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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. 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.

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, un de nos meilleurs artistes dans ce domaine, et sans contredit un des plus respectés. 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Skor

Skor is mostly known for his affiliation with Ahuntsic’s SIK crew (alongside Shok, Narc and Tuna), but he also represents crews TBK (with Kemt, Sewk) and ITS (from Chicago). He returned to graffiti in 2013 after a break of about 10 years. He quickly gained the respect of his peers and of fans through his dedication to his art and his incredible talent. He constantly experiments with style and has evolved considerably since his return to the scene. He is also incredibly prolific, as evidenced in the photo gallery below which shows just a fraction of what he has given us since mid-2014.

To view much more than what is shown here, you should check out Skor’s Instagram and Flickr pages or this feature on Bombing Science. Skor is also featured in this February 2016 interview with the SIK crew published at Mook-Life.

Skor est surtout connu pour son affiliation avec le SIK crew d’Ahuntsic (aux côtés de Shok, Narc et Tuna), mais il représente aussi les crews TBK (avec Kemt et Sewk) et ITS (de Chicago). Il est revenu au graffiti en 2013 après une pause d’une dizaine d’années. Grâce à son dévouement envers son art et son incroyable talent il a rapidement gagné le respect de ses pairs et des amateurs de graffiti. Skor expérimente continuellement avec le style de ses pièces et a ainsi évolué considérablement depuis son retour à la scène du graf. Il est aussi extrêmement prolifique, tel que démontré dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous qui ne montre qu’une fraction de ce qu’il a créé depuis l’été 2014.

Pour en voir beaucoup plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil aux pages Instagram et Flickr de Skor, ou ce profil photo chez Bombing Science. Il est aussi possible d’en apprendre un peu sur l’artiste via cette entrevue avec le SIK crew publié chez Mook-Life en février 2016.


burners and other bigger pieces

Pieces in this section are shown in 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, de la plus récente à la première que j’ai photographiée.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Rooftop burner in Ahuntsic.

Rainy day drips in Côte des Neiges.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In an abandoned spot in Côte des Neiges.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

For the Scan You Rock jam.

In Rosemont.

With Tuna on character at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall, with Tuna on popsicle character.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Tribute mural by Skor (left, middle) to his grandfather, with contribution by Narc (right).

In Rosemont.

In an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

In Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In an abandoned place in Côte des Neiges.

Skor’s part in a 123Klan jam in the Plateau.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall (he ran out of paint hence the white zones on the right; image slightly cropped on the left).

In a Ahuntsic alley.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Skor on letters and his girlfriend MlyneFortier on her first character at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Rooftop piece for Plaza Walls.

Five Eight (top), Skor (middle) and Cemz (bottom) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Skor’s part in the 2016 Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

Doing Scan‘s name at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Ahuntsic.

A quick one on the left and a throw on the right.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Rosemont.

Quick bubbles by the waterside.

In Rosemont.

In Parc-Ex.

At the Projet45 DIY skatepark.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”. This was part of a prod titled Four Lokos with other members of the SIK crew.

In Rosemont.

In Côte-des-neiges.

In Côte-des-neiges.

In Ville St-Laurent.

Going big in the abandoned Transco.

In Hochelaga.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Ville St-Laurent.

In Ville St-Laurent.

In Rosemont.

A quickie at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Ville St-Laurent.

In an abandoned school.

In an abandoned school.

In Ville St-Laurent.

Boxing day piece at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Christmas season piece in Ville St-Laurent.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall; photo © Skor.

This one was designed by SIK crewmate Narc and done by Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

Up the stairs backwards in the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned school.

Giant letters in the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In Rosemont, as part of a Silver Jam actually curated by Skor, featuring 18 artists among the best in Montreal.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Back of truck done at Elementality’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival from September 2015.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

At the 2015 graffiti jam in Lachine. Seen beneath Skor is a piece by Smak.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Five Eight (top), Earth Crusher (character) and Skor (bottom) for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Seen above is an older piece by Serak.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible top right is a throw by Reabs.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Skor (left), Legal (right) with a character by Jmoe in between. This was found in Parc Ex.

In Parc-Ex.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible top right is a throw by Mr Chose.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Part of a major prod in Ahuntsic with members of the SIK and HSP crews.

In Rosemont.

Loker (left) and Skor (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In abandoned lot in Hochelaga.

In abandoned lot in Hochelaga.

A quick one in Mile End.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Over an older piece by Max at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen; also visible above is a big piece by Acro.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Seen above is a piece by Crane and above that a wheatpaste by Lovebot.

In Rosemont.

In abandoned lot in Hochelaga.

In Parc-Ex.

In a Hochelaga alley.

With Kemt on the left in an abandoned lot in eastern Montreal.

With Kemt on the right at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Hochelaga.

In an abandoned building.

In someone’s back yard in Hochelaga.


throws

In Parc-Ex.

In Parc-Ex.

In Ville St-Laurent.

In the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned school.

In Ville St-Laurent.

In the abandoned Transco.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Ville St-Laurent.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Ville St-Laurent.

In Parc-Ex.

In the abandoned Transco.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

With crewmate Tuna (left) in the abandoned Transco.

With crewmate Tuna (top left and bottom) in the abandoned Transco.

With crewmate Tuna (left) in the abandoned Transco.

In Côte des Neiges.


figurative work

Skor supplied the characters to bookend these letters by Kemt.

Transco – the big rooms

The big rooms, which presumably served as warehouse space at ground level of the Transco, were each painted in a different colour and are featured separately below.

See also:

Les grandes pièces, qui ont probablement servi d’espace d’entreposage au rez-de-chaussée de la Transco, étaient peintes chacune d’une couleur différente et sont présentées séparément dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous.

Voir aussi:


the orange room / pièce orange

General view of the orange room.

Mask

Beaf

Snok

Throws by Snok and Jaker.

Snok

Tuna

Skor

Skor throw.

Janek

Shrek; photo © Bombing Science. This was probably the first piece to get done over, by War (scroll down a bit).

Debza

Fomer

Buck

Meor

Noper

Lyfer

Algue

Ekes

Ms Teri

EK7

EK7

Serum

Arek

Arek

Eskro

Rizek

Blek

War

Another one by War.

Sapo

Sapo for SBC.

Kelen

Kube

Astro

unidentified artist


the yellow room / pièce jaune

General view of the yellow room.

A giant silver one by Skor.

Skor

Throws by Tuna (left) and Skor (right).

Tuna

Tuna

Tuna

Yep, Tuna again!

Tuna, in copper.

Shok

Shok again, different style.

Narc

Narc

A giant one by Kemt.

YesB

Serum

Serum

Meor

Arek

Neak

Rest

Home

Beo

Amigo

Vest


the green room / pièce verte

The green room lacked windows and was therefore in the near complete darkness until the demolition team made holes in the ceiling to let light in when they arrived in February 2016. Before they did, graffers and other visitors would have to cross the room in the dark when passing from the blue to the yellow rooms. The only pieces visible on this room’s walls at the time (if they had a flashlight) were the Nock and Pacer ones shown in the gallery below. The rest of the material in this room was done after light was let in, with the exception of a few pieces done in a small adjoining room which had windows and was therefore always brightly lit.

La pièce verte n’avait pas de fenêtre et se trouvait conséquemment dans la quasi-obscurité jusqu’à l’arrivée en février 2016 des équipes de démolition qui ont créé des ouvertures dans le toit pour y laisser entrer la lumière. Avant leur arrivée, les graffeurs et autres visiteurs passant de la pièce bleue à la pièce jaune devaient traverser cette pièce verte dans l’obscurité presque totale. Les seules oeuvres visibles (s’ils avaient une lampe de poche) étaient celles de Nock et Pacer présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous. Les autres oeuvres ont été créées après l’ouverture du toit, à l’exception de quelques unes se trouvant dans une petite pièce attenante avec fenêtres, donc toujours très éclairée.

General view of the green room.

One of the very first pieces done inside the Transco, by Nock.