Artist Submissions
for the 2018 Back 40 Festival are now open!

Deadline for submissions will be February 28, 2018


Submissions should include the following information:

  • Band or Artist name
  • Full contact information
  • Band bio with the names of individual players
  • Performance fee expected
  • Audio Samples
  • Video Clips
  • Backline Requirements
  • Stage plot

Send submissions to Scott Bell at

Artists chosen for the 2018 Festival
will be contacted by March 31st 2018, thank you for your submissions!

Check out photographer Garnie Ross’s captures from this year’s Back 40 Festival by clicking the headline, and then follow this link:

 Yoga in the Bowl 


Yoga in the Bowl is back for its fourth year in a row! Hosted by Sheena Butler of Harmony Tree Studio, yoga in the bowl will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free for festival goers. To participate purchase your festival ticket in advance online or  in person at Whitecap Coffee in Winkler or atThornview Grocery in Morden.

Click the headline to read more about volunteering at the Back 40 Festival.

May  6, 2016 

Interested in volunteering at the Back 40 Festival? Save the following form to your computer– 2016 Volunteer Form –fill it out and e-mail it to

Opportunities include helping out in the merch tent, children’s tent, hospitality tent and some opportunities to help with ticket sales or taking tickets at the gate. Commit a minimum of two hours of your time in exchange for a free festival ticket!

The festival has been able to celebrate 27 years because of the amazing volunteers that come out every year. Help us keep homemade music alive by volunteering on June 5, 2016 at Morden Park!

March 16, 2016

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Hey musicians!

The Back 40 Folk Festival has some great opportunities for busking at local events such as the Morden Farmer’s Market, the annual Corn and Apple Festival, and Canada Day celebrations.

Fill out this general Busking Application Form and/or this form specifically for busking at the C&A busking application 2016 and drop it off at the Pembina Hills Art Council at 352 Stephen Street in Morden or e-mail to

For more information call 204-822-6026.

The Back 40 Crew


Board members for 2016's Back 40 Folk Festival

Board members for 2016’s Back 40 Folk Festival from left to right: Hank Hildebrand, Shelly Heinrichs, Dan Heinrichs, Sharla Kinsman, Scott Bell, Jenessa Kehler (chairperson), Steve Dueck, Bill Dowling and MaryAnne Neufeld. Members Luba and Mike Zorina are missing from photo.


Click the headline to read about our new board members!

For the 2016 festival season, the Back 40 Festival has an almost brand new board. Jenessa Kehler has joined the Back 40 as the new chairperson, replacing outgoing chair Jocelyn Unrau. Returning board members include Hank Hildebrand, Sharla Kinsman and MaryAnne Neufeld.

With a brand new board comes new energy and new ideas, the Back 40 Festival is thrilled to begin planning its 27th festival held annually on the first Sunday of June.

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Thanks to Morden-based photographers Danny and Shelly Heinrichs, the Back 40 Folk Festival has an incredible collection of photos through which to relive the memories of the 26th annual festival event.

View them on Facebook.