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Under Pressure Festival 2019

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. For earlier editions see the following posts:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 editions.

Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2019 du Festival Under Pressure. Pour les éditions antérieures, voir les articles suivants:
Éditions 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013.

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The 203 crew wall by Lyfer, Ekes, Opire, Arnold, Borrris and Trak, with tags by Phare, Hitem, Yesir, Masek and guests Axe Lalime, Soma and Peau.

The complete K6A crew wall featuring Serak, Awe, Monk.e, Axe Lalime, Royal, Snikr, Otak, Zek, Hsix, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Osti One and Clone. Scroll down for close-ups on various pieces.

Close-up on the central section of the K6A crew wall mostly by Snikr and Axe Lalime, with pieces by Osti One (top left) and Otak (top right).

Monk.e‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Royal‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Awe (top) and Axe Lalime‘s (bottom) pieces on the K6A crew wall.

Serak‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Dodo Osé (blue) and Fleo‘s (green) pieces on the K6A crew wall.

Hsix‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Zek‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Clone‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Sepan (middle), Sheval (top right) and Heras (bottom right).

Hick

Aldarwin, with origami by Origami Explorateur.

Bibi Una

Kuby (top) and unidentified artist (ground).

Haks, Kuby and Yekso collaboration.

Sank (top), Zenow (ground left) and Medor (ground right).

Aper

Mirabolle

The Crazy Apes crew wall featuring Crane, Korb, Havok, Fezat, Akuma and Mistx.

The ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up 1/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 2/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 3/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 4/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 5/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Collaboration wall of Ankh One, Nikki Küntzle, Ravens Or Crows and Peach Journal.

Scribe and Tchug collaboration. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on Tchug‘s character on his collaborative wall with Scribe.

Close-up on some of Scribe‘s characters and graphics on his collaborative wall with Tchug.

The complete LTG & POM crews’ wall featuring EK Sept, Fokus, Rizek, Elfu, Seork, Serum, Hoar, Aces, Hozek, Gost and Grils. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on EK Sept (top), Fokus (middle) and Rizek‘s (bottom) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Elfu (left) and Seork‘s (right) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Serum‘s piece on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Aces (top) and Hoar‘s (ground) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Grils (top left), Gost (ground left) and Hozek‘s (right) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

On the roof above the LTG/POM wall is this piece by Kor.

MC Baldassari

Raphael Dairon

Wuna

Christina Mazzulla

Maliciouz

Aude Maeva

The complete 123 Klan wall. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on Scien’s piece on the 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Klor‘s piece on the 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Esprit‘s piece guesting on the 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Aiik‘s piece on the 123 Klan wall. The character is by Scien.

Grils

Box Vincent

Lapin

Nemo

Dalkhafine

Labrona

Alex Produkt

Moule

Adida Fallen Angel at ground level and Makenoize way above. Scroll down for more installations and pasted pieces by Makenoize.

Unidentified artist.

Jasp

Marine Martinelli

Slö

M’Os Geez

Mirov‘s mix of painting and pasting.

ROC514 and Flavor.

Smile

Crakolina wheatpaste 1/4.

Crakolina wheatpaste 2/4.

Crakolina wheatpaste 3/4.

Crakolina wheatpaste 4/4.

Drippin’ Soul

Jimmy Baptiste

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Salvandalius on door, with Nero above.

Salvandalius

Makenoize installation.

Makenoize

Makenoize

I Am Batman on garbage container.

Mural Festival 2019

This article features the new murals created during the 2019 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 6th to 16th.

Five earlier Festival murals have been replaced with new ones this year. These are the Demsky and Michael Reeder walls from the 2018 edition, Scribe’s mural from the 2017 edition, and the Natalia Rak and Jonathan Bergeron creations from the 2016 edition.

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 2019 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 6 au 16 juin.

Cinq murales ont été remplacées par de nouvelles cette année: celles de Demsky et de Michael Reeder de l’édition 2018, celle de Scribe produite au cours de l’édition 2017, et celles de Natalia Rak et de Jonathan Bergeron datant de l’édition 2016.

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

PichiAvo

Miss Van

Ben Johnston

Germ Dee, with name pieces by Deep (left) and Serak (right) in the bottom corners.

Close-up on Serak‘s part on the above mural by Germ Dee.

Bryan Beyung

Insane51. This mural is also meant to be seen through the coloured lens of 3D glasses, see below.

The Insane51 mural seen through the red lens of 3D glasses.

The Insane51 mural seen through the blue lens of 3D glasses.

Ola Volo

Leon Keer‘s anamorphic street piece. The piece is painted stretched and distorted, but looks 3D when viewed through the lens of a camera.

Gleo

Nikki Küntzle

Marc-André Lamothe

Spidertag‘s neon mural, only visible after nightfall.

Joshua Vides painted the entirety of this car wash to give it a look straight out of a black and white graphic novel.


the tribute alley to Scan

For the 2019 edition of Mural, a long segment of the graffiti alley behind St-Laurent was dedicated to Scan. Name pieces by the two dozen-plus artists involved are presented below from the left to the right end of the alley.

Pour l’édition 2019 du festival, un long segment de la ruelle graffiti derrière St-Laurent a été dédiée à Scan. Les pièces de la trentaine d’artistes impliqués sont présentées ci-dessous en ordre tel qu’elles apparaissent sur le mur (de gauche à droite).

Ekes

Lyfer

Pito (top), Killa EF (ground).

Shok

Skor

Serak

Awe

Deep

Morz

Some

Soma

Sage (name piece) and Zoltan (ear).

Sober

Axe Lalime (name piece) and Tchug (character).

Zek

Stare

Smak

Guko

Jasp

Vect (in black and blue) and Ewol (in green).

F.One and Ewol doing Scan’s name.

F.One

Legal (ground) and Kwun (above). There is also Jake above those two, but his piece is not yet completed. This photo will be replaced by a definitive one after Jake completes his part.

A bit of bonus material by Odrus, a brazilian writer in town at the time of the festival, and Deep with a gold throw.


Waxhead’s sidewalk pieces

In 2019 it was Waxhead‘s turn to supply the sidewalk pieces in the Mural zone. He did thirteen hopscotch pieces in total, all on St-Laurent between Milton and Laurier.

En 2019 c’était au tour de Waxhead de créer les pièces de trottoir pour le Festival Mural. Il a créé treize marelles, toutes sur St-Laurent entre Milton et Laurier.


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 excellente initiative permettant de présenter une grande quantité de talent montréalais.

Emily Read

Andy Dass

M’Os Geez

Nikki Küntzle. Nikki was actually on the programme and did her own mural, scroll up to view.

Mirov

Raphaël Dairon

Kat

Marine Martinelli

Duval

Nicolas Bertrand

Anne-Julie Dudemaine

Arielle Coté

Atomist

Caitlin McDonagh

Camille Perro

Denise Duong

Dominique Montesano

Leyem

Phil Math


other

One of two truck sides by Wuna. See the other side below.

The other truck side by Wuna. Scroll up for the other side.

The back of the above truck was painted by Hest.

This is some sort of open photo booth by LP Montoya. Visitors to the Mural site would have their photo taken or take selfies from close enough to only see the psychedelic background and nothing else. See example below.

Example of the above installation by LP Montoya, featuring the artist himself. This photo © LP Montoya.

Franco

Germ Dee

To mark Germ Dee’s participation in the 2019 edition of Mural Festival, here’s a spotlight on his street work.

Germ Dee began painting in the streets of Montreal in the summer of 2016. He immediately became one of the city’s most prolific artists and quickly made friends with many of his local peers. With the exception of his very first few walls, Germ Dee has been mostly taking pop culture characters on his own personal spin, describing his work as ‘visionary bootlegs’.

To view more than Germ Dee’s street work, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. If you can read French, there is an interesting interview with the artist at StoriesMTL. He sells merchandise featuring his art via his Etsy page.

Pour marquer la participation de Germ Dee à l’édition 2019 du Festival Mural, voici un profil-photo de la production street de cet artiste.

Germ Dee a débuté sa carrière montréalaise au cours de l’été 2016. Il est immédiatement devenu un de nos artistes les plus prolifiques, et s’est rapidement lié d’amitié avec plusieurs de ses pairs montréalais. A l’exception de quelques murs au tout début, l’essentiel de sa production consiste en versions ‘personalisées’ de personnages tirés de la culture populaire. Il décrit son art de visionary bootlegs, ce qui se traduirait grosso modo par ‘contrebande visionaire’.

Pour en voir plus que son travail de rue, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Une entrevue intéressante avec l’artiste est disponible à StoriesMTL. Enfin, Germ Dee vend ses créations sur Etsy.


painted work

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.

A lil quickie on an abandoned building.

Another quickie on an abandoned building.

On the Sun Youth building; visible above is an older piece by Jest.

In an abandoned building.

A quick one in an abandoned building.

On a Plateau garage door; yellow throw above is by Awe.

On a Plateau door.

At the Project 45 skate park.

At the Project 45 skate park.

Collaboration with Salvandalius on a Van Horne overpass pillar.

In a door recess.

Off Under Pressure.

Next to the Brigade B7 prod.

In an abandoned building.

Germ Dee (top) and Nero (bottom) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival. Assisted by Gwan and featuring name pieces by Deep and Serak in the bottom left and right corners.

On the Sun Youth building; visible above is an older piece by Jest.

Off-Mural piece.

Inside an abandoned building, over a tag by Royal.

Germ Dee on character and Deep on letters, in Hochelaga.

On the Sun Youth building.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

On a multi-artist wall in Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On a Plateau alley garage door.

At Akira’s Alley.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

Mono Sourcil (left) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee (ground level) and Sank (above), for the 2018 Estival e Canes.

For the 2018 Estival de Canes.

In the South West.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

On St-Laurent.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At Plaza Walls.

In a central graffiti alley. The background is an earlier wall by Germ Dee, scroll down this page to view.

At Akira’s Alley.

Collaboration wall between EK Sept (top), Fokus (middle), Seork (bottom left) and Germ Dee (bottom right) for the Alleycats prod.

At Plaza Walls.

Downtown.

In Rosemont.

At Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

Germ Dee (left) and Tiburon (right) in a Plateau alley.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

In a central graffiti alley.

Germ Dee on character and Royal on letters, in St-Henri.

In St-Henri.

At Akira’s Alley.

At Akira’s Alley.

Off-Mural piece.

On St-Dominique. Paste-ups on the bottom right corner are by Shifty Cat and ROC514.

In a central graffiti alley.

A rooftop piece in a central graffiti alley.

In Côte St-Paul.

In a Mile End alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Côte St-Paul.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Hochelaga.

In a central graffiti alley.

On the Sun Youth building.

Jest (left), Gwan (middle) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

In a central graffiti alley.

In a central graffiti alley.

On the Sun Youth building.

Germ Dee (ground level) and Wzrds Gng (above) in Mile End.

4U crew triptych for Plaza Walls featuring Germ Dee (left), Tiburon (centre) and Mono Sourcil (right).

In a Plateau alley.

Germ Dee (left) and Gwan (right) in the Plateau.

Germ Dee (left) and Mono Sourcil (right) in Mile End.

In a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

At Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee (left), Awe (bottom right) and Wzrds Gng (top right) in a Mile End alley.

Germ Dee (top) and Mono Sourcil (bottom) in Petite-Patrie.

The Wzrds Gng (left), Mono Sourcil (centre) and Germ Dee (right) on a Hochelaga skateboard pipe.

In a Mile End alley.

Germ Dee (left) and M’Os Geez (right) for the 2016 Percussion festival.

Germ Dee (right) and Tiburon (left) in a Plateau alley.

Wzrds Gng (left) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

On a Plateau garage door.

Chris Dyer (left) and Germ Dee (right) doing bootleg Barts.

For the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau End alley.


stickers and other pasted work

A wheatpaste found in Mile End.

A collaboration with ROC514.

A collaboration with ROC514.

A collaboration with ROC514.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether

Benny Wilding aka Cemz aka Ether is the ultimate urban artist, having started off as a graffiti writer and then evolved into becoming one of Montreal’s great muralists. He started in 1997 writing ‘Cemz’ and quickly earned the respect of his peers. Around 2004 he switched to writing ‘Ether’ and kept that name for a bit more than a decade. Over 2016, as his career as a muralist started growing significantly, he reverted back to ‘Cemz’ and this is his regular writing name nowadays. His main allegiance over the years has been with the crew TFB, but he’s also in DA, TFO and more recently KG (to name a few), crews that include many of our city’s best writers.

His murals and other figurative pieces are usually mash-ups of various pop-art vintage elements: cartoons, old logos, commercial lettering and other nostalgia-tinged iconography inspired by old ads and catalogues. Most interestingly, they also often include his name-piece, creating a contrast between that warm nostalgia and his wildstyle street side.

To learn more about Benny Wilding, have a look at this great 2018 interview by Mural Festival. To view more than I was able to photograph, and to see his work outside Montreal as well as his studio work, folow him on Instagram. Finally, there’s a short bio and photos of work he has done for Ashop in this Ashop bio.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether est le parfait artiste urbain, ayant débuté comme graffeur puis graduellement fait son chemin pour devenir un des grands muralistes de Montréal. Il a débuté en 1997 sous le nom ‘Cemz’ et a rapidement gagné le respect de ses pairs. Aux environs de 2004 il a commencé à écrire ‘Ether’ et a conservé ce nom pour une douzaine d’années. Au cours de l’année 2016, alors que sa carrière de muraliste prenait de l’essor, il a repris le nom ‘Cemz’ et c’est ce nom qu’il utilise de nos jours pour ses pièces de graffiti. Sa principale affiliation au fil des années a été avec le crew TFB, mais il fait aussi partie de DA, TFO et plus récemment KG (pour n’en nommer que quelques uns), des crews incluant plusieurs des meilleurs graffeurs de Montréal.

Ses murales et autres pièces figuratives combinent généralement divers éléments pop-art vintages tels que des personnages de bandes dessinées, des logos, du graphisme commercial ainsi que des personnage ou objets tirés de vieilles pubs ou de vieux catalogues. Fait intéressant, ses grandes créations incluent aussi son nom en plein milieu, mettant ainsi en contraste le coté nostalgique et réconfortant de l’iconographie vintage avec la modernité de son graffiti wildstyle.

Pour en apprendre plus sur Benny Wilding, vous êtes invités à lire cette entrevue pour Festival Mural datant de 2018. Pour voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, particulièrement ses oeuvres hors-Montréal ainsi que son travail en studio, suivez-le sur Instagram. Enfin, une courte biographie et des photos de son travail pour Ashop se trouvent sur le site d’Ashop.


Benny Wilding

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.

This is the left half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This is the right half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This tribute to local Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

Benny Wilding’s segment on a long tribute to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not visible in this shot). The wall also includes a Cemz letter piece, scroll down to view.

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white dots are actually raised from the wall and spell out “multiculturel” in Braille language.

This mural is found downtown.

This nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

One of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

Benny Wilding / Cemz at Plaza Walls.

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (1/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (2/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (3/3).

This Ashop mural was designed by Fluke and executed by Zek and Benny Wilding.

Ether / Benny Wilding in Petite-Patrie.

This is Benny Wilding’s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. It includes a Ether letter piece.

This long wall in the Plateau is a collaboration with Hsix on the three Gilles Duceppe characters.

Trackside wall for Ashop under the name Cems.

Benny Wilding as Ether for the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.


Cemz

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.

In the East.

In the Plateau.

In Mile End.

In Côte des Neiges.

In a Petite-Patrie alley.

In the Plateau.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Cemz’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

The Boro wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters).

Cemz in the Plateau.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

This is Cemz’s letter piece on a long tribute wall to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not shown here). The wall also features a figurative segment, scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view.

Cemz on letters and Axe Lalime on shark, in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s piece for the Time Is Gold production, Scaner‘s final one.

In Côte des Neiges.

On a Hochelaga metal shutter.

At Plaza Walls.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s half of a long alley wall with Scaner. Close-ups on the 2 characters as well as a third one not seen in this shot are featured in the Benny Wilding section above.

Cemz (top) and Smak (ground level) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

For Ashop‘s Chemin Vert block party.

Five Eight (top), Skor (middle) and Cemz (bottom) with a bit of help from Earth Crusher, for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In a Mile End alley. A time lapse video of the making of this wall can be viewed here.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.


Ether

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.

Earth Crusher and Ether on the side wall of a Plateau restaurant.

An off-Mural alley piece from 2016.

This mural in a central graffiti alley features Waxhead (left), Ether (central letter piece) and Turtle Caps (right).

Truck side.

The Boro wall for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Ether (top left), Mersh (top right) and Shok (bottom).

In Hochelaga.

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, Ether (middle letters), Scaner (bottom letters), Axe Lalime (bottom left), Serak (top letters) and Hsix (right).

A graffiti alley piece.

Ether (top) and Scaner (bottom), from a long Plateau wall involving more artists.

Detail of a Plateau wall which would be eventually be redone entirely by the artist for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival (scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view).

Ether’s part in a long multi-artist wall in a Plateau alley.

Ether’s part in a long multi-artist wall in Ville-Marie.

Cems, before he switched to Ether (top left), Scan (top right), Sage (bottom left) and Smak (bottom right) on this classic DA wall in Rosemont.


throws

Great spot in Chinatown.


tags


stickers and wheatpastes

These 3 different wheatpastes were also found separately.

Ether and Scaner wheatpastes.


other pasted work

A wood-up found in the Plateau.

A wood-up found in the Plateau. Also visible in this shot are a wood-up by Flavor and a Lego piece by Shifty Cat.

A wood-up found in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign in Mile End.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

A wood-up in Plateau End.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign on St-Laurent.

A wood sign on St-Laurent.