You would like to volunteer for our event? Volunteer registration information for 2017 are now open! Please also attend one of our volunteer information sessions:

  • Wednesday July 12, 7 PM
  • Saturday July 15, 2 PM
  • Sunday July 30, 2 PM

Matsuri Japon relies on the skills and expertise of over 300 committed and energetic volunteers to fulfill the expectations of an estimated 6,000 visitors to the annual summer festival at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal (JCCCM).

With 10 teams to choose from, we have something to offer everyone! This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in your community, meet new people, expand your skill set and be part of a great team.

To act as a tour guide. Respond to general inquiries. Sell Matsuri goods. Must be considerate, polite and quick acting. Ideally trilingual (Japanese, French and English).

Prepare typical Matsuri food such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki,etc. Instructors will be available to guide and train prior to the event. Must be hygiene conscientious and efficient.

Assist in setting up and closing down the site, including stage and tents. Maintain the festival site’s booths in proper condition. Electricity, water food, drinks and ice are supplied in a timely fashion. Must enjoy teamwork.

Register volunteers and assign nametags, Happi coats or T-shirts. Accommodate the volunteer’s needs. Manage and distribute meals to the volunteers. Secure their belongings in designated area.

Sell drinks and kakigori (shaved ice). Must be 18 years and over. Considerate and efficient. A few strong people needed to operate the ice shaving machine.

Coordinate performances according to schedule. Host entertainers. Must enjoy working under pressure and good at time management.

Assist activity leaders in preparing materials for craft making. Set up games. Guide children to line up. Experience with childcare and/or arts and crafts is desirable. Must be patient and friendly. Face painting training will be available.

Distribute flyers and other publicity in selected business areas. Participate in some marketing campaigns prior to the festival. Assist with online promotion through social media. Carry out an on-site survey. Good interpersonal and computer skills are an asset. Knowledge in Japanese culture is welcomed.

The security department has the responsibility to ensure a secured environment for the public. Certified volunteers may also take care of First Aids and must be ready at all times to intervene. We are looking for people who are responsible, vigilant and that have good communication skills.

Assist visitors select and wear a Yukata (Summer Kimono) during the event. Handle reservations. Experience is desirable, however training will be provided prior to the event. Help wash, iron and fold Yukata two weeks after the event.