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River & Sky needs a few good volunteers

Every year, River & Sky relies on the energy of about 185 volunteers
Volunteers Stephanie DePetrillo and Daniel Vella serve up some pancakes for the early morning crew at River & Sky 2018. (Supplied/Vanessa Tignanelli)

River & Sky Music/Camping Festival is searching for volunteers of all ages and abilities for the July 18 to 21 event.

The festival, heading into its 11th year, features some 35 bands, 16 DJs, workshops, crafters, food vendors as well as 2019 headliners Hollerado, U.S. Girls, F**cked Up, and Fast Romantics at Fishers' Paradise. 

Set along the Sturgeon River in the community of Field, West Nipissing (partway between North Bay and Sudbury),  River & Sky offers the perfect place for festival goers to connect with nature while also supporting sustainability, said a press release.

With riverside saunas on a sandy beach, there’s plenty of swimming too. 

Every year, River & Sky relies on the energy of about 185 volunteers to put on its annual four-day festival. 

Volunteers help with everything from making pizzas in wood-fired cob-ovens to creating art installations in the woods to reducing waste produced at the festival by recycling obsessively and helping with compost.

Hez Bird, River & Sky’s volunteer co-ordinator, has experienced the benefits of volunteering in the past, and is encouraging people to try it out and get involved with their community.

“When I moved to Sudbury three years ago, I didn’t know anyone,” said Bird, in the press release.

“Volunteering at River & Sky is how I met my amazing friends and became a part of a community that I truly adore. Now I have the honour of helping other people join this community of wonderful humans.”

To volunteer at River & Sky, a $30 membership is needed as well as either 18 hours before the festival or nine hours of volunteering during the festival. 

This commitment allows volunteers to attend the festival for free and also includes free breakfasts and meals following shifts. 

Volunteers younger than 16 years of age, need to volunteer alongside their parents.

To sign-up and become a River & Sky member, visit the festival's website, click volunteer or email Bird at