Aeolian volunteer roles
Box Office (during events)
If you’re looking for a vibrant, dynamic and very social contribution, the Box Office is for you! Your role would includes selling tickets, answering phone inquiries and using record keeping systems.
Front Door Greeter
If you enjoy fresh air and love conveying a warm welcome, this is the perfect job. This role includes helping clients enter and exit the facility and may include assistance with direction/information and accessibility assistance.
Front of House
This position helps our clients feel at home. This role can include giving directions to the main hall or balcony, checking or taking tickets, helping clients out of the elevator, distributing ballots for ticket draws and showing the way to the Aeolian Bar.
The Aeolian Bar
The Aeolian Bar provides a great selection of local wines and beer for our customers. If you’re interested in this role, your will need to be “Smartserve” trained. This online course takes a few hours and helps you to understand the role of being a bartender. We will also provide onsite training to help you learn the practical elements of this role. It is not only a great place to interact with clients, but frequently the performers will come out for a drink after the show!
Backstage and Hall Security
How would you like to guard a famous artist and protect them from crazed groupies? This role involves communication with management and artists to ensure safety and security of their personal space and items in the Greenroom.
This role requires a smile! Activities can include taking/checking tickets, handing out programs, helping clients with accessibility issues, bussing bar dishes during intermission and helping cleanup the hall at the end of the night. If you are looking for a role with the opportunity to burn some calories, this is it!
Like having your own music-centred retail store, you will frequently be sitting beside the artist(s) at the end of the show in this role.
Volunteer Team Leader
This is a position to grow into over time. Team Leaders have a lot of experience and understanding about the Aeolian, its programs and procedures. Great social skills, problem solving skills and leadership qualities are required. A team leader works with management to help coordinate volunteers in their roles during the event.
Setup & Tear Down
The Aeolian is fortunate to have a main floor auditorium with a flat floor. We can arrange chairs and tables in a variety of ways such as rows, cabaret-style and many other configurations. We do Big Band shows with the dance floor open as well as weddings with seating for receptions. The stage is often being set up with risers and chairs for large ensembles such as orchestras and bands. If you like manual labour and being part of the foundation for our activities, this is a great opportunity to assist us and stay in great physical shape!
Facility Maintenance and Repair
The Aeolian is a Designated Heritage Site designed by August Durand, one of the greatest architects of South-Western Ontario. Volunteers have assisted us with gardening, painting and many activities requiring hammers, saws and nails!
The Aeolian sees tens of thousands of people every year through its doors. As you can imagine, keeping on top of the dirt and grime is challenging. Some of our volunteers love to see things shiny clean and help us with general custodial work.
Office Administrative Assistant
The Aeolian has a very small amount of staff and relies on volunteers for its success. Volunteers have assisted us with Box Office, filing, computer work, hall tours, marketing and other types of clerical skills. The main office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Can you see yourself helping to serve dinner to one of our artists? We’ve done this for many great names like Chick Corea, Buffy Saint-Marie, Jully Black and Royal Wood. Part of this role could include shopping for the items needed.
Distribution of Posters and Marketing Materials
We have a lot of great events and programs. Getting the word out to our community is often challenging. If you have a vehicle and some time, we are trying to get posters and other marketing materials distributed around the city.
Stage and Technical Assistance
Would you like to hang out with one of the greatest sound technicians in Canada? Are you able to lift and run when duty calls? Would you like to learn about the inner workings of the technical magic behind a performance? This is the job for you!
So many things in our industry are unpredictable. Last minute ticket sales can impact on hall configuration and the need to quickly get out more seats. Sometimes an additional usher is needed if we have unexpected circumstances such as people with mobility issues. Having an additional person ready to fill in the gaps with any role is invaluable.
Advocacy, Marketing and Fundraising
Events are a great time to help people understand the work we do. Telling people about volunteer opportunities, The El Sistema Aeolian Program, how to help spread the word and asking for support are invaluable tasks. Help us distribute literature and tell the story of The Aeolian!