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Montreal Hippodrome – main building

Unlike its various stables, the main building of the Montreal Hippodrome was accessible to graffers and urban explorers only for about 3 to 4 weeks in March 2018. Prior to that the spot was kept off-limits by security, and after that the whole site was fenced in ahead of the planned demolition.

Only a selection of what I have photographed is presented here. For clarity’s sake I am showing only the more elaborate pieces. What was created on the last sunday before the fence went up is missing from the retrospective below as I was unable to get back inside to photograph it.

See also:

  • Montreal Hippodrome – the general information page
  • the 2 saddling stables (to be published soon)
    (where the horses are brought for preparation before racing)
  • the 6 regular stables (to be published soon)
    (where the horses are kept in stable boxes when not racing)

Contrairement à ses diverses écuries, l’édifice principal de l’Hippodrome de Montréal n’a été accessible pour les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains que pour une durée de 3 à 4 semaines en mars 2018. Avant cette date la sécurité était très stricte autour de l’édifice, et à la fin de mars 2018 le site complet de l’Hippodrome a été entouré d’une clôture en vue de la démolition.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous n’inclut que les pièces les plus élaborées que j’ai eu la chance de photographier. De plus, ce qui a été créé au cours du dernier dimanche avant l’érection de la cloture autour du site n’y figure pas puisque l’accès y a été coupé et je n’ai pas pu y retourner pour les photos.

Voir aussi:


bleachers, upper deck

General view of the main building’s upper deck.


the back row

Naimo

Scribe

Shok

Sewk

Deep

Tans

Bloei

Resno

Sker

Sapoe

Naimo

Lozek


the middle row

Yema

Resok

Myrage

Sewk

Arek

Shok

Shok

Arek

Sewk

Serum

Owk

Algue

Sekel

Nor


the access corridors

Fokus

Daym

Wase?

Deaf

Ason

bleachers, lower deck

There wasn’t much wall space on the lower deck, hence very little graffiti was done here.

Il y avait très peu d’espace mural à la galerie inférieure, donc très peu d’oeuvres y ont été créées.

Eskro

Algue

Serum

bar/restaurant deck

The Western half of the main building had a bar/restaurant area with view over the tracks. Instead of bleachers, this section had counters and tables for patrons to eat, drink and mingle.

L’aile ouest de l’édifice principal incluait un bar/resto avec vue sur la piste de course. Au lieu de sièges, cette section était composée de comptoirs et tables pour que les clients puissent manger, boire et socialiser.

Eskro

Lyfer

Ekes

Shok

Shok

Shok

Micer

Deep

Ekes

Ekes

Ekes

Kbron

Noper

Psycho

Rescue

Sapoe

various rooms, offices, etc

Algue

Ason

Javx

Leys

Eskro

Pask

Bosny

Arek

Myrage

Myrage

Nybar

staircases

Shok

Arek

Fokus

Sker

corridors

Eskro

Scribe

Naimo

Naimo

Shok

Naimo

Scribe

Naimo

Scribe

Shok

Sewk

Arek

Nor

Algue

Myrage

Naimo

Naimo

Arek

Arek

Royal

Ekes

Borrris

Gnar

Deaf

Deep

Noper

Ekes

Ekes

Fokus

Fokus

Flesh

G.nius

Kbron

Neak

Noper

Psycho

on the roof

Algue and Ekes representing the 203 crew.

Ekes

Lyfer

Sapoe

Ason

Deep

outside

Lyfer, with tag from Snob top right.

Ekes

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.

Naimo

Naimo is mostly known for his graffiti work but he also does some figurative murals, as seen in the image gallery below. He represents both the 203 Crew and Underdogs. To see more from this artist than what I am showing here, check out his Facebook page as well as his two Instagram accounts, one for his graffiti and one for his figurative work.

Naimo est surtout reconnu pour son art lettré (graffiti) mais, tel que visible dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous, il prend aussi des commandes pour des murales figuratives. Pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil à sa page Facebook ainsi qu’à ses deux pages Instagram, une pour son graffiti et une pour son travail figuratif.


graffiti pieces

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate 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 approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In a dark tunnel.

In a dark tunnel.

In a dark tunnel.

In a dark tunnel.

In a dark tunnel.

In an abandoned building.

In a Hochelaga alley.

In the basement of an abandoned industrial building.

In an abandoned building.

Tribute to Rekal and Snikr, in an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

Back of truck for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

In Hochelaga. A making-of video of this piece can be viewed here.

Going wildstyle in Petite-Patrie.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

Abstract graffiti piece found in Hochelaga.

Found under a bridge.

In Rosemont.

In Mile-Ex.

Off-Mural 2018.

In the Plateau.

On an abandoned building in Côte St-Paul.

From a K6A & friends jam in the South West.

This Plateau wall is actually a graff/figurative combo.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Pointe St-Charles.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

On a 203 Crew wall in Hochelaga.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Naimo and Ason in the Plateau.

On a 203 Crew wall in Hochelaga.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Snok in the Plateau. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

For the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Naimo (ground), Royal (middle) and Arose (top) for the Alleycats production

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In a very narrow Plateau staircase.

Naimo’s part on the 203 crew wall at the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In a Montreal suburb.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley, off Mural Festival 2017.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo’s part in a production with Scribe and SBU One (not shown here) in Rosemont.

Damage recuperation over a Mural Festival mural.

Collaboration with Mexican artist Sermob in the Plateau. Sermob did the figurative work and Naimo added the letters (both names) and the flames.

In the Plateau.

Naimo (top) and Bosny (ground) for the 2016 edition of the Amalgam Festival.

In the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with a character by Axe Lalime on the right.

The 203 crew wall for the 2016 edition of Under Pressure, featuring, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold.

Part of a K6A production in Hochelaga.

Naimo’s part in a multi-artist mural project curated by Waxhead and Cryote for Sun Youth.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Part of a K6A production in St-Henri.

Another piece in the same K6A production in St-Henri as above.

Collaboration between Borrris (character) and Naimo (letters) in the Plateau.

On the reverse of an information board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

On a car headed for the scrapyard.

Next to an abandoned building in Côte St-Paul.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Winter production by Naimo (letters) and Flying Eric (figurative) in Villeray.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Winter graffiti mural in Villeray.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Near the PSC legal graffiti wall (with older throwies by Bank and Owk above it).

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Industrial underpass.

Halloween jam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

203 Crew’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Naimo (top), Algue (left), Opire (bottom middle) and Bosny (right).

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Another one representing Underdogs on the side of a NDG cycle shop.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with character by Arnold on the left.

Scribe and Naimo aka Underdogs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Tribute to Guru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Hochliwood (Hochelaga).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.


contribution to multi-artist projects