New Forms Media Society


Would you like to be a part of New Forms?


Every year, New Forms is made possible by a large team of enthusiastic volunteers with a strong interest in taking part in Vancouver’s arts and culture community.

New Forms is an opportunity to get connected with Vancouver’s longest-running electronic arts festival, and meet like-minded individuals.

All volunteers get free admission to the festival for its duration and a drink ticket after the minimum shift requirement is met. All volunteers are required to attend a 1-hour pre-festival orientation (date/time TBA) in addition to their shift.

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Volunteer Positions:

Valid drivers license required. Vehicle will be provided by festival. Volunteers should be extremely responsible, organized and comfortable driving in Vancouver.
Required for minimum 8 hour shift either one-week prior and/or post festival, or during festival (October 7-8)
Promotions Team
Street team needed to distribute flyers to record stores, boutiques, etc, around town leading up to the event, as well as putting up posters in high-traffic areas.
Casual basis 2-4 weeks before festival
Technical and Curator Assistants
Basic technical knowledge required (knowledge of basic cables, mic names, types of lights, etc). Previous experience doing tech for concerts and/or events an asset. Assistants will work alongside the festival curators before and during the festival as needed.
Required for minimum one 8-hour shift during festival (October 7-8)
Set Up and Tear Down
Volunteers who don’t mind heavy-lifting and labor tasks needed to help transform the venue space for the festival (tasks include painting, unloading gear, etc). Help is also needed with clean up after the festival.
Required for minimum one 8-hour shift before or after the festival
Ticketing and Coat Check
Social and enthusiastic volunteers needed to greet patrons, handle guest list, collect tickets and accept cash door sales. Coat check people will ensure items checked in remain safe and are returned to the correct patron.
Required for minimum one 8-hour shift during festival (October 7-8)
Volunteers needed to assist the NFF security team with monitoring entrances and roaming the festival venue. Volunteers should be assertive and comfortable standing/walking for long periods of time.
Required for minimum one 8-hour shift during festival (October 7-8)
Volunteers with an interest in visual art needed to host art gallery during the festival. Shifts will be during the day. Volunteers will supervise gallery attendees and provide information on art displays as needed.
Required for minimum one 8-hour day shift during festival (October 7-8)
Volunteers with art-hanging and gallery experience needed to help set up the visual art displays before the festival.
Required for minimum one 8-hour shift before the festival


  1. Connie Laalo - July 18, 2017 9:55 pm

    Hi there,
    I’m interested in volunteering with the festival this year. I would especially be interested in volunteering as a docent. I have a background in design and have worked in museums as an educator as well. I am also very familiar with new media and arts communities in Vancouver.
    Besides volunteering as a docent, I would also be interested in volunteering in any sort of capacity with the artists participating in the festival. As my partner is a promoter (Alex Chen), I often act as a host with artists and have other experience with artist relations through my work in arts programming. I know it isn’t listed in the areas of volunteering, but if assistance was needed in that area of hospitality, I would be glad to offer it.

    Thank you!

    • Connie Laalo - July 18, 2017 10:09 pm

      Eek! Please delete this – I have sent an email to the info address!

  2. Matt Drews - July 20, 2017 6:36 pm

    I would be honored to be involved as a volunteer for New Forms. I live in Seattle but very connected and immersed in the Queer Techno community in Vancouver; Alex Chen, Richard Duggan (KAFKA), Jen Pea (Nany Dru), Guy Cross (Robin Banks/Purify), Ian Ross, and Matt Troy. I would love to be considered for any position you need help filling. My strengths are in effective communication and social interactions/engagements. I’m a quick learner, detail oriented, and a people-person. Something social or in the realm of artist hospitality or support would be in ideal volunteer experience. I have heard incredible things about this festival from many friends, and hope to contribute and learn from the magic you are shaping together. Thank you!


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