Crew

A lot of passion and work goes into every aspect of creating our beautiful gathering, and we wouldn’t be able to keep it running without CREW support!  A commitment to a Solstice Crew means dedicating extra time above the standard 6-hour Membershift, working on a much deeper level, and taking on essential responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the event in exchange for a reduced membership. 

 
 
We are actively building our various crews for this year’s gathering, and are seeking helping hands, minds and hearts. 
 
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join one of our crews!

To join Solstice crew, you must submit an application. We assign crew based on area needs, previous experience and available commitment.

Please read crew descriptions below to learn more about requirements and tasks involved. Please look for a way to contribute that fits your skills and abilities.

Off-Site Transportation - 1 cube truck driver and 3 helpers needed to pick up and load gear at multiple storage locations in Toronto, deliver to gathering site and unload. Must be available June 10-13 before gathering; June 26-29 or 30 after gathering for returning gear to storage. Requirements: Heavy lifting, carrying, stacking, using stairs, truck loading and unloading. Driver should have some past experience driving a 26-foot truck and have a regular G license.

Land Maintenance - clear trails, dig holes/trenches, clean and stock kybos (outhouses), transport gear around the gathering site, help set up structures, chop wood. Requirements: lifting, carrying, walk on uneven terrain, use hand and power tools, prepared to work in all weather conditions.

General Labour for Set-Up and Tear-Down of the event - help in a variety of areas where most needed, tasks may change each day. Likely to involve loading and unloading gear/materials, assembling structures, hanging tarps, sanitizing dishes, digging holes/trenches, chopping wood, drying and folding tarps, packing and labelling gear for storage. Requirements: lifting, carrying, walking, standing for long periods, climbing, using tools, prepared to work in all weather conditions. Must be on site June 11-18 for set-up, or June 26-29 for tear-down.

Parking - liaise with Land Maintenance crew to set up parking lot, work with Gate crew to ensure smooth flow of traffic to and through parking lot, direct vehicles to appropriate parking spots. Requirements: organized, good communication skills, move through a field of parked cars.

Kitchen - chop fruits and vegetables, cook, sort food donations, wash dishes, clean and organize kitchen, transport scraps to compost pile. Requirements: stand for long periods, follow safety and hygiene protocols including proper attire, some heavy lifting.

CALM (Centre for Alternative Living Medicine) - help set up and pack down structures (before and after gathering), schedule appointments for members, tidy treatment areas (during gathering). Also seeking practitioners to provide treatments, readings, or workshops to members during the gathering. Requirements: punctual, sober, maintain a calm and helpful attitude during busy times.

Sanctuary - maintain a tidy and welcoming space, talk to members who need emotional support or who are having difficult experiences related to substance use. Requirements: night shifts while music stages are running, active listening, sober.

Safer Spaces - tidy area for workshops and talking circles, assist facilitators with any materials needed, answer member questions about the space and schedule, maintain a quiet and respectful atmosphere near the dome. Requirements: sensitive to needs of members who are there to discuss sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination and abuse.

Health & Safety, Vibe Crew - orient and lead teams of Vibe Patrol volunteers, manage daily operations at Health & Safety tent, collaborate with fellow crew and other H&S teams to solve problems, help people, and provide nonjudgmental support to fellow community members in need. Requirements: night shifts while music stages are running, helpful and non-judgmental attitude, maintain focus in loud environments and during a crisis, use walkie-talkies, walk throughout the site. Experience in health and wellness fields may be useful but not required. De-escalation trainings will be provided during the gathering.

Gate  - welcome arriving members, talk with neighbours, direct cars to Centre Camp, collect waivers. Requirements: energetic and friendly attitude, strong communication skills with diverse members, enforce policies and procedures. Second stage intake will give you the option to specify if you prefer Gate or Centre Camp.

Centre Camp - assist member check-in, assist with membershift sign-up, distribute zines, sell apparel. Requirements: energetic and friendly attitude, strong communication skills with diverse members, enforce policies and procedures. Second stage intake will give you the option to specify if you prefer Gate or Centre Camp.

Lost & Found - liaise with Centre Camp crew to collect and manage found items during the gathering; maintain list of items reported lost and facilitate return to owners; coordinate sorting, cleaning, and transport of items to Toronto after gathering; help plan and run lost & found party.

Stages - hang tarps, clear paths/areas, carpentry, install cables, supply runs on and off site, unload and install equipment, install deco (before gathering). Assist stage coordinator/manager, remove garbage, collect lost items (during gathering). Pack down all equipment for loading and storage (after gathering). Requirements: use tools, climb ladders, some heavy lifting.

Art, Lacunarüm - prepare structure (before gathering). Tidy space, clean brushes and spills, answer member questions about the space and schedule, assist workshop facilitators with any materials needed (during gathering). Assist with other art installations as needed. Pack and label materials (after gathering). Requirements: use tools, climb ladders.

Workshops - tidy and organize dome and info hub, assist facilitators with any materials needed, answer member questions about the space and schedule, visit other workshop areas as needed (e.g., front and back fields), watch over equipment. Requirements: punctual, strong communication skills to interact with members in a busy and sometimes loud environment, walk to other areas during shift.

Family Camp - clean and stock family kybo, tidy and maintain common areas (kitchen, hand and dish washing stations, lights on paths), prepare snacks, fill water jugs, manage lost and found, facilitate children’s activities. Requirements: communicate with parents, age-appropriate interactions with children. NOT responsible for childcare.

Radio - set up dome and equipment, coordinate schedule of performers, assist members to operate equipment. Requirements: knowledge of FM radio equipment.

Coffee D'OM - brew coffee, lay out supplies for members to use, tidy and organize the space, manage donations, fill water jugs, monitor supply levels, coordinate with onsite transport for compost and propane cylinders. Requirements: operate propane stoves safely, communicate with members, some heavy lifting.

Tea Tent - hang tarps and deco, tidy and organize the space, maintain fire and supply of boiling water, fill mugs/bottles for members, assist members in selecting teas, empty compost pail, chop wood. Requirements: fire skills and safety. Knowledge of herbal medicine may be helpful. Climb ladders and use tools during set-up and tear-down of the area.