Where to keep the GPP fire burning

If your Grand Porch Party high is starting to wear off, there are plenty of ways to spark it back up in the coming weeks.

IN KW + Guelph:

Friday, June 15, 8pm: Jakki Annerino and Wayne Cheater help run the monthly acoustic open stage for the Black Walnut Folk Club. $3.

Sunday, June 17, 1-4pm: Head to Open Streets UpTown Waterloo! King Street will be closed from Union to Central with music, games and fun for everyone. It’s a City event, organized by a volunteer board (which includes none other than GPP organizer Tenille Bonoguore.) We want this to be community-generated, so feel free to bring ideas to us. There’s lots of room on the street – what would YOU like to organize? FREE.

Saturday, July 7, 11:30am and 1pm: The Tra La Las play two half-hour shows at the Kitchener Market. FREE.

Saturday, July 14, 11am: The Tra La Las are back at the Kitchener Market, this time for a 45-minute show. FREE.

Friday, July 20, 9:30pm-1am: Failte plays at the Failte Pub, UpTown Waterloo. FREE.

Sunday, July 22, 1-4pm: Open Streets UpTown Waterloo is back for the second of four fab festivals, FEATURING THE TRA LA LAS on the main stage! This time, we’re co-inciding with the Sun Life Financial UpTown Jazz Festival. Get ready for hot music overload as we keep this city humming! FREE.

Monday, July 23, 7pm: Jesse Maranger plays at the UpTown Waterloo public square summer concert series.

Saturday, July 28: Selina Martin Triplets at the Hillside Festival in Guelph.

Monday, July 30, 7-8:30pm: The Tra La Las bring doo-wop to Waterloo Town Square. FREE.

Sunday, August 12: Open Streets UpTown Waterloo featuring JESSE MARANGER (and if we’re really lucky maybe some other GPP performers!) on King Street as we share the musical love with the Kitchener Blues Fest! FREE.

Friday, September 14: Failte is back at the Failte Pub, UpTown Waterloo. FREE.

Saturday, September 15, Noon to 4pm: Lawrence Cresswell serenades visitors to the CIGI campus in UpTown Waterloo for Doors Open.

Sunday, September 16: Open Streets UpTown Waterloo Back to School weekend! FREE.


Wednesday, June 20, 9-11pm: Roberta Hunt & the Gents head to Hamilton to celebrate the Hammer Hoppers 3rd Anniversary! London Tap House, 31 John Street, Hamilton.

Friday, July 13: Selina Martin Triplets perform at Hamilton’s Waltz Live Music Club.


Saturday, June 16, midnight: Lynn Jackson heads to Toronto for NXNE music festival. You can catch her with a band at The Central, on Markham Street, near Honest Eds.

Saturday, June 23: The Selina Martin Triplets perform at the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival at Sugar Beach in Toronto (at Queen’s Quay and Jarvis).

Sunday, June 24, 5-8pm: Roberta Hunt’s wickedly hot band, the Red Hot Ramble, plays the Toronto Jazz Festival – Club Series at Boston Pizza, 40 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto.

Tuesday, June 26, 8-10pm: Roberta Hunt presents her cabaret “A Steamy Night In New Orleans” at the Toronto Jazz Festival – Green Door Cabaret Series, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto.


About grandporchparty

The Grand Porch Party is an annual neighbourhood music event where we take over the porches, and then the streets, for some fab early-summer music. First launched in 2011.
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