After spending hours looking between the sky, the clock, and the radar, GPP 2015 became GPP 2015: West coast edition. We channeled our inner Vancouverites and along with all your smiling faces, had another delightful event.
After 2014 and now 2015, we’ve become pretty much professional rain event holders and you have all become rain event superstars. We’re continuously blown away by our attendance numbers and this year is no exception. Rain aside, we saw a huge crowd come out this year and we want to thank you from the bottom of our porch loving hearts.
There are a few other people we need to thank as well, starting off with our sponsors. A big thank you to the City of Waterloo and the Uptown West Neighbourhood Association. Thank you for helping us stay insured, being so supportive of our crazy idea, and of course for helping with the Grand Porch Potties. An equally large thank you to our food sponsor, GoGo Mart! Thank you for making sure our fantastic musicians are fuelled up and ready to sing the afternoon away. And of course, a giant thank you to our musician sponsors, Insight Eye Care, Durrell Communications, Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement, and Words Worth Books. Your dedication to ensuring that fair work begets fair pay (or in our case, a small honorarium) is the first step in keeping communities accountable to artists.
Then, there’s our environmental partner, the Grand River Conservation Foundation! Thank you for coming out and celebrating Canadian Rivers’ Day with us, sharing your insight into the ever changing world of environmental protection, and helping our attendees learn more about the grand river watershed.
To our musicians – you are what makes this entire event possible. People come to see you, to hear you, to share in your artistry and we are forever grateful that you’ve chosen to spend your time with us. Thank you for sharing your gifts and stories with us. Your talent never ceases to amaze us.
To our porch hosts and to those who so quickly volunteered to be “shelter porches” for the day should we run into a thunderstorm, thank you for opening your homes up to the neighbourhood. Thank you for promoting a culture that embraces front yards instead of backs. Thank you for giving us a hand and letting us share the afternoon with you.
Finally, a big thank you needs to go out to our planning committee. Thank you for volunteering your time, pulling long hours, running around like crazy, giving up your evenings, and helping put together another amazing year of community, art, and environment. You all rock!
Not done with the porch party fun? Let’s see those photos! You can catch some pictures of GPP2015 on our Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be adding more images throughout the next few weeks as we compile everything. Check back in July for details about GPP2016!
We can’t say it enough – thank you, thank you, thank you!