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Long live the King, Scaner

As I am on vacation on the other side of the planet, I have just found out about the passing away of the king of Montreal writers, Scaner. His influence on writers of his generation and the ones who followed is immeasurable. His impact on the local scene and beyond will be felt for years, forever. May he paint those heavenly skies for us to have a great place to come to when our turn comes. Long live the King…

See wall2wallMTL’s photo spotlight on the maestro’s work:
Spotlight on Scaner

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Mural Festival 2017

This article features the new murals created during the 2017 edition of Mural Festival as well as the other temporary art found on the site (St-Laurent between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal) while it was closed to traffic from June 8th to 18th.

Seven earlier Festival murals have been replaced with new ones this year. These are the sponsored one by Meggs and the Pantone mural from the 2016 edition, the Nychos, Melissa del Pinto and Eric Clément murals from the 2015 edition, and the Squid Called Sebastian and Astro/La Paria ones from the 2013 edition. The A’Shop mural on Napoleon, which is older than the festival, was also covered to make space for a new one.

You may want to check out this walking tour map connecting all Mural Festival creations and other major murals in the area.

Cet article présente les nouvelles murales créées dans le cadre de l’édition 2017 du Festival Mural ainsi que les oeuvres temporaires trouvées sur le site (St-Laurent entre Sherbrooke et Mont-Royal) pendant la tenue de l’événement du 8 au 18 juin.

Sept murales ont été remplacées par de nouvelles cette année: celles de Meggs et de Pantone de l’édition 2016, les murales de Nychos, de Melissa del Pinto et d’Eric Clément produites pour l’édition 2015 ainsi que celles de A Squid Called Sebastian et d’Astro/La Pariadatant de l’édition 2013. La murale d’A’Shop sur Napoleon, datant d’avant le Festival, a aussi été recouverte par une nouvelle création.

Vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à cet itinéraire pédestre reliant toutes les murales produites dans le cadre de toutes les éditions du Festival ainsi que les autres créations majeures dans le même quartier.


the murals

This mural by Kevin Ledo, which was started a week before the festival and completed a week after, is now our city’s biggest mural.

Ricardo Cavolo.

Ron English

Onur‘s mural in Chinatown. This one was painted with blacklight-sensitive paint, see nighttime shots of it on the artist’s webpage.

1010‘s mural is found downtown behind the McCord Museum.

Fintan Magee

Dodo Osé‘s rooftop wall for A’Shop.

The street view of the above mural by Dodo Osé shows the gold leaking out of the character’s hand spilling over the side of the house into the street.

Jackie Robinson tribute by Fluke for A’Shop.

Scribe

SBU One

Ruben Sanchez

Mad C

Insa. Download Insa’s Gif-iti app and see this one come to life (or alternatively, see it here)!

Jason Wasserman

Li-Hill installation done a few weeks before the festival. See below for close-ups.

Close-up of the Li-Hill installation seen above.

Closer-up of the Li-Hill installation seen above.

Mono Sourcil‘s long wall. See below for close-ups in three segments.

Segment 1/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall.

Segment 2/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall.

Segment 3/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall.

Photographer Aydin Matlabi and Miss Me‘s collaboration. See below for close-ups in two segments.

Segment 1/2 of Aydin Matlabi and Miss Me‘s long wall.

Segment 2/2 of Aydin Matlabi and Miss Me‘s long wall.

Ola Volo‘s mural in Mile End.

Nuria Mora

Mort

Hoar‘s mural in Chinatown was done a few weeks before the festival.


Joe Iurato’s sidewalk pieces

Following Mathieu Connery and Jason Botkin, in 2017 it was Joe Iurato who supplied the sidewalk pieces for Mural Festival. He did eight in total, all on St-Laurent between Milton and Mont-Royal.

Après Mathieu Connery et Jason Botkin, en 2017 c’était au tour de Joe Iurato de créer les pièces de trottoir pour le Festival Mural. Il en créé huit, toutes sur St-Laurent entre Milton et Mont-Royal.


Cryote’s installations in Parc du Portugal

Cryote was commissioned to create eight ‘sculptures’ (actually installations made from painted wood cutouts) in Parc du Portugal where activities were held all throughout the festival.

Cryote a créé huit ‘sculptures’ (en fait des intallations faites de pièces de bois peintes) qui ont été installées au Parc du Portugal où des activités étaient organisées au cours de la durée du festival.


information/ad boards

Every year the backs of the Festival’s many information and advertisement boards are painted by a selection of mostly local artists, a great way to showcase a lot of additional Montreal talent.

A chaque année le revers des panneaux d’information et de publicité du Festival sont peints par divers artistes locaux, une excellent initiative permettant de présenter une grande quantité de talent montréalais.

M’Os Geez

Snikr

Naveen Shakil

Flavor

IAmBatman

LeylaIsOnFire

Aless MC aka Angler Fish

Djibril M-P and Camille Perreault

Thomas Bertrand aka Totoscope

Emotwink

Franco E

Joffré Roy-b

Nicholas Bertrand

Paulie Heart

Picamag

Pintar Y Viajar(?)

Arizo (Zoe Boivin, Ariane Coté)


‘your face here’ boards

The Festival increased the number of ‘your face here’ boards this year for kids and adults to interact with the art. Just like the info/ad boards above, these are great canvases for local artists to show their craft during the festival.

Cetta année le festival a augmenté le nombre de panneaux dans lesquels les enfants et adultes peuvent insérer leur visage et se prendre en photo. Tout comme les revers de panneaux d’information et publicitaires ci-dessus, ces panneaux permettent à des artistes locaux de montrer leur talent pendant la durée du festival.

Waxhead, side 1.

Waxhead, side 2.

Borrris, side 1.

Borrris, side 2.

LP Montoya, side 1.

LP Montoya, side 2.

ROC514, side 1.

ROC514, side 2.

Ekes, side 1.

Ekes, side 2.

Ekes, on the reverse of the Naimo one below.

Naimo, on the reverse of the Ekes one above.

IAmBatman, side 1.

IAmBatman, side 2.

Saurin Galloway, side 1.

Saurin Galloway, side 2.

Katie Paglialunga, side 1.

Katie Paglialunga, side 2.

ADZ + ASD, side 1.

ADZ + ASD, side 2.

Marc-André Giguère

Peack109


Waxhead’s cement blocks

Waxhead was commissioned by the Festival to paint the cement blocks at both ends of the Mural zone.

Waxhead a eu le contrat de peindre les blocs de ciments aux extrémités de la zone du festival.

Sherbooke street end, side 1.

Sherbooke street end, side 2.

Mont-Royal street end, side 1.

Mont-Royal street end, side 2.

Mont-Royal street end, close-up.

Mont-Royal street end, close-up.

Mont-Royal street end, close-up.

Mont-Royal street end, close-up.


other

Jimmy Chiale mural done behind LNDMRK offices ahead of the festival.

Truck side painted by Fleo. The opposite side was painted by Axe but it was completed during the evening of the festival’s last day and I didn’t manage to get a shot.

Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best murals and other painted street art pieces of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 ceations, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 collages street art de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


Phillip Adams‘ annual mural for les Habitations Jeanne-Mance, produced by Mu.

The Art Gang‘s Snipes at Plaza Walls.

Another one by Art Gang aka the AG Crew, this one produced before Plaza Walls. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by the AG Crew.

Akuma One and Korb mural in Villeray. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by these two Crazy Apes.

Huge mural by Algue and Opire at Plaza Walls.

Two sides of a municipal building in the Port of Montreal by Ankh One for A’Shop.

Ankh One and Fluke in Hochelaga. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’ and ‘Zek’) for more from Fluke.

Ankh One and Shadow‘s contribution to a huge A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production further down this list under ‘Five Eight’ and ‘Fonki’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘A’Shop’ and under ‘Shadow’) for more by these two artists.

Apok in Rosemont.

Apok around letters by Eskro in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Eskro has made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Astred Collective mural in Pointe St-Charles, featuring Eskro (letters) and Apok (figurative).

Astro in Petite-Patrie. This was on the Plaza Walls programme despite not being in the Plaza St-Hubert immediate neighbourhood.

(Two photos above) Two angles of these Plateau schoolyard sheds done by Astro at the beginning of the summer.

(Three photos above) This long wall on the side of a Hochelaga daycare was made more cheerful by Astro.

The side wall of this Taichi studio in Ahuntsic was embellished with this beautiful piece by Axe and Awe. Another bit by Axe on the right was from earlier than 2016. Monk.e also participated to this mural (he’s on the left), but his entries in this Top 100 are featured below under his name and Tiburon’s. Both Axe and Awe have made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016, Axe under his own name, ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’; Awe under his own name and ‘Lyfer’.

Axe on a tin covered wall at Plaza Walls.

This is Jonathan Bergeron‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Bik Ismo was a last minute addition to the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival and produced one of the most loved walls this year.

A small but fascinating piece by Biko in an obscure spot beneath an overpass. Check the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016 for more by Biko.

A garage door by Bosny in Plateau End.

This is a collaborative mural between Bosny and Koal for Plaza Walls. If you look closely, you’ll see that the white shapes are very stylized letters making the names of the two artists (Koal, then Bosny). Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by these two.

Botkin came up with 10 sidewalk pieces for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. Three of these have made this Top 100, this one and the two below.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration between Luc Bouchard (background) and Haks (robots) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for one more mural by Haks. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Haks.

This is another mural by Luc Bouchard near the one above, but he’s solo on this one.

The internationally reknowned Buff Monster was on the programme of the Mural Festival this past year.

(Above two photos) Clandestinos, the duo of Shalak and Bruno Smoky, paid us a quick visit at the end of the summer and left us the two sides of this Rosemont park container.

Cryote had a busy year in 2016. This unofficial creation was found on the sliding doors of an abandoned place in Côte des Neiges.

It was the year of the dog in Montreal street art in 2016, in big part because of a controversial by-law banning pitbulls and other related breeds. Cryote is one of many artists who took the paintbrush and spraycan in protest of this cruel decision that will eventually lead to the euthanasia of many harmless dogs.

Cryote (central figures) and Waxhead (leafy figures and door) in a Mile End alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ for more by these two artists.

Melissa del Pinto was commissioned by Mu for this beautiful piece on the wall of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new pavilion.

There were a lot of famous international names from the street art circuit on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, including that of D*Face.

Dodo Osé‘s star took a leap in 2016; this little masterpiece in a Hochelaga alley is just one of many great works the artist produced this past year.

Dodo Osé also came up with this beautiful downtown tribute to his native city of Lyon.

Another Dodo Osé entry in this Top 100, this one was done in St-Henri. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’) for more by this artist.

Off-Mural Festival work by Earth Crusher. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Earth Crusher (under ‘Five Eight’).

Elfu makes this yearly roundup with this funny Oktoberfest piece. Next to it are letters by his POM crewmate EK Sept. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by those two, under ‘POM’.

This past year we were finally treated to a proper mural by Ella & Pitr. The duo had in the past produced a number of great pieces in Montreal, but these were always on roofs and parking spaces, therefore only visible to people flying above and could only be photographed with the help of a drone.

There were a lot of big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, but Montreal is home to a lot of great talent and local artist Five Eight produced one of this year’s most loved murals. Have a look at the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by this artist/writer.

Five Eight and Rouks collaborated on this segment of a huge project put together by A’Shop in NDG. More from this A’Shop production above under ‘Ankh One’ and below under ‘Fonki’. Scroll down for more great collaborative work by Rouks.

This is Fonki‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

There were a log of dogs in Montreal street art in 2016, partly because of that anti-pitbull by-law, but also because two big murals were commissioned by owners in tribute to their dogs who had passed away. This is the one done by Fonki, scroll down to Kevin Ledo for the other one.

Fonki also collaborated with Ms Teri on a segment of a mega A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production above under ‘Ankh One’ and ‘Five Eight’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Ms Teri.

A street art hotspot in a Mile End alley was completely redone in 2016 following construction on some of its walls. This one by Gawd is one of the new pieces found there.

Gawd (right) and Labrona (left) also make this Top 100 with this unofficial combo on the wall of an abandoned building in Mercier. Scroll down for more work by these two, under ‘Labrona’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Germdee is a new big addition to the local street art scene. He started being active late spring and within a few months he produced an impressive number of pieces in Plateau/Mile End alleys and beyond. His impact on the local scene is also felt through the numerous collaborations and productions he put together with many fellow artists and crewmates.

Some off-Mural Festival work by Carly and Nick Gregson.

Thanks to the buzz created by the Plaza Walls event this summer, Haks managed to get this commission from a Plaza St-Hubert business, his largest solo work to date. Scroll up for more by Haks under ‘Luc Bouchard’. Haks also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

French artist Hobz paid us a visit during the summer and this Plaza Walls creation is one of the two major pieces he left us before heading back home.

Hobz‘s other production during his stay in Montreal also made this yearly Top 100.

HoarKor aka HRKR were the ones commissioned to redo the terrasse wall of the Foufounes Electriques during this year’s Under Pressure Festival.

Another big project this past year for HRKR was the front wall of this Plateau bar. The duo have also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Hsix hit a double whammy, he was on the programme of both the Mural Festival and Under Pressure this year. This is his contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Besides contributing to this city’s two major international street art and graffiti events this year, Hsix also contributed to Plaza Walls with this much noticed piece.

The front wall of this Plateau bookstore was redone by Hsix this past year.

One of the bigger walls of the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (character on the left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top letters), all tied together by Monk.e. Scroll down for more by Monk.e and Sermob under ‘Monk.e’, and more Sermob under his own name.

Here is Klone Yourself‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (animals) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Gawd’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Kevin Ledo was commissioned to produce this beautiful tall mural on Décarie as a tribute to someone’s deceased dog. The small piece at the base is an older one by John Kaye.

This is Kevin Ledo‘s tribute to local comedian/actress Janine Sutto. The mural was commissioned by Mu and is found in Centre-Sud.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls this autumn was to witness the creation of this beautiful mural by El Mac.

Mateo‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This is Mateo on the side wall of a church in Petite-Patrie. Mateo also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

A brilliant mural piece by MC Baldassari in a Plateau alley.

(Two photos above) MC Baldassari (top photo) and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine (bottom photo) set of garage doors in the Plateau.

Meggs‘ sponsored wall for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Some great work by Monk.e on the tin-covered side of a garage at Plaza Walls. More Monk.e can be found in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post, under ‘A’Shop’.

(Three photos above) Monk.e was commissioned to embellish a number of city park containers this summer. This one stands out of the lot, in huge part because of the striking feline stare on its front (top photo). The two other shots are views of the sides and back.

Monk.e hosted Mexican artist Sermob for a few months during the summer and together they gave this K6A wall in Hochelaga its annual makeover. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Hsix’. Monk.e is also featured in a collaboration with Tibuton further down this list.

This is Mono Sourcil on the side of a Plateau café. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Mono Sourcil in a Plateau End alley which was completely taken over this past summer under the supervision of Germdee. Visible in the background is a piece by Wzrds Gng.

Portrait of Gaston Miron by Omen on a wall of a Montreal Nord school. Bottom part is preemptive damage control by the artist himself.

This striking Julian Palma mural was commissioned by Mu for the 35th anniversary of the Montreal Alzheimer’s Society.

Another one of the big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival was Pantone‘s.

Mural in Petite-Patrie by La Parade (MngeLeKrak / Ludo Mio)

An eerie one from the mind of Alex Produkt.

This is a brilliant collaboration between Rouks (woman) and Lapin (head dress) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. If you look closely, you’ll see that the feathers on the woman’s headdress are actually graffiti letters by Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae (bottom feather). Also visible in this shot are pieces by Sirvis (above) and Cole (bottom right).

SBU One in Petite-Patrie.

SBU One in the Plateau. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls is this huge mural by Sen2 Figueroa which was created in parallel to a show of his work at the Art Gang gallery.

Sermob and Naimo collaboration in the Plateau. More by Sermob above under ‘Hsix’ and ‘Monk.e’. Naimo has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Skor proved this year that he is more than just a brilliant writer. His first figurative piece (other than cartoon characters with his graffiti burners) is this impressive portrait of his grandfather on the anniversary of his passing away. Check out the full piece including letters by himself and crewmate Narc. Skor also has four entries in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Stela on a Rosemont wall.

Tava in Griffintown for the Montreal Heart Institute.

This tribute to the Goonies movie by Tchekon struck a nostalgic nerve with a lot of people this past summer.

(Two photos above) These two pieces by Tchug are part of a Hochelaga mural with Zek and Stare (check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for the parts of the latter two writers).

Tchug in Rosemont.

Tchug’s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (background) truck side collaboration. Scroll up for more by Monk.e under his name and under ‘Hsix’.

Tiburón‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

(Three photos above) Three entomological pieces by Tone. Click on images to zoom in and appreciate all the intricate details of the wings.

Turf One is one of the artists who took the brush and spraycan this past year in protest against the city’s ban on pitbulls and other related breeds. This huge mural was done for Plaza Walls.

Here’s another protest piece by Turf One, this one commissioned by the SPCA who were also against the city’s cruel pitbull by-law.

Turtle Caps on a Plateau alley garage door.

The production of the year (excluding festival-related ones) is without a doubt the one curated by Waxhead and Cryote on the wall of a Plateau End youth center. This shot shows one of the production’s three walls, it brings together Waxhead (2 cats, foliage), Cryote (pink dog and blue dog head), Peru143 (yellow letters), Meor (beneath pink dog), Gets (green letters), Pound Puppy (dog bottom right) and Mole Patrol (bottom left). Scroll up for more by Waxhead and Cryote under the latter artist’s name. Meor has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Waxhead on a sliding door inside an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Waxhead on a Plateau door. Waxhead also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

XRAY‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. XRAY also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Zek in Montreal West. Zek has obviously also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pasted street art (wheatpastes, stickers, woodups, mosaics, etc) of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was a rather quiet year for stickers. Many of our slappers were out of town for extended periods of time or were just busy with work and the rest of their life. Also, the city was more quick in removing and painting over stickers. Meanwhile, the medium of wheatpasting was more popular than before, particularly during the period of May to July. Consequently, the list this year features many more wheatpastes and fewer stickers than before.

It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it is impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures oeuvres de street art collé (collages, autocollants, wood-ups, mosaiques, etc) de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

2016 a été une année tranquille pour les autocollants. Plusieurs de nos artistes s’adonnant à ce medium ont été absents une bonne partie de l’année et d’autres étaient occupés à autre chose. De plus, la ville s’est donnée en 2016 une politique plus aggressive contre cette forme d’expression artistique. Entre-temps, beaucoup d’artistes locaux se sont mis aux collages et plusieurs colleurs étrangers sont passés par Montréal, particulièrement de mai à juillet. Conséquemment, cette année cette liste inclut beaucoup plus de collages et moins d’autocollants que d’habitude.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


52Hz wheatpastes (fish). Also visible on the right is one by Swarm, scroll down for her Top 100 entries under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’.

Arnold for MTL En Arts. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Arnold (under ‘203 Crew’).

A few of these heads by Biko were found on information panels and art boards during Mural Festival. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 post for more by Biko.

A Chat Perdu wheatpaste on one of this year’s most heated debates.

CSRK514 wheatpaste.

CSRK514 wheatpaste. Variations exist.

CSRK514 wheatpaste.

D7606 paste-up, variations exist.

D7606 paste-up montage, variations of each one exist.

Deuxben de Rennes paid us a visit this year and left about a dozen wheatpaste around the city, including this much photographed one.

Another well-positioned wheatpaste by Deuxben de Rennes.

Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste.

Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste.

A Dial M wheatpaste over a painted door, done during the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Dolly Deals paste-up; many variations have been found.

Elsol25 put up a few posters during Mural Festival, including this one and the 2 below. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll down to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly Top 100.

Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival.

Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival.

This Mural Festival installation was put together by Fafi.

Flavor wheatpaste, sticker versions also exist. Scroll down for more by Flavor under ‘ROC514’.

Wheatpastes by Futur Lasor Now (left) and Swarm (right). Scroll down for more by Swarm.

Futur Lasor Now wheatpaste also found as a sticker.

GBomb ‘tribute’ to the new American first lady.

Gial wheatpaste.

Gial wheatpaste.

Gial wheatpaste.

Kafka Is Famous wheatpaste.

Kafka Is Famous and Virgilio Aponte collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll down this list for a collaboration with Enzo Sarto.

Kat poster installation.

Kat poster.

A very powerful Kat poster installation. Notice the red ‘blood’ stains.

Kat poster.

Labrona wheatpaste found in a Plateau alley.

Labrona poster in Hochelaga.

Labrona (top left) and Gawd (bottom right) wheatpastes. Both of these artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Leyla Is On Fire wheatpaste, variations exist.

Lily Luciole has unfortunately left Montreal for Paris this year, but we still got some great work of hers before her departure.

Lily Luciole poster.

Lily Luciole poster.

Lily Luciole poster.

Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste.

Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste.

Mateo poster for MTL En Arts.

Mateo wheatpaste in Mile End. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 post for more by Mateo.

Rey Midax paste-up.

(Above three photos) Rey Midax wheatpastes. At least seven different variations have been spotted, they all count as one entry. Only three are displayed here, check out this earlier post for the whole series.

For this year’s edition of Under Pressure, artist Shelley Miller created this mural piece from azulejo tiles made out of sugar. The tiles were prepared and painted beforehand, then pasted to the wall using a sugar mix.

This is Miss Me‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, one of two huge wheatpastes put up this year (scroll down to Stikki Peaches for the other one).

Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series.

Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series.

Brilliant montage by Miss Me for MTL En Arts.

Mono Sourcil wheatpaste in Hochelaga. Mono Sourcil has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 list.

Mr Chose wood-up found in Mile End.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

Nessie aka Nese sculpture installed in the Festival Mural zone during the festival. Hundreds have actually photographed the Earth Crusher piece next to it and only noticed this little sculpture in their shot later on.

A wheatpaste signed by Ocboo23(?).

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste. Also visible over the piece are two of Swarm‘s portals. Scroll up/down for her Top 100 entries under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’.

ROC514 (right) and Flavor (left) wheatpaste combo found in Mile End.

A much noticed and much photographed well-placed Enzo Sarto wheatpaste.

Enzo Sarto / Kafka Is Famous collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll up for more by Kafka Is Famous.

Enzo Sarto poster.

Enzo Sarto paste-up found in a few locations.

SBU One and MSHL collaborative wheatpaste installation. Many other variations have been spotted in various parts of the city. SBU One has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Sloast wheatpaste (in white). The aqua green paste-up in the top corner is an older one by Zola, scroll down to the bottom of this post for the latter artist’s own entries in this yearly best of list.

Sloast wheatpaste.

Sloast wheatpaste.

So Free So paste-up found in the Cité du Multimédia.

Starkey (left) and Waxhead (right) wood-ups found in Mile End. Scroll down for another wood-up and two stickers by Waxhead.

Starkey wood-up.

Starkey wood-up.

Stay Beautiful posters (top). Many variations exist, but I chose to display these two because of the nice pairing with this Detto wheatpaste (bottom).

Stay Beautiful poster, variations exist.

Huge Stikki Peaches wheatpaste installed overnight during Mural Festival.

Another Stikki Peaches wheatpaste which popped up in the Mural Festival zone during the festival.

This new variation on a previously seen Stikki Peaches design was much noticed when it went up in Little Italy this autumn.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste found around Little Italy.

Swarm wheatpaste in a Mile End alley.

Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End. Scroll up for one more by Swarm under ‘Futur Lasor Now’.

Toxic Theriac paste-up.

Toxic Theriac paste-up.

Toxic Theriac sticker. This design was also spotted as a wheatpaste.

Waxhead wood-up created with some help from Starkey. More from these two under ‘Starkey’ above.

Waxhead sticker.

Waxhead sticker. Waxhead has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Benny Wilding paste-up montage found in a Mile End alley. Wilding has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

XRAY wood-up found near the Quartier des Spectacles. XRAY has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Swiss artist Ygrek was in town during the month of July and produced at least 30 of these tape tags (as well as a few painted pieces) during his stay here. This one and the three below are the best of these original creations in which tape is woven into the mesh of fences to create the artist’s name, words, logos or abstract designs.

Ygrek tape tagging.

Ygrek tape tagging.

Ygrek tape tagging.

A Zola wheatpaste about one of the year’s biggest social causes.

Another militant wheatpaste by Zola. The skull wheatpaste visible on the right is by Rey Midax who also made it into this yearly best of (scroll up to the latter artist’s name for info).

Set of wheatpastes by an unidentified artist.

This mosaic next to a Petite-Patrie bike path was not signed.

The Christmas wheatpaste on the left makes it into this yearly list. The artist has not been identified, but it is not Stikki Peaches as many have speculated. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll up to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly Top 100.

Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2016. From a long list of over 1000, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few well-loved writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two, three or four artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 100 pieces!).

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2016 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1000 pièces a servi à produire une liste ‘courte’ de 250 que j’ai graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, réduite aux 100 pièces présentées ci-dessous. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà assez difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux, trois ou quatre artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!).

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 collages street art de 2016


This is 123Klan‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Scien and Klor at ground level, plus guests Zek (top right) and Mark Esprit (top left). Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some more work by Zek. The latter artist also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

The 203 crew’s wall in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold. Solo entries by Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo are found below under their respective names. Naimo also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 while Arnold made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

More from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, a combo of Acro (top) and Distort (bottom).

(Above two photos) In the spring, before putting together the Plaza Walls project, the AG Crew came up with this wall in a Plaza St-Hubert back alley. The first photo shows Senk’s half and the second one shows Snipes. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by the latter artists.

Apashe at a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Apashe in Dorval.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga was redone this autumn by Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right). Scroll down for more by Zek and Shadow. All four artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Awe‘s part in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. More by Awe under ‘Lyfer’ below.

Axe (left) and Fleo (right) in Côte St-Paul. The Serack piece above is a few years old. More by Axe under ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’ below. Scroll down as well for more by Fleo in solo as well as with K6A. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Two sides of Bacon for Plaza Walls: figurative at ground level and letters on the roof.

Beaf at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Block in Rosemont.

Bosny playing games with our perception, in Rosemont. More by Bosny under ‘Pask’ below.

Cemz aka Benny Wilding for Plaza Walls. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Crane in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Bombing Science filmed the making of this piece, check it out on Youtube. More by Crane under ‘Crazy Apes’ and ‘Naimo’ below.

(4 photos above) The long Crazy Apes wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival is shown over the four photos above. Letters are by Havok (1st photo), Akuma One (2nd photo), Crane (3rd photo) and Mistx (4th photo). Characters are by Fezat (mostly to the left) and Korb (mostly to the right). Akuma One and Korb also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

EK Sept at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. More by this writer below under ‘POM’.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes doing the name of his buddy Aero in Rosemont. More by Ekes under ‘203 crew’ near the top of this post.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont. More by Eskro (under ‘Apok’ and ‘Astred Collective’) in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Five Eight and Dré aka Earth Crusher for Plaza Walls. Both artists are also featured in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Fleo in St-Henri. More by him above under ‘Axe’ and below under ‘K6A’.

F.One at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Glare was in town very early in the year and left us this piece.

Grab also visited us, this is one of the few pieces he did whilst in town.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Check out also the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a mural by this artist/writer.

HoarKor aka HRKR in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. The duo has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Jaker at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

(Above two photos) The Jaws (top) and Kzam (bottom) pieces above count as one entry. These were found in Hochelaga.

Jmoe and Timer at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Jmoe is also featured below on characters alongside pieces by Killa EF and Legal.

K6A‘s wall is always one of the highlights of the Under Pressure Festival and this year was no exception. Their 2016 creation features Axe (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right). More by Axe under his own name and under ‘Naimo’. More by Fleo under ‘Axe’ and under his own name. More by Fluke under ‘Zek’ at the bottom of this post. Axe and Dodo Osé are also in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

It’s always a treat when Kemr pays us a visit. Here’s a great piece done on a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

Killa EF on the side of a garage in Monkland Village. The Darth Vader character is by Jmoe (scroll up for letters by him, under his name). The front of this garage also made it into this Top 100, check it out below under ‘Legal’.

Koal on a St-Henri production curated by SPK. More by Koal in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016, under ‘Bosny’.

Combo of Koes/Kues (left) and Pane (right) found in a dark abandoned spot.

We were blessed with this majestic graff mural by Kwest especially for Plaza Walls.

(Above two photos) Kwun (top) and Peace (bottom) in Little Italy. Scroll down for more by Peace.

Lamo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character. Check out Killa EF above for the side of this Monkland Village garage.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character, at Plaza Walls.

Legal in Little Italy.

Liza in Rosemont.

Lyfer in Côte des Neiges.

Lyfer on side and Awe on back of this truck redone during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival. More by Lyfer under ‘203 Crew’ near the top of this post. Awe has also made it in this recap with his own letters, scroll up to his name.

(Above three photos) Mad Rats Crew production in Rosemont featuring the crew’s Bopor (1st photo) and Gaulois (3rd photo), with guest Peyo in between. Scroll down for some solo work by the latter writer.

Some off-Mural work by Meor.

Mersh for Plaza Walls.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village. She has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

(Three photos above) This PSC legal graffiti wall production features Naimo (1st photo), Crane (2nd photo) and Royal (3rd photo), with characters by Axe. More by Crane under his own name and under ‘Crazy Apes’ above. More by Axe under his own name and under ‘K6A’. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Naimo in the Plateau.

Naimo in the Plateau. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a collaboration with Sermob.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Noper on the wall of this Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Pask and Bosny in Plateau End. Scroll up this post for some solo work by Bosny and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for some more work by him.

Pask on a St-Henri production curated by SPK.

Peace in a Rosemont alley. Scroll up for more Peace under ‘Kwun’.

Peyo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by this writer under ‘Mad Rats Crew’.

(Above two photos) This Hochelaga spring mural by the POM crew is split over two photos. The first half shows a dino by Elfu and letters by Aces (ground) and Serum (top). The second half shows letters by EK Sept. Scroll up for some solo work by EK Sept and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by Elfu.

Raes on a Mile End garage door.

Raes in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Raes in Rosemont.

HTU’s Saner (letters) and Koni (characters) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in Hochelaga.

Scribe mural in Rosemont.

Scribe‘s contribution to panels for the Percussion Festival in Verdun.