It doesn’t take walking for more than a few blocks around downtown Montreal to hit a mural. One of my favorite things about living here is definitely the incredible art I’m surrounded by, especially around the Plateau area, not to mention there’s a bunch of amazing independent cafés and boutiques to explore. What I especially love about the abundance of street art in this city is that not only does it consist of a wide range of styles from photorealism to pop art to urban graffiti, but also that it comes from both local artists and those gracing our streets from around the world, notably from places like Argentina, the UK, France, and Switzerland. The murals also make really amazing backgrounds for pictures if that’s your thing – s/o to Michael for tolerating how absolutely shit I am at posing!!! You can follow him here.
Let’s talk about some street art. Montreal has quickly become one of the world’s most concentrated public art cities, and it’s easy to see why. The history of street art is fascinating, and I’m really grateful to live in a city that appreciates it as much as I do. The summer months make me really happy to be from Montreal, and the booming art scene is just one of the many reasons why. If you have the chance, take a walk or a bike ride around the Plateau – you’ll feel lucky to be here and it’ll make you forget how horrible this city is the other 9 months out of the year (albeit TEMPORARILY).
My advice: don’t actively go looking for anything or have a plan. Start somewhere along The Main, and hit up any side streets that call out to you, I promise you’ll find some amazing works of art that often go completely unnoticed. If you NEED a plan or really want to see everything or are just absolutely shit at directions, there are actually walking plans and tours available.
Here are just a few of the incredible pieces I saw during my little hometown exploration:
These next few are pretty hard to miss – they’re all in the heart of the Plateau around the most visited parts of St. Laurent, not to mention that they’re fucking massive.
The official Mural Festival dates are June 8 to the 18th, but nothing is stopping you from enjoying the public art right now (okay maybe not RIGHT now because it’s rainy and shit but SOON). If something in particular sparks your interest, or if you just want to find out more about the artists and murals mentioned or that you see yourself, be sure to check out the Montreal Mural Festival website and Wall2Wall Montreal, they’re both amazing resources to learn more about these amazing artists.