Four All Ice Cream

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Our last sponsor to introduce you to, but not definitely least (especially for all the members the GPP committee with sweet teeth), is FourAll Ice Cream!  Our food sponsor is generously donating ice cream to our talented musicians, but they are also setting up shop for Partygoers in the parking lot of the Alexandra Day Care at 68 Alexandra St from 2-5pm. We may or may not have strategically placed them across the street from the GPP Information tent for the benefit of the GPP committee, who’s to say?

There will be a little something for every taste tomorrow at the Grand Porch Party.  All of the delicious products served by FourAll Ice Cream are locally sourced, and the team at FourAll Ice Cream are dedicated to creating new and interesting flavour combinations for each of their main categories, childhood, foodie, vegan, and classic.  With their community based approach and their commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices, we feel FourAll Ice Cream is the perfect fit for the Grand Porch Party!

The intrepid Ajoa, who founded FourAll Ice Cream in 2016, revealed her ideal summer porch relaxation scenario with a touch of wistfulness, because let’s be honest, what ice cream shop owner has any free time in the summer? When she can find a spare moment away from the churn, you can find her sipping spiked ginger lemonade on a Muskoka chair.  And her answer to the eternal question, cup or cone? Cone, since “edible containers are so much better!”

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Our Essential GPP Tips

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Are you gearing up for another year of Grand Porch Party fun tomorrow? Or, maybe it’s your first time attending and you’re not quite sure what to expect. Either way, we’ve got you covered with a quick list of tips and essentials for making the most out of your day!

Bring Your Own (Water) Bottle

Each year, we strive to make the Grand Porch Party as environmentally-friendly as possible. That’s why we encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle or travel mug (refillable at the Children’s Music Garden). You can even go the extra mile and bring your own spoons for ice cream, too!

Go Paperless

While we’ll have some printed maps for those who want them, you can download the event map and schedule on your phone so you’ll know exactly when and where your favourite musicians are performing all while reducing paper waste! It’s a win-win!

Stash the Cash

While the Grand Porch Party is completely free to attend, we encourage you to come prepared with cash so you can scoop up some ice cream from Four All, merch from the musicians, one of our new Grand Porch Party T’s designed by Jon Johnson or to make a donation to Water Without Borders. We will also be accepting donations to help pay the musicians for their time, talents and effort.

Getting Around

While some street parking is available, it may be easier – and more sustainable – to take public transit, ride your bicycle, or if you’re in the neighbourhood, simply walk on over! Once you’re here, we urge you to exercise caution on the roads as they won’t be closed to traffic.

Dress for the Weather

It’s looking like sun this weekend, but can never predict these things! Luckily, the porch party will go on – rain or shine! Come prepared with your sunnies, hats and sun block or suit up in your raincoat, depending on the forecast!

Take a Seat

While some of the neighbour homes may put out a few chairs for those in need, you are more than welcome to bring your own to the event! Although, it’s likely you’ll be to busy wandering or dancing to take a seat!

How are you preparing for this Sunday’s Grand Porch Party? Let us know in the comments below!

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Durrell Communications

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If you love the GPP, be sure to thank Melissa Durrell and Durrell Communications! Their long-term sponsorship (since 2015!) keeps the GPP alive and rocking each year. This boutique PR agency is no stranger to the important things happening in our community; it’s their business! They make connections, get people taking and help businesses and professionals share their unique and compelling story to the world!

Get to know Durell Communications. Porch Party style.

Favourite local spot to catch a show?
There are so many great spots in Uptown, but we’re digging the newly opened Patent Social — it’s practically in our office’s backyard. Plus, there’s a great patio!

Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
We’re so lucky that we have great options in Uptown. One favourite is Red House and we won’t turn down a trip to Harmony for chocolate milkshakes on a beautiful day!

What is your favourite porch party band?
We look forward to hearing Safe As Houses this year, and we’ve always loved Vienna D’Amato Hall’s performances. She’s awesome!

What is your preferred porch drink?
A shared pitcher of lemonade or sangria works for any of us!

Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair?
What about a Muskoka chair that swings? The best of both worlds!

If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
The Durrell Squirrels

What was your favourite band growing up?
For those of us in the 70s, we listened to Blondie, Bananarama and R.E.M. Those of us from the 90s went for anything from Sarah McLachlan’s ballads to pop to the always classic Barenaked Ladies.

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
There are so many great artists this year, it’s hard to think of who else we’d love to see here. One of us suggests something a little different, Deadmaus, although the rest of us thinks that an acoustic set by Drake would be the dream!


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NW Roofing

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NW Roofing is back, sponsoring the Grand Porch Party for another year! Family-owned and operated, NW Roofing is celebrating 40 years in business! NW’s owner (and all ’round good-guy), Jerred Wagner, is a second-generation roofer who stands behind and under the quality of his work. Whether your roof needs repair, replacement or a second opinion, get in touch with NW Roofing.

We wanted to know where NW stood on some important, porch-related questions:

Favourite porch design/style?
You can’t have a Porch Party without a porch and a good, solid roof! We think a porch topped with Authentic Roof, synthetic slate tiles, would be a showstopper.

Favourite local spot to catch a show?
We think The Boathouse is pretty great.

Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
There are so many great spots in Uptown Waterloo. We love the idea of strolling down William Street after the Grand Porch Party to Red House for a bite!

What is your favourite porch party band?
There are so many great, local performers that’s it’s hard to choose a favourite! Last year we really enjoyed Safe As Houses and this year we’re looking forward to checking out Unaccompanied Minors!

What is your preferred porch drink?
That’s easy! After a hot day, spent up on the rooftop, we like to kick back with an ice cold beer!

Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair?
Neither! Any roofer would agree that the best views are always from the roof!

If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
“Raisin’ the Roofers” (Yes, we went there).

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
We’d love to see some classic Canadian rockers at GPP like, Rush, The Guess Who and Neil Young

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Starting Something Beautiful

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by Tenille Bonoguore

When I started the Grand Porch Party back in 2011 — having only moved to the area a
few months earlier — I had no idea what it would become. At the time, it was an
experiment, a way to meet my neighbours while building something unique.

I spent weeks knocking on strangers’ doors, asking to borrow their porches. I reached out to musicians and asked if they’d be willing to play for lunch kindly donated by the Princess Cafe. Surprisingly, people on both sides said yes.

When the first event dawned, we still didn’t know if anyone would come. But as I turned
the corner onto Menno Street, there they were: dozens of people milling about, curious,
open, enthusiastic. My heart soared, and soon, too, did the music.

Since that first “try it and see”, the GPP has become a staple of the summer arts scene.
We gained awesome local sponsors to pay our musicians. We inspired three more
events in Kitchener and Cambridge, so that Waterloo Region now has a porch party
from May through August. We won the Waterloo Region Arts Award for Best New
Festival in 2013. (Long-time GPP volunteer Anna Beard was kind enough to collect the
award for me — I was busy in the Grand River NICU with my five-day-old twins.)

Closer to home, the GPP ignited efforts to create the Uptown West Neighbourhood
Association, which is still going strong. It shared music and community with people of all
ages and all abilities. It also inspired anonymous artists to create their own one-day GPP
installations, which appear and then disappear just as quietly as the GPP itself.

Today, an amazing group of volunteers runs the Grand Porch Party, bringing fresh ideas
and new energy. It truly is the community’s event, and I could not be more proud nor
more thankful for the team’s efforts to keep the magic going.

The Grand Porch Party is more than an afternoon of art and community. It is everything
this City can be when communities are empowered to make something bold, together.
And that is why I am now running for Waterloo City Council. I want to bring the GPP’s
spirit of individual empowerment, shared space, environmental awareness and inclusive
access — the vibrant power of community — into Council Chambers.

So if you have great ideas for this City, or you just want to say hi, come find me at the
GPP. I’ll be the one with a wheelbarrow of watermelon and one mighty proud smile at
what this community — and this City — can do.

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“Time Stops” at #GPP2018

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Look out for Paul Roorda’s “Time Stops” while enjoying the Grand Porch Party this year.  These interactive metal boxes, found attached to wooden hydro poles in the Waterloo West neighbourhood, are meant to amuse, inspire curiosity, and provoke thought.

Made from old cash boxes with glass windows, they are filled with photos and vintage objects. Old clocks, barometers, glassware, and photos of skies and floods remind us of the unpredictable weather to come. The Time Stops are interactive too: Wind them up and listen to the mysterious tune of an altered a music box mechanism. These miniature cabinets of curiosity are a poetic warning to take notice.

For more information on the “Time Stops Project” go to

Paul Roorda would like to acknowledge to support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for this project.

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Neo Developments

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First time sponsor, Neo Developments, has quickly become a fixture in our community; slowly transforming it with their efficient, effective and modern structures! While strolling the GPP on June 10, see if you can spot all four Neo homes within our performance area (Bonus points if you spot two additional homes in our Uptown Waterloo West ‘hood)!

To find out what makes them tick, we asked the Neo team a few questions.

Favourite porch design/style?
Got to be Victorian, larger the better, nothing like eating dinner on the front porch and watching the world go by

Favourite local spot to catch a show?
The Fife house on Menno … can watch the show from front lawn

Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
Must have patio, Delta, Sole or the Duke.

What is your favourite porch party band?
New to the hood … no favourites yet!

What is your preferred porch drink?
Must be cold … Beer or V & T.

Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair?
Not a fan of the the swing. Muskoka comes with that great built in drink holder.

If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
New Economic Order

What was your favourite band growing up?

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
I have two: Shawn Kellerman & Daddy Long Legs



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