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Volunteer positions open at Seven Music Fest

Music producer Barry Bailey stands at the foot of St. Albert's Seven Hills

Want to know how to get into the 3rd annual Seven Music Fest for free?

Be a volunteer. Now you may not get to see the entire festival, but volunteering is a great way to soften the ticket price.

And you’ll get to enjoy this all-family summer party with a couple hundred other volunteers who share your taste in music and like to ensure that things run smoothly.

If you’re a true music geek, the grassy, bowl-shaped location at Seven Hills behind Ă©cole Father Jan lends itself to perfect acoustics for the Saturday, July 8 all-day festivities.

Producer Barry Bailey is searching for responsible individuals willing to assist in five areas during the 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. shift.

He is looking for bag checkers at the front gate, volunteer centre assistants, gate monitoring and parking lot control, perimeter control, and floaters providing help where needed.

Since the outset, Bailey has also embraced the stewardship role of charities and community groups at the music festival.

“This festival is a community event and to me involving them and helping them out is the way to go,” said Bailey.

For the third consecutive year, SAIF volunteers return as beer tent bartenders while the Arts and Heritage Foundation will sell 50/50 tickets. LoSeCa volunteers will also be back for a second straight year as the green team.

For the first time St. Albert business Amazon Water is joining the lineup selling bottled water for $1. Proceeds will be divided among the three community groups.

“From the logistical point of view, it was the best way to get water in for people, and it helps another group,” Bailey noted.

You’ve heard of agility dogs? Well, this year Seven Fest is introducing Tap Dogs.

Tap Dogs are well-behaved Dogs With Wings furry, four-legged fundraisers that are used to raise awareness and solicit donations for the organization.

“Dogs with Wings has come up with this brilliant fundraising program. Tap Dogs wear a vest with a device in it. You can go up to the dog and say ‘hi’ or pet it. You tap the dog on the device with your credit card,” chuckled Bailey.

The contactless card reader sitting in the Tap Dog’s coat pocket is linked to the PAYD smartphone app via Bluetooth. The card reader accepts contactless payments by card or smart device phone or a watch.

A Dogs With Wings volunteer operates the app via a smartphone that is set up to take a $10 donation.

“It’s a great idea. Who can resist a dog, especially those service dogs. We haven’t worked with them before and this is a great chance to raise money for them,” Bailey said.

Doreen Slessor, executive director of Dogs With Wings Assistance Dog Society, added, “Tap Dogs were created to raise awareness of our work helping people in the community. We are an increasingly cashless society, and need to be versatile in the way people donate to us. We love that our dogs are able to directly help us raise funds as they are at the heart of everything we do.”

And hot off the press, St. Albert Food Bank has just joined the festival train and will have a presence collecting donations of non-perishable food and money.

If you would like to join Seven Music Fest’s volunteer crew, email adrienne@sevenmusicfest.com

Anna Borowiecki: Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.