We seek out street art wherever we go. Our trip to Montreal was a romantic getaway but I couldn’t resist seeking out street art during the trip. Our tour of the city from Montreal’s tourism department stopped at many great pieces of street art with special stops to see cat street art per my request.
Lure of the Alleys
The next day we went out to see what street art we didn’t visit during the tour. We drove down Saint- Laurent Boulevard, Frank would pull over when I saw a piece I liked, and I would jump out to grab photos while he waited at the side of the road rarely getting a parking spot. The murals were on the side roads off of Saint Laurent. While taking photos I noticed the art often continued into the alleys that ran parallel to the main road. I was intrigued about what art was beyond what I could see from the road. Montreal’s street art lured me into alleys and around turns. Down icy paths, I would go snapping photos to return back to the car from a block away in the opposite direction I had left from!
The murals along the side streets were part of a yearly festival called Mural. Since 2010 this festival has been creating art to help revitalize the area bringing it to ..” a place of cultural, gastronomical and social avant-garde.” Similar to the incredible changes that Wynwood Walls brought to the neighborhood in Miami. I could feel the positive energy and creativity in the air even in winter, I’d love to be there during the festival in June!
Tip: Suggested walking tour of the murals from Wall 2 Wall Montreal blog. The weather was too cold for us to do all of this tour, just another reason I want to go back in the summer!
Montreal is a city that has over 100 festivals a year so in addition to Mural festival, they also have a graffiti festival. For me, street art and graffiti often blur and can be alike in many ways, not quite like siblings but more like distant cousins. Under Pressure Graffiti Festival is the largest and longest running graffiti and hip hop festival of its kind in North America. This festival is community run by volunteers during the first full weekend of August.
Montreal’s street art hooked me, so much that I was lured into alleys! No matter what your artistic taste is- graffiti or street art – Montreal will have pieces you will love. Share which was your favorite in the comments!
Our tour of Montreal was courtesy Montreal Tourism. As always our opinions and suggestions are our own.
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