Youth Stage

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The Morden Corn & Apple Festival Amateur/Youth Stage was reawakened in 2013 and despite many challenges has continued to grow and improve.  Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage has provided funding for this attraction since the beginning, Church and Youth groups have helped to organize activities  and business sponsors have provided sound, lights, backline, snacks and sodas, video game equipment and monitors and much more.

Local bands, musicians and DJ’s perform live on a Corn & Apple Festival stage with professional sound and backline and gamers have compete in various video games.  Social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and posters before and during the event are utilized to get the word out and build an audience. The weather often plays a role in the results but despite mid-30’s degree C temperatures or wicked thunderstorms, the show goes on.

Plans for 2017, 51st Annual Festival (August 25 to 27) are well underway.  The venue for the Youth Stage has moved from the tents on the east end of the Festival site to the iconic Kenmor Theatre on 7th Street, right in the middle of the Festival. Richard and Vanessa Klassen of Candlewick Productions and DanceWorks and their volunteers are organizing a fantastic lineup for the weekend!

The 2017 schedule is underway has yet to be announced but stay tuned for it’s reveal in early Summer.


“All-Styles Dance Competition”                 5:30 – 8

Location:              Lutheran Parking Lot

Rapper:                Malcolm Roulette


“LIVE at the Kenmor”                                    8 – 9:30

Location:              Inside Kenmor

Confirmed Guests:          Malcolm Roulette with more to follow



“Corneo & Juliette”        Triple Threat Camp Presentations (1:30 & 3:30)

Teachers:            Ruth, Richard, Jenny Dyck, Marisa Wiebe

Youth Mentorship:          Jeremy Malenchak, Jasmine Reimer


“Sport Court – Street Hockey”                    (1 pm – 5 pm )

Location:              7th Street (North of washrooms)

Special Guest:     Justin Falk


“Saturday Night Live”    (5:30 – 9)

Location:              Lutheran Church Parking Lot

Confirmed Bands:

“In Case of Fire”

“Thomas Cram Band”

“Back Alley Boys”

“Bold as Lions”                 (9 – 10:30)

Location:              TBD — pending needs it may be outside or inside



“Kids Adventure”            (10 AM – 12 PM)

Location:              Inside Kenmor

Band:                    Schieffe

  • Kids activities (10 – 11)
  • Kids Church (11 – 12)
    • Local Magician (Richard)
    • Band (Schieffe)


               “Sunday Mix”                    (1:30 – 4)

                              Location:              Lutheran Church Parking Lot

                Feature Group: “Bold as Lions” Lead Couple Accoustic Set


“Sport Court”                    (1 pm – 4 pm / or whenever an adult leader is available)

                                Location:              7th Street (North of washrooms)

                                Further Details to Follow