the NextGen City Jam

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

After an incredibly awesome City Jam 2016, we're so excited to announce City Jam 2017!  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 and snag a ticket to 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 registered to attend last year's event! We had the best time with you last year, and together we contributed more than 6500 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.


The Needle and Edmonton's NextGen are pleased to host A Tribe Called Red who will headline the second NextGen City Jam, thanks in part to the generous support of presenting sponsor Canadian Western Bank. 
Mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting edge electronic music, A Tribe Called Red celebrate their aboriginal culture, alongside an open, wild party. Bursting forth from Ottawa, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red are making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound. A Tribe Called Red is Bear Witness, 2oolman, and Dee Jay NDN.

ATCR straddles a broad range of musical influences based in modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, blended with edgy electronic music production styles. The crew has performed high profile festival dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk, Osheaga, and New Orleans Jazz Fest to list a few. In 2014, they garnered mainstream recognition when the band became the first Indigenous group to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the Juno Awards. ATCR was also long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2012 and 2013 and its debut album was included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of that same year. More recently the crew tied for most nominations for the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada MuchMusic Video Awards, ultimately winning two awards including Video of the Year.

A Tribe Called Red promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation.
Like ATRC, Edmonton’s NextGen motivates young people to define their own future. With City Jam, NextGen and Canadian Western Bank are encouraging young Edmontonians to shape the city we live in through volunteering. Following a successful City Jam in 2016, which raised more than 6500 hours for local volunteer programs, NextGen is excited to bring CityJam to The Needle Vinyl Tavern.
 A Tribe Called Red -

Karimah -

nêhiyawak -

Concert Details

Saturday, December 2 2017
The Needle - 10524 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB  T5J 1Z7
NextGen City Jam with A Tribe Called Red, also featuring Karimah and nêhiyawak
Check out the full-sized poster here!
Free tickets available to claim with 10+ local volunteer hours starting Saturday, July 1 @ 12pm MT. Fill out the form to claim your ticket!
Doors 8 PM - 18+ No Minors

How do i get my city jam ticket?

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

1.       Find an eligible volunteer opportunity.

  • Go Volunteer, Charity Village and Edmonton Volunteers! are three great places to check out volunteer opportunities in Edmonton. NextGen will also be organizing some fun volunteer opportunities over the next few months. Make sure you sign up for the NextGen newsletter so you’re the first to hear about how to get involved.
  • 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 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 receive a ticket to 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.       Submit your registration form.


FAQs for Volunteers                                                     FAQs for Volunteer Managers

Volunteer Events

Earn your volunteer hours for Edmonton CityJam by volunteering with us! Edmonton NextGen will be organizing a variety of volunteer events in support of local community organizations and neighbourhoods. Here are the events we currently have scheduled:

Edmonton NextGen Trash Mob at Accidental Beach- Saturday, September 16, from 11am–1pm

Join us in picking up litter at Edmonton's favourite new hotspot, Accidental Beach! Afterwards, we'll head on over to Whyte Ave's Malt and Mortar (also child-friendly!) for snacks. Make sure to dress for the weather!

RSVP here

Volunteer with NextGen at the Mustard Seed - September 20 and 23

Groups will volunteer to prepare, cook, and serve a meal at Edmonton Mustard Seed. The drop-in is an active and lively place and gives an opportunity for volunteers to sit down and meet new people. Available times are:

  • Wednesday, September 20, from 5pm–9pm
  • Saturday, September 23, from 3pm–7pm

RSVP for either day here

Volunteer with NextGen at the Edmonton Food Bank - Saturday, September 30, from 9am–12pm

We will be volunteering as a group in the Edmonton Food Bank warehouse. Activities include sorting food donations, repacking food items, building generic boxes, building hampers for clients and more

RSVP here

Volunteer with NextGen at Edmonton Emergency Relief Services (EERSS) - Saturday, November 18, from 9:30am–12pm

Join us as we take over EERSS and help sort and organize donations for those in need of emergency resources.

RSVP here


Why volunteer?

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!

Thanks to our Presenting 2017 sponsor