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    Toronto 2018 – Withrow Park

    • Date
      July 14, 2018   -   August 12, 2018
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    Description

    As a volunteer with Dusk Dances in Toronto, you help to create a magical experience for both the dancers and the people who watch them perform in the beautiful setting of Withrow Park. Performances take place nightly from AUGUST 5 through AUGUST 12, 2018, with one matinée on August 12.

    You can work as a Production Volunteer, you can interact with the audience as a Front of House Volunteer, or you can be a Floater. Please see the detailed descriptions below and contact the volunteer coordinator, Dimitra, if you have any questions (volunteer@duskdances.ca).

    WHAT WE ASK AND EXPECT OF YOU:
    - Sign up for at least 3 shifts and 1 orientation/training session (there are 3 sessions to choose from).
    - Show up for your shift, rain or shine! Just because it's raining at 5 pm doesn't mean it will still be raining at 7. The decision to cancel a performance is always made at the last minute, so we need you to be there.
    - Please be flexible. We might have to move you into a different role temporarily during your shift. We'll do our best to keep you in the role you sign up for.
    - Don't expect to see much dancing while you are volunteering. You might catch part of each dance, but most of the time you will be busy doing something else or looking elsewhere. Come enjoy a performance when you aren't volunteering.

    WHAT WE OFFER IN RETURN FOR YOUR TIME AND ENERGY:
    - The chance to spend time outdoors--good for the mind and the body.
    - The opportunity to support a beautiful, accessible, community event. We can't put the show on without you!
    - A bright orange T-shirt to wear during your shift
    - Healthy and delicious snacks and juices from The Shmooz cafe

    Thank you.

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    Opportunity Roles

    Production Volunteer

    You work behind the scenes, setting up and taking down signage, the information table, the dressing room, sets and props. Above all, you act as site security—you will be stationed at a performance site or the dressing room before and throughout each performance. ** You will have some free time in this position, so bring a book, a blanket, or whatever else you might need to enjoy your time in the park. **

    Production Volunteer — Dress Rehearsal

    As a production volunteer for the dress rehearsal, you have the same duties as a production volunteer who works a performance: you help to set things up and take them down, and you guard sets and equipment at the dance sites and in the dressing room. ** Since this is the dress rehearsal, you will also help us to solve problems and establish routines for all performances. **

    Production Volunteer — Dress Rehearsal *Rain Date*

    ** This is a TENTATIVE shift which will not be confirmed until the night before. We will ONLY need you if the regular dress rehearsal is rained out. ** As a production volunteer for the dress rehearsal, you have the same duties as a production volunteer who works a performance: you help to set things up and take them down, and you guard sets and equipment at the dance sites and in the dressing room.

    Front of House Volunteer—Usher

    Smile—you are the face of the festival! You will a) talk to passersby about the festival and answer questions; b) hand out programs and surveys, and collect completed surveys; c) guide the audience from site to site; d) act as “crowd control” at each site; e) collect monetary contributions; and possibly f) relieve production volunteers at the end of the performance. ** There is a lot of standing and walking in this position, so wear comfortable shoes! **

    Front of House Volunteer—Information Table

    If you love talking to people, this is the role for you. You will be stationed at the information table/tent, where you will a) talk to passersby about the festival and answer questions; b) distribute programs and surveys, and collect completed surveys; c) collect monetary contributions; and d) sell T-shirts and other items. You will be responsible for keeping the area tidy, logging lost and found items, restocking supplies, and more. ** Returning volunteers and/or volunteers who sign up for a minimum of 3 shifts will be given priority for shifts at the information table. New volunteers must attend an orientation session to undertake this role. **

    Front of House Volunteer—Popcorn Person

    Your main job is to make and sell popcorn! You might be stationed at the information table, you might carry popcorn for sale from site to site, or you might do a bit of both. You will work closely with the volunteers at the information table, and you will be responsible for cleaning up and carefully storing all leftover supplies (e.g., seasonings, popcorn) after each performance. ** This is a popular role and there are a limited number of positions available at each performance. New volunteers must attend an orientation session to undertake this role. All popcorn people are asked to attend the preview performance on August 5 if possible. **

    Floater (i.e., put me anywhere)

    There are always volunteers who cancel at the last minute (illness, work, car trouble, etc.), leaving us with gaps to fill. Are you comfortable doing whatever needs doing, behind the scenes (production) OR among the audience (front of house)? If you don't have a preference between the two roles, sign up as a floater and we’ll use you wherever we need you most for that performance.

    Orientation/Training Session

    Meet your fellow volunteers and find out what's new at this year's festival. All training sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place outdoors, at Withrow Park—rain or shine. ** There are THREE (3) sessions to choose. All volunteers, especially new volunteers, are asked to attend ONE (1). **

    Recruit volunteers at the Withrow Park Farmers' Market

    Don your orange T-shirt and tell people why you enjoy volunteering with Dusk Dances. You will chat with visitors to the farmers' market, hand out postcards and/or flyers, and share your love for Dusk Dances. ** Only returning volunteers can apply for this position. Dusk Dances staff will be at the Market with volunteers. **
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    Withrow Park, 725 Logan Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario
    Dimitra Chronopoulos
    416-730-0404

    Skills & Perks

    Skills Desired

    • General Labour
    • Arts, Entertainment, Music, Design
    • Event Co-ordination

    Perks Included

    • Food Provided
    • Outdoors
    • Free Admission
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