Hot, fun, and a smashing good time

Well, wasn’t that a rockin’ time? Thanks to the dozens of performers, the dozens of volunteers, and the hundreds and hundreds of people who came to join us at the sixth Grand Porch Party on June 12!

It’s a little tardy, but here are some pics from the day — there are a heap more on Facebook too. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GrandPorchParty so that you don’t miss any of the action next year.

Save the date for June 11, 2017! We hope to see you there here!

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It’s Party Time (almost)

Today’s the day! The Grand Porch Party kicks off at 2pm this afternoon and will fill Uptown West Waterloo with three hours of awesome music, great community, and gosh darn fun.

If you haven’t planned your day yet, you can check out all of this year’s performers here.

You can also pop in to visit our environment partner rare Charitable Research Reserve, hang out at the UWNA Children’s Music Garden, and double down on the fun events with a spell at Open Streets.

And don’t forget — we’ll be selling our awesome BRFC-designed tees at the GPP Merch Tent, at 59 Alexandra Ave. It’s gonna be great. Hope to see you here!

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OSxGPP: Celebrating hyperlocal

Hey! I’m Sam, and I chair the volunteer committee for Open Streets in UpTown Waterloo.

Our first of a series of summer Sunday events is this June 12 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. This is the sixth year that Open Streets has run in the uptown core.

Regular GPP goers can expect a community street festival with live performances, art, handmade market, and family-friendly activities with a focus on alternate transport.

And best of all, since one of our spaces will be the Alexandra parking lot, we’re so excited to be kitty corner to the original Grand Porch Party!

Both events celebrate and showcase the thriving and diverse community that we live in–with a huge focus on local. And we’re proud to have GPP founder Tenille as part of the earliest Open Streets board.

See you on Sunday! We’ll be crossing from one event to the other. Attendees can pick up a duel-event map to check out cool programming, like:

GPP 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– Blue Lobelia, 71 Alexandra, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
– Rob Mitchell, 49 Euclid, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
– Napoleon and his Handclap Orchestra, 25 Avondale St. S, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– and many other fantastic local musicians

Open Streets 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– Food trucks
– A virtual rollercoaster experience
– Bicycle powered Lite Brite board
– Bicycle rickshaw tours
– Plus performances from BBoys, martial artists, belly dancers and more



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A shout out to our musician and food sponsors!

Every year at the Grand Porch Party we rely on sponsors for a variety of different things – event related activities, paying our musicians, feeding our musicians, and more! It’s because of the generosity of these amazing businesses and organizations that we can keep this crazy event going.

Musician Sponsors:

This year we have three musician sponsors – Words Worth Books, Insight Eye Care, and Durrell Communications! These businesses have sponsored us in the past and they’ve found value in continuous support of our event. We couldn’t pay our musicians without them! Thanks to each of you for recognizing the value of artistic talent and making sure that our musicians are paid a fair wage for fair work.

Food Sponsor:

Each year we like to feed our musicians lunch to make sure they’re fully energized for an afternoon of performing. This year, Seven Shores Urban Market & Cafe has generously donated lunch for all of our musicians! Thank you for providing our talented musicians with a tasty and healthy lunch!

As extra thanks to our musician and food sponsors, we’ve named a street after them at the Porch Party. Which named street will be your favourite? Insight Eye Care Avenue? Maybe Durrell Communications Boulevard or Words Worth Road? Perhaps it’ll be Seven Shores St.? Let us know via Twitter which street is your favourite!


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GPP x BRFC (take 2), special sponsor streets, and under a week to go

Once again we’re teaming up with designer and screen printer extraordinaire, Jon Johnson to bring you a GPPxBRFC collaboration t-shirt. We’re celebrating another great year of music, community, and environment right in our own front yards and want to share that feeling with you via t-shirt.

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This year we have a new vibrant summer colour for you so don’t forget to bring a few extra cash dollars with you on Sunday. Just like last year, we’ll be selling the t-shirts for $20 and all proceeds will go to our GPP fund. The GPP fund helps us with event insurance, make our fantastic street signs and to make sure that we can keep running this awesome event.

With less than a week to go there are lots of things to update you on so keep checking back each day.

Last night our amazing porch team put these fun street signs together. This year we’re doing something a bit different and our three musician sponsors and one food sponsor have been each given a street so be sure to stop and snap a photo with your favourite on Sunday afternoon.

Who knew way finding could be so fun!


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So who’s playing where?

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for GPPers – our 2016 Performance Map is live!

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Be sure to keep checking out 2016 Performers page for band details and profiles to help you plan your day.

You’ll see there’s a new addition to the GPP map – Open Streets UpTown Waterloo has taken residence along Caroline St and in the Waterloo Public Square. Open Streets kicks off at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday June 12 so you’ll have time to spend at both events. Open Streets will have lots of snacks and vendors for you to visit before coming by and getting your GPP on!

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We’re re-jigging things a bit

Okay GPP fans, the countdown is on! 12 days to go which means our team has been a bunch of busy bees. Be sure to check back often because we’ve got a bunch of information coming your way.

This year we’re shuffling around a bit and because we know how much you love to plan your day, we’ve created a new boundary map to help you get into the mind frame about where you’ll like to spend your time.


We’re moving the party a bit closer to Waterloo Public Square and Short St. so that you can have a seamless transition between GPP fun times and visiting our Open Streets friends hanging out in the parking lots along Caroline St S. and Waterloo Public Square.

Didn’t know Open Streets was also happening June 12? Head over to their webspace to learn more about the day.

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