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Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2020. 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 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2020 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 2020 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 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 street art collé


The 123 Klan‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Name pieces are by Scien and Klor at ground level and Aiik above.

Above 2: the 123 Klan’s Klor (above) and Scien (below) in Rosemont.

Aper‘s part in a prod which he curated in Côte St-Paul.

Aper in the McGill Ghetto.

Arrow in Rosemont.

Ason in Rosemont.

Ason at the Lachine graffiti walls.

Awie in St-Henri. Also visible in this shot are throws by Sake and Bruse.

Awie in an abandoned building. Scroll down for more by Awie under ‘K6A’ and ‘Serak’. Awie also has work appearing in theRetrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Axe Lalime in St-Henri.

Axe Lalime in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by Axe under ‘K6A’.

Bacer in Ahuntsic.

Bacer in Rosemont.

Beaf at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Beast in an abandoned building.

Bhar (ground level) and Amon (above) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for more by Bhar under ‘CEK’.

Bosny in an abandoned building.

Bosny in Rosemont. Bosny also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Supersize BTH piece on the roof of an abandoned building.

Bumpr at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Case in Pointe St-Charles.

Case in Ville St-Laurent.

The CEK crew represented by Deep, Resno, Bhar and Jher in a green alley prod in Hochelaga. Scroll up to ‘Bhar’ for more by this writer.

Cemz in Hochelaga.

Cemz from a KG crew production in Hochelaga.

Cemz in Rosemont. This writer has also made into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art under the name Benny Wilding.

Cler under the city.

Cone in Pointe St-Charles.

Crane at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Dars in Hochelaga.

Dars on letters and Omar Bernal on figurative parts, at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Omar Bernal also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Dfek in Ahuntsic.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dice in Ahuntsic.

Dice in Rosemont.

Drug Prophets in Parc Jeanne-Mance.

Durs in Mile End.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

EK Sept in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Hoar’ for more by EK Sept.

Ekes for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Ekes in an abandoned building.

Ekes under the city.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Ekler at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ensor (ground level) and Joh (above), in Mercier. Scroll down for more by Joh in this retrospective.

Enter in Rosemont.

Eskro (above) and Resok (below) in Mercier. Scroll down for more by Resok in this retrospective.

F.One in an abandoned building.

F.One and Ewol from a production in Villeray.

F.One and Ewol in Rosemont.

Face in Rosemont.

Fisk and Tizer‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll down for solo work by Tizer in this retrospective.

A huge solo wall by Five Eight in Hochelaga.

Fleo in St-Henri.

Fleo (above) and Dodo Osé (below) in Mercier. Scroll down to ‘K6A’ for more work by both writers. Dodo Osé also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Fokus in a Hochelaga alley. Scroll down for more by this artist under the name ‘Malin’.

The FT crew celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2020 and its Montreal members got together to paint this extra-wide piece on a bridge pillar.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gost doint Hoar’s name for his birthday, in Rosemont.

Gost in Rosemont.

Grils treading that spece between figurative and letters in a Villeray production which he curated.

Grils in a Villeray production which he curated. Scroll down for more by Grils under ‘LTG / POM’. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Haks on the Lachine Canal.

During the first wave of the Covid19 pandemic Haks basically had the whole PSC legal graffiti wall to himself and managed to pull off this triple set. Scroll down for more by Haks under ‘Hoar’.

Hary in a Rosemont alley. Hary also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art under the name of his ‘crew’ Lama.

Hest in Hochelaga.

Hest on a bridge pillar. Scroll down for more by Hest under ‘Killa EF’ and under ‘Wuna’.

A tribute to health workers on the frontline of the Covid19 pandemic, by Hoar in Rosemont.

Hoar in Rosemont.

Hoar, Haks, EK Sept and Nemo collaboration for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Hoar, Haks and EK Sept all have more work in this retrospective, scroll up to their names to view.

Hozek in Villeray. Scroll down to ‘LTG / POM’ for more by this artist.

Hurl at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by this artist under his alternate name ‘Joer’.

Jaker in Rosemont.

Jaker and Legal on an abandoned building. Scroll down for solo pieces by Legal in this retrospective.

Jaker in Hochelaga.

Janek in Ahuntsic.

Joer in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by this artist under his alternate name ‘Hurl’.

Joh at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Joh also has another entry in this retrospective, scroll up to ‘Ensor’ to view.

Johste in Rosemont.

The huge K6A crew wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Monk.e, Awie, Serak, Fleo, Dodo Osé, Axe Lalime, Royal, Otak, Vect, Arpi, Sims and Osti. Monk.e, Awie, Serak, Fleo and Axe Lalime all have solo entries in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Dodo Osé also has more work under ‘Fleo’.

Kemt in Hochelaga.

Kes at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Above 3: Killa EF, Pito and Hest from a joint production in Petite-Patrie. All three have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Trackside Killa EF.

Klew in Ahuntsic.

Koal in Hochelaga.

Koal in Little Italy.

Kor, Seano, MSH and perhaps more for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Giant piece from Kor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Kor also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Korb in Rosemont.

Korb at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Kores at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Lamo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Legal from a production in Côte St-Paul.

Legal in an abandoned building. More by Legal can be found above under ‘Jaker’.

Liza in Rosemont.

One of many “Defund The Police” pieces by Chris Lloyd at this same spot.

Lora in an abandoned building.

Louis Letters in an abandoned building.

Louis Letters in an abandoned building. Louis has also made into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Above 2 photos: The LTG/POM crews’ wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Aces, Grils, Serum, Rizek, Seork, Hozek and Paynt. The second photo above is a close-up on the left section showing Aces and Grils’s parts. Grils, Serum, Rizek and Hozek all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Lyfer in Petite-Patrie.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Macak in Rosemont. Macak also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Makes in Pointe St-Charles.

Makes at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Malin‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Malin has more work in this retrospective, scroll up to ‘Fokus’ to view. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art under ‘Jest’.

Maniak in Rosemont.

Maniak in Mercier.

Mask at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Maysr‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, from the wall of OGs which he curated.

Mazo in Rosemont.

Medor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Meor in a graffiti alley.

Meow in Mile Ex.

Highwayside Meow.

Trackside Meow

Micer in an abandoned building.

Mix of graffiti and calligraphy by Monk.e in Mile End.

Monk.e at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Monk.e in this retrospective. This multi-talented artist also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Naimo in a Hochelaga alley.

Naimo on an abandoned Plateau building.

Naimo in Petite-Patrie.

Narc in Ahuntsic.

Narc in Ahuntsic.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Nor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Nor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Paner on an abandoned Plateau building.

Peace in Hochelaga.

Peack‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Peru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peyo in Rosemont.

Pito in Ahuntsic.

Pito at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Scroll up to ‘Killa EF’ for more by this writer.

Psycho in Hochelaga.

Highwayside Psycho.

Quote at the Papineau graffiti walls.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Rains in Hochelaga.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Resok in an abandoned building.

Resok in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Eskro’ for more by Resok. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Rizek in an abandoned building just as the Covid19 pandemic hit our shores.

Rizek (above) and Luna (below) in an abandoned building. Scroll up to ‘LTG / POM’ for more by Rizek.

Salé on a bridge pillar.

Sank at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

SBU One in an abandoned building.

SBU One in an abandoned building. SBU also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Scribe in Hochelaga.

Above 2 photos: both sides of a truck by Scribe.

Scribe in the Plateau. Scribe also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Senck in Côte des Neiges.

Senck in the Plateau.

Serak‘s contribution to a major production by the KG crew.

Serak on letters and Awie on the portrait of Ennio Morricone, in St-Henri. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by both artists. Awie also has solo work at the beginning of this retrospective.

Serum in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘LTG / POM’ for more by Serum.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shok in Hochelaga.

Smak in Côte des Neiges.

Smak in Côte St-Paul.

Snipes in Côte des Neiges.

Snipes in Côte des Neiges.

Snipes in Côte St-Paul.

Snok in St-Henri.

Snok in Lachine.

Snok in Lachine.

Some in Petite-Patrie.

Stare in Rosemont.

Stare in Côte des Neiges.

Stare in Rosemont.

Tchug in Rosemont. Tchug also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Timer in Rosemont.

Timer at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Timer‘s contribution to the OG wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Tizer at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll up to ‘Fisk’ for more by Tizer.

Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Vaper in Rosemont.

Verbe in Hochelaga. Also visible above in this shot is an older piece by Daur.

Verso in Rosemont.

Voguer in industrial Hochelaga.

Wuna in Hochelaga. She also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Wuna and Hest‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Hest also has solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name as well as to ‘Killa EF’ to view.

A tribute to George Floyd by members of XPR.

Zehok at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek‘s contribution to the OG wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Zek‘s part in a major production by the KG crew in Hochelaga.

Zek in the Plateau.

Zen in Rosemont.

Zen in a Plateau alley.

Zen in a Plateau alley. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art under the name Johnny Crap.

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 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.

See also: the official making-of video

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 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.

A voir: la video officielle de la création du mur


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

Scan You Rock

Over the weekend of 22-23 April 2017 the Montreal graffiti community got together to celebrate Scaner, one of this city’s best and most respected writers/artists, when they found out that he only had a short time to live. For the occasion, the walls of the MPC Papers building on the corner of Cabot and Gilmore in the South West (a Montreal graffiti hotspot) were completely redone by over two dozens of Montreal’s best writers and artists, plus friends of Scaner’s who traveled from as far as the USA and Barcelona for the occasion. All in all, nearly 40 new pieces were created during the weekend, they are all shown in the gallery below.

The building where the event took place has been in the past the site of graffiti gatherings such as Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock. This is why the event was unofficially dubbed with the pun Scan You Rock and the name stuck.

In September 2018, for the first anniversary of Scaner’s death, the Cabot wall was completely redone by nearly 100 artists who came together to pay homage to their friend. A special photo article on this huge tribute wall can be seen here.

See also:
Wall2wallMTL photo spotlight on Scaner
pre-Scan You Rock photo gallery of the Cabot x Gilmore walls

Au cours du weekend du 22-23 avril 2017 la communauté graffiti montréalaise s’est réunie pour célébrer Scaner lorsqu’elle a appris qu’il ne lui restait que quelques temps à vivre. Pour l’occasion, les murs de l’édifice MPC Papers au coin de Cabot et de Gilmore dans le sud-ouest (un hotspot graffiti de Montréal) ont été complètement refaits par au moins deux douzaines des meilleurs artistes montréalais du graffiti ainsi que par quelques amis graffeurs de Scaner qui sont venus d’aussi loin que des Etats-Unis et de Barcelone pour l’occasion. En tout, près d’une quarantaine de nouvelles pièces ont été créées au cours de cette fin de semaine, elles sont toutes présentées dans la gallerie ci-dessous.

L’édifice où l’événement a eu lieu a par le passé été le site de festivals graffiti tels que Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock. C’est ainsi que quelqu’un a officieusement baptisé l’événement du jeu de mot Scan You Rock, et le nom est resté.

En septembre 2018, pour le premier anniversaire du décès de Scaner, le mur du côté Cabot a été complètement refait par une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes qui ont voulu rendre hommage à leur ami. Un article-photo sur cet immense mur hommage a été publié et peut être vu ici.

A voir aussi:
profil photo Wall2wallMTL sur Scaner
gallerie-photo des murs Cabot x Gilmore, pré-Scan You Rock


Cabot side

The celebrated man himself, Scaner. The piece was salvaged after Scaner’s death when the whole Cabot wall was redone by nearly 100 writers and artists for a huge tribute to their friend. See it here.

Above Scaner’s piece is this bird of prey by Axe flying off with Scaner’s iconic ‘Mr Can Do’.

Hsix

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Stare.

Eskae from Miami.

Roachi from Brooklyn via Sydney.

Hoacs from New York.

Soten from Copenhagen / New York.

Trace from New York.

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Zek.

Jat from Brooklyn.

Harry Bones from Barcelona.

Musa from Barcelona.

Kemr from Boston.

Awe

ATWZ

Cemz (top) and Smak (ground level).

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level).


Gilmore side

Jaker (top), Legal (middle) and Johste (ground).

Earth Crusher

The AG Crew‘s Snipes and Senk.

The 123Klan’s Scien.

The 123Klan’s Klor.

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Jaber.

Sino

Narc

Shok

Pito

Skor

Some

Sewk

Kemt


building end

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character)

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.

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.

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.

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 (writing “Ghost”).

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.

Ekler, plus a yellow tag by Bewet.

Rizek

Bewet

Oskar

Meth

Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.

Gypsr


E5 – the offices

Ekler

Ekler

Veto

Ekler 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), Ekler (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.

Ekler

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), Ekler (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