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 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. If you don’t bring cash, you can still buy our t-shirts as this year we will have Square at the GPP tent.

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 Euclid, Dawson, Menno & Avondale as they won’t be closed to traffic. Alexandra Avenue will be closed from Dunbar to Euclid, however.

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!

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IMG_9835We at the Grand Porch Party are all about supporting local art, musicians and the community. We would like to give a very special shout out to our favourite little store on Park Street. Gifted has been extremely gracious in selling our porch party t-shirts for us and we are so grateful. (We will also have them for sale on Sunday. AND we have Square this year which is helpful for those who don’t carry cash!)

Sylvia, owner of Gifted, is such a genuine person who cares deeply for her community
and all things local. Her store, located at 181 Park Street in Waterloo, is an amazing treasure. Full of many unique wonders from puzzles, greeting cards, jewelry, housewares and much much more, you can be sure to find a neat gift for the special person in your life. Many of the products in the store are made my local artisans.


We at the Grand Porch Party, love strolling around her ever changing store, picking out the perfect gift, or perhaps buying an amazing pin or necklace that we just needed to have for ourselves!

Again, thank you Gifted and Sylvia for helping to support the community and The Grand Porch Party!




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Four All Ice Cream


Our last sponsor to introduce you to, but not definitely least 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 1-5pm.

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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Volunteers Needed for Grand Porch Party 2019!


Want to be part of one of KW’s best grassroots, community driven music festivals? Well here’s your chance! It’s Grand Porch Party volunteer time and we need your help. The GPP would not happen without neighbourhood volunteers!

All of the volunteer roles are short-term and FUN and offer opportunities for those with different interests, skills and schedules.

And yes, high school volunteer hours are credited!

Sounds like something you’re interested in? Well then, email our Volunteer Coordinators, Larissa and at

Below is a brief description of what we are looking for help with:

Neighbourhood (and beyond) Postering Team
Time Commitment:
 1.5 hours

Duties: Put up about 25 posters in an assigned area between now and Saturday June 1.

Do you walk, push a stroller or ride a bike in the Uptown West Neighbourhood and beyond? Do you walk regularly along King Street in Uptown Waterloo? This might be a position for you. This might be a good family volunteering opportunity.

Sign Installation and Take-down Team
Time commitment:  As little as 1 hour.  Installation to happen the day and hours before the event, Saturday June 8 or Sunday morning, June 9.

Duties: This team will install signs on host lawns and also directional signs for event. The team will then return at the end of the event at 5pm and collect the signs and return them to their storage spot.

GPP Ambassador/Street Monitor Team
Time commitment:
 1.25 hour. Do you like chatting to and helping people? Do you love the Grand Porch Party? This position might be for you.

Duties: You will help keep people safe by encouraging patrons to keep to the sidewalks and you will provide general information about the event. You will have a map and information.  You will also get to wear a bright orange Grand Porch Party vest during your shift.

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Our Community Partner: Great Lakes Music Together

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We are so happy to have our Children’s Music Garden back again at Alexandra Park. Run by the fantastic people at Great Lakes Music Together! The Children’s Music Garden is a wonderful place to plop the kids for a while, pick up some instruments and find your own groove at the Grand Porch Party! We asked Sasha from Great Lakes Music Together some hard-hitting porch related questions:

Best sun protection to wear to a porch party? Best sun protection is SPF 50, everywhere and always!!!

Your favourite concert you have ever been to? Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Favourite local spot to grab a meal? The Red House

What is your current favourite band? The Lumineers

What is your favourite thing about the porch party? Being with the Grand Porch Party community

What is the best snack to eat on a porch? Avocado Toast

Do you prefer a blanket on the grass or a chair to watch musicians at the porch party? A blanket

Favourite song of the moment to blast at work? Spirits by the Strumbellas

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party? Local favourite: Erso

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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 questions:

Best sun protection to wear to a porch party? Sunscreen and a big hat are what we like to wear when we are roofing! It works for porch parties too.

Your favourite concert you have ever been to? Rush!

Favourite local spot to grab a meal? We love The Boathouse in Victoria Park

What is your current favourite band? Neil Young

What is your favourite thing about the porch party? Wondering around and listening to all the different sounds and watching the people. We also love checking out all the homes and roofs and seeing if any are in need of repair!

Do you prefer a blanket on the grass or a chair to watch musicians at the porch party? Any good roofer knows, the best place to watch bands perform is on a roof!

Favourite song of the moment to blast at work? Anything by The Guess Who

Best snack to eat on a porch? Nachos and guacamole!



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Gina’s Spa

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We have an awesome first time sponsor this year! Thank you to Gina’s Spa! Gina’s Spa was established in 1969 and was the first day spa in Canada. There is no wonder this place has remained an absolute favourite in the area. We love going there and getting their amazing RMT massages. They have so many different services to choose from. Makeup tinting, haircuts and colouring, mani/pedi’s and so much more!

They may be a new sponsor to the GPP, but they sure were excited to support local art and community projects. Read below to find out more about them porch style!

Best sun protection to wear to a porch party? For skin protection Diego Dalla Palma brand sun products from Milan. DD sun face cream SPF 50 and protective body sun cream (various SPF from 15 to 50)

Your favourite concert you have ever been to? I really loved David Byrne and Paul Simon as my recent favourites

Favourite local spot to grab a meal? I’ve been eating at Loloan a lot for a casual dish at the bar. Great quality in a social environment.

What is your current favourite band? As a local band I love Hyness I’ve been listening to a lot of St Vincent too.

What is your favourite thing about the porch party? I love the intimacy of porch parties and being at a home but outside. It feels like everyone is friends.

Do you prefer a blanket on the grass or a chair to watch musicians at the porch party? I like a chair over a blanket for the picnic vibe.

Favourite song of the moment to blast at work? Like I said, I really like Hyness and would love to see them perform at the porch party.

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