How we make magic

A curious friend of the GPP has asked us to explain how the GPP chooses the musicians that play at each event. Basically, it’s part tactics, part timing, and mostly serendipity.

Each February, we put out a call for musicians. We like to aim to have 30 acts at the event, but we get a lot more people dropping us a line. That means some people, sadly, won’t be able to play. Deciding who is a bloody tough job.

How we decide who’ll play:

– We aim for a mix of styles and sounds. That means we sometimes have to turn down great bands, simply because we have too many with that sound.

– We try to have around half of the performers be new to the event in order to keep it fresh and interesting for the audience. Sadly, for past performers, this can mean they don’t get in a second time. We’re really sorry about that, but want you to know: It’s not just you. Please stay in touch, and we’ll try to include you in a future year.

– We aim for a variety of ages of performers.

– KW locals get preference, but out-of-towners do get spots in the event because we love sharing our ‘hood with others. And it’s a way to hear artists we might not usually come across.

With all of those factors in mind, we sit down and go through all of the applications, listen to the demos, read the bios, and do our best to come up with an event that has something for everyone — and some surprises for everyone, too!

Then, we do this:

GPP - porch and music planning 2015Coloured pens. Hand-drawn maps. Lots of crossing-out and erasing. A Google map. What could it all be?

This is what it looks like when we start piecing it together, working out what porches should host what musicians, and trying to stagger the music so we don’t get sound-clash, or too much afternoon sun, or too big a crowd on a particular street, or any other number of concerns.

It’s a pretty big job. Luckily, our volunteer team is busy at work, and is getting really close at finalizing all the details.

Which means…. STAY TUNED! Musician bios, sponsor details, event maps, and a whole lot more is coming your way before the big day on Sunday, June 14.




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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