors with children.
Jobs: Spanish–English speaking workshop translator
Benefits: Free entry to shows, TTC tokens
Dates: Throughout the year
Location: DPNCHC Sanctuary, 1900 Davenport West (just west of Lansdowne, at Symington)
Contact: Liz Rucker – – 416-833-3937
Aluna Theatre's Panamerican ROUTES | RUTAS Panamericanas Festival
Panamerican ROUTES | RUTAS Panamericanas is an international Festival of Performance bringing the world renowned artists from across the Americas for Performances, Music, Masterclasses and a 4-day conference on Human Rights.
Jobs: Event volunteer
Age group: 16 and up
Benefits: Tickets to shows during the festival
Dates: February 27 - March 9, 2014
Location: Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East)
Contact: Sarah Miller-Garvin –
Buddies in Bad Times
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre creates vital Canadian theatre by developing and presenting voices that question sexual and cultural norms. Built on the political and social principles of queer liberation, Buddies supports artists and works that reflect and advance these values. Join us for a week of new, raw and risk-taking pieces of theatre, dance, performance art and everything in between, and celebrate the festival’s 35th anniversary.
Jobs: Event volunteer
Benefits: One-night up to full pass to the festival, special volunteer thank-you brunch
Dates: Various shifts between Feb 12 and Feb 23, 2014
Location: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St
Contact: Rachel Steinberg – rachel@buddiesinbadtimes.com416-975-8555
Drum Artz Canada (DAC)
Drum Artz Canada is home to the Samba Kidz Performing Troupe and the Samba Kidz after-school and summer programs. Based on the samba school philosophy of building community through music and the arts, Drum Artz uses Samba drumming and arts education to build self-esteem, positive civic engagement and important life skills in children and youth, with a particular focus on low-income, “high priority” communities in the GTA.
Jobs: Event planning, fundraising
Benefits: Free entry to 10thAnniversary celebration fundraiser, free Sunday Samba drumming workshops
Dates: February – November 2014
Location: 27 Primrose Avenue, Toronto, ON (near Lansdowne & Dupont)
Contact: Sam Bergmann-Good – – 416-538-6342

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
Live sketch comedy festival entering its ninth year, featuring the funniest troupes in North America. Our mandate is to provide a big public showcase for sketch comedy in Toronto, deliver relevant professional development to artists, and create opportunities for positive networking and exchange among comedic writer-performers.
Jobs: Ushers, front of house, box office 
Age group: High school students welcome
Benefits: Rush pass for free shows, invites to monthly outings
Dates: March 6-16
Location: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L4
Contact: Vanessa Purdy – – 416-559-4789
Native Earth Performing Arts
Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre organization dedicated to the creating, developing and producing of professional Aboriginal theatre in Canada.
Jobs: Ushers, ticket-takers
Age group: 16 and up
Benefits: Free tickets to shows, behind-the-scenes theatre exposure, customer service experience, and documentation of volunteer hours
Dates: March 11-16 2014 and beyond
Location: Aki Studio Theatre @ 585 Dundas Street East, Suite 120
Contact: Kat Horzempa – – 416-531-1402
Pages Festival + Conference/The Force for Cultural Events Production
The Pages Festival + Conference will embrace the world of new technologies through the creation of mixed media events, combining the finest contemporary Canadian writers with practitioners from digital media and other art forms. These multi-layered presentations - designed professionally and done with theatrical precision - will constitute the Mainstage events at the Randolph Academy Theatre.
Job: Ticket-takers, guest relations, stage management, front of house, flyer distribution, promotions, book-selling
Benefits: Free entry to all events
Dates: March 11-16
Location: Downtown Toronto (Annex, Bathurst and Bloor) – Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, 736 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4 and Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2
Contact: Robert Labossiere – – 647-929-0466
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Launched in 2001, the ReelWorld Film Festival was created by Actress Tonya Williams to create opportunities for emerging talent from Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other racially diverse backgrounds. The 2014 ReelWorld Film Festival will present five days of films, professional development, and awards from April 2 to 6, 2014 in Toronto and three days of films and professional development activities from April 11 to 13, 2014 in Markham.
Jobs: Special events volunteers, guest services volunteers, theatre operations volunteers, box office representatives, and transportation volunteers
Benefits: Experience in the film industry, film vouchers, t-shirts
Dates: April 2-6, and 11 - 13, 2014
Location: Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas, 2190 Yonge Street Toronto, ON, M4S 2C6
Contact: Nav Kang – – 416-598-7933

Soundstreams is a Toronto-based music presenter that commissions, develops, and showcases the work of contemporary Canadian composers and their international artists. Join our enthusiastic volunteer team and experience innovative concerts featuring the finest Canadian and international artists.
Job: Concert volunteer
Benefits: Concert complimentary tickets, reference, personal and professional networking
Dates: April 15 and June 3-8
Location: Trinity St. Pauls Centre, 427 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON   
Contact: Ben Dietschi – – 416-504-1282 ext.106

PULP: paper art party
PULP: Paper art party is a promotional fundraiser designed to investigate the current lifecycle of paper and explore alternative uses. Designers of all disciplines are invited to design and build installations and furniture out of reclaimed material and create a paper playground. There might be giant dragons hanging from the ceiling, writable walls and tables, a printed cave in a hill? It’s a blue-bin carnival and you’re making it happen.
Jobs: General volunteer
Benefits: Free entry, post-event party
Dates: April 25, 2014
Location: The Great Hall - 1087 Queen St West
Contact: Rotem Yaniv – – 647-761-0533

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