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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.

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.


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Great spot in Chinatown.


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stickers and other pasted work

These 3 different wheatpastes were also found separately.

Ether and Scaner wheatpastes.

A pasted montage of Benny Wilding patterns and figurative elements, found in a Mile End alley.

Dodo Osé

Bio, from the Ashop website: “Dodo Ose is a Montreal based graffiti and fine artist specialized in highly rendered surreal portraiture. Born in Lyon, Dodo was initiated to art at an early age, spending countless hours admiring the rich architecture of his native city. He spent his teenage years in the south of France, where he developed his artistic knowledge and taste for graffiti. He studied Fine Arts in Cannes and presented his first shows in galleries. In need of a challenge, he decided to pursue his career in Canada in 2010. In Montreal, he got carried away by the city’s creative atmosphere and found a real family within the Ashop and K6A crews, two multidisciplinary collectives. Through these connections, he developed his own style and created his own universe, blending aerosol painting with watercolors. He is constantly in search of innovating, as much in his technique as in the choice of his subjects. He creates artworks that combines the figurative and the imaginary. His work takes the public into a surrealistic universe, both romantic and oneiric, that exudes an edgy sense of humor with his own poetic touch.”

To see more from Dodo than what I was lucky enough to photograph, you are invited to see his gallery on the Ashop website as well as his personal Instagram page.

Biographie tirée du site web d’Ashop: “Dodo Ose est un artiste spécialisé en Beaux Arts et en graffiti basé à Montréal. Né dans la prestigieuse ville de Lyon, Dodo Ose est initié à l’art dès son jeune âge. Il passe son adolescence dans le sud de la France, où il découvre l’univers du graffiti. Ses études en beaux-arts à Cannes le mènent ensuite à intégrer la peinture traditionnelle à son style et à y présenter ses premières expositions en galeries. En 2010, Dodo déménage au Canada, à la recherche de défis et de nouvelles expériences. L’ambiance artistique de Montréal inspire le jeune artiste qui décide de s’y installer. Il se joint éventuellement au Ashop et au K6A, deux collectifs artistiques multidisciplinaires. Ces connexions le poussent à perfectionner son style et à créer son propre univers, mélangeant la peinture aérosol à l’aquarelle. Dodo Ose cherche constamment à innover, autant dans la technique que dans les sujets abordés. En jouant avec le symbolisme et les archétypes universels, l’artiste concocte des paysages oniriques et surréalistes qui fusionnent le figuratif à l’imaginaire. Cherchant à transmettre les sentiments abstraits qui dansent derrière nos paupières, son travail reflète l’énergie Jungienne de la poésie et de la fantaisie.”

Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa gallerie sur le site d’Ashop ainsi qu’à sa page Instagram.


solo murals

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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In Hochelaga.

Self-portrait mural in Verdun.

In the Village.

In a Ville St-Laurent park, for Kolab. Scroll down to see close-ups of each individual seat.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up to view all five in one shot and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up to view the others.

In Wynwood (Miami) for the 2017 edition of Art Basel.

In Hochelaga.

Dodo’s part in the Time Is Gold production.

In Ville St-Laurent for Ashop.

Dodo’s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll down for a different angle.

Dodo’s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll up for a different angle.

In St-Henri.

A beautiful mural downtown.

In a Hochelaga alley for Ashop. This was paired with a garage door across the alley as well, see below.

In a Hochelaga alley for Ashop, across the alley from the corner piece above it in this gallery.

Back of truck for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

A huge mural in Mercier for Ashop. See below for an extra segment of it.

The rightmost part of the above Ashop mural in Mercier.

For Ashop on St-Denis.

This one of three trackside walls by Ashop artists in NDG is by Dodo Osé.

For Ashop in Rosemont.


duo murals

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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe Lalime (cat) from a K6A crew and friends jam in the South West.

Another collaboration with Axe Lalime in the South West.

A collaboration with Ankh One on the Plaza St-Hubert.

Another collaboration with Ankh One in Petite-Patrie, for Ashop.

Zek and Dodo for Ashop in Ahuntsic.

Collaboration with Ankh One for Ashop, downtown.

Ashop mural in Hochelaga featuring Zek and Dodo Osé.


collective murals

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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Monk.e, Fleo and Dodo Osé on the K6A crew’s wall for the Gatos Callejeros production.

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe Lalime, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 1/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe Lalime, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 2/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe Lalime, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 3/3).

K6A crew wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe Lalime, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstieOne.

Zek, Dodo Osé, Ankh One for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami (1/2).

Zek, Dodo Osé, Ankh One for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami (2/2).

Dré, Dodo Osé and Ankh One for Ashop in Ahuntsic.

Ashop mural for the Mercier library; photo © Ashop.

Mural by Dré, Dodo Osé and Zek for Ashop in Côte-des-Neiges.

K6A crew contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Fleo, Monk.e, Dodo Osé, Serak, Axe Lalime, Dkae and Saer.

Classic and internationally renowned Ashop mural in NDG featuring Fluke, Axe Lalime, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

Ashop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.


assisting others

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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Fluke (assisted by Fonki, Fonki and Dodo Osé) in Hochelaga.

Zek, Axe Lalime, Awe with help from Dodo Osé, in St-Henri.

Fleo truck side with help from Dodo.


graffiti / letters

Dodo started off writing OSER when he did letters, then as he gradually became Dodo Osé he switched to writing DODO. Therefore, the more recent pieces at the top of this section read DODO while the older ones below read OSER.

Dodo a commencé par écrire OSER lorsqu’il faisait du graffiti puis, après qu’il soit devenu Dodo Osé, il s’est mis à écrire DODO. Conséquemment, les pièces les plus récentes au début de la section ci-dessous se lisent DODO alors que les plus vieilles plus bas se lisent OSER.

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

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dodo (ground) and Fleo (above, split over 2 surfaces) for a Plateau production curated by Axe Lalime.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dodo’s segment in a K6A crew production in St-Henri.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe Lalime (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner mega-production.

K6A crew‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Axe Lalime (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

Contribution to a big K6A crew jam in St-Henri.

Axe Lalime (top) and Dodo (ground) in St-Henri.

An extra garage door from the above St-Henri jam, featuring Otak, Fleo and Dodo Osé.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel (on the right; visible on the left is Koni HTU).

Truck side, also featuring Bryan Beyung on the back.

Fleo (left) and Dodo Osé (right) in a South West alley.

K6A crew wall on Gilmore featuring Serak (top), Fleo (middle) and Oser aka Dodo Osé (bottom).

In Hochelaga.

In St-Henri.

Eskro

Eskro is a graffiti writer active in and around Montreal, and one of the most talented and prolific of his generation. Until the end of 2016 he was a member of the multi-disciplinary crew Astred Collective, but early in 2017 he started representing a new crew called TFS (or 24/7 – twenty-four/seven). At some point early in 2018 he also started representing YU8 (why you hate?) when a friendship between members of TFS and YU8 led to some writers from each one being admitted in the other crew.

Eskro has very little presence online, but you can follow him on Instagram.

Eskro est un graffeur actif à Montréal, et un des plus talentueux et prolifiques de sa génération. Jusque vers la fin de 2016 il était membre du collectif multi-disciplinaire The Astred Collective, mais à partir du début 2017 il s’est mis à représenter TFS (ou 24/7 pour twenty-four/seven). Vers le début de 2018 il a aussi commencé à représenter YU8 (lire why you hate?) après qu’une amitié entre certains membres des crews TFS et YU8 a fait en sorte que des graffeurs de chacun de ces crews ont été admis dans l’autre.

La seule présence d’Eskro sur l’internet est sur Instagram.


pieces, burners, etc.

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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

Resok (left letters), Eskro (right letters) and Apok (top) for the Canettes de Ruelle alley production.

Eskro, Resok and Apok on a garage door for the Canettes de Ruelle alley production.

Under an overpass.

Wall section of the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Serna (top left), Resok (top right), Temps (middle left), Nor (middle center), Myrage (middle right), Rizek (ground left) and Eskro (ground right). See below for close-up on Eskro’s piece.

Close-up on Eskro’s piece for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. See full wall above.

Eskro (left) and Haks (right) announcing the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Eskro wrote UNDER and Haks wrote PRESSURE.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Inside the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Inside the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Inside the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Tribute to Scaner by Myrage and Eskro in an abandoned church. See below for close-up.

Close-up on Eskro and Myrage‘s tribute to Scaner in an abandoned church.

Inside an abandoned building on the South Shore.

Inside an abandoned building on the South Shore.

Inside an abandoned building on the South Shore.

On the side of a parked freight train.

Inside an abandoned building on the South Shore.

Inside an abandoned building on the South Shore.

Inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In Rosemont.

The TFS/POM wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Rizek (top left), Apok (angel), Resok (2nd row left), Myrage (2nd row right), Eskro (3rd row), Serum (ground left) and EK Sept (ground right). See below for close-up on Eskro’s piece.

Close-up on Eskro’s piece for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. See above for full wall.

Inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

Inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

Inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

Inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

Doing the name of his TFS crew inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

Doing the name of his crewmate Myrage inside an abandoned building in Lachine.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Doing Ekes’ name in Rosemont.

Inside an abandoned building in Pointe-Claire.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

With Apok on character, inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In Rosemont, with Kuby on character.

Eskro (middle), Apok (bottom right), Ankh One (top) and Jasp (bottom left) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Indoors piece for an expo at the Fresh Paint Gallery in parallel to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont, with Lapin on skull.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Mural by Apok and Eskro from the Astred Collective in Pointe St-Charles.

With Apok on character at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

With Hero in Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Also visible above is an older piece by Kube.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

With Rouks on the left at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

A quickie in Hochelaga.

Inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Inside a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

With Apok on character on a Little Italy rooftop.

Rouks representing Next Time (left) and Escro for the Astred Collective (right), in a Plateau alley.

Escro for the Astred Collective in the Plateau.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Also visible above is Aces.

On a parked train bed.

On an overpass pillar.


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Scan You Rock tribute wall

For about a week during the month of September 2018, nearly 100 writers and artists converged onto Cabot street in the South West of Montreal for the creation of a huge mural celebrating the graffiti writer and artist Scaner who had passed away a year earlier following a 8-year battle with cancer.

The 675 m2 (7250 sq. foot) mural is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, and features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime. It was done on one of the two walls which had served as the canvas for the Scan You Rock mega-production 16 months earlier, a huge tribute to Scaner put together by his friends when they found out that he only had a short time left to live. Scaner’s own piece in the latter production was salvaged and has been integrated into the new mural which was designed around it. Barcelona artist and 4S crewmate Harry Bones created a Scaner-inspired character looming over the piece, and nearly a hundred of Scaner’s fellow writers and artists from Montreal and around the world filled the letters of his name with their own name pieces. Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime created the end character, a clock reminding us that Time Is Gold.

The creation of the mural was organised by Scaner’s wife Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers and his friend Philémon (through the non-profit organization Mr CanDo) and made possible through the generous contribution of donors who thus helped pay for the rental of aerial work platforms, scaffoldings and safety equipment as well as the purchase of paint and the transportation of artists.

A tribute of this scale was unheard of in the world of graffiti and urban art before this. It is a testament to the love and respect that Scaner commanded from his peers, in Montreal and elsewhere in the world. The new mural is seen everyday by thousands of commuters on the Turcot Interchange, and photos and videos of it and its making have made it around the world through social media, cementing Scan’s place in local and international art and graffiti history.

The gallery below features photos of the complete wall as well as close-ups on various sections, including credits for all the artists involved. A few names are missing, any input is welcome.

Pendant 7 jours en septembre 2018, une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes se sont rendus sur la rue Cabot dans le sud-ouest de Montréal pour la création d’une immense murale en hommage au graffeur et artiste montréalais Scaner, pour le premier anniversaire de son décès suite à une bataille de 8 ans contre le cancer.

La murale de 675 m2 (7250 pieds carrés) est une création de ses amis graffeurs Zek (qui a dessiné les lettres) et Stare, et inclut des personnages par Harry Bones et Axe Lalime. Elle a été créée sur un des deux murs qui, 16 mois plus tôt, avaient servi de canevas pour la mega-production Scan You Rock, un immense hommage à Scaner organisé par ses amis lorsque la communauté a appris qu’il ne lui restait plus que quelques temps à vivre. La contribution de Scaner à cette production a été préservée et intégrée dans la nouvelle murale. L’artiste barcelonais et crewmate en 4S Harry Bones a créé un immense personnage inspiré par Scaner et une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes de Montréal et d’ailleurs ont rempli les lettres de son nom avec leur propre pièce. Axe Lalime, qui faisait aussi partie du crew DA avec Scan, a créé le personnage au bout du mur, un réveil nous rappelant que le temps est précieux (Time Is Gold).

La création de la murale a été organisée par la conjointe de Scaner, Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers, et le bon ami de Scan Philémon (via l’OBNL Mr CanDo) et rendue possible grâce à la généreuse contribution de donateurs qui ont ainsi aidé à payer pour la location de plate-formes mobiles, des échafaudages et des équipements de sécurité ainsi que pour l’achat de la peinture et le transports d’artistes.

Il n’y a jamais eu d’hommage de cette ordre avant celui-ci dans le monde du graffiti et de l’art urbain en général. Ceci témoigne de l’amour et du respect que Scaner a inspiré chez ses pairs, qu’ils soient à Montréal ou à l’étranger. La nouvelle murale est vue chaque jours par les milliers de gens qui utilisent l’échangeur Turcot, et des photos et des vidéos de celle-ci et de sa création ont fait le tour du monde via les médias sociaux. Ainsi Scaner prend tranquillement la place qu’il mérite dans l’histoire artistique de notre ville et du milieu du graffiti.

La galerie ci-dessous présente des photos du mur complet ainsi que quelques gros plans sur ses sections, incluant des crédits pour tous les artistes qui y ont contribué. Quelques nom y manquent, vous êtes invités à combler ces lacunes en m’écrivant.


The complete wall. Scroll down for close-ups on the wall’s different sections. Click to view image in bigger size.

Close-up on Harry Bones‘ contribution around Scaner‘s own piece salvaged from the Scan You Rock production from April 2017 (a few months before he passed away). Harry Bones was Scan’s crewmate in the 4S crew.

Close-up on the S. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Hoacs, Eskae
row 2: Risk, Sober, unidentified
row 3: Sear, Musa, Kemr
row 4: Skor, Roachi, Trace, Zema
row 5: unidentified, Morz, Kay (Scan’s wife), Vect, Jarus (partial)
row 6: Jat?, Narc, Sewk, Shok, unidentified

Close-up on the C. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: unidentified
row 2: Hyke, someone writing Jays
row 3: Smak, Fonki
row 4: Zema, Koal, Sewer
row 5: Jarus, Dige?, Nixon
row 6: Her?, Kers

Close-up on the A. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: someone writing Dock, Dré aka Earth Crusher
row 2: Arek, RCH
row 3: Senck, Block, Atwz
row 4: Sower, Tchug, Astro, Pask
row 5: Serak, Fomer, Zek (starts inside door recess), Dodo Osé, Nesar (partial)
row 6: Kwun, Mersh, Maysr (inside door recess), Fuser, Probe?

Close-up on the N. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Pito, Tens, Axe Lalime, Pic Paquette, 123Klan, Jaber
row 2: unidentified, Some, Ewol?, Killa EF, unidentified, Fluke, Stare, Ware
row 3: Jaker, Kevin Ledo, unidentified, Tuna, Five Eight, Cemz, F.One
row 4: Legal, Acek?, Peace, unidentified, unidentified, Hsix
row 5: Sage, Guko, unidentified, Casp
row 6: Kemt, Rysk, Loes, Fleo, Maysr?

Close-up on the end section showing a clock character by Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime. Artists in the fill are:
row 2: Ware, Soma
row 3: F.One (partial), Oper, Aper
row 4: Hsix, Otak
row 5: Snipes

Estival de Canes 2018

The second edition of the Estival de Canes (formerly known as the Festival de Canes) was held July 6-8, 2018 in Longueuil. This year the site of the festival was the Parc de la Cité in St-Hubert. This new edition was again curated by Acek and about 25 artists from the greater Montreal participated, mostly from the crews 203, Crazy Apes, K6A, Next Time, RCD and of course Acek’s N2N.

See also:
Festival de Canes – 2017 edition

La seconde édition de l’Estival de Canes (anciennement le Festival de Canes) a eu lieu du 6 au 8 juillet 2018 à Longueuil. Cette année le festival s’est tenu au Parc de la Cité à St-Hubert. Cette nouvelle édition a été supervisée par Acek et a réuni environ 25 artistes du grand Montréal, principalement des crews 203, Crazy Apes, K6A, Next Time, RCD et bien sûr N2N.

A voir aussi:
Festival de Canes – édition 2017

General view of the pond side of the production. At the center is the 203 Crew collective piece, above the water are Crazy Apes Narc, Havok and Akuma, and top right is Serak. Scroll down for close-ups of all of these.

Close-up of the 203 Crew part of the production, a tribute to the mullet (the “coupe Longueuil”). Artists who participated are Flying Eric, Arnold, Borrris, Ekes, Lyfer and Algue.

Close-up on Crane‘s piece above water level.

The Crazy Apes had the water level, this is a close-up of Crane, Narc and Havok.

The Crazy Apes’ Narc, Havok and Akuma.

The other Crazy Apes in this prod is Korb.

Serak is on the top level of the building.

Axe Lalime between his K6A Crew buddies. This is a work-in-progress, more will eventually be added to it. Stay tuned for the final pic.

Fleo also there to represent K6A.

The N2N crew section of the production. From left to right: Acek, Arose and Janek (sideways). See individual close-ups below.

Acek‘s segment of the N2N contribution.

Arose‘s segment of the N2N contribution.

Janek‘s segment of the N2N contribution (work-in-progress shot, final piece photo coming soon).

Dré on letters and character, with Five Eight above.

Royal at ground level with Nor above.

The RCD Crew wall: Yema at ground level, Snok on top letters and Beaf on bird.

Sank on letters and Germdee on character.

Wonez

Rouks


the boards

Four additional 2-sided boards were available onsite for other artists to contribute.

Quatre panneaux recto-verso étaient aussi disponibles pour des artistes voulant contribuer.

Mono Sourcil on character and Hsix on letters (a tribute to German graffiti artist Loomit).

Mad Rats Gaulois (in blue) and Bopor (in pink).

More by the Mad Rats.

Nemo

Germdee

Loyal

Hick

unidentified artist

Mural Festival 2018

This article features the new murals created during the 2018 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 7th to 17th.

Six earlier Festival murals have been replaced with new ones this year. These are the Ricardo Cavolo and Insa from the 2017 edition, the XRAY and Ms Teri walls from the 2016 edition, the Young Jarus wall from the 2015 edition, and the Other mural from the 2013 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 2018 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 7 au 17 juin.

Six murales ont été remplacées par de nouvelles cette année: celles de Ricardo Cavolo et de Insa de l’édition 2017, celles de XRAY et de Ms Teri de l’édition 2016, celle de Young Jarus de l’édition 2015 ainsi que celle de Other datant de l’édition 2013.

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

Michael Reeder, who also supplied the Festival’s artwork for this year’s edition (as seen on the top banner of this post).

Demsky

Tristan Eaton

Saner

Drew Merritt

Stare

Waxhead. See below for close-ups of this huge contribution.

Close-up of Waxhead‘s huge contribution.

One more close-up of Waxhead‘s huge contribution.

Waxhead‘s wall also includes a guest appearance of Ekes on letters.

Jeremy Shantz. See below for a ‘fenceless’ close-up of Fonki and Serak‘s tribute to Scaner at the base of the mural.

Tribute to Scaner by Fonki and Serak, a detail of Jeremy Shantz‘s wall (see above).

Axe Lalime

Smithe

WhatIsAdam

Ben Eine

A collaboration between Poni and Cyrielle Tremblay.

Sandra Chevrier

Le Monstr

LSNR

Sara Erenthal

Cryptik

This Marc Sirus wall was not on the official programme but it was still part of the festival.


ASVP’s sidewalk pieces

In 2018 it was ASVP‘s turn to supply the sidewalk pieces in the Mural zone. He did seven in total, all on St-Laurent between Milton and St-Joseph.

En 2018 c’était au tour de ASVP de créer les pièces de trottoir pour le Festival Mural. Il en créé sept, toutes sur St-Laurent entre Milton et St-Joseph.


vehicles

The 123Klan painted the outside of this shuttle that brings people to the Alouettes (football) games. Two more buses were done during the festival but I was not able to photograph them.

SBU One, MSHL and Naimo collaborated on this truck for a Rosemont café. The side here is mostly by SBU One with a bit by MSHL, and the back is all by MSHL. See below for the opposite side mostly by Naimo.

This is Naimo‘s side of the above truck for a Rosemont café. SBU One and MSHL have also contributed a bit to this side.


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 few are missing from the gallery below as I was unable to photograph them before they got tagged.

A chaque année le revers des panneaux d’information et de publicité du Festival sont peints par divers artistes locaux, une excellent initiative permettant de présenter une grande quantité de talent montréalais. Quelques pièces, que je n’ai pas eu la chance de photographier avant qu’elles ne soient tagguées, manquent à la galerie ci-dessous.

Mr Crocks and Kwartz collaboration.

Nikki Kuentzle

Yumar

MC Grou

Max Prevo

Raphael Dairon

Alice Demee

Carolane Bélanger

Dominique Montesano

Geneviève Bigué

Jo Mendel

Julia GR


‘your face here’ boards

Just like the info/ad boards above, these ‘your face here’ boards are great canvases for local artists to show their craft during the festival. I’ve only photographed a few of these this year.

Tout comme les revers de panneaux d’information et publicitaires ci-dessus, ces panneaux permettent à des artistes locaux de montrer leur talent pendant la durée du festival. Je n’ai malheureusement photographié que quelques uns cette année.

Mirabolle

Alexis Vaillancourt

Montreal Hippodrome

In 2009, after more than 100 years near the corner of Décarie and Jean-Talon, the Montreal Hippodrome (formerly known as Blue Bonnets) closed its doors. The site comprised mainly a huge race track for horses, with on one side a main building including bleachers, betting rooms, bars and restaurants, and on the other side, various stables and sheds.

It didn’t take very long following the closing of the Hippodrome for graffers and other artists to hit the abandoned buildings. While the stables and some of the sheds were immediately taken over, the main building remained off-limits. Although there was security on site, it was generally lax in the supervision of the abandoned stables. This was not the case for the main building; it was impossible to approach it without security showing up. It remained off-limits until the beginning of 2018 when, a few months away from a planned demolition to make space for a complex of condos and commercial buildings, security appears to have been dropped.

As it had become the holy grail of abandoned buildings in Montreal, following the disappearance of security it wasn’t long before graffers finally made it inside the main building. The first ones appear to have been Shok, Sewk and Arek, in early March 2018. Through social media the word quickly spread and within a few weeks the spot was completely taken over. The party lasted for about three weeks until late March when a fence was put up around the whole site and everything, including most the stables this time, became off-limits again. The city supplied security from the SPVM, so very few writers and explorers tried to make it inside after that.

The photos of graffiti and other artistic pieces from the Hippodrome are split over three posts:

  • the main building
  • 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)

En 2009, après plus de 100 ans près du coin Décarie/Jean-Talon, l’Hippodrome de Montréal (anciennement Blue Bonnets) a fermé ses portes. Le site de courses de chevaux consistait principalement en une grande piste avec d’un coté l’édifice principal incluant estrades, salles de paris, bars et restaurants, et de l’autre côté diverses écuries et hangars.

Suite à la fermeture de l’Hippodrome, les graffeurs et autres artistes ont immédiatement envahi l’endroit. Les écuries et hangars ont été les premiers à avoir été explorés. Cependant l’édifice principal est demeuré inaccessible. Bien qu’il y ait eu de la sécurité sur le site, celle-ci était généralement tolérante autour des écuries. Par contre, c’était tout le contraire en ce qui concerne l’édifice principal, il était impossible de l’approcher avant l’arrivée d’un.e agent.e de sécurité. L’édifice est ainsi demeuré inaccessible jusqu’au début de 2018 quand, à quelques mois d’une démolition longtemps planifiée, les autorités semblent avoir abandonné la sécurité.

Puisque cet édifice principal était devenu le spot le plus convoité par les graffeurs à Montréal, suite à l’interruption des services de sécurité ceux-ci ont pris l’endroit d’assaut. Les premiers à y avoir accédé semblent avoir été Shok, Sewk et Arek, en mars 2018. Via les médias sociaux la nouvelle s’est rapidement répandue et en l’espace de quelques semaines plusieurs douzaines d’artistes y ont laissé leur marque. La fête a duré environ 3 semaines, jusqu’à la fin de mars quand une cloture a été installée autour du site. L’édifice principal ainsi qu’une partie des écuries sont alors redevenues inaccessibles. La sécurité étant assurée cette fois par le SPVM, très peu de graffeurs et d’explorateurs urbains ont tenté d’y pénétrer par la suite.

Les photos de graffitis et autres pièces artistiques trouvées à l’Hippodrome sont présentées ici en trois sous-sections:

  • l’édifice principal
  • les 2 écuries de réchauffement (publié sous peu)
    (où les chevaux étaient préparés en vue d’une course)
  • les 6 écuries régulières (publié sous peu)
    (où les chevaux étaient gardés entre les courses)