Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether

Benny Wilding aka Cemz aka Ether is the ultimate urban artist, having started off as a graffiti writer and then evolved into becoming one of Montreal’s great muralists. He started in 1997 writing ‘Cemz’ and quickly earned the respect of his peers. Around 2004 he switched to writing ‘Ether’ and kept that name for a bit more than a decade. Over 2016, as his career as a muralist started growing significantly, he reverted back to ‘Cemz’ and this is his regular writing name nowadays. His main allegiance over the years has been with the crew TFB, but he’s also in DA, TFO and more recently KG (to name a few), crews that include many of our city’s best writers.

His murals and other figurative pieces are usually mash-ups of various pop-art vintage elements: cartoons, old logos, commercial lettering and other nostalgia-tinged iconography inspired by old ads and catalogues. Most interestingly, they also often include his name-piece, creating a contrast between that warm nostalgia and his wildstyle street side.

To learn more about Benny Wilding, have a look at this great 2018 interview by Mural Festival. To view more than I was able to photograph, and to see his work outside Montreal as well as his studio work, folow him on Instagram. Finally, there’s a short bio and photos of work he has done for Ashop in this Ashop bio.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether est le parfait artiste urbain, ayant débuté comme graffeur puis graduellement fait son chemin pour devenir un des grands muralistes de Montréal. Il a débuté en 1997 sous le nom ‘Cemz’ et a rapidement gagné le respect de ses pairs. Aux environs de 2004 il a commencé à écrire ‘Ether’ et a conservé ce nom pour une douzaine d’années. Au cours de l’année 2016, alors que sa carrière de muraliste prenait de l’essor, il a repris le nom ‘Cemz’ et c’est ce nom qu’il utilise de nos jours pour ses pièces de graffiti. Sa principale affiliation au fil des années a été avec le crew TFB, mais il fait aussi partie de DA, TFO et plus récemment KG (pour n’en nommer que quelques uns), des crews incluant plusieurs des meilleurs graffeurs de Montréal.

Ses murales et autres pièces figuratives combinent généralement divers éléments pop-art vintages tels que des personnages de bandes dessinées, des logos, du graphisme commercial ainsi que des personnage ou objets tirés de vieilles pubs ou de vieux catalogues. Fait intéressant, ses grandes créations incluent aussi son nom en plein milieu, mettant ainsi en contraste le coté nostalgique et réconfortant de l’iconographie vintage avec la modernité de son graffiti wildstyle.

Pour en apprendre plus sur Benny Wilding, vous êtes invités à lire cette entrevue pour Festival Mural datant de 2018. Pour voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, particulièrement ses oeuvres hors-Montréal ainsi que son travail en studio, suivez-le sur Instagram. Enfin, une courte biographie et des photos de son travail pour Ashop se trouvent sur le site d’Ashop.


Benny Wilding

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

This is the left half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This is the right half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This tribute to local Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

Benny Wilding’s segment on a long tribute to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not visible in this shot). The wall also includes a Cemz letter piece, scroll down to view.

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white dots are actually raised from the wall and spell out “multiculturel” in Braille language.

This mural is found downtown.

This nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

One of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

Benny Wilding / Cemz at Plaza Walls.

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (1/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (2/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (3/3).

This Ashop mural was designed by Fluke and executed by Zek and Benny Wilding.

Ether / Benny Wilding in Petite-Patrie.

This is Benny Wilding’s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. It includes a Ether letter piece.

This long wall in the Plateau is a collaboration with Hsix on the three Gilles Duceppe characters.

Trackside wall for Ashop under the name Cems.

Benny Wilding as Ether for the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.


Cemz

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Cemz’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

The Boro wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters).

Cemz in the Plateau.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

This is Cemz’s letter piece on a long tribute wall to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not shown here). The wall also features a figurative segment, scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view.

Cemz on letters and Axe Lalime on shark, in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s piece for the Time Is Gold production, Scaner‘s final one.

In Côte des Neiges.

On a Hochelaga metal shutter.

At Plaza Walls.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s half of a long alley wall with Scaner. Close-ups on the 2 characters as well as a third one not seen in this shot are featured in the Benny Wilding section above.

Cemz (top) and Smak (ground level) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

For Ashop‘s Chemin Vert block party.

Five Eight (top), Skor (middle) and Cemz (bottom) with a bit of help from Earth Crusher, for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In a Mile End alley. A time lapse video of the making of this wall can be viewed here.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.


Ether

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

Earth Crusher and Ether on the side wall of a Plateau restaurant.

An off-Mural alley piece from 2016.

This mural in a central graffiti alley features Waxhead (left), Ether (central letter piece) and Turtle Caps (right).

Truck side.

The Boro wall for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Ether (top left), Mersh (top right) and Shok (bottom).

In Hochelaga.

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, Ether (middle letters), Scaner (bottom letters), Axe Lalime (bottom left), Serak (top letters) and Hsix (right).

A graffiti alley piece.

Ether (top) and Scaner (bottom), from a long Plateau wall involving more artists.

Detail of a Plateau wall which would be eventually be redone entirely by the artist for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival (scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view).

Ether’s part in a long multi-artist wall in a Plateau alley.

Ether’s part in a long multi-artist wall in Ville-Marie.

Cems, before he switched to Ether (top left), Scan (top right), Sage (bottom left) and Smak (bottom right) on this classic DA wall in Rosemont.


throws

Great spot in Chinatown.


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stickers and other pasted work

These 3 different wheatpastes were also found separately.

Ether and Scaner wheatpastes.

A pasted montage of Benny Wilding patterns and figurative elements, found in a Mile End alley.

Lost Claws

Lost Claws is a street artist mainly into wheatpasting, but he also has some painted work to his credit. He has been active in the streets and alleys of Montreal since approximately June 2017. The artist wittily expresses his dark, pessimistic or sarcastic views on the world, life and relationships through various characters, some recurring (teeth, skeletons, Death) and some one-offs (often animals).

The artist is extremely prolific and I have been able to find only a fraction of his work before it got destroyed. You should therefore check out his Instagram page for a lot more work than what I am presenting in the gallery below.

Lost Claws est un artiste de rue dont le medium préféré est le collage, mais qui peint aussi à l’occasion. Il est actif dans les rues et ruelles de Montréal depuis approximativement juin 2017. A l’aide d’une panoplie de personnages, certain récurrents (dents, squelettes, la Mort) ou non (souvent des animaux), il exprime sa vision sombre, pessimiste ou sarcastique, du monde, de la vie et des relation humaines.

Cet artiste est extremement prolifique et je n’ai eu la chance de photographier qu’une fraction de son oeuvre avant qu’elle ne soit détruite. Vous êtes donc invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram si vous voulez en voir beaucoup plus que ce que je suis en mesure de présenter dans la galerie ci-dessous.


wheatpastes

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

In the Plateau.

“Trapped in my head”, in Mile End.

“Love is not enough”, in Mile End for Valentine’s Day.

“How you act is who you become”, in the Plateau.

“Nothing comes back”, in the Village.

“There’s no surprises in hell”, in Mile End.

“Empty together”, in the Plateau.

“I am my father’s son”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“What am I doing with my life?”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“I feel so small”, a big wheatpaste on the George General d’Auto Reparation.

“Pas d’sucre, pas d’crème”, as Death likes its coffee black, what did you expect? Found in the Plateau.

“D.T.F”, apparently standing for “donairs taste fantastic”… This was found in the Plateau.

This one was captioned “If it’s not on Instagram, did it even happen?”, but the caption was lost before I got a chance to photograph this piece found in Mile End.

“LOL”, in the Plateau.

In the Plateau.

“Everybody else is an asshole”, in the Plateau.

“Give me darkness”, in Mile End.

“It gets easier”, in the Plateau.

“Just give me what I want”, in the Plateau.

“No one mourns the last to die”, in Mile End.

“My life is a mess”, in Little Italy.

“We really are alone aren’t we?”, in the Plateau.

“You’ll never see yourself like I see you”, in Mile End.

“The vague positive quote you needed”, in Mile End.

“Hot as heck”, in Mile End.

“Just fuckin’ super”, in Little Italy.

“Worth ≠ worth”, off Mural Festival.

“What’s it like being cool?”, on St-Laurent.

“It’s so cheesy”, in a conversation with Sara Erenthal.

“Only hard things break”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“Life sucks”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“The magic’s gone”, in the Plateau.

“You’re not special”, off St-Laurent.

“Time passes always has always will”, in Little Italy.

“Nothing ever changes” / “Everything is changing”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Share the burden”, in Mile End.

“Living quickly, dying slowly”, in Mile End.

“I’m familiar with the cold”, in Plateau End.

“We only hurt the ones we love”, in the Plateau.

“Same in the end”, in the Plateau.

“The loss of friends you never had”, in Mile End.

“We were never meant to stay”, in Mile End.

“New and interesting rock bottoms”, in St-Henri.

“Everybody leaves too soon”, pasted in the Plateau beneath one of Scaner‘s iconic characters, presumably as a tribute after the latter writer passed away.

“It’s only worth what you’re willing to lose”, in Petite-Patrie.

“We change”, in the Plateau.

“Life of the party”, in Mile End.

“Let the rain fall”, in the Plateau.

“We always know what’s right”, in Mile End.

“There’s plenty…”, in Mile End.

“No one is listening”, in the McGill Ghetto.

“Don’t wait too long to come home”, in Mile End.

“Nobody cares what you did, right?”, in Mile End.

“There is nothing we can keep”, in Plateau End.

“Remember to forget”, in Mile End.

“How you act is who you become”, in Mile End.

In the Plateau.

“I only loved you with my head anyways”, in the Plateau. The sticker above is by Ella & Pitr.

“Free to a good home”, in Mile End.


painted, drawn, etc.

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

“I’m fine”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Dirt don’t hurt”, in Mile End.

“There’s no surprises in hell”, in Little Italy.

“I feel nothing”, in the Plateau.

“You’re not special”, retaliating against Worm after he did this huge chrome throw for his crew MG over Lost Claws’ huge “I feel so small” mouse wheatpaste (scroll up this gallery to view).

“You’re only young forever once”, in Mile End.

In a central graffiti alley.

“Alone is all we were”, in Mile End.

Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2018. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of … Continue reading Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art

Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2018 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The … Continue reading Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art

Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2018. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on … Continue reading Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

Scan You Rock tribute wall

For about a week during the month of September 2018, nearly 100 writers and artists converged onto Cabot street in the South West of Montreal for the creation of a huge mural celebrating the graffiti writer and artist Scaner who had passed away a year earlier following a 8-year battle with cancer.

The 675 m2 (7250 sq. foot) mural is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, and features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime. It was done on one of the two walls which had served as the canvas for the Scan You Rock mega-production 16 months earlier, a huge tribute to Scaner put together by his friends when they found out that he only had a short time left to live. Scaner’s own piece in the latter production was salvaged and has been integrated into the new mural which was designed around it. Barcelona artist and 4S crewmate Harry Bones created a Scaner-inspired character looming over the piece, and nearly a hundred of Scaner’s fellow writers and artists from Montreal and around the world filled the letters of his name with their own name pieces. Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime created the end character, a clock reminding us that Time Is Gold.

The creation of the mural was organised by Scaner’s wife Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers and his friend Philémon (through the non-profit organization Mr CanDo) and made possible through the generous contribution of donors who thus helped pay for the rental of aerial work platforms, scaffoldings and safety equipment as well as the purchase of paint and the transportation of artists.

A tribute of this scale was unheard of in the world of graffiti and urban art before this. It is a testament to the love and respect that Scaner commanded from his peers, in Montreal and elsewhere in the world. The new mural is seen everyday by thousands of commuters on the Turcot Interchange, and photos and videos of it and its making have made it around the world through social media, cementing Scan’s place in local and international art and graffiti history.

The gallery below features photos of the complete wall as well as close-ups on various sections, including credits for all the artists involved. A few names are missing, any input is welcome.

Pendant 7 jours en septembre 2018, une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes se sont rendus sur la rue Cabot dans le sud-ouest de Montréal pour la création d’une immense murale en hommage au graffeur et artiste montréalais Scaner, pour le premier anniversaire de son décès suite à une bataille de 8 ans contre le cancer.

La murale de 675 m2 (7250 pieds carrés) est une création de ses amis graffeurs Zek (qui a dessiné les lettres) et Stare, et inclut des personnages par Harry Bones et Axe Lalime. Elle a été créée sur un des deux murs qui, 16 mois plus tôt, avaient servi de canevas pour la mega-production Scan You Rock, un immense hommage à Scaner organisé par ses amis lorsque la communauté a appris qu’il ne lui restait plus que quelques temps à vivre. La contribution de Scaner à cette production a été préservée et intégrée dans la nouvelle murale. L’artiste barcelonais et crewmate en 4S Harry Bones a créé un immense personnage inspiré par Scaner et une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes de Montréal et d’ailleurs ont rempli les lettres de son nom avec leur propre pièce. Axe Lalime, qui faisait aussi partie du crew DA avec Scan, a créé le personnage au bout du mur, un réveil nous rappelant que le temps est précieux (Time Is Gold).

La création de la murale a été organisée par la conjointe de Scaner, Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers, et le bon ami de Scan Philémon (via l’OBNL Mr CanDo) et rendue possible grâce à la généreuse contribution de donateurs qui ont ainsi aidé à payer pour la location de plate-formes mobiles, des échafaudages et des équipements de sécurité ainsi que pour l’achat de la peinture et le transports d’artistes.

Il n’y a jamais eu d’hommage de cette ordre avant celui-ci dans le monde du graffiti et de l’art urbain en général. Ceci témoigne de l’amour et du respect que Scaner a inspiré chez ses pairs, qu’ils soient à Montréal ou à l’étranger. La nouvelle murale est vue chaque jours par les milliers de gens qui utilisent l’échangeur Turcot, et des photos et des vidéos de celle-ci et de sa création ont fait le tour du monde via les médias sociaux. Ainsi Scaner prend tranquillement la place qu’il mérite dans l’histoire artistique de notre ville et du milieu du graffiti.

La galerie ci-dessous présente des photos du mur complet ainsi que quelques gros plans sur ses sections, incluant des crédits pour tous les artistes qui y ont contribué. Quelques nom y manquent, vous êtes invités à combler ces lacunes en m’écrivant.


The complete wall. Scroll down for close-ups on the wall’s different sections. Click to view image in bigger size.

Close-up on Harry Bones‘ contribution around Scaner‘s own piece salvaged from the Scan You Rock production from April 2017 (a few months before he passed away). Harry Bones was Scan’s crewmate in the 4S crew.

Close-up on the S. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Hoacs, Eskae
row 2: Risk, Sober, unidentified
row 3: Sear, Musa, Kemr
row 4: Skor, Roachi, Trace, Zema
row 5: unidentified, Morz, Kay (Scan’s wife), Vect, Jarus (partial)
row 6: Jat?, Narc, Sewk, Shok, unidentified

Close-up on the C. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: unidentified
row 2: Hyke, someone writing Jays
row 3: Smak, Fonki
row 4: Zema, Koal, Sewer
row 5: Jarus, Dige?, Nixon
row 6: Her?, Kers

Close-up on the A. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: someone writing Dock, Dré aka Earth Crusher
row 2: Arek, RCH
row 3: Senck, Block, Atwz
row 4: Sower, Tchug, Astro, Pask
row 5: Serak, Fomer, Zek (starts inside door recess), Dodo Osé, Nesar (partial)
row 6: Kwun, Mersh, Maysr (inside door recess), Fuser, Probe?

Close-up on the N. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Pito, Tens, Axe Lalime, Pic Paquette, 123Klan, Jaber
row 2: unidentified, Some, Ewol?, Killa EF, unidentified, Fluke, Stare, Ware
row 3: Jaker, Kevin Ledo, unidentified, Tuna, Five Eight, Cemz, F.One
row 4: Legal, Acek?, Peace, unidentified, unidentified, Hsix
row 5: Sage, Guko, unidentified, Casp
row 6: Kemt, Rysk, Loes, Fleo, Maysr?

Close-up on the end section showing a clock character by Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime. Artists in the fill are:
row 2: Ware, Soma
row 3: F.One (partial), Oper, Aper
row 4: Hsix, Otak
row 5: Snipes

Serak

Serak is a Montreal graffiti writer from the KG and K6A crews. He has very little presence on the internet, to see more of his work than what is shown here, check out his Instagram account. Serak and un graffeur montréalais faisant parties des crews KG et K6A. Il est très peu présent sur l’internet, … Continue reading Serak

Under Pressure Festival 2018

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. For earlier editions see the following posts: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 editions. Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2018 du Festival Under Pressure. Pour les éditions antérieures, voir … Continue reading Under Pressure Festival 2018

Retrospective of 2017 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2017. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2017 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2017 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2017 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Rétrospective 2017 street art collé
Rétrospective 2017 graffiti


1010‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Adida Fallen Angel‘s contribution to the Alley Cats prod in Rosemont.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white discs over the mural spell out the word MULTICULTUREL. Scroll down for more by Benny Wilding under his name and more by Ankh One under ‘Monk.e’. Both artists have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (Benny Wilding is found there under ‘Cemz’).

Astro‘s tribute to Scaner at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
(Also visible above is an older piece by Kare)

Astro in a Rosemont alley.

Axe‘s front wall for the RDV production which he curated in the Plateau.

A tribute to Scaner by Axe in the South West.

Axe piece in the South West. Scroll down for more by Axe under ‘Dodo Osé’ and under ‘K6A’. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

MC Baldassari and Aude Maeva for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Birdcap in Petite-Patrie.

Elizabeth Blancas from the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices.

Bonar in Petite-Patrie.

Bonar in Rosemont. Scroll down for more by Bonar below under ‘Opire’.

Harry Bones in upper Plateau.

Harry Bones in Rosemont.

Harry Bones at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Harry Bones‘ contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod. Harry Bones has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Scaner’ and ‘Soten’).

Borrris and Arnold collaboration in the Plateau. The two of them have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘203’).

A collaboration between Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri. See below for 2 close-ups.

Close-up of the above long wall by Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri.

Close-up of the above long wall by Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri.

Botkin wall in Verdun, for Mu.

Jessica Canard and Dayna Danger for the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices in St-Henri.

Ricardo Cavolo‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

A beautiful piece in the plateau by Tel Aviv’s Dede.

Dodo Osé‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Dodo Osé in Ville St-Laurent.

Dodo Osé and Axe collaboration in the South West. Scroll down for more by those two below under ‘K6A’. There’s also more Axe in solo above, under his name. Both artists have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Earth Crusher for Ashop, downtown Montreal.

Earth Crusher from the RDV prod curated by Axe.

Elfu on truck side.

The most photographed mural in Montreal in 2017 is also the city’s biggest one ever. This is El Mac and Gene Pendon‘s tribute to Leonard Cohen downtown Montreal. Produced by Mu.

Ron English‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

2017 was a great year for Fluke. This mural is on a St-Michel school.

Tribute to Bad News Brown by Fluke in the Quartier des Spectacles.

Fluke‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival is a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Flying Eric in a Rosemont alley.

Flying Eric on an abandoned Plateau house.

Germdee at Plaza Walls.

Germdee in a Plateau alley. Germdee also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Mono Gonzalez in Villeray.

Above 3 photos: Mono Gonzalez over 3 sides of a Rosemont park building.

Gwan (left) and Eric Williams (right) in the Akira’s Alley prod. Gwan also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Li-Hill‘s painted installation for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. See below for close-ups.

Close-up of Li-Hill‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Closer-up of Li-Hill‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Hsix‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod. Hsix also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Everyone knows about the 2 huge tributes to Leonard Cohen by Kevin Ledo and El Mac+Gene Pendon. This one by Jee is much smaller in scale but still a great piece of art!

Jest in a central Montreal alley. Scroll down for more by Jest, under ‘Sloast’.

Jonathan Bergeron aka Johnny Crap in Hochelaga.

K6A‘s wall at the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstieOne. See below for 2 close-ups. There’s more by Axe, Dodo Osé and Monk.e in this yearly list under their respective names. The latter three as well as Fleo and Serak have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Close-up of the above K6A wall for the Festival de Canes.

Another close-up of the above K6A wall for the Festival de Canes.

Kor (cat) and Hoar (letters) in a Rosemont alley. Hoar has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Kor‘s part in the Alley Cats production in a Rosemont alley which he curated.

Korb over a background by Axe in the RDV production curated by the latter artist. Korb has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: a segment of the Akira Alley prod in a Plateau alley, featuring
first photo: Labrona (left), Futur Lasor Now (middle) and Andy Dass (top right)
second photo: Cryote (left and bottom right) and Waxhead (door, around door and top right). Scroll down for more by the latter two artists under ‘Waxhead’. There’s also more by Waxhead under ‘SBU One’. Labrona, Futur Lasor Now and Waxhead also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Labrona redid the base of one of his classic Plateau murals.

Kevin Ledo‘s huge tribute to Leonard Cohen from the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Loyal in Rosemont.

Mad C‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Mastrocola in a Plateau alley. Notice the garbage container in camouflage.

Mastrocola in the Plateau.

A long Mateo mural at the Marché Jean-Talon.

Mateo‘s tribute to Denise Pelletier in Centre-Sud, produced by Mu.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up to Ankh One’s name for more by this artist. Monk.e and Ankh One have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Monk.e‘s solo contribution for the Festival de Canes in Longueuil. He also participated in the K6A crew mural next to his, scroll up this list to ‘K6A’ to view.

Monk.e mural in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Mono Sourcil‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. See below for close-ups in three segments.

Segment 1/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Segment 2/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Segment 3/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Mono Sourcil in a Rosemont alley. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Nelio mural for Mu in St-Henri.

Onur‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival, in Chinatown. This one was painted with blacklight-sensitive paint, see nighttime shots of it on the artist’s webpage.

Opire and Bonar collaboration on the wall of a Plateau house awaiting demolition. Scroll up to Bonar’s name for some solo work by this artist in this yearly rundown. Opire has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘203’).

Paynt in a Rosemont alley.

Paynt in a Rosemont alley.

Le Renard Fou at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Le Renard Fou also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel for the year’s final Sinojam.

Above 2 photos: Rouks‘ part in a collaboration mural with Monk.e on letters. The whole mural has made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Jessica Sabogal for the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices in St-Henri.

Ruben Sanchez‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

SBU One‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

2017 was a busy year for SBU One. Click to zoom in on this long alley piece found in Rosemont.

SBU One on a Plateau house.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) collaboration in a Rosemont alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ and up to ‘Labrona’ for more work by Waxhead in this yearly list. The latter artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

Scribe‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scribe has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Off-Muralfest piece by Secret in a central back alley.

Seork piece in Rosemont.

Seork at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sloast and Jest collaboration on a Plateau garage door. Scroll up to Jest’s name in this list for some solo work by this artist. Sloast also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Striker‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Taka Sudo in St-Henri.

Tchekon in a Plateau alley, echoing the theme of a less-abstract mural of his found nearby.

Tiburon‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Turf One aka Jean Labourdette in a central Montreal alley, for Art Gang.

Stefan Vandal business front in Hochelaga.

We were spoiled in 2017 to have had great artist Vhils accept an invitation from Art Gang. Vhils has this unique and recognizable approach in which he first paints his piece, then etches/chisels out the painted areas, leaving a textured relief mural.

One of Ware’s contribution to the Time Is Gold prod, Scaner‘s last before he passed away.

Waxhead and Cryote‘s great collaboration in the Plateau.

Waxhead and Cryote‘s joint collaboration for the Alley Cats prod in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Labrona’ above for more work by these 2 artists. There’s also more Waxhead above under ‘SBU One’ as well as in the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

WhatIsAdam in Mile-Ex.

Benny Wilding‘s figurative segment on a long wall tribute to Scaner (also involving Stare and Zek – not pictured here).

Benny Wilding‘s nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins in St-Michel.