2018 Performer’s Application Form

2018 Trail’s End Gathering

Performer Application

September 28, 29, 30,  2018

We are no longer accepting applications for Trail’s End 2018.

Members are invited to submit their applications for performing at the 2019 Trail’s End Gathering by August 15, 2019.




The format for 2018 Trail’s End will be: Main Stage: Friday, 12 Noon to 5:30 pm and 7:00 – 10:00 pm; Main Stage Saturday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm; and 7:00 to 10:00 pm; Sunday, Cowboy Church 10:30 am at this church.

If you have CD’s or Books for sale please take a turn at the ACPA members’ Product table immediately following your performances to promote your product. The Product table closes Saturday evening before 6:00 pm except for performers on the night show who will look after their own display and sales. All other performers please pick up your remaining product and proceeds from sales prior to the Saturday Night Supper. For more information on books and CD sales, contact Shelley at CowboyPoetry@ShelleyGoldbeck.com

All performers must be members of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, except first time performers.

On finalization of the program you will be advised of your performing times.

Spots are limited so apply at your earliest opportunity.

Volunteers are needed, so please step forward if you are asked.

Order Supper Tickets by September 25th. No guarantee at the Door.(Performer tickets are complimentary.)

Performance Guidelines


The Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association is comprised of poets, musicians and storytellers that embrace western values and the cowboy and ranching way of life. Its members seek to perpetuate the oral tradition and celebrate the western lifestyle by performing historical and/or contemporary material.  ACPA members perform at both public gatherings and private functions.

The ACPA endorses the following performance guidelines

  • Performance material should respect the audience and be appropriate for people of all genders, ages, ethnic backgrounds and cultures.  Songs, poems and stories should have a relationship to rural, family values, western, cowboy, farming and ranching themes. Authentic western/country dress is expected.
  • Because functions and audiences vary, members are encouraged to check with their host/employer if they are ever in doubt about the adult content of their material.
  • Gratuitous swearing, denigrating remarks and deliberately rude material are never appropriate.
  • As a courtesy to other performers, the emcee and the program organizers, ACPA members are expected to be reliable and professional when it comes to using only their fair share of the allotted time.
  • When you are performing materials that are not your own, it is important to acknowledge the author.