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Montreal Hippodrome – main building

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

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

See also:

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

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

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

Voir aussi:


bleachers, upper deck

General view of the main building’s upper deck.


the back row

Naimo

Scribe

Shok

Sewk

Deep

Tans

Bloei

Resno

Sker

Sapoe

Naimo

Lozek


the middle row

Yema

Resok

Myrage

Sewk

Arek

Shok

Shok

Arek

Sewk

Serum

Owk

Algue

Sekel

Nor


the access corridors

Fokus

Daym

Wase?

Deaf

Ason

bleachers, lower deck

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

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

Eskro

Algue

Serum

bar/restaurant deck

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

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

Eskro

Lyfer

Ekes

Shok

Shok

Shok

Micer

Deep

Ekes

Ekes

Ekes

Kbron

Noper

Psycho

Rescue

Sapoe

various rooms, offices, etc

Algue

Ason

Javx

Leys

Eskro

Pask

Bosny

Arek

Myrage

Myrage

Nybar

staircases

Shok

Arek

Fokus

Sker

corridors

Eskro

Scribe

Naimo

Naimo

Shok

Naimo

Scribe

Naimo

Scribe

Shok

Sewk

Arek

Nor

Algue

Myrage

Naimo

Naimo

Arek

Arek

Royal

Ekes

Borrris

Gnar

Deaf

Deep

Noper

Ekes

Ekes

Fokus

Fokus

Flesh

G.nius

Kbron

Neak

Noper

Psycho

on the roof

Algue and Ekes representing the 203 crew.

Ekes

Lyfer

Sapoe

Ason

Deep

outside

Lyfer, with tag from Snob top right.

Ekes

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

The “Jailspot”

The “Jailspot” is the name given by graffiti writers and urban explorers to two contiguous abandoned buildings on Henri-Bourassa at the level of the now closed Tanguay prison. These buildings were not actually part of the closed prison, they belonged to Transport Québec who once used them as hangars for heavy machinery. They appear to have been used in the recent past as offices and warehouse space. The westernmost of the two is older than the other one which seems to have been built around 2006-2007. For the following years the latter new construction was used for sporadic warehouse sales.

Business must not have been very good, the buildings were left unused as early as 2011-2012 and signs of graffiti action started appearing, first outside then inside. Within a few years the two buildings were completely taken over by explorers and writers/artists. Everything except the warehouse at the front of the easternmost building quickly deteriorated, through the combined actions of vandals and rain/snow through broken doors and windows as well as collapsed roofs. The two buildings were finally gradually demolished over the spring and summer of 2016 to make space for the construction of controversial residential/commercial towers.

If you have any additional information about this spot, feel free to write in and contribute to this article.

The gallery below is divided by rooms and other areas where artists left their mark. The names of the rooms are not official ones, I just came up with them for comprehensive purposes. A plan of the spot can be seen below, at the top of the gallery.

Le “Jailspot” est le nom donné par les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains à deux édifices voisins sur Henri-Bourassa devant l’ancienne prison Tanguay. Ces deux édifices ne font en fait pas partie de l’ancienne prison, ils appartenaient à Transport Québec et ont déjà servi de hangars pour de la machinerie lourde. Ils semblent avoir ensuite servi de bureaux et d’entrepôts au cours des années précédant leur abandon. Celui situé le plus à l’ouest semble dater d’avant l’autre qui a été construit vers 2006-2007. Au cours des années qui ont suivi sa construction ce dernier a été le lieu de ventes d’entrepôt.

Les affaires n’ont pas dû être très profitables, déjà vers 2011-2012 les édifices n’étaient plus utilisés et les graffeurs ont commencé à arriver sur les lieux, d’abord à l’extérieur ensuite à l’intérieur. Très rapidement l’endroit a été pris d’assaut par les explorateurs urbains et les graffeurs. Tout sauf les pièces du devant s’est rapidement détérioré, sous l’action de vandales et de la pluie/neige entrant par les portes et fenêtres brisées ainsi que des portions de toits effondrés. Les deux édifices ont finalement été démolis au cours du printemps et de l’été 2016 pour permettre la construction de controversées tours résidentielles et commerciales.

Si vous détenez de l’information additionnelle sur cet endroit, vous êtes invités à me contacter et contribuer à cet article.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est divisée en pièces et autres zones où les artistes ont oeuvré. Les noms des différentes pièces ne sont pas officiels, ils sont ceux que j’ai utilisés pour mes besoins d’archivage. Le plan ci-dessous montre les positions relatives de ces pièces.


Plan of the various rooms and areas. The codes E1 to E6 and W1 to W5 refer to the room sub-sections below. Click to expand.


Eastern building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2015. Visible in the front are abandoned limousines!

Different angle; visible at the back is the dome of the old Tanguay prison which gave this spot its name amongst writers and urban explorers.


E1 – the galleries

General view of the galleries on the right, and the central rooms on the left.

Kems/Kemr

Skor

Skor

Skor

Skor

Kemt

Tuna

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok from a Four Lokos prod.

Skor from a Four Lokos prod.

Narc from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna (ground level), Koni (above left) and Saner (above right).

Tuna

Tuna

Tuna representing the SIK crew.

Ekler (left) and Tuna (right). Visible above are throws by Hems (left) and Shake (right).

Narc

Korb

Lith

Geser

Aper

Sunz

Naimo

Lyfer

Getsa

Shrek One tribute to Jacques Parizeau.

Ekler (ground level) and Serum (above).

Serum

EK Sept (left) and Hope (right). Visible above is a tag by Daym.

EK Sept. Scroll up for shots of the Sunz and Hope pieces seen beneath.

Fokus

Pito

Oskar

Nixon

Dope

Arek

Dekor (letters) and Hesan (creature).

Hesan

Two forms of Dekor on sides of the window. Tags above are by Sunz (in black) and Nybar (in blue).

Dekor (left) and Rizek (right).

Talk


E2 – the car showroom

General view of the car showroom. Scroll down for close-ups of the Geser car and the Merp and Raker pieces seen at the back.

Geser

Algue representing 203.

Pro

Someone representing the VC crew.

Lyfer

Block

Faboo representing Ten Yen.

Aces

Aner

Raker (ground level) and Merp (above).

Same spot, earlier shot: Verse (ground level) and Merp (above).


E3 – the central room

General view of the central room, with the back side of the car showroom on the left.

Skor

Skor

Aces

Bewet

Neak


E4 – the warehouse

General view of the warehouse (sorry for the blurry shot, it’s the only one I have). Scroll down for a close-up of the few visible pieces in this shot.

Shok

Narc

Skam

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor (ground level), with Neak and Bwet above.

Singe. Tags on the right include those of Dekor, Bewet, etc.

Ecler, plus a yellow tag by Bewet.

Rizek

Bewet

Oskar

Meth

Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.

Gypsr


E5 – the offices

Ekler

Ekler

Veto

Ecler throw.

Rizek


E6 – the end room

Bask and Part. Two red tags by Shok above.

Big throw from Etos, plus red tags by Shok.


Eastern building – outside walls

General view of the end of one of the buildings. Scroll down for close-ups.

Throw from Scaner.

Lyfer

Lyfer (ground level left), Cler (ground level right) and Balis (above).

Lyfer and Babar at ground level, Sneak and Venise above right.

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Tuna representing the SIK crew (ground level), Balis (top left)

Shok. Tags by Getsa and Gnius above.

Nixon

What’s left of an old Nixon piece.

Bosny

Reebok aka Logre.

Reebok aka Logre.

Gnius

Gnius

Gnius

Raker

Kzam (bottom left), Jaws (bottom right), Ecler (yellow) and anonymous artist (text and prisoner).

Wase (top left), Jaws (top right), Rescue (bottom left)

Getsa

EK Sept. Tags by Mesk (black) and Venise (white) above.

EK Sept

Oper

This reads Fofo but I’m quite sure it’s Fiefo.

Ecler

Kelen (left) and Shake (right)

Clast

Pares (ground level) and Arows (top).

Some (ground level)

Obes

Mastrocola (2 colour swirls), Hitem (yellow throw).

Unidentified artist.

Unidentified artist.

Sceak (character), Bask (top tag).


Eastern building – roof pieces

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Ekes

Algue

Bosny

Aloke


Western building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2016. Also visible on the right is a corner of the Eastern building.


W1 – the long room

General view of the long room. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces visible in this shot.

Shok (ground level) and Crops (above)

Fruit (left), Epos (middle) and Crack (right); red tag by Guest bottom left.

Same spot, later: Dekor (left) and Crack (right).

Crack (left), Ecler (right) and Duke (above).

Ekler on garage door, with partial view on the inner courtyard. Partially visible above are a throw and tag by Blek.

Hitem

Gaist/Guest

Cur?

Daym

Uzem

Scek


W2 – the small room

Aper and Sunz.

Nixon, with a blue tag by Scaner above.

Same spot, later: Deser.

Ensor

Jinx


W3 – the medium room

Apashe

Nixon

Vogue

Gnius, plus tag by Rake above.

Rake

Raes

Raes

Peace

Alber

Ekual (ground level) and Arow (above).

Feez


W4 – the courtyard

General view of the inner courtyard. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces.

Stare

Shok

Monk.e

EK Sept (bottom left), Kelen (top left), Zion (top right) and Sunz (bottom right).

Ekler

Ekler

Ekler

Dekor

Rake. Tags by VC‘s Owk and Sunz above.

Gnius (top left of door), Blek (right of door), Arose (very top)

Jaws (ground level) and Bane (above).

Aper

Scaner (blue) and Crops (yellow).

Taike, plus a tag by Owk in black on the right.


W5 – the annex

Bane


Western builing – outside walls

Raker (ground level), Gnius (middle) and someone for SPK (above).

F.One in small and large formats.

Kzam (ground level), Bane (above left), Duke (above right), Shake (top right).

Smog

Raker (left) and Ecro (right).

A throw by Aero and a tag by Kelen.

KC Neuf

Someone representing YU8.

Transco – offices, roof and exterior

This post features all graffiti pieces done in the abandoned Transco’s offices, on its roof and exterior walls.

See also:

Cet article présente les pièces de graffiti faites dans les bureaux du complexe abandonné de la Transco, sur ses toits ainsi que sur ses murs extérieurs.

Voir aussi:


the offices / les bureaux

Opire

Lyfer

Bosny

Bosny

Debza

Algue

Algue

Algue

Rizek

Rizek

Neak

Neak and Bwet.

Bwet

Home

Home

Maek

Vest

Amigo

Resok


the roofs / les toits

Shok

Tuna

Tuna

Shok

Skor

Narc

Narc

Aero

Kemt

Shok

Skor

Skor throw.

Snok

Snok

Snok

Snok

Someone(s) representing the 203 crew.

Flying Eric (left) and Algue (right)

Scaner

Scaner

Eskae

Hoacs

Hoacs

Looter

Zek

Zek

Zek flops and tag.

Zek flop.

Jaber

Simo

Simo

Simo tags

Swarm

Hollows by Swarm and Fuser.

Fuser

Haks

Aloke

Debza

Crops

Wase

KC Neuf

KC Neuf

KC Neuf

Resok

Rizek

Rest

Neak

Neak

Sapo

Noce

Inuit

unidentified artist


the exterior walls / les murs extérieurs

Snok

Snok outline

Snok outline

Shok

Block

Venise

Listen

This old Stikki Peaches wheatpaste was put up before any writer had even made it inside the Transco complex.

New graffiti December 2015

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during December 2015. Of course, even though this post is huge, it is just a fraction of what was produced in this city during that time – it is the best of what I was lucky enough to catch. If you want to see new works as soon as I photograph them, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente les meilleures pièces de graffitis produites à Montréal au cours de décembre 2015 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Pito from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 4 below.

Stare from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the one above and the 3 below.

Naimo from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 2 above and the 2 below.

Pask from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 3 above and the one below.

Nybar from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 4 above.

Haks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.