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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

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

Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017

This image gallery brings together 200 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2017. I painstakingly trimmed down a first list of about 1500 pieces to the 200 seen below. I meant to bring it down to 100 but was unable, too much great work would have been left out. 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 200 pieces, 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 popular writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 200 pieces!). Multi-artist creations, including quite a few tributes to Scaner, are found at the end of the list.

See also (to be published within 1-2 days):
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017
Top 75 pasted street art of 2017

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2017 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1500 pièces a graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, été réduite aux 200 pièces présentées ci-dessous. J’avais l’intention de la réduire à 100, mais ce n’était pas possible, un trop grand nombre d’excellentes pièces auraient été absentes. 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 assez difficile de choisir 200 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 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 (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!). Les collaborations à plusieurs, incluant plusieurs hommages à Scaner, se trouvent à la fin de la liste.

Voir aussi (à être publiés dans 1-2 jours):
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2017
Top 75 collages street art de 2017


123Klan‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Letter pieces are by Scien and Klor at ground level, with their son Aiik above.

Above three: 123Klan session in Rosemont, featuring Aiik (top), Scien (middle) and Klor (bottom).

123Klan‘s Scien at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Scien under ‘Persue’ down this list.

203 crew’s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Opire, Borrris, Arnold, Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo. Scroll down this list for solo and duo pieces by the latter three writers. Borrris, Arnold and Opire have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

The N2N wall from the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, supervised by Acek, featuring Acek, Janek, Arose and Nerv. Scroll down for more Acek below under ‘Lyfer’, and more Janek under his own name.

Agens at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ankh One in Rosemont. He has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe from a 123Klan production in the Plateau.

Above two photos: Art Gang‘s Senck and Snipes tribute to Scaner above their St-Laurent store, over two walls. This was designed by Scaner himself.

Above two photos: Art Gang‘s Senck (top) and Snipes (bottom) from one of their productions in Côte des Neiges.

Ason‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, with guest Voguer above. Scroll down for more by those two under ‘Voguer’ below.

Awe‘s part in the production he supervised in St-Henri, one of the great prods of this year.

Awe‘s part in a Plateau production. Scroll down for more by Awe under ‘Zek’.

Above 4 photos: one of the walls of the Time Is Gold production, Scaner‘s last before he passed away. It is impossible to photograph it in one shot, so the first photo above shows Axe Lalime (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (bottom letters), the second one is Smak‘s part, the third one is by Zek‘s and the last one is King the squirrel by Axe Lalime. Scroll down this list for more by Jaber, Smak and Zek in solo and collaborations.

Axe Lalime‘s letters from a big prod in St-Henri supervised by Awe. Scroll down for more Axe below under ‘Zek’ and in the multi-artists tributes at the end of the list. Axe has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Bosny at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

BTH crew’s contribution to Scan You Rock featuring Jaker, Legal and Johste. Scroll down for more by these three guys in solo.

BTH crew’s contribution to Time Is Gold, featuring Jaker, Peace and Legal. Scroll down for more by Jaker and Legal in solo.

Casper’s tribute to Scaner, in Hochelaga. Also visible above is Amonizer.

Completed at the very end of the year, this is Cemz‘s letters segment on a long tribute to Scaner also involving Stare and Zek (not pictured here).

Cemz‘s part in an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges. Scroll down for more Cemz under ‘Five Eight’ below, and as Benny Wilding in a tribute to Scaner at the end of this list. He has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (as Benny Wilding).

Clark in a Plateau alley.

Above 3 photos: a session in Rosemont featuring Crane (top), Royal (middle) and Korb (bottom). Scroll down for more by Crane and Korb under ‘Crazy Apes’ (next) and more solo work by Korb and Royal under their respective names. Korb has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Crazy Apes‘ wall for the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, featuring Fezat and Narc on central character, with letters by Lith (top left), Crane (ground left), Korb (top right) and Akuma (ground right). Scroll up above for more by Crane and Korb. Scroll down for solo work by Korb and Narc under their respective names.

Debza from an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza‘s contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dfek (mostly top) and Kasp (mostly bottom), in the Plateau.

Dfek at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Disek in Hochelaga.

Dodo Osé (ground) and Fleo (top, over 2 surfaces) from the RDV prod curated by Axe Lalime. Scroll down for more by Fleo in solo under his own name and in a collaboration with Monk.e. Dodo and Fleo have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Dodo Osé‘s part in a St-Henri prod supervised by Awe.

Dodo Osé at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Dodo under ‘Monk.e’ below.

Durs in an abandoned Mile End building.

EK Sept (top) and Fokus (ground) collab in Hochelaga. Scroll down for more solo work by Fokus below under his name.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

Ekes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more Ekes under ‘203’ and down under ‘Lyfer’.

Ekler on train side.

Eko at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Eskae in upper Plateau.

Eskae in Rosemont.

Eskro at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in an abandoned building.

F.One in Rosemont.

F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Face in Rosemont.

Five Eight in Rosemont.

Five Eight (ground left) and Cemz (ground right) on A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga. Scroll up for some solo Cemz under his name. He also contributed to a Scaner tribute as ‘Benny Wilding’ (scroll to the near end of this list). Cemz has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (as Benny Wilding).

Fleo‘s tribute to Scaner on this truck side. Done during the 2017 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival.

Fleo in the South West. Scroll for more Fleo above under ‘Dodo Osé’ and below under ‘Monk.e’. Fleo has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (under ‘K6A’).

Fler at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Fokus on a Hochelaga garage door.

Fokus at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Fokus (letters) and Seork (monkey) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Scroll up for more Fokus above under ‘EK Sept’.

Fuser in Rosemont.

Above two: Gaulois (top) and Bopor (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Above two: Gaulois (top) and Bopor (bottom) contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Germ‘s piece done off-Under Pressure festival.

Haks (letters) and Monster Mash (character) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks on Mile-Ex garage door for Art Gang’s Project-Ex.

Hater in central Montreal alley.

Heks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

This year saw the return in action of Hest. This piece for Chris Dyer’s Akira Alley prod was the one that got the ball rolling again.

Hest in Rosemont.

Hest at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

NYC’s Hoacs visited us in April and in September this year. This is his contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Hoacs in the upper Plateau.

Hoacs in a Hochelaga alley.

Hoacs‘ contribution to Time Is Gold prod.

Hoar at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. He has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (under ‘Kor’).

Above two: Hsix (top) and Zek (bottom) for Awe’s prod in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by Zek under his own name and scroll up for a collaboration under ‘Axe Lalime’. Hsix has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

One of Jaber‘s contributions to the Time Is Gold production. Scroll up to ‘Axe Lalime’ for the other one.

Jaker in Rosemont.

Jaker at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more Jaker above under ‘BTH crew’.

Janek piece done off-Muralfest in a central Montreal back alley. Scroll up to ‘Acek’ above for more by Janek in a collaboration with his N2N mates.

Jaws at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Johste at Plaza Walls.

Johste (ground) and Joek (top) joint tribute to Scaner for the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Scroll up to ‘BTH crew’ above for more by Johste.

Kane‘s tribute to Scaner at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Kems‘ contribution to Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Kems wearing his best chrome at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Kems‘s part in an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges.

Killa EF‘s fiery piece on this great Plateau wall.

Koal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Korb‘s truck side on this rolling Crazy Apes tribute to Scaner. The opposite side by Narc also made this list, scroll down to view.

Korb at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. Scroll up for more Korb above under ‘Crane’ and under ‘Crazy Apes’. Korb has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Legal at an abandoned industrial spot. Scroll up for more Legal above under ‘BTH crew’. There’s also more Legal below under ‘Smak’.

Lobs at an abandoned industrial spot.

Lobs in Petite-Patrie.

Lobs in upper Plateau.

Los Keos in Mile End.

Los Keos‘ contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Lyfer and Ekes in the Plateau. Scroll up for more by those two under ‘203’. There’s also more Ekes in solo under his own name.

Lyfer in Hochelaga.

Lyfer, Acek and Algue triptych. See below for close-ups of each individual piece.

Close-up on Lyfer‘s part in the above triptych with Acek and Algue.

Close-up on Acek‘s part in the above triptych with Lyfer and Algue. Scroll up to ‘Acek’ for more by the latter writer.

Close-up on Algue‘s part in the above triptych with Acek and Lyfer.

Meor in a central Montreal back alley.

Meor, Baesr, Getso, Rock and Mine’s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mersh‘s contribution to Time Is Gold. Scroll down to the multi-artist tributes to Scaner near the end of this list for more by Mersh.

Micer (left) and Kbron (right) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Monk.e from a St-Henri prod curated by Awe.

Monk.e in St-Henri. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Monk.e, Fleo and Dodo Osé for the Alleycats prod in Rosemont. Scroll up for more solo work by Fleo and Dodo Osé under their respective names. All three artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Monk.e on letters and Rouks on characters, in Rosemont. Rouks’ part made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Myrage in Rosemont.

Giant Myrage piece found in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Naimo and Snok collaboration in the Plateau. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here. Scroll up to ‘203’ for more by Naimo. Scroll down for some solo Snok under his own name.

Narc‘s truck side on this rolling Crazy Apes tribute to Scaner. The opposite side by Korb also made this list, scroll up to view.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by Narc under ‘Crazy Apes’.

Nybar in the Plateau.

Pask in a Hochelaga alley.

Pask‘s contribution to the Time Is Gold prod.

Pedro Amos in a central Montreal alley.

Pedro Amos at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Persue‘s part in an Art Gang/123Klan prod off St-Laurent. The penguin is actually by 123Klan‘s Scien.

Above 2 photos: Peyo (top) and Liza (bottom) in Rosemont.

Above three: Peyo (top), Liza (middle) and Peack (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Above 2 photos: Peyo (top) and Liza (bottom) from a 123Klan prod in the Plateau.

Pito‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Raes in Rosemont

Raes in Rosemont.

Rask in upper Plateau.

Resok in Rosemont.

Resok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Risek in Rosemont.

Roachi‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more by Royal under ‘Crane’.

Ruste at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ruste in Rosemont. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Scaner in a Hochelaga alley.

Scaner outside his studio space.

Scaner‘s contribution to Scan You Rock, the production put together in his honour after it was announced he hadn’t much time left.

Scaner from the RDV prod curated by Axe Lalime. Scroll down to the end of this list for a few unfinished pieces by Scaner, and many multi-artist tributes to him.

Sceak in Rosemont.

Scribe‘s part in a private Rosemont back space.

Scribe and Tchug‘s joint contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll down to the near-end of this list for more by Tchug in a multi-artist collaboration.

Scribe in a Hochelaga back alley.

Scribe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scribe has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Seacrit in a Mile End back alley.

Sekel on an abandoned house in the Plateau.

Serak‘s part in a St-Henri prod curated by Awe.

Serak reclaimed this great spot in Montreal’s highwayland.

Serak‘s contribution to Time Is Gold. Serak has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (under ‘K6A’).

Serum in Rosemont.

Serum at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Serum at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sewk‘s contribution to Scan You Rock.

Shok at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Shok in Rosemont.

Shok in Rosemont.

Shok‘s contribution to Time Is Gold.

Sider on an abandoned building in Ahuntsic.

Sider in Rosemont.

Skam in Rosemont.

Skor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Skor‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock prod.

Skor in Rosemont.

Smak from an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges. Scroll up for more by Smak under ‘Axe Lalime’.

Above 2 photos: Smak (top) and Legal (bottom) in Rosemont. Scroll up for some solo work by Legal under his name, and some collaborations under ‘BTH crew’.

Snok at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Snok at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more by Snok under ‘Naimo’.

Snok (top) and Yema (ground) from the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Soten (letters) and Harry Bones (character) in upper Plateau. Harry Bones has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Soten in Rosemont.

Soten in a Hochelaga alley.

Soten‘s contribution to the Time Is Gold production.

Stare in upper Plateau.

Stare in a Hochelaga alley.

Finished right on time for this yearly retrospective, this is Stare‘s part in a long tribute wall to his KG brother Scaner.

Stare‘s part in the RDV production curated by Axe Lalime. Stare also finished a piece by his KG brother Scaner and contributed to a multi-artist tribute to him, scroll down to the end of this list for that.

Temps in Rosemont.

Timer in Petite-Patrie.

Trace‘s contribution to Time Is Gold.

Trace‘s contribution to Scan You Rock.

Tuna on an abandoned Ahuntsic building.

Tuna on an abandoned Plateau house.

Rooftop piece by Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Rooftop piece by Twik in Ahuntsic.

Voguer in Rosemont.

Trackside Voguer.

Voguer and Ason on this Plateau house. Scroll up for more by those two above under ‘Ason’.

Wory from Belgium at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Wuna in Rosemont.

Zek in upper Plateau.

Zek (ground left), Axe Lalime (top), Awe (ground right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri. Scroll up for solo work and collaborations by the latter three artists under their respective names. Zek also helped complete an unfinished Scaner piece, scroll down a bit for this. Finally Axe and Dodo Osé have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Zoner in Rosemont from a March visit.

This is the main wall from the Time Is Gold production. Scaner did the outlines of his letters before he passed away. The fill and background of that area were completed by his KG brothers, Stare and Zek. On the left is Scaner’s crewmate in the Four S’s, Harry Bones (who has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017).

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Scroll up for some solo work by Mersh. There’s also more Benny Wilding above under ‘Cemz’ as well as in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017. Sober also participated in the next piece below.

Scaner did the outlines of the first three letters of his name before he passed away in September 2017. Axe Lalime and Sober did the N, the fill and background. Bird of prey above is by Tchug. Scroll up for more by Axe above under ‘Axe’ and ‘Zek’. Tchug also made this list in a collaboration with Scribe (scroll up to the latter name). Sober also participated in the tribute to Scaner listed just above this piece. Axe has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Huge chrome tribute done on an Art Gang wall the weekend of Scaner‘s funeral. According to them, contributors include Kems, Selek, Bacon, Stare, Tens, Snikr, Smak and Some. Stare, Kems and Smak also made this list with solo work, scroll up to view.

This huge Scaner tribute on an abandoned Plateau house was done a day or two after Scaner passed away. Artists asked to remain anonymous.

Time Is Gold

Time Is Gold is the name of the last production supervised by Scaner before he passed away in early September 2017. Most of his closest buddies in crews KG, DA and Four S as well as a few other friends from the Montreal graffiti scene were invited by him to contribute. The production was halfway completed at the time of Scaner’s death, so it then turned into a tribute to the writer the Montreal graff community calls their king. A candle memorial at the base of his unfinished piece was actually where his friends would congregate for a few weeks following the day Scaner passed.

The production is found on the back and side walls as well as around the playground of a private high school in central/eastern Montreal. The premises are therefore only partially accessible and should be respected.

Time Is Gold est le nom de la dernière production dirigée par Scaner avant son décès au début de septembre 2017. La plupart des ses frères dans les crews KG, DA et Four S ainsi que quelques très bons amis de la scène montréalaise du graff ont répondu à son invitation de contribuer à la production. Puisque que celle-ci n’était qu’à demi complétée au moment du décès de Scaner, elle est par la suite devenue un hommage à l’artiste que la communauté montréalaise du graff nomme maintenant son “king”. D’ailleurs un mémorial à la chandelle à la base de sa dernière pièce demeurée inachevée était l’endroit où ses amis sont venus se recueillir et lui rendre hommage pendant quelques semaines suite à son départ.

La production se trouve sur les murs arrière et latéral ainsi qu’autour du terrain de jeu d’une école privée du centre-est de Montréal. Celle-ci n’est conséquemment que partiellement accessible et le coté privé de l’endroit devrait être respecté.

The production’s main wall. Scaner did the outlines of his letters before he passed away. The fill and background of that area were completed by his brothers in KG, Stare and Zek. On the left is Scaner’s crewmate in the Four S’s, Harry Bones.

Top left on the adjacent wall is Cemz.

Serak

Beneath Cemz and Serak is Dodo Osé‘s part.

Sewk (above) and Stare (below).

Ware on letters and mural. More by Ware below.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters). Both have supplied more, scroll down.

Smak

Zek

One more bit by Axe, this is King the squirrel.

Wall of flops featuring Zek, Stare, Deep, Pito, Her, F.One, Jaber, Axe, Some, Shok, Tuna, Oper, Getsa, Zion, Dolar, Casp, Smak, Morz, Peace, Expos, Nixon and many others (feel free to let me know about anyone I have been unable to identify).

Tribute to Jays by Jaker, Peace and Legal (almost completed – finished shot will be put up when the wall is completed).

One more by Jaber, this time his character.

Soten

Trace

Hoacs

Shok

Mersh

123Klan‘s Scien.

Shok

Ware

Sober

Morz

Soma

Pask

Wase

Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2016. From a long list of over 1000, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. 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 pieces, 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 well-loved writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two, three or four artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 100 pieces!).

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2016 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1000 pièces a servi à produire une liste ‘courte’ de 250 que j’ai graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, réduite aux 100 pièces présentées ci-dessous. 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 assez 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 graffeurs préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux, trois ou quatre artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!).

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 collages street art de 2016


This is 123Klan‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Scien and Klor at ground level, plus guests Zek (top right) and Mark Esprit (top left). Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some more work by Zek. The latter artist also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

The 203 crew’s wall in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold. Solo entries by Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo are found below under their respective names. Naimo also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 while Arnold made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

More from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, a combo of Acro (top) and Distort (bottom).

(Above two photos) In the spring, before putting together the Plaza Walls project, the AG Crew came up with this wall in a Plaza St-Hubert back alley. The first photo shows Senk’s half and the second one shows Snipes. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by the latter artists.

Apashe at a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Apashe in Dorval.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga was redone this autumn by Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right). Scroll down for more by Zek and Shadow. All four artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Awe‘s part in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. More by Awe under ‘Lyfer’ below.

Axe (left) and Fleo (right) in Côte St-Paul. The Serak piece above is a few years older. More by Axe under ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’ below. Scroll down as well for more by Fleo in solo as well as with K6A. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Two sides of Bacon for Plaza Walls: figurative at ground level and letters on the roof.

Beaf at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Block in Rosemont.

Bosny playing games with our perception, in Rosemont. More by Bosny under ‘Pask’ below.

Cemz aka Benny Wilding for Plaza Walls. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Crane at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. Bombing Science filmed the making of this piece, check it out on Youtube. More by Crane under ‘Crazy Apes’ and ‘Naimo’ below.

(4 photos above) The long Crazy Apes wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival is shown over the four photos above. Letters are by Havok (1st photo), Akuma One (2nd photo), Crane (3rd photo) and Mistx (4th photo). Characters are by Fezat (mostly to the left) and Korb (mostly to the right). Akuma One and Korb also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.