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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.

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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.

Kems/Kemr

Skor

Skor

Skor

Skor

Kemt

Tuna

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok

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

Tuna

Tuna representing the SIK crew.

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

Narc

Korb

Lith

Geser

Aper

Sunz

Naimo

Lyfer

Getsa

Shrek One tribute to Jacques Parizeau.

Ekler (ground level) and Serum (above).

Serum

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.

Fokus

Pito

Oskar

Nixon

Dope

Arek

Dekor (letters) and Hesan (creature).

Hesan

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).

Talk


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.

Geser

Algue representing 203.

Pro

Someone representing the VC crew.

Lyfer

Block

Faboo representing Ten Yen.

Aces

Aner

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.

Skor

Skor

Aces

Bewet

Neak


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.

Shok

Narc

Skam

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor

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.

Rizek

Bewet

Oskar

Meth

Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.

Gypsr


E5 – the offices

Ekler

Ekler

Veto

Ecler throw.

Rizek


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

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

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

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

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

Shok. Tags by Getsa and Gnius above.

Nixon

What’s left of an old Nixon piece.

Bosny

Reebok aka Logre.

Reebok aka Logre.

Gnius

Gnius

Gnius

Raker

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

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

Getsa

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

EK Sept

Oper

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

Ecler

Kelen (left) and Shake (right)

Clast

Pares (ground level) and Arows (top).

Some (ground level)

Obes

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

Unidentified artist.

Unidentified artist.

Sceak (character), Bask (top tag).


Eastern building – roof pieces

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Ekes

Algue

Bosny

Aloke


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.

Hitem

Gaist/Guest

Cur?

Daym

Uzem

Scek


W2 – the small room

Aper and Sunz.

Nixon, with a blue tag by Scaner above.

Same spot, later: Deser.

Ensor

Jinx


W3 – the medium room

Apashe

Nixon

Vogue

Gnius, plus tag by Rake above.

Rake

Raes

Raes

Peace

Alber

Ekual (ground level) and Arow (above).

Feez


W4 – the courtyard

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

Stare

Shok

Monk.e

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

Ekler

Ekler

Ekler

Dekor

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).

Aper

Scaner (blue) and Crops (yellow).

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


W5 – the annex

Bane


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).

Smog

Raker (left) and Ecro (right).

A throw by Aero and a tag by Kelen.

KC Neuf

Someone representing YU8.

Peru143 aka Peru Dyer

Peru Dyer aka Peru143 is based in Toronto but he has been very active in Montreal on and off. He is mainly known for his murals which are usually commissioned. He has also contributed to projects for En Masse. He sometimes works within Wastoids, an unofficial ‘crew’ featuring his friends Cabin aka Cabe, Fasin and Anode. He also happens to be the brother of Chris Dyer, one of this city’s best known artists. For more information and photos of Peru Dyer’s art, check out Peru143.com and his Instagram page. Older material is still found at his apparently abandoned Flickr and WordPress pages.

Peru Dyer, surtout connu sous le nom Peru143, est basé à Toronto mais il a été très actif à Montréal et l’est toujours à l’occasion. Il est surtout reconnu pour ses murales commandées. Il a aussi participé à divers projets du ‘collectif’ En Masse. Il fait partie de Wastoids, un ‘crew’ non-officiel dont font aussi partie ses amis Cabin (Cabe), Fasin et Anode. Peru est aussi le frère de Chris Dyer, un des artistes les plus connus à Montréal. Pour plus d’information sur Peru et pour plus de photos de son travail, voir Peru143.com et sa page Instagram. Ses pages Flickr et WordPress semblent avoir été abandonnées depuis quelques années, mais on y trouve toujours une grande quantité de photos.


In Mile End.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At Lhasa de Sela park.

At Lhasa de Sela park, opposite side of the above, with his crew Wastoids.

On garage doors in Monkland village, with assistance from Fiefo.

On garage door in Akira’s alley.

Truck/van side. See below for opposite side.

Truck/van side. See above for opposite side.

Van side.

On one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

In the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

“Diversitree” in NDG.

On St-Denis.

On a Plateau garage door.

In a Plateau back alley.

Peru143 (left) and Fiefo (right) in a Plateau alley.

On the side wall of a Plateau laundromat, perhaps in a collaboration with someone else.

On the side-wall of a Plateau drugstore.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Notice the Wastoids throwie (in yellow) on the right.

Detail of the En Masse piece at Espace Go.

Another detail (bottom left) of the En Masse piece at Espace Go (most of what is visible top right is by Tyler K Rauman).

Chris Dyer (left), his brother Peru143 (top right) and MSHL (bottom right) in upper Plateau.

Same spot as above, but different wall showcasing Wastoids (right) and George S Blott (left).

Another brotherly collaboration between Chris Dyer (left) and Peru (right), this one in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

This is a segment of the 2016 Sun Youth front wall production involving at least a dozen artists. It shows Waxhead top left around letters by Getso, Cryote in pink top right, Meor in the middle beneath Cryote, Peru143 middle right yellow name piece, Mole Patrol bottom left, Cryote bottom middle and Pound Puppy middle right.

On Plateau alley doors.

Taking back his pace with this throwie.

A golden throwie from 2016.

Throwie, representing Peru’s ‘crew’ Wastoids.


tags


stickers

Door 2 door MTL – garage edition

Last year’s post titled “Door 2 door Montreal” was a particularly popular one, so here’s a follow-up presenting some of the best garage and delivery doors in Montreal.

L’article de l’année dernière intitulé ‘Door 2 door Montreal” présentant les plus belles oeuvres de street art sur des portes de Montréal ayant été particulièrement populaire, voici une suite consacrée cette fois aux portes de garage et de livraison.


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

Les pièces sont présentées ici en ordre chronologique inverse, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

Elfu’s part on the LTG wall for the Canettes de Ruelle block party.

Eskro and Resok doing the name of their crew YU8 for the Canettes de Ruelle production.

Nikki Küntzle for the Canettes de Ruelle alley production in Rosemont.

Adida Fallen Angel in a Rosemont alley.

Raphael Dairon for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration between Tava and Bishop in Little Italy.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley.

Peru143 in a Plateau alley.

Waxhead and Cryote collaboration in Hochelaga.

Maliciouz in Mile End.

By an unidentified artist in Mile End.

Labrona in the Plateau.

Maliciouz in the Plateau.

SBU One in Hochelaga.

An unidentified artist in a Hochelaga alley.

Germ Dee at Plaza Walls.

Mngelekrak and Epos on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Fokus in Hochelaga.

Haks in Mile-Ex.

Jest and Sloast collaboration in a Plateau alley.

Mono Sourcil for the Gatos Callejeros production in a Rosemont alley.

Jee tribute to Leonard Cohen in Mile End

SBU One in Rosemont.

Ms Teri on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Kevin Ledo in a Plateau alley.

Stela on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Maliciouz in the Plateau.

Hater in a central graffiti alley.

Fokus on the garage door of a park building in the Nouveau Rosemont.

Fokus, Gaulois and Boporc on a set of garage doors in Hochelaga.

Keos in a Plateau alley.

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level) for the Scan You Rock jam.

Germ Dee in a Plateau back alley.

Koal on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Wuna in a Plateau alley.

Unidentified artist at Plaza Walls.

Bosny in Plateau End.

Wheatpaste over painted door by Dial M for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Legal (letters) and Jmoe (character) in Monkland Village.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village.

Dodo Osé in Hochelaga.

Pask in industrial Rosemont.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley.

Naimo’s contribution to a K6A wall in St-Henri.

Mad Rats Gaulois and Boporc on a set of garage doors in Ville-Marie.

Monk.e in the Plateau.

MC Baldassari and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine collaboration in the Plateau, part 1/2.

MC Baldassari and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine collaboration in the Plateau, part 2/2.

Omen

SBU One

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Also visible around are older pieces by Waxhead (left), Sake (top) and Peru143/Wastoids (right).

Raes in Mile End.

123Klan in the fashion district.

Five Eight (letters) and Earth Crusher (character) in the Plateau.

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Maliciouz in Mile End.

Shane Watt in Petite-Patrie

Cryote modified this garage door in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet when he repaired it post-vandalism. Scroll down for original.

Kevin Ledo in the Plateau.

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Skam in Petite-Patrie.

Tava and Detto in Little Italy.

Cryote, at the time in the Wzrds Gng, in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (felines).

Monk.e in the Plateau.

Monk.e for K6A in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist for K6A in St-Henri.

Mono Sourcil in the Plateau.

El Moot Moot (left) and Waxhead (right) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

El Moot Moot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Riode in an abandoned industrial building.

Tava in Little Italy.

MSHL in St-Henri.

Zoids in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist in Plateau-End.

Koal and Snob on the delivery door of an abandoned warehouse.

MC Baldassari for En Masse in an alley off de Castelnau.

Waxhead over background by Mastrocola, on St-Dominique.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Omen (main image) and Kashink (bottom corners) on the George General d’Auto Reparation.

Keos in Mile End.

Footloose Yooth Crew, left half.

Footloose Yooth Crew, right half.

Vhat in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Swaz on St-Dominique.

These garage doors in Hochelaga look like they are from Mateo‘s hand, but they are actually from a friend of his using some of his stencils.

Gawd, detail of a collaboration with Labrona (not visible in this detail) in the Cité du Multimédia.

Maddog and Namer in Hochelaga.

Unidentified artist in Mile End.

Andy Dass in Plateau/Rosemont.

Peru143 in the Plateau.

Peru143 in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Waxhead (at the time representing the Wzrds Gng) in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Unidentified artist in Mile End.

Dfek and Zek for Trife Life in the Plateau.

David Farley in the Plateau.

Collaboration between Waxhead (beige) and Birdo (green) in the McGill ghetto.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Peru143 helped by Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Royal Kingbee at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Bruno Smoky and Shalak, with Monk.e between doors, in Hochelaga.

Promethee Huard in Petite-Patrie.

A great piece by Omen in the Plateau.

Striker in Hochelaga.

Peru143 for En Masse on St-Laurent.

Maniak (top) and Zek (bottom) at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Stape and Fabu, Plateau.

Someone for Unc in Griffintown.

Astro in Montreal West.

Omen in the Plateau.

Omen downtown.