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Under Pressure Festival 2017

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. For earlier editions see the following posts:
2016 edition
2015 edition
2014 edition
2013 edition.

Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2017 du Festival Under Pressure. Pour les éditions antérieures, voir les articles suivants:
édition 2016
édition 2015
édition 2014
édition 2013.

One of 2 posters for the 2017 edition, by Haks and Jimmy Baptiste.

One of 2 posters for the 2017 edition, by Haks and Jimmy Baptiste.

203 crew wall. The 203 Invader with the munchies is by Opire and the one with the giggles is by Arnold and Borrris. The top letters – actually numbers 203 – are by Naimo, the ground ones by Ekes and all the wraparound is by Lyfer and Ekes plus probably a few more 203s…

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration.

The 123 Klan wall with Scien and Klor on ground level letters and Aiik on top ones.

Rouks (top left), Lapin (top right), Haks (ground left) and Nemo (ground right).

K6A crew wall featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 1/3).

K6A crew wall featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 2/3).

K6A crew wall featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 3/3).

Yekso, Lons, Zyon and Kuby, guests from New Caledonia.

RCD and guests wall featuring, from left to right and top to bottom: Imp, Phere, Sirvis, Snok, Vogue, Yema, Bumpr and Mask. See close-ups of individual pieces below.









TFS/POM wall featuring, from left to right and top to bottom: Rizek, Apok, Resok, Myrage, Eskro, Serum and EK Sept. See close-ups of individual pieces below.

Rizek and Resok.

Apok and Myrage.


Serum (better and unobstructed shot coming).

EK Sept

Anthill Collective wall featuring Capes, Eskae and Speak with guest AboveAsBelow.

UNC wall featuring Meor, Baesr, Getso, Rock and Mine.

Collaboration between SBU One and MSHL.

Scribe on letters, Tchug on central character and Corey Bulpitt on native motifs.

Serna (top), Gaulois (bottom left) and Bopor (bottom right). See close-ups of the two bottom pieces below.





Corey Bulpitt

Kor for his Mon Chat Dans Ta Ville project.


Tryptich by Adida Fallen Angel.

Ason, with Vogue above.

MC Baldassari and Aude Maeva.


Dalkhafine and Loopkin.



NEMC / Fabb

Marc-André Giguère

Marc-André Giguère

Le Monstr

Elysanne Tremblay (left) and Le Monstr (right).


M’Os Geez




Chase aka Smile

Wheatpaste by Mono Sourcil (1/2).

Wheatpaste by Mono Sourcil (2/2).

Wheatpaste by Maliciouz (1/3).

Wheatpaste by Maliciouz (2/3).

Wheatpaste by Maliciouz (3/3).

Wheatpaste by Carolina Espinosa (1/3).

Wheatpaste by Carolina Espinosa (2/3).

Wheatpaste by Carolina Espinosa (3/3).

Wheatpaste by Christina Mazzulla (1/2).

Wheatpaste by Christina Mazzulla (2/2).

Closed porn cinema covered with Miss Me wheatpastes. Pasted messages include “To be born with a woman’s body is to bear the unsolicited burden of humanity’s unresolved attitudes towards sex” and “Don’t tell me what to wear”. See below for close-up.

Close-up of some Miss Me wheatpastes from above installation.


Festival de Canes

Over the weekend of 15-16 July 2017, approximately 40 out of the best of Greater Montreal’s writers and artists were invited by Dose Culture to cover the 2 sides of a highway ramp in Longueuil with their work. The event was titled the Festival de Canes (‘Cans Festival’, a pun on Cannes Festival). Most of the space to be covered was split into sections allotted to various crews. The line-up was curated by Acek.

Au cours de la fin de semaine du 15-16 juillet 2017, environ 40 des meilleurs artistes/graffeurs de la région de Montréal on été invités par Dose Culture pour recouvrir les 2 cotés d’une rampe d’accès du pont Jacques-Cartier, coté Longueuil. Le nom de l’événement, le Festival de Canes, est bien sur un jeu de mot sur Festival de Cannes. La majorité de l’espace de travail a été séparé en sections allouées à divers crews. La sélection des graffeurs a été effectuée par Acek.

N2N’s wall featuring curator Acek (top right), Janek (ground right), Arose (top left) and Nerv (bottom left). All four contributed to the background.

K6A‘s wall featuring Axe Lalime, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and Osti One. See below for close-up details.

Close-up detail of the K6A wall shown above.

Close-up detail of the K6A wall shown above.

Besides contributing to the K6A wall, Monk.e also did his own.

203 crew wall featuring, from left to right and from ground to top: Ekes, Nybar, Arnold, Borrris, Naimo, Hitem, Lyfer and Trak.

Close-up on Ekes‘s piece on the 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Nybar‘s piece on the 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Arnold‘s piece on the 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Borrris‘s piece on the 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Naimo‘s piece for on 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Hitem‘s piece for on 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Lyfer‘s piece for on 203 crew wall shown above.

Close-up on Trak’s piece for on 203 crew wall shown above.

Crazy Apes wall featuring Fezat and Narc on central part, with letters by Lith (top left), Crane (ground left), Korb (top right) and Akuma (ground right).

Close-up on Fezat and Narc‘s central part of the Crazy Apes wall shown above.

Close-up on Lith‘s piece on the Crazy Apes wall shown above.

Close-up on Crane‘s piece on the Crazy Apes wall shown above.

Close-up on Korb‘s piece on the Crazy Apes wall shown above.

Close-up on Akuma‘s piece on the Crazy Apes wall shown above.

Next Time crew wall featuring Rouks (character), Sank (top left letters), Wonez (ground left letters) and Royal (right).

Detail of of the Next Time crew wall showing Rouks (character), Sank (top letters), Wonez (ground letters).

Detail of of the Next Time crew wall showing Rouks (character) and Royal (letters).




Killa EF (ground), Kare (above).

Legal (ground), Jaker (above).



Fokus on bus side.

Opposite side of the above bus, by Awe. This was completed too late for me to photograph on site, so it was shot a few weeks later in NDG.

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.



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


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


Naveen Shakil




Aless MC aka Angler Fish

Djibril M-P and Camille Perreault

Thomas Bertrand aka Totoscope


Franco E

Joffré Roy-b

Nicholas Bertrand

Paulie Heart


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


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.


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.

The “Jailspot”

The “Jailspot” is the name given by graffiti writers and urban explorers to two contiguous abandoned buildings on Henri-Bourassa at the level of the now closed Tanguay prison. These buildings were not actually part of the closed prison, they belonged to Transport Québec who once used them as hangars for heavy machinery. They appear to have been used in the recent past as offices and warehouse space. The westernmost of the two is older than the other one which seems to have been built around 2006-2007. For the following years the latter new construction was used for sporadic warehouse sales.

Business must not have been very good, the buildings were left unused as early as 2011-2012 and signs of graffiti action started appearing, first outside then inside. Within a few years the two buildings were completely taken over by explorers and writers/artists. Everything except the warehouse at the front of the easternmost building quickly deteriorated, through the combined actions of vandals and rain/snow through broken doors and windows as well as collapsed roofs. The two buildings were finally gradually demolished over the spring and summer of 2016 to make space for the construction of controversial residential/commercial towers.

If you have any additional information about this spot, feel free to write in and contribute to this article.

The gallery below is divided by rooms and other areas where artists left their mark. The names of the rooms are not official ones, I just came up with them for comprehensive purposes. A plan of the spot can be seen below, at the top of the gallery.

Le “Jailspot” est le nom donné par les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains à deux édifices voisins sur Henri-Bourassa devant l’ancienne prison Tanguay. Ces deux édifices ne font en fait pas partie de l’ancienne prison, ils appartenaient à Transport Québec et ont déjà servi de hangars pour de la machinerie lourde. Ils semblent avoir ensuite servi de bureaux et d’entrepôts au cours des années précédant leur abandon. Celui situé le plus à l’ouest semble dater d’avant l’autre qui a été construit vers 2006-2007. Au cours des années qui ont suivi sa construction ce dernier a été le lieu de ventes d’entrepôt.

Les affaires n’ont pas dû être très profitables, déjà vers 2011-2012 les édifices n’étaient plus utilisés et les graffeurs ont commencé à arriver sur les lieux, d’abord à l’extérieur ensuite à l’intérieur. Très rapidement l’endroit a été pris d’assaut par les explorateurs urbains et les graffeurs. Tout sauf les pièces du devant s’est rapidement détérioré, sous l’action de vandales et de la pluie/neige entrant par les portes et fenêtres brisées ainsi que des portions de toits effondrés. Les deux édifices ont finalement été démolis au cours du printemps et de l’été 2016 pour permettre la construction de controversées tours résidentielles et commerciales.

Si vous détenez de l’information additionnelle sur cet endroit, vous êtes invités à me contacter et contribuer à cet article.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est divisée en pièces et autres zones où les artistes ont oeuvré. Les noms des différentes pièces ne sont pas officiels, ils sont ceux que j’ai utilisés pour mes besoins d’archivage. Le plan ci-dessous montre les positions relatives de ces pièces.

Plan of the various rooms and areas. The codes E1 to E6 and W1 to W5 refer to the room sub-sections below. Click to expand.

Eastern building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2015. Visible in the front are abandoned limousines!

Different angle; visible at the back is the dome of the old Tanguay prison which gave this spot its name amongst writers and urban explorers.

E1 – the galleries

General view of the galleries on the right, and the central rooms on the left.












Shok from a Four Lokos prod.

Skor from a Four Lokos prod.

Narc from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna (ground level), Koni (above left) and Saner (above right).



Tuna representing the SIK crew.

Ekler (left) and Tuna (right). Visible above are throws by Hems (left) and Shake (right).










Shrek One tribute to Jacques Parizeau.

Ekler (ground level) and Serum (above).


EK Sept (left) and Hope (right). Visible above is a tag by Daym.

EK Sept. Scroll up for shots of the Sunz and Hope pieces seen beneath.







Dekor (letters) and Hesan (creature).


Two forms of Dekor on sides of the window. Tags above are by Sunz (in black) and Nybar (in blue).

Dekor (left) and Rizek (right).


E2 – the car showroom

General view of the car showroom. Scroll down for close-ups of the Geser car and the Merp and Raker pieces seen at the back.


Algue representing 203.


Someone representing the VC crew.



Faboo representing Ten Yen.



Raker (ground level) and Merp (above).

Same spot, earlier shot: Verse (ground level) and Merp (above).

E3 – the central room

General view of the central room, with the back side of the car showroom on the left.






E4 – the warehouse

General view of the warehouse (sorry for the blurry shot, it’s the only one I have). Scroll down for a close-up of the few visible pieces in this shot.







Dekor (ground level), with Neak and Bwet above.

Singe. Tags on the right include those of Dekor, Bewet, etc.

Ecler, plus a yellow tag by Bewet.





Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.


E5 – the offices




Ecler throw.


E6 – the end room

Bask and Part. Two red tags by Shok above.

Big throw from Etos, plus red tags by Shok.

Eastern building – outside walls

General view of the end of one of the buildings. Scroll down for close-ups.

Throw from Scaner.


Lyfer (ground level left), Cler (ground level right) and Balis (above).

Lyfer and Babar at ground level, Sneak and Venise above right.




Tuna representing the SIK crew (ground level), Balis (top left)

Shok. Tags by Getsa and Gnius above.


What’s left of an old Nixon piece.


Reebok aka Logre.

Reebok aka Logre.





Kzam (bottom left), Jaws (bottom right), Ecler (yellow) and anonymous artist (text and prisoner).

Wase (top left), Jaws (top right), Rescue (bottom left)


EK Sept. Tags by Mesk (black) and Venise (white) above.

EK Sept


This reads Fofo but I’m quite sure it’s Fiefo.


Kelen (left) and Shake (right)


Pares (ground level) and Arows (top).

Some (ground level)


Mastrocola (2 colour swirls), Hitem (yellow throw).

Unidentified artist.

Unidentified artist.

Sceak (character), Bask (top tag).

Eastern building – roof pieces








Western building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2016. Also visible on the right is a corner of the Eastern building.

W1 – the long room

General view of the long room. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces visible in this shot.

Shok (ground level) and Crops (above)

Fruit (left), Epos (middle) and Crack (right); red tag by Guest bottom left.

Same spot, later: Dekor (left) and Crack (right).

Crack (left), Ecler (right) and Duke (above).

Ekler on garage door, with partial view on the inner courtyard. Partially visible above are a throw and tag by Blek.







W2 – the small room

Aper and Sunz.

Nixon, with a blue tag by Scaner above.

Same spot, later: Deser.



W3 – the medium room




Gnius, plus tag by Rake above.






Ekual (ground level) and Arow (above).


W4 – the courtyard

General view of the inner courtyard. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces.




EK Sept (bottom left), Kelen (top left), Zion (top right) and Sunz (bottom right).





Rake. Tags by VC‘s Owk and Sunz above.

Gnius (top left of door), Blek (right of door), Arose (very top)

Jaws (ground level) and Bane (above).


Scaner (blue) and Crops (yellow).

Taike, plus a tag by Owk in black on the right.

W5 – the annex


Western builing – outside walls

Raker (ground level), Gnius (middle) and someone for SPK (above).

F.One in small and large formats.

Kzam (ground level), Bane (above left), Duke (above right), Shake (top right).


Raker (left) and Ecro (right).

A throw by Aero and a tag by Kelen.

KC Neuf

Someone representing YU8.


Naimo is mostly known for his graffiti work but he also does some figurative murals, as seen in the image gallery below. He represents both the 203 Crew and Underdogs. To see more from this artist than what I am showing here, check out his Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr pages.

Naimo est surtout reconnu pour son art lettré (graffiti) mais, tel que visible dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous, il prend aussi des commandes pour des murales figuratives. Pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook, Instagram et Tumblr.

graffiti pieces

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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

For the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Naimo (ground), Royal (middle) and Arose (top) for the Alleycats production

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In a very narrow Plateau staircase.

Naimo’s part on the 203 crew wall at the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley, off Mural Festival 2017.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo’s part in a production with Scribe and SBU One (not shown here) in Rosemont.

Damage recuperation over a Mural Festival mural.

Collaboration with Mexican artist Sermob in the Plateau. Sermob did the figurative work and Naimo added the letters (both names) and the flames.

In the Plateau.

Naimo (top) and Bosny (ground) for the 2016 edition of the Amalgam Festival.

In the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with a character by Axe Lalime on the right.