Volunteer

Pride Toronto is a volunteer driven organization. We have 150 year-round volunteers and 1600 weekend volunteers who each play an important part in running all aspects of the festival.

Our year-round volunteer Team Members and Team Leads are divided into 28 teams, each with their own focus. Team Leads/Members commit 2-5 hours a week, increasing as we get closer to the festival to support Pride Toronto and its community, festival logistics, volunteer management, and communications needs.

Our Pride Month volunteers, who work during the main festival weekend and throughout Pride Month, help make Pride happen across the festival site. Pride Month volunteers commit to at least 2 four-hour shifts, and are able to experience multiple aspects of the festival. Volunteering allows a unique way to experience the festivities! Our diverse, dynamic teams provide great practical experience, a chance to meet new people, and allow our volunteers to give back to our communities.

For year-round volunteering, send your resume to [email protected].

Pride Month volunteer opportunities can be found below, or by clicking the button on the right.

Types of Roles

Pride Toronto offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities; we are constantly looking for new individuals with diverse skill sets and a positive energy to join our team!

Logistics

Calling all problem solvers! Our logistics teams set up the infrastructure of the festival, check in volunteers, help with public safety, and set up our community fair.

Crowd Engagement

Are you calm under pressure? Our parade, marches, welcome centres, and donations stations need you!

Quiet Cultural Events

Are you a people person? Come join our Accessibility Team, Family Pride, the Human Rights Conference, or Clean, Sober, and Proud!

Why Volunteer with Pride Toronto?

A variety of roles to choose from

A great way to meet people

Help support the Festival you love

Learn and develop new skills

Pride Month Volunteer Opportunities

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Together with thousands of individuals, community groups, businesses and participating sponsors, we are proud to celebrate the lives and stories of Toronto’s Queer Communities.

This year, Pride Toronto is hosting Canada’s second Pride Month celebration from June 1 – June 25, featuring world class arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans Pride, Family programming, Blockorama, Fruit Loopz youth program and much more.

We need over 2000 volunteers to make Pride happen and YOU should be one of them! Sign up to be a volunteer today!

Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

Donations Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Donations Team works to manage and run the Donation Stations during the weekend of the Festival. The Donation Stations are the on-site mobile campaigns to raise funds through the sale of stickers and donations.

Dyke March Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Dyke March Team organizes and leads the Dyke March, which is a participatory, political, visible, and safe community-driven event within Toronto’s Pride Week. This initiative strives to empower, inspire and celebrate women’s’ and trans’ communities. The Dyke March has deep community grass roots and although a Pride Toronto event, maintains a unique culture and voice.

Environmental Sustainability Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Environmental Sustainability Team Leads work to promote and support the greening efforts of Pride Toronto for the Pride Festival. This Team’s primary deliverable is to improve waste diversion across the Festival site by encouraging Festival attendees to dispose of garbage effectively. This Team will research and provide Pride Toronto with viable options to improve upon and support greening efforts across our communities.

Food and Beverage Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Weekend Food and Beverage Team manage on-site operations, operational set-up, management and execution of efficient distribution of food and water to all volunteers during Pride.

Image Specialist – Volunteer Role

The Image Specialist combines technical proficiency with artistry to edit images of people, events and artists in order to portray feelings, thoughts and other information without the use of words. Image Specialists will work with the Digital Media Team and the Communications Manager.

Photographer – Volunteer Role

As a volunteer Photographer, you will combine technical proficiency with artistry to capture images of people, events and artists. Like most Photographers, you will attempt to portray feelings, thoughts and other information without the use of words.  Photographers will work with the Digital Media Team and the Communications Manager.

Site Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Site Team contributes to planning the layout of the Pride, assists the Director of Operations in securing equipment, supplies and services as required to manage the logistics of Pride sites and infrastructures. The Site Team will liaise directly with other teams to ensure the various approved suppliers meet their on-site logistical needs. To this end, the Site Team oversees the logistical set up for first aid stations, welcome centres, media booths, weekend volunteer headquarters, entertainment venues and others as required.

Social Media Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Social Media Team provides support to the Communications Manage and Production Manager in promoting and representing the organization and Pride on all social media platforms. This Team assists with the development, implementation and evaluation of Pride Toronto’s social media strategy, graphic marketing, media impressions and analytics; in addition to the maintenance and increase of Pride Toronto’s web based presence.

Streetfair Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Streetfair Team organizes, solicits and administers applications from vendors, and plans Pride Toronto’s Streetfair. The Streetfair is composed of Sponsor Booths, Community Fair, Marketplace and Food Vendors. The Streetfair Team Leads represent Pride Toronto to the vendors and community organizations during the setup, tear down and operating hours of the Streetfair. The role includes administering the online registration program, answering all questions about the application process and booth placement, receiving applications for vendor spaces, administering payment and determining security deposit returns.

Trans*Pride Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Trans* Pride Team organizes and leads the Trans* Pride March, assists and facilities the Trans* Space within the community street fair, and organizes the Trans* Community Fair. Each of these are participatory, political, visible, safe, community-driven events within Pride Toronto’s festival. The goal of the Trans* Pride team is to empower, inspire and celebrate Trans*’ communities.

Videographer – Volunteer Role

As a volunteer Videographer you will combine technical proficiency with artistry to capture video of people, events and artists. Like most Videographers, you will attempt to portray feelings, thoughts and other information.  Videographers work with the Digital Media team and Communications Manager.

Volunteers at the intersection of Church and Alexander during the streetfair
Group of volunteers at a table

The Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto (V.A.A.C.T.)

The Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture Toronto (V.A.A.C.T.) was established in 2016 by a collection of events and festivals in Toronto and aims to recognize the incredible contribution their volunteers make across organizations in the city. We want to acknowledge and thank you for all of the endless hours you contribute to making Toronto a vibrant, cultural city.

Get Involved

Volunteers must complete the minimum volunteer requirements with at least three of the cultural organizations listed below. For details on each organization’s requirements, please visit their website:

  • New Year’s Eve – City of Toronto (December 31, 2016)
  • TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 7 – 23, 2017)
  • Hot Docs (April 27 – May 7, 2017)
  • Doors Open – City of Toronto (May 27 & 28)
  • Inside Out (May 25 – June 4, 2017)
  • Luminato (June 14 – June 25, 2017)
  • Pride Toronto (June 23 – 25, 2017)
  • Arts in the Parks (June – September, 2017)
  • Canada Day – City of Toronto (June 30 – July 3)
  • Toronto Fringe Festival (July 5 – 16, 2017)
  • TIFF (September 7 – 17, 2017)
  • Expo for Design Innovation and Technology (September 28 – October 8, 2017)
  • Nuit Blanche Toronto – City of Toronto (September 30)
  • imagineNATIVE (October 18 – 22, 2017)
  • Reel Asian (November 8 – 18, 2017)
  • Cavalcade of Lights Toronto – City of Toronto (December 2, 2017)

Pride Toronto V.A.A.C.T. Requirements

Minimum of two (2) shifts or eight (8) hours. Following the 2016 festival, individuals who have expressed interest will receive a confirmation email from each organization they have successfully completed the requirements with.