Community-building + like-minded people + live music = an epic celebration of volunteerism in YEG!

This year for NextGen City Jam 2019 we partnered with Sonic 102.9! Volunteers hours went towards the guest list for one day of choice at Sonic Field Day.

Volunteers jammed out to bands like July Talk, Sam Roberts, Hannah Georgas, Said the Whale, Grandson and more at Hawrelak Park on Sept. 7 & 8. They received the opportunity to hang out backstage, and met some of the musicians along with fellow Edmonton volunteers!

10 volunteer hours with an Edmonton charity or non-profit was all you needed to get your name on the guest list for NextGen City Jam. NextGen City Jam is open to all ages, including under 18, and this is a kid friendly event!

Please scroll down below to read more info on what you need to do to get on our guest list for City Jam in 2020!


Want to join us at NextGen’s City Jam? Here’s everything you need to know!

1.       Find an eligible volunteer opportunity.

  • Volunteer Connector and Charity Village are two great places to check out volunteer opportunities in Edmonton. Choose a non profit or charity to volunteer with that you’re interested in helping out. Some places to consider volunteering: your community league, an upcoming festival, school club, Edmonton’s Food Bank, the Mustard Seed, Meals on Wheels, the City of Edmonton and many other non profits and charities!

  • Remember, NextGen City Jam is only accepting volunteer hours from formal volunteer programs. See the City Jam rules and regulations for more info about eligible volunteer opportunities.

2.       Sign up for an eligible volunteer opportunity.

  • Once you’ve found a volunteer opportunity that interests you, contact the organization directly to set up your volunteer shift.

  • Can’t pick just one? You have the option to volunteer with as many different organizations as you would like! This will let you choose opportunities that suit your availability and interests. As long as you reach that 10 hour minimum, you’ll be eligible to have your name on the guest list NextGen’s City Jam.

  • Some volunteer opportunities will require you to go through a screening process before you can start volunteering! Depending on the program, this could be anything from an application form to an informal interview to a Police Information Check.

4.       Start volunteering!

5.       Share your story.

  • Have you started volunteering with a new organization? Let us know how it’s going! We’ll be following along on social media. Snap a selfie and share your volunteer experience using the hashtag #nextgencityjam and tag Edmonton’s NextGen on Facebook, @edmnextgen on Twitter, or @edmnextgen on Instagram.

6.    The Guest List isn’t open yet. Here’s some information on what to expect for the 2020 CityJam.

  • Volunteer at least 10 hours - then submit your hours to us.

  • Please make sure to fill out the form AFTER you have volunteered 10 hrs.

  • NextGen will contact your reference to verify your volunteer hours. Once your reference confirms your volunteer hours, you will receive an email from us notifying that your name is on the guest list!

  • Make sure you read the fine print carefully! By submitting your registration form, you’re agreeing to follow all NextGen City Jam Rules and Regulations.

  • If you’re having trouble submitting your hours online, please contact us at [email protected] to see how we can help.

  • If you’d like to bring a friend, get them to volunteer 10 hrs and then they can sign up to be on our guest list!


FAQs for Volunteers                                     FAQs for Volunteer Managers

City Jam 2018 helped raise 13,452 volunteer hrs to help 156 nonprofits. 13% of attendees at City Jam were first time volunteers. Many thanks to Volunteer Alberta and ECVO for helping promote City Jam!

Check out our City Jam video from last year featuring performers:

  • Death From Above 1979

  • Scenic Route to Alaska

  • Royal Tusk

  • Cadence Weapon

  • Sister Ray

City Jam 2018 highlights

We know the important impact that young people can have on the future of this city, which is why we're hosting City Jam to encourage more Edmontonians, especially between ages 18–40, to get involved and experience how rewarding it can be to give back!

NextGen City Jam is a packed night of live music that encourages Edmontonians to volunteer in YEG! The concept is simple: volunteer a minimum of 10 hours, sign up to get your name on the guest list to attend a fantastic event! Whether you're volunteering for the first time, or you're a long-time volunteer, City Jam is our way to say thanks for all that you're doing to shape Edmonton.

Thanks again to everyone who attended last year's event! We had the best time with you, and together we contributed 13,452 hours to local volunteer programs. Check out a few familiar faces in our City Jam video and take a minute to reflect on all that we're doing together to build Edmonton into the city we want it to be.

We're happy to have Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) and Volunteer Alberta as partners for City Jam 2019!

Volunteer 10+ hours earned between  May 1 , 2019 and September 4, 2019 at an EDMONTON charity or non profit. Hurry and get those volunteer hours because the guest list will fill up fast!


Volunteers are shaping the future of Edmonton. Volunteering is a way to connect with your community, learn new skills, and build lasting relationships. With the support of dedicated volunteers, local organizations can accomplish their goals and deliver important programs and services. By giving back as a volunteer, you are making Edmonton a great place to be!

Check out our top three benefits for volunteering!