Year after year, Luminato depends on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform the city each June. Our diverse group of volunteers enhances the visitor experience by providing the festival-goers with information, lending onsite support and working with Luminato staff.

Since Luminato’s inception in 2007, volunteers have played an integral role in the successful execution of each and every event. It is with deepest gratitude that we would like to thank our devoted, enthusiastic, talented and diverse volunteer teams for their ongoing commitment and support. We are forever indebted to each of you for sharing our passion for bringing adventurous art to adventurous places and highlighting Toronto’s artistic vibrancy. Join the dynamic team as we enter the second decade!

Volunteer recruitment for Luminato 2017 is now closed. Please round back in December to submit an application for next year!

Returning Volunteer? Please log into your account and update your profile, indicating your return in 2017.

Here are some of our favourite perks!

My mentees asked me why I volunteer ... The volunteer experience itself is the payment, along with the benefits of getting to discover the city, be a part of the artistic landscape, meet artists and other like-minded volunteers. Besides, it’s free summertime fun you can attend with both family and friends. — Marline Jones, CultureLink Mentor, Luminato Festival 2014



Volunteer Hours
Spend time doing what you love, log your required hours for your school or work!



Meet and build relationships with people who are interested and invested in the arts.



Transferrable Skills
Interpersonal skills, customer service experience – these come in handy in any career.



We provide a Luminato T-shirt for all our volunteers. Wear it proud!



Reference Letter
We are happy to provide reference letters for your next job search.



Volunteer Party
At the end of all your hard work, we like to celebrate by throwing a fun get-together!

Plus, when you spread your love and volunteer at multiple arts and culture organizations in the city, you can attend the Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto (VAACT)! Learn more >


Volunteer Positions

+ Ambassadors

+ Info Team

+ Festival Administrative Volunteers

+ Volunteering Opportunity for Newcomers to Canada NEW

+ Volunteer Youth Team (VYT) NEW



Mentorship Programs


Mentors play a leadership role, working with a group of volunteers dedicated to specific programs.

+ CultureLink Team

+ Youth Photography Program



+ Team Leaders

Meet the Volunteer Department

How do the volunteer department members spend their day at Luminato?

Saskia Rinkoff

Saskia Rinkoff

Volunteer Manager

“Managing our diverse volunteer program including creating new initiatives and coordinating the CultureLink Mentorship Program, as well as recruiting and training volunteers.“

Karthy Chin

Karthy Chin

Volunteer Coordinator

“Coordinating our Youth Photography Program and spearheading our new Volunteer Youth Team, in addition to assisting with recruitment and orientation.”

Questions? Send us an email!

Thank you for your support!

We have reached the threshold of maximum volunteers for this year's festival! As our valued volunteers, you will be woven in to the experience of each person who comes to Luminato, reflecting Toronto’s diversity and keen love for the arts. We couldn’t do it without you, and we couldn’t be luckier to have this group with us as we march forward.

Please come back in December to submit an application for next year!

The Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto (VAACT)


Luminato is proud to be a part of VAACT, a program that strives to recognize volunteers who contribute their time to multiple arts and culture organizations throughout the year in the city of Toronto. The program ends each year with an awards ceremony for VAACT participants, scheduled on International Volunteer Day.

In order to be eligible to attend the VAACT awards ceremony, volunteers must complete the minimum volunteer requirements with at least three of the cultural organizations listed below.

VAACT photos