Volunteers Needed for Grand Porch Party 2019!

HEY YOU!

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 GPPVolunteers@gmail.com

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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Neo Developments

Copy of Untitled Design.png We have Neo Developments, back again to sponsor another year. This time around their band Weiss Blau will be performing as well, so be sure to check them out! NEO is definitely a fixture in our community; slowly transforming it with their efficient, effective and modern structures!

We decided to ask them a few more questions this year:

Best sun protection to wear to a porch party? Sombre

Your favourite concert you have ever been to? Chuck Berry. 1968. WLU

Favourite local spot to grab a meal? Ethel’s

What is your current favourite band? Daddy Longlegs 

What is your favourite thing about the porch party? People watching

What is the best snack to eat on a porch? Popcorn

Do you prefer a blanket on the grass or a chair to watch musicians at the porch party? Neither, I am a stander

Favourite song of the moment to blast at work? Classical

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party? Daddy Longlegs

 

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Insight Eye Care

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Our sponsors make the Grand Porch Party possible! Insight Eye Care is one of our greatest supporters, sponsoring the GPP since almost the very start. Their location on Albert Street is so fresh and inviting and their staff is the best. Neil Moser, the Sales & Marketing Manager at Insight Eye Care was kind enough to even make a blog post of his own for us! You can find it here.

We’ve also shared it below:

What is your favourite thing about the porch party?

The sense of community connectedness. I very much enjoy walking around listening to great music and chatting with friends and neighbours that I don’t get to see that often.

Best sun protection to wear to a porch party?

When you attend the Grand Porch Party, you are supporting independent musicians so I would recommend wearing sunglasses made by an independent eyewear designer. When it makes sense for your lifestyle, it’s the little guys we need to support, not multinational corporations. One of our favourite smaller independent brands is Vinylize. Handmade in Budapest, these frames are made from the pressing of vinyl records – perfect for all you music lovers out there!

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

Blanket for sure. We sit traditionally too often. I like being closer to the earth – even if it means sitting on a curb!

Your favourite concert you have ever been to?

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Ooooh, this one is tough. I will name a few for a variety of reasons. The Kills for their brilliant indie rock vibe and lead singer Alison Mosshart’s stage energy. Janelle Monae for her powerful messages and slick lyrics. Beyoncé for everything – bow down.

Favourite local spot to grab a meal?

Aroma Café, Waterloo’s only coffee roaster and KW’s first. A lot of their food is Korean-inspired and they have many healthy options that are absolutely delicious. All of the staff are super friendly to boot.

What is your current favourite band?

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I have so many, but I’ll go with Weezer at this moment. Weezer dropped their first iconic album, the Blue Album, in 1994 and they are still producing fantastically relevant music. I love Zombie Bastards and Can’t Knock the Hustle off of the Black Album, just released this year.

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Our Environmental Partner: Water Without Borders

WWBTile-02We are so grateful to be partnering again with Waters Without Borders. Water Without Borders is led by a member of our Uptown Waterloo West community Amanda Sills. Amanda has organized a Paint Nite fundraiser on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 7pm at Crossroads Board Game Cafe in Waterloo. Click here for tickets. When you buy a ticket to this event, $15 will be donated to the charity above.

Water is so very important to us and that’s one of the main reasons why the Grand Porch Party was created. Every year, our neighbourhood music festival falls on Canadian Rivers Day and we recognize this with a name in honour of the Grand River Watershed. Now you know we’re Grand in more than one way!

For us, being environmental isn’t just in our name, it’s in our DNA. We’re mindful of the impact our event has on the community and look to improve our practices each year.

A little more info about Waters Without Borders:Water is essential to life, yet there are many that go without clean water every day. Water Without Borders was created from the understanding that lack of safe drinking water has such a devastating impact on all facets of life – especially the life of children. Water Without Borders is a non-profit organization with an international reach, dedicated to providing sustainable sources of safe drinking water and sanitation to children’s schools and orphanages all over the globe!

Water Without Borders is continuing to raise money for the First Nations Water Project in the community of Pikangikum in Northern Ontario, but a much more urgent need has come up in Haiti.

During the crisis there, the government services were shut down and water was not being delivered to some very vulnerable areas. Water Without Borders was on the ground there and were able to deliver water to some of the more crucial areas where elderly, disabled and children live. Thankfully, some of the needs have been alleviated, however, they are still receiving numerous requests for help everyday. Water Without Borders will continue their efforts to come up with a long term solution to bring water, sanitation and hygiene to schools in Haiti to prevent the spread of cholera and other communicable diseases. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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