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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.

New street art and graffiti February-March 2015

Due to the slow arrival of Spring, there isn’t much painted work to report at this point. The bulk of what I found lately are pieces by France’s El Moot Moot who has left his mark in many neighbourhoods of our city, and of course one by Waxhead who is just unstoppable. In the pasted work department (wheatpastes, paste-ups, stickers), the unstoppable one is Futur Lasor Now, and true to his usual self he has treated us to a number of new designs or new variations on familiar themes. The previously mentioned El Moot Moot as well as London’s Mother Superior have also decorated the city’s urban furniture with a significant amount of new stickers.

Comme le printemps prends son temps à décoller, il n’y a que très peu de pièces peintes à présenter ici. La grande majorité de ce que j’ai eu la chance de découvrir est par l’artiste français El Moot Moot qui a laissé son empreinte dans plusieurs quartiers de la ville. La seule autre pièce peinte majeure découverte est par Waxhead que rien ne peut arrêter. Au chapitre des oeuvres collées (collages, stickers, etc), celui qui ne peut être arrêté est Futur Lasor Now et, fidèle à lui-même, il nous a servi une bonne quantité de nouveaux trucs et de nouvelles variations sur des thèmes déjà connus. Le ci-haut mentionné El Moot Moot ainsi que Mother Superior de Londres ont aussi décoré le mobilier urbain d’une grande quantité de leurs stickers.


painted pieces

The year has barely started and this small house on Duluth was already given its second facelift by Waxhead. Also visible at the top is an older piece by Gawd. Check out the evolution of the house at the latter Waxhead link, it’s worth it.

El Moot Moot on St-Laurent

El Moot Moot between the Plateau and Villeray.

El Moot Moot on Beaubien.

El Moot Moot in the Plateau.

El Moot Moot on the George General d’Auto Reparation.

El Moot Moot in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Unidentified artist (left) and El Moot Moot (right) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Also visible in this shot are tags by Feros and Thief! amongst others.

El Moot Moot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Also visible in this shot are a sticker and part of a wheatpaste by ROC514.

El Moot Moot in Centre-Sud.

El Moot Moot in the Village. Piece above it is by an unidentified artist.

El Moot Moot in the Village. Also visible is a tag by Thief!

Unidentified artist (left) and El Moot Moot (right) in Centre-Sud.

Small piece by someone from the WC Crew in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.


train track graffiti

Otek from CSX.

Peams from CSX. Also visible on the background wall are older pieces by Crane, Royal and many others.

Haxan. Also visible on the background wall is older graffiti by Oser, Zion, Pask, Koal and Fost.

Meor. Also visible on the background wall is older graffiti by Oser, Zion, Pask, Koal and Fost.

Koal. Also visible on the background wall is older graffiti by Zion, Koal and Fost.

Aces.


small posters

Futur Lasor Now

Futur Lasor Now; photo © Futur Lasor Now.


small paste-ups and stickers

Futur Lasor Now. This is actually cut vinyl, blending in quite nicely with the tags around.

Futur Lasor Now

Futur Lasor Now

Futur Lasor Now

New variation on an older theme by Futur Lasor Now.

More by Futur Lasor Now.

More by Futur Lasor Now.

Waxhead

This printed El Moot Moot sticker is usually white, not coloured in.

A printed El Moot Moot sticker.

A printed El Moot Moot sticker.

Hand-drawn El Moot Moot sticker.

More by El Moot Moot.

More by El Moot Moot.

More by El Moot Moot.

Paste-up by Stela.

Glitzy sticker by Stela.

Older design in new colours by Swarm.

Older design in new colours by Swarm.

Older design in new colours by Swarm.

London’s Mother Superior is in town.

Mother Superior

Mother Superior

Mother Superior

Mother Superior

Mother Superior

These paste-ups that appear to vary by the stamps in the corners are also by London’s Mother Superior (like the red ‘Hello’ stickers above).

More by London’s Mother Superior.

Nustwo aka Nus2 aka Nus II from the ELP Crew has been slapping around town. This and the one below are the more interesting sticker variations.

Nustwo aka Nus2 aka Nus II from the ELP Crew.

Unidentified artist. Click on image to read the fine print.

Unidentified artist.


stencil

After the Paul McCartney paste-ups from a few months ago, here’s a stencil. Artist is still unidentified.

Top 10 graffiti, top 10 stickers, top 5 other of 2014

This is part four of Wall2WallMTL’s Top 100 Montreal street art of 2014, featuring the top 10 graffiti, top 10 stickers and the top 5 pieces that couldn’t be listed in any other category. See also:
part 1: top 25 big murals of 2014
part 2: top 25 small painted pieces of 2014
part 3: top 25 pasted pieces of 2014

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry.

Voici le top 10 des graffitis, le top 10 des stickers et le top 5 des oeuvres inclassifiables de 2014 à Montréal. Voir aussi:
1ère partie: top 25 des grandes murales de 2014
2ième partie: top 25 des petites pièces peintes de 2014
3ième partie: top 25 des oeuvres collées de 2014

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée.


Top 10 graffiti

Unlike other categories in this Top 100, this one does not strictly feature my ultimate faves of the year. A lot of the graffiti I love I never had a chance to photograph before it disappeared. I also decided not to include in this list graffiti featured in the context of the Under Pressure festival because then the top 10 would almost just be filled with that. So here’s the top 10 one-off Montreal graffiti that I was able to photograph.

Contrairement aux autres catégories de ce Top 100, celle-ci n’inclut pas nécessairement mes graffitis préférés de l’année. Je n’ai pas eu la chance de photographier toutes les pièces que j’aime avant qu’elles ne disparaissent. J’ai aussi décidé de ne pas inclure dans cette liste les graffitis produits dans le contexte du festival Under Pressure parce que ceux-ci se seraient presque accaparé le top 10 au complet. En conséquence, voici donc le top 10 des graffitis uniques que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.


(from left to right) Cens, Opire, Awe, Lyfer, Five Eight and Juice Funk, plus friends, in St-Henri. Five Eight has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014.

Above 3 photos: collective work by Robe/Fore and Pask, in Plateau End.

Robe/Fore in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: big production on the Cabot x Gilmore walls, featuring Sen2, AG Crew, Geser, Bacon, Scaner, Kemr, Sewk and Brong.

Koal and Bosny on abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Above 2 photos: 123Klan (first photo) and the Crazy Apes featuring Lith and Fezat (second photo) on the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Zdey in the Plateau.

Astro on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga. Astro has also made it into the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014.

Zion and Peace in Hochelaga.

Meor in a Plateau alley.


Top 10 stickers

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry. Works are presented in random order.

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée. Les oeuvres sont présentées sans ordre précis.

Above 3 photos: Citizan (many more variations exist).

Futur Lasor Now sticker combo. This artist has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014, the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014 and the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Miss Me‘s ‘Pussylluminati’. Scroll down for more by Miss Me. This artist has also made it into the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Above 4 photos: National Zombi (many variations exist).

Above 2 photos: Shifty Cat warnings series.

Above 2 photos: Shifty Cat vs social media series.

Above 4 photos: Turtle Caps series (many many more variations exist). Turtle Caps has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014 and the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Above 3 photos: Waxhead‘s retouched retro images series.

Above 4 photos: Waxhead‘s painted sticker series (many many more variations exist). Scoll down for more by Waxhead. This artist has also made it into the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014.

Above 2 photos: WhatIsAdam aka WIA‘s new Maple Sizzurp variations. Scroll down for more by WhatIsAdam. This artist has also made it into the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.


Top 5 non-classifiables

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry. Works are presented in random order.

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée. Les oeuvres sont présentées sans ordre précis.

Cam for Decolonizing Street Art.

Mathieu Connery installation on the corner of St-Christophe and Marie-Anne.

Above 2 photos: fake boxing day poster ads by Miss Me. Second photo © Miss Me. Scroll up for more by Miss me.

Above 2 photos: Waxhead and Starkey on thick wooden pieces. Scroll up for more by Waxhead.

Above 2 photos: WhatIsAdam aka WIA, dressed-up garbage cans, parc Jeanne-Mance (photos © Whatisadam). Scroll up for more by WhatIsAdam.