Well kiddies, have a seat and I'll tell you why. This year for the first time I am volunteering at the folk fest. This is a highly sought volunteering gig in Calgary. There is actually a waiting list to volunteer.
This morning I attended an orientation session for volunteers, where I had the added bonus of meeting Hilary, who's a newbie volunteer as well. Your hair looks totally cute by the way, Hilary. Being women of exquisite taste, we ended up signing up to work the same area, so with any luck we'll run into each other during the four days, perhaps even work a shift together.
I went in not really caring where I was placed; I just wanted to get more involved, as it really is a fabulous festival and it sounded like a buttload of fun working for 16 hours over 4 days out in the sunshine and amongst the shade trees of beautiful Prince's Island Park. But when the volunteer coordinator starting listing off the areas for volunteers - beer gardens, hospitality, merchandise, information, artist liaison, I found myself thinking yeah anything except the kid's area or in the sun the whole time.
And then she said record tent and I knew that was the job for me. They want people who have a real interest in talking about the musicians and who are willing to do background research about the participating artists beforehand so that they can advise people who are looking for music by a particular artist, or perhaps advise on other musicians that people might like if they are interested in a particular artist or genre.
Is that a perfect gig or what?
I can hardly wait to start doing my homework.
(Volunteer perks: free four-day passes, 6 all-you-can-eat meals, a t-shirt, free beer, ample opportunity to meet the artists, and after-parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Niiiiiiice or what?)