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Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2020 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. 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 name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per person. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2020 à Montréal, créées en studio avant d’être collées, vissées ou fixées dans le ciment dans un endroit public. 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 2020 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

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

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Poster by Adi.

One of many different small paste-ups by Adi. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

One of many plant/insect designs by Laurence Bélanger.

A paste-up by Laurence Bélanger.

One of many pasted head pieces by Bodegas.

One more paste-up by Bodegas.

Poster by Bubzee and Kali Spitzer.

A beautiful wheatpaste by Bubzee.

A pasted collaboration between Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A poster by Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A small poster from Cam. Similar variations in different colours have also been found.

This one is the most beautiful of the Black Lives Matter posters put up by Maya Cardin.

One of many small paste-ups by Cess Pool.

Nivanh Chanthara hit the streets of Montreal for the first time near the end of the year and managed to paste between 15 and 20 pieces in the year’s final few weeks.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

A typical Montreal citizen in transit, by CSRK. Found in Mile End.

CSRK found in Petite-Patrie.

CSRK inspired by the Covid19 pandemic.

A small wood-up by Flavor.

Laurent Gascon has been coming up with a new broken tile mosaics honouring a local artist every year since 2009. This 2020 mural, his 13th, features Renée Claude, a québécoise singer who passed away from Covid19 in May.

Above 2 photos: Huile d’Olive pasted these posters from the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, they were the very first pieces of public art addressing the subject. The posters were made in French or English, in a variation of colours. Huile d’Olive has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Irritated Eye wheatpaste that appeared on St-Laurent shortly after the death of George Floyd, when the subject of police brutality inspired many artists to create.

Junko installed around Mile End a handful of impressive large pieces made of reclaimed materials during the final weeks of the year.

One more creation by Junko made from reclaimed materials.

A set of 2 Know Self wheatpastes coloured on location. These were found in a Mile End alley. The bottom piece was added to the top one after a few weeks.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, colour added on location.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, painted on location.

A set of pieces by Kyoto Coyote.

Labrona was very active during the first part of the year. This is one of many pasted pieces I found over 2020.

One more pasted piece by Labrona, this one from a series inspired by Picasso. Labrona has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

“Wet’suwet’en Strong”, a small paste-up by LMNOPI.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Water Is Life”.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Land Back”.

This punny wheatpaste by Lost Claws put up in April was very likely inspired by the Covid19 pandemic (Six Feet Away / Six Feet Under).

This is Lost Claws taking a dig at a street artist whose work is found right next to it (one corner is visible in this shot).

A touching tribute by Lost Claws to his cat which had just passed away.

Something a bit different from Lost Claws. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Above 8 photos: While the streets of Montreal were deserted at the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, Louis Letters decided to take the 36 Days Of Type challenge outside. The 36 Days Of Type Challenge invites designers and graphic artists to create their own versions of the letters A to Z then the numbers 0 to 9. The creations are usually posted on Instagram, but Louis Letters had the great idea of bringing his creations to the street, photograph them in situ and then post them. The photos above show the letters N,O, R, T, U, V, W and X.

A small paste-up by Louis Letters stating “Police Kills”. Ironically, a policeman sitting in his car was watching me as I photographed this piece!

A Black Lives Matter poster by Louis Letters. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A small paste-up by Maika.

A small paste-up by Maika.

An installation by Makenoize in a Plateau alley.

A small paste-up by Marine Martinelli put up at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Marine has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A large wheatpaste by Mirov on a Plateau alley garage door.

A tall Miss Me wheatpaste in a Rosemont alley.

Miss Me in Mile End.

A small Missprints paste-up put up when the subject of police brutality was trending.

A M’Os Geez wheatpaste. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Fay Nix in Hochelaga.

Fay Nix in Hochelaga.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A wheatpaste by le Pleurnicheur.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found downtown.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found in the Old Port.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found on a boarded up Plateau house.

A small paste-up by SciWalkArt. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A poster by Shame.

A poster by Shame.

Here’s a 50 x 50 tile installation by Shelley Miller inspired by the first wave of the Covid19 pandemic. The colours each represent a different Montreal borough (in percentage of cases), and each column represents a day, for 50 days. It therefore shows how in the early days of the pandemic (left of the piece), the relative evolution of boroughs was quite different, but after 35 days (right of the piece), everything seemed to stabilize. More info from the artist’s account via the above link.

Above 2 photos: two Shifty Cat posters put up near the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic.

A collaboration between Sinister Kid and Sloast.

Sloast in the McGill Ghetto.

A small poster by Stay Beautiful.

A set of 2 small posters by Stay Beautiful.

Stikki Peaches from a run of wheatpastes in June.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Malcolm X found in Ahuntsic.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Martin Luther King found in Ahuntsic.

A set of two wheatpastes by Suriani found in Mile Ex.

One more by Suriani in Mile Ex.

A wheatpaste by Swarm spotted in Mile End.

Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End.

T.B.O.N.S. put up a series of small paste-ups around the Plateau and Mile End. These paste-ups often come as sets, such as the ones shown here.

One more set of small paste-ups by T.B.O.N.S.

Any one of the many dozens of small paste-ups put up by T.B.O.N.S. could have made this retrospective.

Toxic hijacking a cinema poster.

Above 2 photos: Closed and open shots of an installation by Toxic found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

A small poster by Tshoko, variations exist.

One of many sticker/paste-ups put up by Tshoko in 2020. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Another wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: Covid19 stickers by Waxhead, found in 4 different colours. Waxhead has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Benny Wilding treated us to a few new fake business signs in 2020, here’s one of them.

One more mock business sign by Benny Wilding. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

There’s a great story around this pasted policeman piece by Zola. She had initially contributed a painted anti-police brutality piece on this garage door for the 2020 editon of Canettes de Ruelle (still partially visible – click on her name above to view original). Unfortunately, someone who clearly disapproved of her message vandalised the door with black paint, calling her a cretin in the process. She cleverly flipped the topic back by adding the pasted policeman. Socio-political street art at its best!

Heads rolled in 2020, particularly that of the statue of first Canadian prime minister John A Macdonald. Macdonald allowed famine and disease to kill many indigenous people and his government forced some First Nation communities to leave their traditional territories, withholding food until they did so. In August 2020 his statue, which had been sprayed with blood red paint many times, was finally toppled by activists. Shortly after Zola immortalised the moment with this poster.

A wheatpaste by Zola found in Rosemont.

A large wheatpaste by Zola found in the Plateau/Rosemont.

An unidentified artist has pasted around Hochelaga black and white photos of various people of the neighbourhood. This is one of almost a dozen by the same artist which I have been lucky enough to find and photograph.

One more pasted piece by the unidentified Hochelaga artist putting up black and white photos of neighbourhood citizens. This one is of a street musician and the piece was actually put up behind where he usually plays to passersby on Ontario street, prompting many of them to photograph the musician playing in front of this photo of himself.

This wheatpaste of George Floyd was put up in Mile End shortly after the murder that sparked the 2020 Black Lives Matter chapter.

Pieces in this style by an unidentified artist have been found here and there in Hochelaga alleys, in Old Montreal and around St-Laurent. Sometimes found as double sets as shown here, but usually as a single piece.

This wheatpaste by an unidentified artist was found in Petite-Patrie.

Wolf wheatpastes have been found around Petite-Patrie. The artist has not been identified but is presumed to be the same one as the piece above.

A beautiful poster found in Mile End. Artist has not been identified.

Covid-19 in Montreal urban art

This article features photos of Montreal street art and graffiti inspired by the Covid-19 virus and everything that is related to it:
– the social measures to prevent its spread such as the confinement, hand washing, distancing, masks, etc.
– appreciation for the health workers and concern about their status
– the population’s reaction to the crisis, such as the rainbows and “ça va bien aller” slogan, as well as the fear of the vaccines being developed.

Cet article présente des photos de street art et de graffiti créé à Montréal et inspiré par le virus Covid-19 et tout ce qui peut y être rattaché:
– les mesures sociales de prévention telles que le confinement, le lavage des mains, la distanciation, le masque, etc.
– l’appréciation pour le personnel dans le milieu de la santé et les revendications sociales relatives au statut d’une part de ce personnel
– les réactions de la population vis-à-vis la crise, telles que les arcs-en-ciel, “ça va bien aller”, ainsi que les réactions quant au développement éventuel de vaccins.


murals

This is the only mural done in Montreal related to Covid-19 and its social impact. It is a beautiful tribute to the health workers who were on the frontline of the fight against the virus. It was done by Patrick Forchild on a wall of the Jewish General Hospital for the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. The JGH was the Montreal hospital that was most equipped to deal with the sanitary crisis, with a whole department ready to receive patients from the very beginning.

This mural is not actually street art in the strictest sense, as it was commissioned by the government of Quebec for a music video encouraging young people to wear a mask. The artist who created the piece asked to remain uncredited. See the video here.


other painted work

This is Emily Read on a garage door in Villeray. With its rainbow and a pangolin, there is no doubt this was inspired by the events following the spread of the pandemic. The virus is suspected to have spread to humans from pangolins sold in a wet market in Wuhan, China.

This piece by Louis Letters saying “Coronavirus” was done about a week before the world ground to a halt in mid March.

A graffiti piece by Rizek done in an abandoned building very soon after the arrival of the virus in Montreal.

A tribute to the health workers by Hoar done on a legal-ish wall in Rosemont.

A self-portrait by Omar Bernal painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel near the beginning of the sanitary crisis. The correction in red paint is by the artist himself and part of his message.

This piece by Lost Claws in a Plateau alley is very likely a comment on the crisis.

This stencil by Carnior was found on a Petite-Patrie high school when kids were returning to school in September. It was a hot topic in the media at the time, with half the population seeing it as a good thing and the other half thinking it was a dreadful idea.

Kesta/Masok and Labz fighting the virus at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Hob on an overpass pillar.

Deep and Stephlxo on an abandoned building in the South West.

Namepiece and Covid skull by Axe Lalime in Rosemont.

Omar Bernal and Lino collaboration at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Riok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel around the time when the government started making the mask mandatory in indoor public places.

An unidentified artist, perhaps Makes, at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. “Ca va bien aller”, the ‘slogan’ of the crisis, means “Everything will be fine”.

In Montreal like in many other cities, families with kids used their free time in confinement creating these “Ca va bien aller” rainbows and displaying them in their windows. This particular rainbow was painted by an anonymous person at the Papineau legal graffiti wall at the very beginning of this trend.

One more optimistic rainbow painted by an anonymous person, this one at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

As the sanitary crisis started dragging on for longer than what we initially expected and people’s patience was being put to the test, jokes on the crisis’ ‘logo’ and slogan started appearing here and there.

A thank you to health workers in time of the pandemic, by an unidentified artist. The text more or less translates to “Solidarity with all workers during the pandemic. The virus has exposed how human exploitation is alive and well in 2020. Let’s work towards a society in which workers, women and Quebec are free.”

This piece by Abir appears to be a comment on the whole year’s events, beyond the pandemic per se.

The fears surrounding the production of a vaccine to the virus, and particulary about Bill Gates’ involvement in its production and distribution, were also a source of inspiration to some artists. This is Maniak in Rosemont.

One more by Maniak on the same subject as above, but this time at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Wonez at the PSC legal graffiti wall soon after the start of the vaccination campaign.


pasted work

Posters by Huile d’Olive such as this one appeared here and there from the very beginning of the crisis. English language ones were also pasted, see below.

An english version of the above poster by Huile d’Olive.

For this Petite-Patrie piece CSRK was inspired by the unexpected toilet paper shortage that marked the beginning of the confinement. There was actually a bit more to it, see the artist’s account to view the complete original which had the text “Wash your hands” on the unrolled toilet paper.

One more wheatpaste by CSRK found in Petite-Patrie, this one from later into the crisis.

A paste-up by SciWalkArt.

This piece by Lost Claws found on the wall of a Mile End church at the beginning of the Great Confinement is presumably about the virus. The caption reads “Up to your old tricks?”. See close-up below.

Close-up on the above piece by Lost Claws.

As the number of deaths was rising every day and the governments started asking the population to stand at least 6 feet apart to help contain the spread of the virus, this dark humour piece by Lost Claws appeared on a Plateau wall, as “six feet away” also recalls “six feet under”.

While the rising number of deaths was the main topic in the news, this piece by Lost Claws with the caption “You get used to it”, appeared on a Petite-Patrie wall.

Poster by the Artists 4 Long Term Care, a social action initiative that uses art and storytelling to raise awareness about the crisis facing residents and staff living and working in long-term care facilities during the pandemic.

Poster by Faustova, an Artist 4 Long Term Care.

Poster by Super Puper Art, an Artist 4 Long Term Care.

Tribute to health workers by Cara Carmina.

Mini-posters by Shifty Cat. This artist made many more on the subject, but these were the first ones encountered. More below.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

Covid-19 sticker by Waxhead, one of many colour variations.

Red/orange variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.

Blue variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.

Green variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.


other

Here’s a 50 x 50 tile installation by Shelley Miller inspired by the first wave of the pandemic. The colours each represent a different Montreal borough (in percentage of cases), and each column represents a day, for 50 days. It therefore shows how in the early days of the pandemic (left of the piece), the relative evolution of boroughs was quite different, but after 35 days (right of the piece), everything seemed to stabilize. More info from the artist’s account via the above link.

This bollard was already made into a minion by François Poulin a long time before the arrival of the virus, but masks we added to it, presumably by the artist himself at the beginning of April.

The opposite side to the above mask-wearing minion bollard by François Poulin.

This ia a miniature installation replicating a Plateau housefront with bicycle, cat, etc. To give an idea of scale, the whole thing shown here is the size of a small basement window (it actually looks like a boarded window). This existed long before the arrival of the virus, but a rainbow and the ‘Ca va bien aller’ slogan were added in the ‘windows’ at some point so it would look like so many housefronts in the neighbourhood.

Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2019 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. 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 name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per person. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2019 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2019 à Montréal, créées en studio avant d’être collées, vissées ou fixées dans le ciment dans un endroit public. 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 2019 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

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

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2019 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2019 graffiti


A one-off poster by Aldarwin with origami by OrigAMI, put up in a central graffiti alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Aldarwin.

Amadoodle sticker.

Amadoodle sticker.

Amadoodle sticker.

Ad takeover by Bibi Una, one of a handful. This one was found in Plateau End.

One more ad takeover by Bibi Una, this one in the McGill Ghetto.

Bibi Una poster, part of the ad takeover campaign from which the above pieces were put up. Various locations. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Bibi Una.

Cam poster found in Mile End.

Cam poster found in Mile End.

Montage on wood board, presumably by Cam. Found in the Plateau.

Chat Perdu poster, many variations have been found with the same image but different text.

CSRK and ROC514 collaboration wheatpaste found in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by ROC514.

CSRK poster, various locations.

CSRK paste-up, various locations.

CSRK wheatpaste found in Mile End.

Doveria poster found in many locations.

Sara Erenthal paste-up, one of many put up around the Mural zone ahead of the festival.

One more Sara Erenthal paste-up near St-Laurent.

A set of three Sara Erenthal paste-ups in the Mural zone.

Extinction Rebellion poster by Clément de Gaulejac, various locations.

Extinction Rebellion poster, artist uncredited.

Fasi wood-up found in a graffiti alley.

A large Fuser paste-up put up in Mile End.

Fuser sticker.

Fuser sticker, various locations.

Fuser paste-up found in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Fuser.

Hoda poster.

Eli Howey paste-up.

Eli Howey paste-up.

A large Jaker woodup installed on the roof of an industrial building in the South West where it is visible to thousands of highway commuters every day. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Jaker.

Kat poster on one of the info boards for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Know Self paste-up.

Know Self paste-up.

Know Self paste-up, variations exist.

Labrona wheatpaste found in the Plateau.

Wheatpastes by Labrona (below) and Gives (above), on St-Laurent.

Wheatpastes by Labrona (left) and M’Os Geez (right), on an abandoned house in Hochelaga. Scroll down for a solo piece by M’Os Geez.

Labrona wheatpaste found on St-Laurent. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Labrona.

Lily Luciole wheatpaste with wool, in Mile End. One of a few variations.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in Chinatown.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in Petite Patrie.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in the Plateau.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in St-Henri. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Lost Claws.

Louis Letters paste-up, one of many variations.

One more Louis Letters paste-up. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Louis Letters.

Madame Gilles poster (left) with a paste-up by Laurence Bélanger (right).

Madame Gilles poster (right) with a paste-up by Laurence Bélanger (left).

Makenoize installation in Chinatown.

A Makenoize piece pasted on an abandoned church.

Makenoize installation in Ville-Marie.

Makenoize installation from the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Ahead of this year’s Mural Festival, Mateo put up a series of stencilled pieces on wallpaper.

One more beautiful stencilled piece by Mateo on wallpaper.

One more beautiful stencilled piece by Mateo on wallpaper.

A unique Mateo piece on a Plateau building. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Mateo.

M.Aw Maw paste-up found in Mile End.

Mirov wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Above 2: Mirov pasted and painted on the box containing one of the city’s public pianos.

Mirov wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Mirov for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

A very unique piece of grass art pasted on a Plateau wall by French environmental artist Mister Ride.

Modest Rocker paste-up.

M’Os Geez paste-up. Scroll up to Labrona for one more piece by M’Os Geez.

National Zombi sticker.

Rage5 paste-up found downtown.

Rage5 paste-up montage downtown.

Rage5 installation in the South West.

Le Renard Fou wheatpaste found in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Le Renard Fou.

ROC514 and Flavor collaboration wood-up. Scroll down to Shifty Cat for one more piece by Flavor. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by ROC514 and Flavor together.

ROC514 sticker.

Shifty Cat installation and Flavor wood-up. Each of these artists put up variations of these items around central Montreal at some point during the summer. Scroll up to ROC514 for a collaboration involving Flavor.

Sinister Kid replicated patterns from her work on a construction fence next to the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Solal Comics sticker, many locations.

Starkey wood-up found in the Plateau.

A fake doorbell wood-up put up by Starkey in the Mural zone at the time of the festival.

Stay Beautiful poster found in St-Henri.

Stay Beautiful poster found in St-Henri.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in the South West.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste downtown.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in Mile End.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in Little Italy.

Over the summer, Suriani put up a series of LGBTQ-themed wheatpastes around the Plateau and Mile End. This one was found in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in Mile End. Also visible in the bottom left is a paste-up by Know Self which also made this year-en list (scroll up to view).

A big Victart wheatpaste found in Rosemont.

Waxhead sticker, various locations.

Waxhead sticker, various locations. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Waxhead.

Benny Wilding put up at least a dozen wood pieces around central Montreal over the year. This one was the first of the lot and was put up in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti (under his alias ‘Cemz’) for more by Benny Wilding.

A new tag sticker by Zek, various locations. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Zek.

Zola wheatpaste found in a Hochelaga alley.

A one-off paste-up by an unidentified artist.

A poster by an unidentified artist, many locations.

A sticker by an unidentified artist.

Germ Dee

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.

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.

In a St-Henri alley.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Contribution to the 2020 edition of Under Pressure.

In Mile End.

In Rosemont.

On the wall of a Rosemont cafe.

In Hochelaga; the eyes top left were salvaged from an earlier piece by Mono Sourcil.

In Mile End.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In Rosemont.

Truck side.

In Mile End.

In central Montreal.

On an abandoned building in the South West.

Claiming back his spot in Mile End.

In Mile End.

In an abandoned building.

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.


figurative ‘tags’


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, check out BennyWilding.com and follow 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, jetez un coup d’oeil à BennyWilding.com et 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.