Paris via Montreal: MURAL Street Art Festival

The 5th annual MURAL Street Art festival, in and around Montreal’s hopping Blvd St Laurent is a sign of the city’s vibrant art scene.

International artists representing 7 countries and several prominent Canadian muralists have been commissioned to create twenty new murals.

The festival, which began as part of a movement to redevelop the popular Plateau neighborhood, is literally a work in process: artists mount scaffolding and cover the sides of buildings with colorful tableaux, each work unique as the artist, with crowds looking on. There are already 80 examples of such street art in Montreal, created in the previous years of the festival.

Blvd St Laurent will be closed to cars between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal, but the festival extends to Old Montreal. The festival includes an art fair, 2 weekends of free outdoor concerts and block parties, temporary murals, and guided walking tours of the new installations.

Here is a glimpse of what’s in store.

Un grand merci to Cookie Tager for inspiring this week’s blog post, and for providing the photograph.

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