I had the pleasure of visiting Montreal this past week, and got to spend some time roaming the wonderful city and visiting some fellow artists. Aside from the vibrant nightlife, beautiful museums, and absolutely drool worthy comic shops, my greatest pleasure was taking in some of the incredible murals that decorate the entire city. Like most big cities, Montreal has murals painted on a lot of random walls. But unlike other cities, Montreal constantly encourages new murals from some of the most talented artists in the field, thanks to it’s annual ‘Mural Festival’.
As I was walking down St. Laurent Boulevard, shopping and soaking up the culture, this beautiful mural by Michael Reeder caught my eye.
So I decided to take a closer look, and to my surprise found an absolute treasure trove of murals covering the entire parking lot! And not just any murals, we are talking large scale works painted by Artists the likes of Ron English.
Personally, the highlight for me was stumbling across this jaw dropping piece by Cryptik, whose work I have followed for years. I was even familiar with this exact piece, but hadn’t realized that the LA based artist painted it in Montreal.
Another personal favorite of mine was this mural by Monosourcil. The playful palette and quirky style were really appealing to me and pretty hard to take my eyes off.
I got to see dozens of stunning works scattered across the city, each one a pleasant surprise to an already enjoyable walk. But what I saw was actually just a small sampling of what the city has to offer!
Thanks to the Mural festival, which has been going on since 2013, more than 80 world-reknown artists have lent their hand to beautifying this incredible city. The majority of these works are on, or very near, to Saint Laurent Boulevard (which serves as a major artery for the city’s art, shopping and nightlife scene), but there are actually works scattered all over the city. If you have any plans to visit Montreal, I strongly encourage you to seek these murals out. You can hop on over to the Mural Festival website, where you’ll find an interactive map which shows the location or every mural, as well as images and artist information for each piece.
Or you can do what I did, and just roam! There is something truly wonderful about letting yourself wander down an unfamiliar street only to stumble into something really beautiful and unexpected!