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Scan You Rock tribute wall

For about a week during the month of September 2018, nearly 100 writers and artists converged onto Cabot street in the South West of Montreal for the creation of a huge mural celebrating the graffiti writer and artist Scaner who had passed away a year earlier following a 8-year battle with cancer.

The 675 m2 (7250 sq. foot) mural is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, and features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime. It was done on one of the two walls which had served as the canvas for the Scan You Rock mega-production 16 months earlier, a huge tribute to Scaner put together by his friends when they found out that he only had a short time left to live. Scaner’s own piece in the latter production was salvaged and has been integrated into the new mural which was designed around it. Barcelona artist and 4S crewmate Harry Bones created a Scaner-inspired character looming over the piece, and nearly a hundred of Scaner’s fellow writers and artists from Montreal and around the world filled the letters of his name with their own name pieces. Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime created the end character, a clock reminding us that Time Is Gold.

The creation of the mural was organised by Scaner’s wife Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers and his friend Philémon (through the non-profit organization Mr CanDo) and made possible through the generous contribution of donors who thus helped pay for the rental of aerial work platforms, scaffoldings and safety equipment as well as the purchase of paint and the transportation of artists.

A tribute of this scale was unheard of in the world of graffiti and urban art before this. It is a testament to the love and respect that Scaner commanded from his peers, in Montreal and elsewhere in the world. The new mural is seen everyday by thousands of commuters on the Turcot Interchange, and photos and videos of it and its making have made it around the world through social media, cementing Scan’s place in local and international art and graffiti history.

The gallery below features photos of the complete wall as well as close-ups on various sections, including credits for all the artists involved. A few names are missing, any input is welcome.

Pendant 7 jours en septembre 2018, une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes se sont rendus sur la rue Cabot dans le sud-ouest de Montréal pour la création d’une immense murale en hommage au graffeur et artiste montréalais Scaner, pour le premier anniversaire de son décès suite à une bataille de 8 ans contre le cancer.

La murale de 675 m2 (7250 pieds carrés) est une création de ses amis graffeurs Zek (qui a dessiné les lettres) et Stare, et inclut des personnages par Harry Bones et Axe Lalime. Elle a été créée sur un des deux murs qui, 16 mois plus tôt, avaient servi de canevas pour la mega-production Scan You Rock, un immense hommage à Scaner organisé par ses amis lorsque la communauté a appris qu’il ne lui restait plus que quelques temps à vivre. La contribution de Scaner dans cette production a été préservée et intégrée dans la nouvelle murale. L’artiste barcelonais et crewmate en 4S Harry Bones a créé un immense personnage inspiré par Scaner et une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes de Montréal et d’ailleurs ont rempli les lettres de son nom avec leur propre pièce. Axe Lalime, qui faisait aussi partie du crew DA avec Scan, a créé le personnage au bout du mur, un réveil nous rappelant que le temps est précieux (Time Is Gold).

La création de la murale a été organisée par la conjointe de Scaner, Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers, et le bon ami de Scan Philémon (via l’OBNL Mr CanDo) et rendue possible grâce à la généreuse contribution de donateurs qui ont ainsi aidé à payer pour la location de plate-formes mobiles, des échafaudages et des équipements de sécurité ainsi que pour l’achat de la peinture et le transports d’artistes.

Il n’y a jamais eu d’hommage de cette ordre avant celui-ci dans le monde du graffiti et de l’art urbain en général. Ceci témoigne de l’amour et du respect que Scaner a inspiré chez ses pairs, qu’ils soient à Montréal ou à l’étranger. La nouvelle murale est vue chaque jours par les milliers de gens qui utilisent l’échangeur Turcot, et des photos et des vidéos de celle-ci et de sa création ont fait le tour du monde via les médias sociaux. Ainsi Scaner prend tranquillement la place qu’il mérite dans l’histoire artistique de notre ville et du milieu du graffiti.

La galerie ci-dessous présente des photos du mur complet ainsi que quelques gros plans sur ses sections, incluant des crédits pour tous les artistes qui y ont contribué. Quelques nom y manquent, vous êtes invités à combler ces lacunes en m’écrivant.


The complete wall. Scroll down for close-ups on the wall’s different sections. Click to view image in bigger size.

Close-up on Harry Bones‘ contribution around Scaner‘s own piece salvaged from the Scan You Rock production from April 2017 (a few months before he passed away). Harry Bones was Scan’s crewmate in the 4S crew.

Close-up on the S. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Hoacs, Eskae
row 2: Risk, Sober, unidentified
row 3: Sear, Musa, Kemr
row 4: Skor, Roachi, Trace, Zema
row 5: unidentified, Morz, Kay (Scan’s wife), Vect, Jarus (partial)
row 6: Jat?, Narc, Sewk, Shok, unidentified

Close-up on the C. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: unidentified
row 2: Hyke, someone writing Jays
row 3: Smak, Fonki
row 4: Zema, Koal, Sewer
row 5: Jarus, Dige?, Nixon
row 6: Her?, Kers

Close-up on the A. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: someone writing Dock, Dré aka Earth Crusher
row 2: Arek, RCH
row 3: Senck, Block, Atwz
row 4: Sower, Tchug, Astro, Pask
row 5: Serak, Fomer, Zek (starts inside door recess), Dodo Osé, Nesar (partial)
row 6: Kwun, Mersh, Maysr (inside door recess), Fuser, Probe?

Close-up on the N. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Pito, Tens, Axe Lalime, Pic Paquette, 123Klan, Jaber
row 2: unidentified, Some, Ewol?, Killa EF, unidentified, Fluke, Stare, Ware
row 3: Jaker, Kevin Ledo, unidentified, Tuna, Five Eight, Cemz, F.One
row 4: Legal, Acek?, Peace, unidentified, unidentified, Hsix
row 5: Sage, Guko, unidentified, Casp
row 6: Kemt, Rysk, Loes, Fleo, Maysr?

Close-up on the end section showing a clock character by Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime. Artists in the fill are:
row 2: Ware, Soma
row 3: F.One (partial), Oper, Aper
row 4: Hsix, Otak
row 5: Snipes

Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best murals and other painted street art pieces of 2017 in Montreal. 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 ceations, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few very popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 75 pasted street art of 2017
Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2017 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées mais surtout celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2017 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 75 collages street art de 2017
Top 200 pièces graffitis de 2017


1010‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Adida Fallen Angel‘s contribution to the Alley Cats prod in Rosemont.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white discs over the mural spell out the word MULTICULTUREL. Scroll down for more by Benny Wilding under his name and more by Ankh One under ‘Monk.e’. Both artists have also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (Benny Wilding is found there under ‘Cemz’).

Astro‘s tribute to Scaner at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
(Also visible above is an older piece by Kare)

Astro in a Rosemont alley.

Axe‘s front wall for the RDV production which he curated in the Plateau.

A tribute to Scaner by Axe in the South West.

Axe piece in the South West. Scroll down for more by Axe under ‘Dodo Osé’ and under ‘K6A’. He has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

MC Baldassari and Aude Maeva for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Birdcap in Petite-Patrie.

Elizabeth Blancas from the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices.

Bonar in Petite-Patrie.

Bonar in Rosemont. Scroll down for more by Bonar below under ‘Opire’.

Harry Bones in upper Plateau.

Harry Bones in Rosemont.

Harry Bones at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Harry Bones‘ contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod. Harry Bones has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (under ‘Scaner’ and ‘Soten’).

Borrris and Arnold collaboration in the Plateau. The two of them have also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (under ‘203’).

A collaboration between Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri. See below for 2 close-ups.

Close-up of the above long wall by Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri.

Close-up of the above long wall by Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri.

Botkin wall in Verdun, for Mu.

Jessica Canard and Dayna Danger for the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices in St-Henri.

Ricardo Cavolo‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

A beautiful piece in the plateau by Tel Aviv’s Dede.

Dodo Osé‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Dodo Osé in Ville St-Laurent.

Dodo Osé and Axe collaboration in the South West. Scroll down for more by those two below under ‘K6A’. There’s also more Axe in solo above, under his name. Both artists have also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Earth Crusher for A’Shop, downtown Montreal.

Earth Crusher from the RDV prod curated by Axe.

Elfu on truck side.

The most photographed mural in Montreal in 2017 is also the city’s biggest one ever. This is El Mac and Gene Pendon‘s tribute to Leonard Cohen downtown Montreal. Produced by Mu.

Ron English‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

2017 was a great year for Fluke. This mural is on a St-Michel school.

Tribute to Bad News Brown by Fluke in the Quartier des Spectacles.

Fluke‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival is a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Flying Eric in a Rosemont alley.

Flying Eric on an abandoned Plateau house.

Germdee at Plaza Walls.

Germdee in a Plateau alley. Germdee also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Mono Gonzalez in Villeray.

Above 3 photos: Mono Gonzalez over 3 sides of a Rosemont park building.

Gwan (left) and Eric Williams (right) in the Akira’s Alley prod. Gwan also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Li-Hill‘s painted installation for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. See below for close-ups.

Close-up of Li-Hill‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Closer-up of Li-Hill‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Hsix‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod. Hsix also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Everyone knows about the 2 huge tributes to Leonard Cohen by Kevin Ledo and El Mac+Gene Pendon. This one by Jee is much smaller in scale but still a great piece of art!

Jest in a central Montreal alley. Scroll down for more by Jest, under ‘Sloast’.

Jonathan Bergeron aka Johnny Crap in Hochelaga.

K6A‘s wall at the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstieOne. See below for 2 close-ups. There’s more by Axe, Dodo Osé and Monk.e in this yearly list under their respective names. The latter three as well as Fleo and Serak have also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Close-up of the above K6A wall for the Festival de Canes.

Another close-up of the above K6A wall for the Festival de Canes.

Kor (cat) and Hoar (letters) in a Rosemont alley. Hoar has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Kor‘s part in the Alley Cats production in a Rosemont alley which he curated.

Korb over a background by Axe in the RDV production curated by the latter artist. Korb has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Above 2 photos: a segment of the Akira Alley prod in a Plateau alley, featuring
first photo: Labrona (left), Futur Lasor Now (middle) and Andy Dass (top right)
second photo: Cryote (left and bottom right) and Waxhead (door, around door and top right). Scroll down for more by the latter two artists under ‘Waxhead’. There’s also more by Waxhead under ‘SBU One’. Labrona, Futur Lasor Now and Waxhead also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Labrona redid the base of one of his classic Plateau murals.

Kevin Ledo‘s huge tribute to Leonard Cohen from the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Loyal in Rosemont.

Mad C‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Mastrocola in a Plateau alley. Notice the garbage container in camouflage.

Mastrocola in the Plateau.

A long Mateo mural at the Marché Jean-Talon.

Mateo‘s tribute to Denise Pelletier in Centre-Sud, produced by Mu.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up to Ankh One’s name for more by this artist. Monk.e and Ankh One have also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Monk.e‘s solo contribution for the Festival de Canes in Longueuil. He also participated in the K6A crew mural next to his, scroll up this list to ‘K6A’ to view.

Monk.e mural in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Mono Sourcil‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. See below for close-ups in three segments.

Segment 1/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Segment 2/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Segment 3/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Mono Sourcil in a Rosemont alley. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Nelio mural for Mu in St-Henri.

Onur‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival, in Chinatown. This one was painted with blacklight-sensitive paint, see nighttime shots of it on the artist’s webpage.

Opire and Bonar collaboration on the wall of a Plateau house awaiting demolition. Scroll up to Bonar’s name for some solo work by this artist in this yearly rundown. Opire has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (under ‘203’).

Paynt in a Rosemont alley.

Paynt in a Rosemont alley.

Le Renard Fou at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Le Renard Fou also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel for the year’s final Sinojam.

Above 2 photos: Rouks‘ part in a collaboration mural with Monk.e on letters. The whole mural has made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Jessica Sabogal for the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices in St-Henri.

Ruben Sanchez‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

SBU One‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

2017 was a busy year for SBU One. Click to zoom in on this long alley piece found in Rosemont.

SBU One on a Plateau house.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) collaboration in a Rosemont alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ and up to ‘Labrona’ for more work by Waxhead in this yearly list. The latter artist also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

Scribe‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scribe has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Off-Muralfest piece by Secret in a central back alley.

Seork piece in Rosemont.

Seork at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sloast and Jest collaboration on a Plateau garage door. Scroll up to Jest’s name in this list for some solo work by this artist. Sloast also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Striker‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Taka Sudo in St-Henri.

Tchekon in a Plateau alley, echoing the theme of a less-abstract mural of his found nearby.

Tiburon‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Turf One aka Jean Labourdette in a central Montreal alley, for Art Gang.

Stefan Vandal business front in Hochelaga.

We were spoiled in 2017 to have had great artist Vhils accept an invitation from Art Gang. Vhils has this unique and recognizable approach in which he first paints his piece, then etches/chisels out the painted areas, leaving a textured relief mural.

One of Ware’s contribution to the Time Is Gold prod, Scaner‘s last before he passed away.

Waxhead and Cryote‘s great collaboration in the Plateau.

Waxhead and Cryote‘s joint collaboration for the Alley Cats prod in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Labrona’ above for more work by these 2 artists. There’s also more Waxhead above under ‘SBU One’ as well as in the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

WhatIsAdam in Mile-Ex.

Benny Wilding‘s figurative segment on a long wall tribute to Scaner (also involving Stare and Zek – not pictured here).

Benny Wilding‘s nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert. He has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins in St-Michel.

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, was at the time 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.

Scribe

SBU One

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

Mort

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

Snikr

Naveen Shakil

Flavor

IAmBatman

LeylaIsOnFire

Aless MC aka Angler Fish

Djibril M-P and Camille Perreault

Thomas Bertrand aka Totoscope

Emotwink

Franco E

Joffré Roy-b

Nicholas Bertrand

Paulie Heart

Picamag

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

Peack109


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.


other

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.

Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best murals and other painted street art pieces of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 ceations, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 collages street art de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


Phillip Adams‘ annual mural for les Habitations Jeanne-Mance, produced by Mu.

The Art Gang‘s Snipes at Plaza Walls.

Another one by Art Gang aka the AG Crew, this one produced before Plaza Walls. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by the AG Crew.

Akuma One and Korb mural in Villeray. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by these two Crazy Apes.

Huge mural by Algue and Opire at Plaza Walls.

Two sides of a municipal building in the Port of Montreal by Ankh One for A’Shop.

Ankh One and Fluke in Hochelaga. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’ and ‘Zek’) for more from Fluke.

Ankh One and Shadow‘s contribution to a huge A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production further down this list under ‘Five Eight’ and ‘Fonki’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘A’Shop’ and under ‘Shadow’) for more by these two artists.

Apok in Rosemont.

Apok around letters by Eskro at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. Eskro has made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Astred Collective mural in Pointe St-Charles, featuring Eskro (letters) and Apok (figurative).

Astro in Petite-Patrie. This was on the Plaza Walls programme despite not being in the Plaza St-Hubert immediate neighbourhood.

(Two photos above) Two angles of these Plateau schoolyard sheds done by Astro at the beginning of the summer.

(Three photos above) This long wall on the side of a Hochelaga daycare was made more cheerful by Astro.

The side wall of this Taichi studio in Ahuntsic was embellished with this beautiful piece by Axe and Awe. Another bit by Axe on the right was from earlier than 2016. Monk.e also participated to this mural (he’s on the left), but his entries in this Top 100 are featured below under his name and Tiburon’s. Both Axe and Awe have made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016, Axe under his own name, ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’; Awe under his own name and ‘Lyfer’.

Axe on a tin covered wall at Plaza Walls.

This is Jonathan Bergeron‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Bik Ismo was a last minute addition to the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival and produced one of the most loved walls this year.

A small but fascinating piece by Biko in an obscure spot beneath an overpass. Check the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016 for more by Biko.

A garage door by Bosny in Plateau End.

This is a collaborative mural between Bosny and Koal for Plaza Walls. If you look closely, you’ll see that the white shapes are very stylized letters making the names of the two artists (Koal, then Bosny). Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by these two.

Botkin came up with 10 sidewalk pieces for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. Three of these have made this Top 100, this one and the two below.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration between Luc Bouchard (background) and Haks (robots) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for one more mural by Haks. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Haks.

This is another mural by Luc Bouchard near the one above, but he’s solo on this one.

The internationally reknowned Buff Monster was on the programme of the Mural Festival this past year.

(Above two photos) Clandestinos, the duo of Shalak and Bruno Smoky, paid us a quick visit at the end of the summer and left us the two sides of this Rosemont park container.

Cryote had a busy year in 2016. This unofficial creation was found on sliding doors at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

It was the year of the dog in Montreal street art in 2016, in big part because of a controversial by-law banning pitbulls and other related breeds. Cryote is one of many artists who took the paintbrush and spraycan in protest of this cruel decision that will eventually lead to the euthanasia of many harmless dogs.

Cryote (central figures) and Waxhead (leafy figures and door) in a Mile End alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ for more by these two artists.

Melissa del Pinto was commissioned by Mu for this beautiful piece on the wall of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new pavilion.

There were a lot of famous international names from the street art circuit on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, including that of D*Face.

Dodo Osé‘s star took a leap in 2016; this little masterpiece in a Hochelaga alley is just one of many great works the artist produced this past year.

Dodo Osé also came up with this beautiful downtown tribute to his native city of Lyon.

Another Dodo Osé entry in this Top 100, this one was done in St-Henri. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’) for more by this artist.

Off-Mural Festival work by Earth Crusher. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Earth Crusher (under ‘Five Eight’).

Elfu makes this yearly roundup with this funny Oktoberfest piece. Next to it are letters by his POM crewmate EK Sept. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by those two, under ‘POM’.

This past year we were finally treated to a proper mural by Ella & Pitr. The duo had in the past produced a number of great pieces in Montreal, but these were always on roofs and parking spaces, therefore only visible to people flying above and could only be photographed with the help of a drone.

There were a lot of big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, but Montreal is home to a lot of great talent and local artist Five Eight produced one of this year’s most loved murals. Have a look at the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by this artist/writer.

Five Eight and Rouks collaborated on this segment of a huge project put together by A’Shop in NDG. More from this A’Shop production above under ‘Ankh One’ and below under ‘Fonki’. Scroll down for more great collaborative work by Rouks.

This is Fonki‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

There were a log of dogs in Montreal street art in 2016, partly because of that anti-pitbull by-law, but also because two big murals were commissioned by owners in tribute to their dogs who had passed away. This is the one done by Fonki, scroll down to Kevin Ledo for the other one.

Fonki also collaborated with Ms Teri on a segment of a mega A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production above under ‘Ankh One’ and ‘Five Eight’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Ms Teri.

A street art hotspot in a Mile End alley was completely redone in 2016 following construction on some of its walls. This one by Gawd is one of the new pieces found there.

Gawd (right) and Labrona (left) also make this Top 100 with this unofficial combo on the wall of an abandoned building in Mercier. Scroll down for more work by these two, under ‘Labrona’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Germdee is a new big addition to the local street art scene. He started being active late spring and within a few months he produced an impressive number of pieces in Plateau/Mile End alleys and beyond. His impact on the local scene is also felt through the numerous collaborations and productions he put together with many fellow artists and crewmates.

Some off-Mural Festival work by Carly and Nick Gregson.

Thanks to the buzz created by the Plaza Walls event this summer, Haks managed to get this commission from a Plaza St-Hubert business, his largest solo work to date. Scroll up for more by Haks under ‘Luc Bouchard’. Haks also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

French artist Hobz paid us a visit during the summer and this Plaza Walls creation is one of the two major pieces he left us before heading back home.

Hobz‘s other production during his stay in Montreal also made this yearly Top 100.

HoarKor aka HRKR were the ones commissioned to redo the terrasse wall of the Foufounes Electriques during this year’s Under Pressure Festival.

Another big project this past year for HRKR was the front wall of this Plateau bar. The duo have also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Hsix hit a double whammy, he was on the programme of both the Mural Festival and Under Pressure this year. This is his contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Besides contributing to this city’s two major international street art and graffiti events this year, Hsix also contributed to Plaza Walls with this much noticed piece.

The front wall of this Plateau bookstore was redone by Hsix this past year.

One of the bigger walls of the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (character on the left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top letters), all tied together by Monk.e. Scroll down for more by Monk.e and Sermob under ‘Monk.e’, and more Sermob under his own name.

Here is Klone Yourself‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (animals) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Gawd’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Kevin Ledo was commissioned to produce this beautiful tall mural on Décarie as a tribute to someone’s deceased dog. The small piece at the base is an older one by John Kaye.

This is Kevin Ledo‘s tribute to local comedian/actress Janine Sutto. The mural was commissioned by Mu and is found in Centre-Sud.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls this autumn was to witness the creation of this beautiful mural by El Mac.

Mateo‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This is Mateo on the side wall of a church in Petite-Patrie. Mateo also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

A brilliant mural piece by MC Baldassari in a Plateau alley.

(Two photos above) MC Baldassari (top photo) and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine (bottom photo) set of garage doors in the Plateau.

Meggs‘ sponsored wall for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Some great work by Monk.e on the tin-covered side of a garage at Plaza Walls. More Monk.e can be found in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post, under ‘A’Shop’.

(Three photos above) Monk.e was commissioned to embellish a number of city park containers this summer. This one stands out of the lot, in huge part because of the striking feline stare on its front (top photo). The two other shots are views of the sides and back.

Monk.e hosted Mexican artist Sermob for a few months during the summer and together they gave this K6A wall in Hochelaga its annual makeover. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Hsix’. Monk.e is also featured in a collaboration with Tibuton further down this list.

This is Mono Sourcil on the side of a Plateau café. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Mono Sourcil in a Plateau End alley which was completely taken over this past summer under the supervision of Germdee. Visible in the background is a piece by Wzrds Gng.

Portrait of Gaston Miron by Omen on a wall of a Montreal Nord school. Bottom part is preemptive damage control by the artist himself.

This striking Julian Palma mural was commissioned by Mu for the 35th anniversary of the Montreal Alzheimer’s Society.

Another one of the big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival was Pantone‘s.

Mural in Petite-Patrie by La Parade (MngeLeKrak / Ludo Mio)

An eerie one from the mind of Alex Produkt.

This is a brilliant collaboration between Rouks (woman) and Lapin (head dress) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. If you look closely, you’ll see that the feathers on the woman’s headdress are actually graffiti letters by Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae (bottom feather). Also visible in this shot are pieces by Sirvis (above) and Cole (bottom right).

SBU One in Petite-Patrie.

SBU One in the Plateau. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls is this huge mural by Sen2 Figueroa which was created in parallel to a show of his work at the Art Gang gallery.

Sermob and Naimo collaboration in the Plateau. More by Sermob above under ‘Hsix’ and ‘Monk.e’. Naimo has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Skor proved this year that he is more than just a brilliant writer. His first figurative piece (other than cartoon characters with his graffiti burners) is this impressive portrait of his grandfather on the anniversary of his passing away. Check out the full piece including letters by himself and crewmate Narc. Skor also has four entries in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Stela on a Rosemont wall.

Tava in Griffintown for the Montreal Heart Institute.

This tribute to the Goonies movie by Tchekon struck a nostalgic nerve with a lot of people this past summer.

(Two photos above) These two pieces by Tchug are part of a Hochelaga mural with Zek and Stare (check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for the parts of the latter two writers).

Tchug in Rosemont.

Tchug’s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (background) truck side collaboration. Scroll up for more by Monk.e under his name and under ‘Hsix’.

Tiburón‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

(Three photos above) Three entomological pieces by Tone. Click on images to zoom in and appreciate all the intricate details of the wings.

Turf One is one of the artists who took the brush and spraycan this past year in protest against the city’s ban on pitbulls and other related breeds. This huge mural was done for Plaza Walls.

Here’s another protest piece by Turf One, this one commissioned by the SPCA who were also against the city’s cruel pitbull by-law.

Turtle Caps on a Plateau alley garage door.

The production of the year (excluding festival-related ones) is without a doubt the one curated by Waxhead and Cryote on the wall of a Plateau End youth center. This shot shows one of the production’s three walls, it brings together Waxhead (2 cats, foliage), Cryote (pink dog and blue dog head), Peru143 (yellow letters), Meor (beneath pink dog), Gets (green letters), Pound Puppy (dog bottom right) and Mole Patrol (bottom left). Scroll up for more by Waxhead and Cryote under the latter artist’s name. Meor has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Waxhead on a sliding door at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Waxhead on a Plateau door. Waxhead also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

XRAY‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. XRAY also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Zek in Montreal West. Zek has obviously also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015

This image gallery brings together my 100 favourite murals and other painted pieces of 2015. It was already difficult selecting 100 works, it is impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from my very favourite artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2015
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015

Cette galerie-photo présente mes 100 murales et autres pièces peintes préférées de 2015. C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je ne suis pas en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par mes artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 pièces collées de 2015
Top 100 graffitis de 2015


Family portrait in Plateau back alley featuring Shalak, Botkin, Kevin Ledo, Chris Dyer, Bruno Smoky, Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Linsey Levendall, Marina Capdevila, Labrona, Waxhead and Dave Todaro. Most of these artists have their own solo pieces in this year end list, scroll down to check them out. Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Labrona and Waxhead have also placed work into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

Collective work featuring Waxhead (left and bottom right corner), Turtle Caps (above ladder), Futur Lasor Now (above door), Deadliest Rosa (middle bottom), Loks (right) and El Moot Moot (right wall).This can be seen in this alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Waxhead and El Moot Moot have solo painted pieces below in this list. Waxhead, Turtle Caps, Futur Lasor Now and Loks have also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

2Alas‘ contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

2Alas also gave us this piece whilst in town around Mural Festival.

A new year also brings a new wall by Phillips Adams at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance. This may actually be his best one so far.

By the AG Crew in Petite-Patrie. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 for a piece by the AG Crew’s Snipe.

Alber left a few masterpieces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen during his stay in Montreal last summer.

Another one by Alber (bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

One of the great new names on the streets this year was Apok from the Astred Collective. This piece, the first I ever encountered by Apok, was found at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Another one by Apok. The fascinating thing about this artist, besides being obviously incredibly talented, is that he does figurative work but still operates in the usual graffiti spots. As far as I know most if not all of his street work so far has been done alongside that of graffiti artist Eskro (see Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015).

Another masterpiece by Apok, this one in the abandoned Transco.

Apok at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Above two walls: Astro‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Plateau park container by Astro.

Above are the four sides of another Plateau park container by Astro.

Astro doing it for the kids even where kids don’t hang out, in this case the abandoned Transco. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 for more by Astro.

Axe in the Old Port on a K6A commissioned wall. See K6A below for more by Axe.

Bicicleta Sem Freio‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Birdo for that ill-fated August edition of the Chromatic block parties. Unfortunately this piece was vandalised within hours of completion, so this image is © Birdo.

Besides this painted piece in the abandoned Transco, Borrris has also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 with some wheatpastes.

Botkin‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

Bird mural by Cens in this delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps. Cens has also placed a piece in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015. Also visible in this photo is a door by Labrona which incidentally also made it into this year-end list. Scroll down to Labrona below to see it in full size.

Four above: Crazy Apes wall produced during the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. From left to right this wall features
photo 1: Narc and Lith
photo 2: Korb and Narc
photo 3: Kred, Akuma One and Narc
photo 4: Crane, Korb and Fezat.
Narc, Korb and Crane have also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with some other work.

Tribute by Dare to the deceased Bore.

Melissa Del Pinto‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Mural by FelixDTK and MiguelDTK with pieces by Pask and Koal at the bottom, in Little Italy. Pask has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with something else.

Chris Dyer repaired and modified his piece (left) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark (click on latter link to see the earlier piece). His brother Peru143 filled the space to his right.

Chris Dyer (left), his brother Peru143 (top right) and MSHL (bottom right). Chris’ part was started during the June Chromatic block party, and the whole thing was finished with Peru and MSHL a short while after.

Earth Crusher‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival, representing A’Shop.

Earth Crusher for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Elfu at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. The piece to his right is by EK Sept who has made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with a different piece.

El Moot Moot and Waxhead on a garage door in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Scroll down this list for more by Waxhead.

Next to the above in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark is this other garage door featuring El Moot Moot alone.

Two adjacent walls by Epos, Fler and Crak in a Plateau alley

One of the best murals of the year is this huge one done over the summer by Five Eight in the Plateau.

Whilst in town early last summer, Grominator left this piece in Rosemont.

Another early summer production by Grominator, this time in the South West. Also visible at the bottom is a piece by Pask.

This building on Savoie was painted by Les Hommes De Lettres to look like a stack of books. The wall beneath the building was done by the same artists last year.

This huge mural by Hoarkor was produced late summer in a Petite-Patrie alley. Click on image to expand and better appreciate details and size.

Jaz‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

The main mural of the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival was this tribute to festival founder Sterling Downey. By K6A, featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon, etc. Check out Fleo’s entries in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 list.

This K6A wall in HoMa gets redone every summer by Axe and Monk.e. This is the 2015 creation. Scroll up and down for more by Axe and Monk.e in this year end list.

Knorke Leaf in a delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps.

This garage door on St-Laurent was done off -Mural Festival by Labrona and