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Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2018. 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 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2018 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 2018 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2018 street art collé
Retrospective 2018 graffiti


The 203 crew‘s wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Lyfer, Ekes, Arnold, Borrris, Flying Eric, Opire and Algue. Scroll down this gallery for some solo work by Arnold and Borrris. Lyfer, Ekes and Algue all have entries in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Above 4 photos: the 203 crew‘s wall by Borrris, Lyfer and Ekes for the 2018 Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Top photo shows the full wall, then the other three are close-ups on Borrris’ central character and Lyfer and Ekes’ letter pieces.

Add Fuel paid us a visit this year and created 2 walls, including this one found in a downtown alley.

Adida Fallen Angel spreading love in a Rosemont alley. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Above 3 photos: 3 artists – 3 styles in this “Save The Ocean” session found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel: Adida Fallen Angel, Aldarwin and Sewp. The latter artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Ankh One and Osmoze collaboration from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Ankh has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti, under ‘K6A’.

Arnold character in the Plateau. Scroll up to the first piece at the top of this page for more by Arnold.

Astro mural in Verdun.

Axe Lalime‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Axe Lalime in the South West.

Axe Lalime in the South West. There’s more by Axe down this list under ‘Dodo Osé’. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Bibi Una mural in a Plateau alley. She also has a wall in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Borrris wall in Hochelaga. Scroll up to the two 203 Crew murals at the top of this page for more by this artist.

A gorgeous wall by Danae Brissonnet between Villeray and Ahuntsic.

Jace Cantoro in the McGill ghetto.

Ruben Carrasco in St-Henri.

Ruben Carrasco in Villeray.

Cryptik‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Raphaël Dairon‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Demsky‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

A long wall by Deps in a narrow Plateau alley.

One of many owls by DMT found this year in cleverly hidden spots in the South West.

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe Lalime (cat) from a K6A & friends jam in the South West. Axe has solo entries listed under his name above and has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Dodo Osé mural in Hochelaga.

Self-portrait mural by Dodo Osé in Verdun. He also helped Fluke on his mural listed below.

Chris Dyer‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Earth Crusher in Rosemont.

Earth Crusher in the Plateau. There’s more by this artist in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Five Eight’.

Tristan Eaton‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Elfu’s part on the LTG wall at the Canettes de Ruelle.

Elfu‘s part in the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Manuel Fleury on the back of a parked abandoned truck.

Above 3 photos: full shot and 2 details of Fluke‘s homage to the Polish community in Hochelaga. He was assisted by Fonki, Five Eight and Dodo Osé. Fluke, Fonki and Five Eight also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti. Five Eight also has an entry in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Cécile Gariépy mural on a sports centre in TMR.

An alley piece by Germdee. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Germdee.

Above 5 photos: Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. The wall is quite long and the street rather narrow, hence the five close-ups above. Haks also helped Monk.e on a wall listed below, scroll down to view. Both Haks and Nemo have entries in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Hary in a Rosemeont alley.

Jest got a few mural gigs this year, this one is his biggest and best one. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Jest.

Kor in a Plateau alley.

Above 2 photos: two shots of this wall by Korb in Longueuil. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by Korb.

Nikki Küntzle in St-Michel.

Labrona created 4 pieces in the Plateau in parallel to Mural Festival, here’s one of them.

One more off-Mural piece by Labrona. He is also heavily featured in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

A gorgeous mural by Lacey and Layla done during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Lacey and Layla wall in the South West.

Mural by Kevin Ledo in Little Burgundy honouring Daisy Peterson Sweeney. For Mu.

LeMonstr participated in both Mural and Under Pressure this year, this is his contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

LeMonstr also participated in the Canettes de Ruelle block party in a Rosemont alley.

LP Montoya mural in Petite-Patrie.

LSNR participated in both Mural and Under Pressure this year, this is his contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

LSNR mural piece in a Rosemont alley for the Canettes de Ruelle production. This artist has also made it into both the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti and the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Above 2 photos: Mu invited German artist Case Maclaim to paint in Montreal this year. His long wall (shown here over 2 shots) is found in St-Henri.

The Mad Rats‘ contribution to the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by this duo, together under ‘Mad Rats’ and in solo under ‘Boporc’ and ‘Gaulois’.

Maliciouz‘s beautiful piece in Mile End.

Maliciouz‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mastrocola and Melsa Montagne collaboration in the Plateau.

Mateo‘s tribute to Hubert Reeves in a Rosemont alley, for Ashop.

Above 2 photos: full shot and close-up of a mural by Mateo in Villeray.

Christina Mazzulla and Willy Wales for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mu invited Italian artist Millo to paint this rooftop wall in the Plateau.

Australian artist Miser spent six months in Montreal this past year, he did a lot of graffiti and painted 2 big murals including this one in Ville-Marie.

An awesome mural by Miser in a Plateau alley.

Above 2 photos: front and lateral shots of a wall by Monk.e on a South West high school. Assistance by Haks and Jimmy Baptiste. Haks has more work in this list, above under his name. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Monk.e mural in Mercier.

Monk.e‘s tribute to New Orleans jazz in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e on the wall of a school in Ville St-Laurent. Monk.e is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under his own name as well as under ‘K6A’.

Mono Sourcil’s contribution to a K6A & friends production in the South West.

Above 2 photos: full shot and 2 close-ups of this corner piece by Mono Sourcil in the Plateau. She also has an entry in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

M’Os Geez‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 2 photos: MSHL, SBU One and Naimo collaboration on this truck painted while the 2018 edition of Mural Festival took place. Scroll down for more by SBU One, and have a look at the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by both SBU One and Naimo.

MSHL‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Paynt and Hozek collaboration in a Rosemont alley.

Above 2 photos: collaboration between Paynt (top right), Hozek (bottom left), Sepan (top left), Magic (bottom right) and Gost (bottom middle) for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. I’m including a close-up on Magic’s part because it is less visible in the full shot.

Poni and Cyrielle Tremblay collaboration for the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Alex Produkt‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 2 photos: full shot and close-up of a long Emily Read mural celebrating the Peregrine Falcon in Petite-Patrie.

Above 5 photos: full shot and 4 close-ups on a long Emily Read mural celebrating the Alpine Ibex in Petite-Patrie.

Michael Reeder‘s fantastic mural from this past year’s edition of Mural Festival.

Rouks‘ beautiful contribution to Estival de Canes 2018. Rouks also does graffiti and has made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Royal and Crane‘s collaborative tribute to Skizo and Cons, 2 graffiti artists who have passed away in the past few years. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by both these artists.

Saner‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

SBU One‘s participation in the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

SBU One on a garage door in Hochelaga. Scroll up this gallery to ‘MSHL’ for more by SBU. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: two full shots and a close-up on Scribe and Tchug‘s collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Unsurprisingly, Scribe is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Smithe‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. There’s more by Smithe in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Demsky’.

A beautiful collaboration between Snikr (figurative) and Rekal (letters) in a Plateau alley. There is more by these artists in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Rekal’ as well as under ‘Fleo’ and ‘K6A’.

This Mu mural found downtown is a tribute to Alanis Obomsawin. It was designed by Mekyoh and done by a collective of artists under the direction of Rafael Sottoclichio.

Above 2 photos: two different angles of Swarm‘s contribution to the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Swarm is an active wheatpaster, check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more of her work.

Nick Sweetman‘s off-Mural piece in a central graffiti alley.

Nick Sweetman (wasp) and Dré (letters) side by side in a central graffiti alley.

Tava in Petite-Patrie.

Tava and Wizard Skull collaboration in Petite-Patrie.

One more Tava and Wizard Skull collaboration in Petite-Patrie.

Tone stencil near Griffintown.

Vean Psilocybe mural in Ville-Marie

Above 3 photos: full shot and two close-ups on Waxhead‘s huge contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Waxhead‘s part in the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Waxhead.

Benny Wilding‘s tribute to Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Cemz’ for some letter pieces by this artist.

Above 5 photos: five shots of Zek‘s work around this park building in Ville St-Laurent. Unsurprisingly, Zek is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

This beautiful Hochelaga wall by an unidentified artist was finally completed in 2018. The left half dates back a few years, but the right half was done in 2018.

Retrospective of 2017 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2017. 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 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2017 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2017 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 2017 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Rétrospective 2017 street art collé
Rétrospective 2017 graffiti


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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Scaner’ and ‘Soten’).

Borrris and Arnold collaboration in the Plateau. The two of them have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Earth Crusher for Ashop, 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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

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

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins in St-Michel.

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