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Organizers of East Coast Music Week in Sydney are looking for upwards of 400 volunteers. (ECMA)

A rally in Sydney on Thursday night will be looking to drum up volunteers for East Coast Music Week, which runs next month in Cape Breton.

Janet Confiant, the volunteer co-ordinator for the festival, said she's looking for a large contingent of volunteers to pull it off between April 13 and April 17.

"The ballpark number is 400," she told Wendy Bergfeldt, the host of CBC Cape Breton's Mainstreet.

A wide range of roles needs to be filled including greeters, ticket sellers, drivers, photographers and IT support workers.

"Knock on wood, we're not having trouble filling any jobs yet," said Confiant.

"We're getting some amazing applications from people with years and years of experience, and some people who have never volunteered before — which is awesome because it's a great place to start."

She said people come from all over Atlantic Canada to help out, including several students' and seniors' groups.

While applications have been coming in steadily, Confiant said there's still a ways to go to fill all the roles. She's hoping the rally will help build excitement for the event.

The rally will run on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the community room on the boardwalk level of the Civic Centre. Confiant said there will be people on hand to answer questions and help applicants fill out online applications, and "of course live music to just put us all in the mood."

Confiant said she started with East Coast Music Week as a volunteer 16 years ago.

"It's a great party atmosphere," she said.

"It also brings a lot of life to our city, which we need. And it's great fun to be part of."