Insight Eye Care


The Grand Porch Party wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our Sponsors. One of our sponsors, Insight Eye Care, has been there for us since almost the very beginning.

Insight is a member of our Uptown community (seriously, check out their new location) and we’re touched that the GPP holds a special place in their hearts. Read their blog post about it here.

The Insight team will be cruising through the neighbourhood this year, handing out some Sloth swag. Stop them. Hug them. Thank them for making the GPP possible year-after-year.

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2017 Musician Line Up


It’s almost the end of May and GPP organizers are starting to shift into high gear; the GPP is almost upon us! In less than a month our Uptown West neighbourhood will be filled with fantastic music. You may ask yourself, how does the GPP find and choose our musicians?

This year we received a wide variety of amazing applications from local musical acts. It was very difficult to choose our final set. If your submission wasn’t selected, or you’re interested in applying in the future, keep an eye out for next March’s Musician Call.

Once our acts are selected we begin our musical puzzle; pairing porches and performers! We take into account performance length, porch size and music type in order to ensure a schedule and layout that makes sense. There’s lots of arranging, confirming, arranging and re-jigging, but in the end it always works out.

The 2017 Grand Porch Party is so pleased to announce the following line-up. Stay tuned for our Performance Map and Schedule.

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Porches Make it Possible!


Since 2011, The Uptown West Neighbourhood has hosted the Grand Porch Party on the second Sunday of June. Nearly thirty local musicians take post on house porches between Alexandra Ave. and  Dawson St. (north and south boundary) and  Avondale Ave. and Short St. (west and east boundary), for an afternoon of connecting with others, enjoying the warm weather and appreciating the immense musical talent that resides in the Waterloo Region.  

Aside from securing talented musical acts (and there are many), a key component of the porch party is finding neighbours who are willing to have musicians play on their porch. Whether the porch is large or small, wooden or carpeted, storage for toys or strollers or a lemonade sipping summer sanctuary, one thing is for sure – there would be no porch party without  the porches and our generous neighbours who provide them.

Fortunately for the Grand Porch Party Planning Committee, finding porches has never been a problem.  Our neighbours in Uptown West have been wonderful supporters of the Grand Porch Party and are often willing to go above and beyond to help make the event a success. Some extras that porch hosts have helped with over the years include allowing for a porta-potty on their property, encouraging young artists to cover their driveways in chalk or providing a spot on their front lawn for an information and merchandise tent.  Many hosts provide their porch year after year.

In reflecting on the support we receive from our porch hosts during the Grand Porch Party I am reminded of the cultural significance of porches throughout history. Traditionally, porches represented ideals of family and neighborliness while connecting people with nature and their surroundings.  Before automobile traffic, computer screens, TV’s and air conditioning our porches brought communities together. Thank-you to our porch hosts for your continued support and for assisting in reviving the original purpose of the porch.

If you are interested in providing your Porch for the Grand Porch Party please contact the Grand Porch Party Planning Committee at

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Volunteers Needed for Grand Porch Party


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  in order to make this year’s GPP the very best yet, we need your help. Don’t be shy or assume your help isn’t needed. We NEED YOU! The GPP does 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 Susan at

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 Saturday May 27 and Saturday June 3.

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 Takedown Team
Time commitment:
 As little as 1 hour.  Installation to happen the day and hours before the event, Saturday June 10 or Sunday morning, June 11.

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. Some new positions have been added this year to include sidewalk chalk and a selfie wall. Plus!  You will get wear a bright orange Grand Porch Party vest during your shift.

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Calling all Musicians: Play the Grand Porch Party 2017!

Applications are NOW OPEN now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

We’re gearing-up for another incredible GPP event and need amazing local musicians – of all genres and experience – to make it happen. Is that you? Great!

Please click here to check out all the details and apply to play. Don’t delay, applications close on April 16, 2017. 

Not ready to take the stage (ah hem, or the porch)? That’s okay! You can do your part by spreading the news to your musical comrades. When it comes to applications, the more the merrier!


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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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