The past few days on St-Laurent have been amazing! Beautiful weather and great artists expressing themselves on many walls along the Main which will leave an outstanding legacy!
My two favorite walls are off the Main on Clark Street, Pixel Pancho is just behind Mont-Royal and ROA’s is just below Marie-Anne, well worth checking out as the size of the work is astounding!
The street artists started painting on Wednesday taking advantage of the beginning of the sunny weather. A lot of the Montreal artists participating in the Festival have been around the scene for many years and are very well respected for their own style and innovations in their work.
Mural Festival in its first edition is definitely a success, I haven’t seen so many people on the the Main in a while. The organizers of the Festival have a 5 year plan with the SDBSL (Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent) to help increase the traffic on the street.
Many events were on daily as part of the Festival, a great vernissage at Station 16 on Friday night. Friday evening brought multiple colors in the streets with the Corona paint party, it was entertaining to observe people full of paint afterwards walking around.
The Osheaga block party yesterday afternoon was pumping and a lot of people were enjoying the beats and sunshine!
Saturday afternoon I did the walking tour with Cam, it was a great and very informative. Lots of details about the different artists participating as well as general info on the street art scene in Montreal. Explanations were given on the different styles and mediums used.
The walking tour is on again today, Sunday at 2pm and 4pm and I definitely recommend it! A voluntary contribution of $10 is appreciated. It departs from the info booth at the corner of Mont-Royal and St-Laurent! Don’t miss it.
If you would rather bike, there is also a bicycle tour starting from St-Laurent metro at 2pm and 4pm.
Today is the last day of the Festival, the weather is a bit less on the sunny side but it’s till worth getting out there! A few events are on tonight for the closure of the Festival, the Beauty of Tragedy at the Atrium of the Conseil des Arts on Sherbrooke will be on from 8 until 10 pm followed by the Fresh Air closing party at Ballroom!
Will be writing more about the Festival this week!