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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.

In Côte des Neiges.

In a Petite-Patrie alley.

In the Plateau.

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.


tags


stickers and wheatpastes

These 3 different wheatpastes were also found separately.

Ether and Scaner wheatpastes.


other pasted work

A wood-up found in the Plateau.

A wood-up found in the Plateau. Also visible in this shot are a wood-up by Flavor and a Lego piece by Shifty Cat.

A wood-up found in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign in Mile End.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

A wood-up in Plateau End.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign on St-Laurent.

A wood sign on St-Laurent.

Mock-sign in the Plateau.

In Mile End.

Off the 2019 edition of Under Pressure.

Off the 2019 edition of Under Pressure.

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


other painted work

This sign for the closed Waldman fish market was hijacked by Benny who painted over a few letters to turn it into ‘Wilding’.

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 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 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2018 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 2018 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2018 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2018 street art collé


I never single out a piece in my yearly retrospectives, but this huge tribute to Scaner deserves a special mention. As far as I know, nothing of this scale has been done ever before. The piece is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, it features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime, and is filled with pieces by nearly 100 local and international artists. A special post is dedicated solely to this historical creation, check it out here. Zek, Stare and Axe all have solo pieces in this list, scroll down to see them. Zek and Axe are also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Above 3: 123 Klan‘s Scien, Klor and Aiik in their annual Sun Youth production.

Above 3: 123 Klann’s Scien, Klor and Aiik at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

The 123 Klan‘s Scien (letters) and Aiik (figurative part) in Rosemont.

Acek’s part in the N2N crew’s section at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Acek in an abandoned building.

The AG Crew partly redid their classic wall at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Above 2 photos: The AG Crew‘s Senck and Snipes in a Côte des Neiges alley.

Algue at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Amon (ground) in Hochelaga. Also visible above is Vazy.

Amon in Hochelaga. He was also involved in the huge CEK crew roller further down this list, scroll down to ‘CEK’.

Off-Mural piece by Pedro Amos in a graffiti alley.

Aner at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Aper under an expressway.

Arek, Shok and Sewk were the first ones to make into the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome‘s main building, one of the best graffiti hotspots of this year.

Arose in an abandoned building.

Arrow in Mercier.

Ason at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ason on a parked train car. Ason also participated in this year’s edition of Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘Snok’ below to see it.

Awe on truck for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. The background is an earlier one by Fleo with the help of Dodo Osé. The opposite side was done by Rekal, check it out below under his name.

Awe in an abandoned building. Scroll down for more by Awe under ‘Serak’, as well as under ‘K6A’ as he joined those raccoons earlier this past year.

Axe Lalime, in a production put together by Miser for his return home after having spent half a year in Montreal. Scroll up to the Scan You Rock tribute at the top of this list, as well as down under ‘Fokus’ and ‘K6A’, for more by Axe. Axe is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Above 2 shots: Beast (right) and Nor (left) in an abandoned church. Scroll down for more by Nor under his name.

Beast in an abandoned building.

Bibi Una‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. She is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Boporc‘s contribution to this year’s 123 Klan/Sun Youth prod.

Boporc in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Mad Rats’ below for more by this artist.

Bosny at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Bosny trackside.

Bros in Rosemont.

A huge CEK roller in eastern Montreal. Pieces at ground level are (from right to left) by Bhar, Boes, Jher, Rcap, Amon, Resno, Police. Amon also made this list with solo pieces, scroll up to view.

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

Cemz on Ashop’s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz in the Plateau. Cemz is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Benny Wilding’.

Truckside Colfer. The opposide side of this truck also made this list, scroll down to ‘Haks’ to view.

Colfer at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Cosy at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Crane under ‘Korb’. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art in a collaboration with ‘Royal’.

Dales behind an industrial building in the South West.

Dales in Rosemont.

Dars in a Hochelaga alley.

Deep hitching a ride out of the FMR temporary pop-up social space. I believe he was also involved in the CEK roller featured above.

Demsky (letters) and Smithe (character) at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Both artists made murals for this year’s edition of Mural Festival, check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art to view.

A great alley mural by Dfek in Mile End.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Above 2: Dfek/Enter in Rosemont.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

This unofficial cellograff by EK Sept was done in plain view of everyone during Mural Festival and remained in place for at least a week until the Festival was over.

One of many pieces by Ekes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ekes on an abandoned warehouse in the East.

Off-Mural alley piece by Ekes. He was also involved in two 203 Crew murals featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

A fascinating piece by Eko at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Eskro going tubular at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Eskro (right), Resok (left) and Apok (top) representing YU8/TFS for the Canettes de Ruelle production. Scroll down for some solo work by Resok. There’s also more by Eskro below under ‘Myrage’.

Esprit‘s part in this year’s 123 Klan Sun Youth production. Scroll up for more by Esprit under ‘Cemz’.

Five Eight and Dré for the Estival de Canes 2018. Five Eight has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art, and Dré’s alter ego Earth Crusher has made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Fleo‘s part in the Estival de Canes 2018.

A great off-Mural collaboration of Fleo (top letters), Frank Bo (left character), Snikr (right character) and Chizo (ground letters). The Awe piece bottom right was salvaged from last year. Scroll down for more Frank Bo, Snikr and Chizo below under ‘Rekal’. Fleo, Snikr and Rekal also contributed to the K6A wall featured below under ‘K6A’. Snikr and Rekal also collaborated on a mural featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Fluke‘s part in a K6A production in the South West. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for a huge mural of his.

Fokus in an abandoned building.

Fokus in Rosemont.

Fokus (letters) and Axe Lalime (basketballers) on a wall piece announcing the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for a solo letters piece by Axe (under his name) and his collaboration on the huge Scan You Rock tribute wall at the top of this list, and down to the K6A wall for Under Pressure.

Tribute to Scaner by Fonki and Smak (and perhaps others?) under J.Shantz‘s wall for the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll down for more by Smak.

Fuser in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Mad Rats’ below for more by this artist.

Grils at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Habit in Rosemont.

Above 3: “East To West Connection” wall at the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Habit and Acro (top shot), Imp and Rask (middle shot) and Montreal’s Hoar (above). Scroll down for more by Hoar under his own name.

Truckside by Haks. Scroll up to ‘Colfer’ to view the opposite side of this truck.

A big solo wall by Haks. Haks has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Haks’ and under ‘Monk.e’.

Heks aka Macadam Monkey at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

One of two flaming chromes done by Hest in a Plateau alley in 2018.

Hest in a Laval park.

Wild Child Hest at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Hoar in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by Hoar under ‘Habit’.

A sick letter piece by Hsix beneath Mono Sourcil‘s piece at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Jaker‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

It’s always a thrill to catch some autorack piece by Jaker.

More autorack work by Jaker.

Janek‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Snok’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Johste on a parked autorack.

The huge and impossibly difficult to photograph K6A wall for the 2018 edition of Under Pressure featuring Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer. Check out the Under Pressure link above for close-ups. Scroll up and down this page for more solo and collaboration work by Monk.e, Axe, Fleo, Serak, Snikr, Royal and Rekal. Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe, Snikr, Royal and Rekal have also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Kbron in Rosemont.

Tribute to Scaner by Kbron, Micer and Fault. Scroll down for some solo work by Micer.

Keos‘ truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Meor’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Keos in a Hochelaga alley.

Killa EF‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Koal on frozen metal.

Korb and Crane‘s awesome collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by Crane under his name.

Korb at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Korb had one of the prime spots for photogenic shots at the Estival de Canes 2018. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for more by Korb.

A quick but great tribute to Scaner by Kwest, bonus material to his part on the huge Scan You Rock tribute wall at the top of this page.

Kwun‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Legal‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Legal in Rosemont.

One of many pieces by Legal on this parked autorack.

Above 2: Liza (top) and Peyo (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for one more by Peyo.

Lobsta in an abandoned church.

Lobsta‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

A letter piece by LSNR at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for great figurative creations by this artist. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Lyfer in the Plateau. He was also involved in two 203 Crew murals featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Mad Rats Gaulois and Boporc’s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Click on the latter link for close-ups of each individual piece. Scroll up to ‘Boporc’ and ‘Gaulois’ for some solo work by each of these artists. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for some of this duo’s ‘abstract’ work.

Meor‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Keos’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Micer on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Micer in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Kbron’ for more involving Micer.

Monk.e‘s part in a K6A and friends production in the South West.

Monk.e in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Monk.e. This multi-talented artist is also heavily featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Moxe at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

A striking tribute to Scaner by Myrage and Eskro in an abandoned church. Scroll up for more by Eskro under his name.

Myrage in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Naimo in Hochelaga. The making of this piece was filmed by Graff Funk (view here).

Naimo in a Hochelaga alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under MSHL for more by Naimo.

Narc‘s part in a SIK crew alley production. Characters are by Skor who has his own letter pieces in this list (scroll down to his name).

Nemo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Nemo has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Haks’.

Noce‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Sapoe’ to view opposite side of this truck.

Noper in the dark basement of an abandoned building.

Nor in an abandoned building in Ville St-Laurent.

Nor‘s part in a K6A production in the South West. Scroll up for more by Nor under ‘Beast’.

Nybar at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pask, in a production put together by Miser for his return home after having spent half a year in Montreal.

Peace‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Peack at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Liza’ for more by this artist.

Pito and Guko in a Mile End alley. Pito also participated in this year’s edition of Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘Snok’ below to see it.

Quote‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Above 2 photos: Rekal (green letters), Frank Bo (character) and Chizo (turquoise letters) in a Plateau production curated by Snikr. Scroll up for more by Chizo and Frank Bo under ‘Fleo’. Rekal also contributed to a K6A wall featured above.

Rekal (letters) and Snikr (character) on a Ahuntsic roof. They have also made it together into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Snikr’.

Rekal‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Awe’ to view the opposite side of this truck.

Awesome letters by Resok in an abandoned building.

Resok under an overpass. Scroll up for more by Resok under ‘Eskro’.

Ribso in Rosemont.

Rizek in Rosemont

Rouks in Rosemont

Rouks at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for more by this multi-talented artist.

An impossibly hard to photograph piece by Royal at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Royal who actually joined those raccoons this year. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Ruste has had a crazy year painting in sick spots around the world, and briefly stopped in Montreal for this rooftop piece alongside the guys from SIK.

Sake and Crops lounging by the Lachine Canal.

Sank (letters) and Germ Dee (bootleg Ninja Turtle) at the Estival de Canes 2018. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art as well as the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Germdee.

Sapoe‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Noce’ to view opposite side of this truck.

SBU One‘s organic letters in Rosemont.

SBU One in Petite-Patrie. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Scribe‘s amazing letter mural done off-Mural.

Hochelaga alley piece by Scribe.

Scribe in the abandoned Kabane 77 which was soon after demolished following a fire. Scribe has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Sekel in a Hochelaga alley.

A burning hot combo of Serak (ground) and Awe (above) in the Plateau. Scroll up for more by both of them under ‘K6A’ as well as some solo work by Awe under his own name.

Serak‘s part in the Estival de Canes 2018.

Serak in Rosemont.

Serum‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Sewk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. This piece was designed by Geser, hence the dedication.

One more by Sewk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

A combo of Sewp on abstract letters and Shine on character at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Sewp has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Aldarwin’.

Shok‘s part in a SIK crew alley production. Characters are by Skor who has his own letter pieces in this list (scroll down to his name).

A row of seats reserved by Shok at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Rooftop Shok.

Skor‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr.

Rooftop Skor.

Smak‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr. Scroll up for more by Smak under ‘Fonki’.

Smog was briefly in town this past January and left his mark on this parked train.

Snok‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Janek’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Snok‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Snok (middle), Ason (top left), Deaf (top right), Pito (ground letters) and James Dillon (characters) for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by Ason and Pito under their respective names.

Soger at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Some in a Côte des Neiges alley.

Spazm at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sper in Rosemont.

Stare‘s mighty contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

A long wall by Stare in the Plateau.

Stare in the Plateau. Stare was also one of the main creators involved in the Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner at the top of this page.

Temps in Rosemont.

Rooftop piece by Tuna.

Tuna‘s part in a SIK production in a Ahuntsic alley.

Tuna‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr.

Venise in Rosemont.

Voguer slowed down his street production in 2018. This Pointe St-Charles piece is one of only a few works of his I got to photograph this past year.

Ware at the Papineau legal graffiti wall ahead of (you guessed it) Halloween.

Ware in the Plateau.

Wonez‘s part at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Wuna in Rosemont.

Wuna at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Yema at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zehok on letters and Singe on snake at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek‘s part in a K6A and friend production in the South West.

Zek on Ashop’s wall in Hochelaga. The huge Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner at the top of this page was designed by Zek and he contributed a lot towards its creation. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Zima in Rosemont.

Zoner‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Zoner in Rosemont.

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

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 les articles suivants:
Éditions 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013.


The 203 crew wall featuring Lyfer, Ekes, Arnold, Borrris, Flying Eric, Opire, Algue.

Detail of the above 203 crew wall showing the 2 aliens from the crew’s wall on the 2017 edition.

The K6A crew wall featuring Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer. Scroll down for 4 details.

Detail 1/4 of the above K6A crew wall. This section is mostly Monk.e and Ankh One.

Detail 2/4 of the above K6A crew wall. The Scaner chain is by Awe.

Detail 3/4 of the above K6A crew wall.

Detail 4/4 of the above K6A crew wall.

Collaboration between Scribe and Tchug. See below for an alternate angle and a close-up.

Alternate angle of the Scribe and Tchug collaboration.

Close-up of Tchug‘s central character on the collaboration wall with Scribe .

The Boro wall featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters).

Korb and Crane representing the Crazy Apes.

The left half of the mosaic wall featuring EK Sept (top left), Serum (middle left), Heks (bottom left), Seork (top character), Aces (middle right letters), Elfu (bottom central character) and Swek (bottom right). Scroll down for close-ups of all the pieces.

EK Sept

Serum

Seork (character) and Aces (letters).

Heks

Elfu

Bask

The right half of the mosaic wall featuring Serna (top left), Resok (top right), Temps (middle left), Nor (middle), Myrage (middle right), Rizek (bottom left) and Eskro (bottom right). Scroll down for close-ups of all the pieces.

Serna

Resok

Temps

Nor

Myrage

Rizek

Eskro

Snok (middle), Ason (top left), Deaf (top right), Pito (ground letters) and James Dillon (characters).

Mad Rats Gaulois (left) and Boporc (right). See below for close-ups of each individual namepieces.

Gaulois

Boporc

Collaboration between Paynt (top right), Hozek (bottom left), Sepan (top left), Magic (bottom right) and Gost (bottom letters). Because Magic’s part is at a disadvantage in this shot, see below for close-up.

Close-up on Magic‘s piece.

Christina Mazzulla and Willy Wales.

Bibi Una

Segment 1/5 of a very long wall featuring Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas. This segment is mostly Lapin on character, Haks on letters and Capes on neon top right.

Segment 2/5 of a very long wall featuring Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas. Letters by Vedas.

Segment 3/5 of a very long wall featuring Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas. This part is mostly by Capes.

Segment 4/5 of a very long wall featuring Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas. Nemo on letters, Haks on neon.

Segment 5/5 of a very long wall featuring Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas. Mostly Lapin with the help of Jaz and Aude Robert-Gingras.