Jim Reitzel

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Show some love to first time Grand Porch Party sponsor, Jim Reitzel! The Jim Reitzel Team was founded by (you guessed it), Jim Reitzel, who was born and raised in KW. Their success is based on 25+ years of in-depth area knowledge and a commitment to customer service that’s described as, “wow world class”!

To get to know the Jim Reitzel Team better, we asked MegaAgent, Kevin Reitzel, some hard-hitting Porch Party questions.

Best sunglasses to wear to a porch party?
Doc browns sunglasses from back to the future 2
Favourite local spot to catch a show?
Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
Gourmet Pizza on Willis way
What is your favourite porch party band?
Tenth of May
What is your preferred porch drink?
Bud light with lime
Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair? 
I prefer swingers
If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
Sharp Dressed Man
What was your favourite band growing up?
Guns and Roses
Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
The Beatles
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Insight Eye Care


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 (be sure to take design notes) and their staff is the best. To get to know them better, we asked their team a few porch-related questions. Here goes!

Best sunglasses to wear to a porch party?
The GPP is all about music so obviously Vinylize! They are handcrafted in Budapest, made with vinyl records and support all things musical. I just had the opportunity to tour their factory and showroom this past January and they let me hand-make my very own pair – with their expert assistance, of course!

Favourite local spot to catch a show?
We have a few favourite spots: Starlight, The Boathouse and Maxwell’s. I recently had the chance to see Bif Naked at Maxwell’s and she was absolutely amazing; she read excerpts from her book, providing some background history to her songs before she performed them.

Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
B@TheMuseum pre or post-show if you’re in Kitchener, The Red House pre-show in Waterloo and Arabella Park pre or post-show if you don’t mind being in-between!

What is your favourite porch party band?
Rufus and Sam! Excellent mix of covers and originals and their voices were sublime.

What is your preferred porch drink?
Hmm, a local craft beer from Together We’re Bitter or perhaps a homemade iced tea.

Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair?
I would be that person lounging on the grass, but I would take a Muskoka chair over a porch swing – I want the open sky over my head!

If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
Four-Eyes Blind.

What was your favourite band growing up?
Incubus, Garbage, Bush, No Doubt, Greenday, The Wallflowers, Nirvana, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, umm… the 90’s were awesome!

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
Beyonce. But for real, how about Jordan Alexander? She lives in Toronto and recently opened for Bif Naked and Jully Black. Her voice is pristine and her lyrics are excellent 🙂

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Our Environmental Partner: Water Without Borders


Have you ever wondered why we’re called The Grand Porch Party?
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. If you’ve been with us since the start, you’ll be familiar with our Environmental Partners at GPP and this year is no different!

We’re very pleased to be partnering with Waters Without Boarders, which is led by a member of our Uptown Waterloo West community: Amanda Sills. Amanda and her team are working on some very exciting activities to share with us at the Grand Porch Party. Stay tuned for the details!

This year, Water Without Boarders is hoping to raise $2,500 for a First Nations Water Project in the community of Pikangikum in Northern Ontario. As a festival founded on Canadian Rivers Day, we feel deeply about accessible, clean drinking water for all Canadians. To read more about this project and to donate (yay!), please click here.



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Calling all Musicians: We need you for the 2018 Grand Porch Party!

Applications are NOW OPEN now closed for our 8th Annual Grand Porch Party! Thank you to everyone who applied!

Where would the GPP be without the incredible performances of amazing local musical groups? Therefore, we’re asking musicians of all genres and experience to apply by clicking here. Don’t delay, applications close on April 15, 2018!

Not a musician? That’s okay! You can do your part by spreading the news to your musical friends, family and neighbours. When it comes to applications, the more the merrier!



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Porch Party Perfection

Feels good when all the pieces fall into place, doesn’t it? Our seventh Grand Porch Party felt near-perfection, with amazing weather, super volunteers, incredible bands and a bumper crowd. So, the Food Trucks didn’t show. I guess you can’t win them all!

A very special thanks to the following:

Mark your calendars now for June 17, 2018 oops, it’s really June 10, 2018 for our eighth Grand Porch Party!

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Can’t get enough Porch Parties? Check out the following regional Porch Parties still happening this summer!

Schneider Creek Porch Party – Saturday, July 22

Preston Porch Party – Saturday, August 26

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Seven Shores Urban Market & Cafe


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

Did you know that Seven Shores is community owned and operated? The core ownership group is made up of 10 people who loved and called Seven Shores home before forming an ownership group together. Over 15 community members also own a piece of Seven Shores through our Community Share program. Yes, that’s pretty awesome.

So, get stop by Steven Shores and support your neighbours!

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Durrell Comm


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 continue to be a long-time sponsor.

Melissa Durrell, and the staff at DurrellComm, 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, music!

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