It’s GoGo time

On the run? Don’t have much time to eat? Downtown Kitchener’s GoGo Mart can help! Serving up fresh, healthy, and tasty meals to those on the go, is exactly what GoGo Mart does best.

This year, we’re happy to have GoGo Mart on board as our food sponsor!

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Starting out with a pop up shop selling tote bags, GoGo Mart co-owners Catherine Bischoff and Tom Zehetmeier, decided to make the transition to takeaways in 2013. GoGo Mart is equally as passionate about community as it is fresh food. By providing those working in the core with great healthy food options, GoGo Mart is helping create a community in downtown.

Both Tom and Catherine are big supporters of the arts so their involvement with the Grand Porch Party is a natural fit. We’re so glad that our musicians will have a chance to fuel up on locally grown, freshly prepared eats before tuning up for a fantastic show.

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It’s all about connecting

Our last 2015 musician sponsor is new to the Grand Porch Party – Durrell Communications!

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This boutique PR agency knows the importance of making connections, getting the word out, and getting people talking about the important things in our community. It’s because of their celebration of what’s close to home, that they make a happy and welcomed edition to our sponsor team.

Melissa, Jordan, Laura, and Jessica understand the pulse of the city and apply their expertise in writing, story telling, metrics, and measuring to take a businesses communications plan from zero to hero – in no time flat

DurrellComm calls uptown Waterloo home and as such, is inherently invested in seeing it thrive. By acting as a musician sponsor, they’re helping us show our appreciation to those artists – near and far – who have come to spend the day, celebrating uptown, community, art, and of course, the Grand River Watershed.

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A book store who sees the worth in our community

We here at the GPP are ecstatic for the return of one of our beloved music sponsors, Words Worth Books.

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Words Worth Books is the local independent book store that has been an Uptown staple for the past 30 years. Located at 96 King St. S. in Waterloo, Words Worth offers the KW community more than a unique book selection.

Words Worth fosters and promotes arts and literature within the community by enticing authors to visit the Region by hosting various Reading Series, and offering community programs like “Books and Babies”, as well as multiple book clubs.

We are so thankful for the support and love Words Worth Books. You guys rock!

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Tamarack? More like Tama-rock!

Once again, the Grand Porch Party is delighted to have Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement on board as a musician sponsor. It’s because of sponsors like Tamarack that we are able to show our musicians how much we value their time, art, and abilities through an honorarium.

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Founded in 2001, Tamarack is a charity that develops and supports learning communities to help people collaborate and to co-generate knowledge that solves complex community challenges. Creating positive change is what Tamarack does best. Their website has tons of community-building resources, and advice. When Tamarack first signed on to sponsor the Grand Porch Party all those years ago, it was a natural fit. They nurture community across Canada and we try and do it right here at home.

We’re delighted to continue working with Tamarack and couldn’t be more grateful for their help and support in our initiative to help foster a connected, developed, and collaborative music community right here in Waterloo Region.

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Get your volunteer on!

It’s volunteer time, Grand Porch Party fans! In order to make this year’s GPP the very best yet, we need your help. Below are descriptions for each of the volunteer roles available.

See something that suits your fancy? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Ella at GPPVolunteers [at] gmail [dot] com or call (519) 886-2237.

The Grand Porch Party committee is recruiting volunteers to help out with:

  • Event set up and preparation on Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14.
  • Duties during the event June 14
  • Duties related to clean up and take down June 14.

All of the volunteer roles are short-term and fun and offer opportunities for those with different interests, skills and schedules. High school volunteer hours are also credited.

Pre-event roles:

Neighbourhood and beyond Postering Team 

Duties: Put up about 25 posters in an assigned area between Saturday May 30 and Saturday June 6.

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.

Time commitment: About 2 hours.

To bring: A stapler, and a roll of tape.

Pre-event and event day roles:

Host Sign Installation and Takedown Team

Do you like to walk or bike (with a trailer) in the neighbourhood and do a bit of exercise on the way?

Duties: This team will install coroplast signs on the lawns of about 24 host homes. The team will then return at the end of the event and collect the signs and return them to their storage spot.

Time commitment: Installation to happen the day before the event, Saturday June 13 or Sunday morning, June 14.

Takedown to happen right after the event finishes (Sunday June 14 after 5 pm).

To bring: Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfy walking shoes. A small hammer might be helpful. If you have access to a wheelbarrow, wagon, bike trailer or maybe even a car trunk, that would be helpful, but not a requirement for this position.

Direction & information Sign Installation and Takedown Team

Do you like to walk or bike (with a trailer) in the neighbourhood and do a bit of exercise on the way?

Duties: This team will install directional and information signs in assigned locations throughout the neighbourhood. The team will then return at the end of the event and collect the signs and return them to their storage spot.

Time commitment: Installation to happen between 11 am and 1:30 pm on the day of the event (Sunday, June 14).

Takedown to happen right after the event finishes (Sunday 5 pm).

To bring: Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfy walking shoes. A small hammer, staple gun, and tape might be helpful for the sign installation. If you have access to a wheelbarrow, wagon, bike trailer or maybe even a car trunk, that would be helpful, but not a requirement for this position.

Event day roles:

Roaming Ambassador/Street Monitor Team

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 wear a Grand Porch Party vest during your shift.

Time commitment: Walk an assigned route in the neighbourhood for a 60 minute shift between 2 pm and 5 pm the day of the event. You will be asked to arrive 10 minutes before your shift for a short orientation and to pick up your vest. You will need to return the vest at the end of your shift.

To bring: Wear a hat, sunscreen, and comfy walking shoes. Bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Freezies / Water station

Duties: This team will operate a station where free drinking water will be provided to patrons to refill their water bottles and freezies handed out to GPP attendees.

Time commitment: One hour scheduled between 2 pm and 5 pm day of the event.

To bring: Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes, and wear a raincoat if it rains.

Children’s Music Garden 

Are you silly and like to dance about?  Do you like helping children and their families have fun and play?  Then this might be the role for you!

Duties: This team will welcome families and introduce them to the many available activities.

Time commitment: 60 to 90 minute shifts.

To bring: Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfy clothes.

 

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A little Insight into our sponsors…

Insight Eye Care has been a longtime friend of the Grand Porch Party and continues to serve as a 2015 musician sponsor.

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Insight Eye Care, located at 239 Weber St. N in Waterloo, is an independent full-service optometric practice with 6 doctors offering comprehensive eye examinations and a large eyewear boutique.

The Insight family is comprised of qualified professionals who share the GPP’s beliefs in community, creativity and environmental sustainability.

Insight can be found throughout the KW community, partnering with local independent businesses, organizations and startups. In the past, Insight has worked with events such as Fashion for Life and Winter Wonderland, to support the Canadian Cancer Society and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. Insight has also been supporter of tri-Pride and participants in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Insight is made of a team of creative individuals with creative passions ranging from music to art. Customers can peruse the boutique’s extensive collection while listening to vinyl albums and are encouraged to BYOV (bring your own vinyl). Not only does Insight offer their customers an eyewear boutique featuring globally sourced handcrafted frames, but they support the sustainable movement in their industry by offering frame collections that use reclaimed, recyclable, and biodegradable materials.

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The news you’ve been waiting for….

… is almost here! We are whittling down the final details of the Grand Porch Party 2015 setlist, and will have announcements soon on who’ll be playing, and where.

Until then, we are proud to announce the sponsors of this year’s event!

Words Worth Books, Insight Eyecare, Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement, and Durrell Communications are our wonderful Music Sponsors. Their donations enable us to pay an honorarium to every GPP performer. Thank-you!

Musicians also receive a delicious lunch, thanks to GoGo Mart in downtown Kitchener. Their food is seriously awesome. Go there!

Our Environment Partner this year is the Grand River Conservation Foundation — celebrating 50 years of supporting conservation in our backyards!

We’ll have more details on ALL of our partners and sponsors coming really soon. (Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest.)

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