NW Roofing

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NW Roofing is back, sponsoring the Grand Porch Party for another year! Family-owned and operated, NW Roofing is celebrating 40 years in business! NW’s owner (and all ’round good-guy), Jerred Wagner, is a second-generation roofer who stands behind and under the quality of his work. Whether your roof needs repair, replacement or a second opinion, get in touch with NW Roofing.

We wanted to know where NW stood on some important, porch-related questions:

Favourite porch design/style?
You can’t have a Porch Party without a porch and a good, solid roof! We think a porch topped with Authentic Roof, synthetic slate tiles, would be a showstopper.

Favourite local spot to catch a show?
We think The Boathouse is pretty great.

Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
There are so many great spots in Uptown Waterloo. We love the idea of strolling down William Street after the Grand Porch Party to Red House for a bite!

What is your favourite porch party band?
There are so many great, local performers that’s it’s hard to choose a favourite! Last year we really enjoyed Safe As Houses and this year we’re looking forward to checking out Unaccompanied Minors!

What is your preferred porch drink?
That’s easy! After a hot day, spent up on the rooftop, we like to kick back with an ice cold beer!

Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair?
Neither! Any roofer would agree that the best views are always from the roof!

If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
“Raisin’ the Roofers” (Yes, we went there).

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
We’d love to see some classic Canadian rockers at GPP like, Rush, The Guess Who and Neil Young

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Starting Something Beautiful

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by Tenille Bonoguore

When I started the Grand Porch Party back in 2011 — having only moved to the area a
few months earlier — I had no idea what it would become. At the time, it was an
experiment, a way to meet my neighbours while building something unique.

I spent weeks knocking on strangers’ doors, asking to borrow their porches. I reached out to musicians and asked if they’d be willing to play for lunch kindly donated by the Princess Cafe. Surprisingly, people on both sides said yes.

When the first event dawned, we still didn’t know if anyone would come. But as I turned
the corner onto Menno Street, there they were: dozens of people milling about, curious,
open, enthusiastic. My heart soared, and soon, too, did the music.

Since that first “try it and see”, the GPP has become a staple of the summer arts scene.
We gained awesome local sponsors to pay our musicians. We inspired three more
events in Kitchener and Cambridge, so that Waterloo Region now has a porch party
from May through August. We won the Waterloo Region Arts Award for Best New
Festival in 2013. (Long-time GPP volunteer Anna Beard was kind enough to collect the
award for me — I was busy in the Grand River NICU with my five-day-old twins.)

Closer to home, the GPP ignited efforts to create the Uptown West Neighbourhood
Association, which is still going strong. It shared music and community with people of all
ages and all abilities. It also inspired anonymous artists to create their own one-day GPP
installations, which appear and then disappear just as quietly as the GPP itself.

Today, an amazing group of volunteers runs the Grand Porch Party, bringing fresh ideas
and new energy. It truly is the community’s event, and I could not be more proud nor
more thankful for the team’s efforts to keep the magic going.

The Grand Porch Party is more than an afternoon of art and community. It is everything
this City can be when communities are empowered to make something bold, together.
And that is why I am now running for Waterloo City Council. I want to bring the GPP’s
spirit of individual empowerment, shared space, environmental awareness and inclusive
access — the vibrant power of community — into Council Chambers.

So if you have great ideas for this City, or you just want to say hi, come find me at the
GPP. I’ll be the one with a wheelbarrow of watermelon and one mighty proud smile at
what this community — and this City — can do.

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“Time Stops” at #GPP2018

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Look out for Paul Roorda’s “Time Stops” while enjoying the Grand Porch Party this year.  These interactive metal boxes, found attached to wooden hydro poles in the Waterloo West neighbourhood, are meant to amuse, inspire curiosity, and provoke thought.

Made from old cash boxes with glass windows, they are filled with photos and vintage objects. Old clocks, barometers, glassware, and photos of skies and floods remind us of the unpredictable weather to come. The Time Stops are interactive too: Wind them up and listen to the mysterious tune of an altered a music box mechanism. These miniature cabinets of curiosity are a poetic warning to take notice.

For more information on the “Time Stops Project” go to www.paulroorda.com.

Paul Roorda would like to acknowledge to support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for this project.

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Neo Developments

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First time sponsor, Neo Developments, has quickly become a fixture in our community; slowly transforming it with their efficient, effective and modern structures! While strolling the GPP on June 10, see if you can spot all four Neo homes within our performance area (Bonus points if you spot two additional homes in our Uptown Waterloo West ‘hood)!

To find out what makes them tick, we asked the Neo team a few questions.

Favourite porch design/style?
Got to be Victorian, larger the better, nothing like eating dinner on the front porch and watching the world go by

Favourite local spot to catch a show?
The Fife house on Menno … can watch the show from front lawn

Favourite spot to catch pre-show/post-show dinner?
Must have patio, Delta, Sole or the Duke.

What is your favourite porch party band?
New to the hood … no favourites yet!

What is your preferred porch drink?
Must be cold … Beer or V & T.

Do you prefer a porch swing or Muskoka chair?
Not a fan of the the swing. Muskoka comes with that great built in drink holder.

If your company was a band, what would the band be called?
New Economic Order

What was your favourite band growing up?
BTO

Who would you love to see perform at Grand Porch Party?
I have two: Shawn Kellerman & Daddy Long Legs

 

 

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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?
Starlight
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

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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

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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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