Hugo Wong has been a volunteer and a performer with the Symphony Splash and this year he will work as a photographer for the event. Wong shows off one of his volunteer shirts from a previous Splash while standing in front of the Inner Harbour.

Hugo Wong has been a volunteer and a performer with the Symphony Splash and this year he will work as a photographer for the event. Wong shows off one of his volunteer shirts from a previous Splash while standing in front of the Inner Harbour.

Volunteers needed to make a Splash

More than 400 volunteers needed for this year's Victoria Symphony Splash

During its storied 23-year history, the Victoria Symphony Splash has grown to become one of the Capital Region’s biggest draws, putting on arguably one of the most eclectic concerts of the year.

A musical genre that traditionally caters to an older audience lures upwards of 40,000 people young and old, local and tourist, to the B.C. legislature grounds and Inner Harbour for a day of celebration each August long weekend.

But executing such a multi-faceted event – which includes a family splash zone, food carts, donation stations, security and a fireworks display – takes a small army of more than 400 volunteers.

University of Victoria student Hugo Wong, 20, is proud to return to this year’s Splash as one of those volunteers and hopes to encourage others to do the same.

Since 2006, Wong has performed twice as a young pianist with Splash and the Victoria Symphony, and stays connected to the event today as an event photographer. He also manned donation stations for several years.

“I volunteer mainly to try and give back to an organization that’s given a lot to me, introduced me to a lot of very interesting, capable people, contributing to one of the highlights of my life, performing in front of 40,000 people,” he says.

While most volunteers won’t experience the rush of performing onstage, the opportunity still provides a way to participate in a Victoria tradition, says Ian Piears, Splash volunteer co-ordinator.

Piears hopes he can convince volunteers to sign up early, as many people tend to inquire just weeks before the event begins.

“The earlier people sign up, the better options they’ve got to choose from for volunteer positions,” Piears says.

Some of the more popular positions include working in the family zone at the petting zoo and collecting donations from boaters by kayaking around the Inner Harbour.

Proceeds from the event go toward both the Victoria Symphony for their upcoming season, and Piears hopes to beat last year’s $40,000 in donations.

“We also throw a great volunteer appreciation party at Odd Fellows Hall following the event, and it’s a great opportunity to get to know some amazing people,” he says.

For more information on volunteering for this year’s Splash on Aug. 4, visit

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Pacific Opera Victoria was benefiting from Victoria Symphony Splash.

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
VIDEO: Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper invites gardeners into his plot

What’s In My Garden, Man? kicks off with the poop on compost

(Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Victoria food drive aims to feed those also struggling with housing

Quadra Village furniture store hosting drive-thru event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A sketch of the multi-use path that will connect Lagoon Beach and Royal Beach in Colwood. (Sketch courtesy of the City of Colwood)
Concepts for Colwood beach connector coming to council June 21

Major infrastructure project includes gathering places, public amenities and pathways

Victoria police are asking for witnesses who might have information about this tricycle that was stolen in downtown Victoria on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Police seek witnesses after downtown Victoria company’s tricycle stolen

The three-wheeler was taken from the 2100-block of Store Street on Thursday

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Most Read