Graffiti, street art and murals blaze Toronto streets and alleys with colorful illustrations that range from portraits to social and political statements.
Extraordinary arts and drawings are painted on walls, entire buildings, alleys and bridges portraying the massive creative culture in Toronto. Some of these pieces of art, which are all free to visit, will keep you thinking which piece belongs to the Art Gallery of Ontario famously known as AGO.
In 2012, the city of Toronto started an awareness program dubbed StreetARToronto (StART) that aims to develop, support and increase awareness of the crucial role of street art in generating social and economic benefits as well as adding allure to Toronto’s streets. This program also aims to counter negative effects of graffiti vandalism in Toronto streets.
In this article, I narrowed down 5 cool Graffiti and Street art spots in Toronto for your Instaphotos. All are worth seeing with your own eyes.
Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)
Hidden between buildings and major streets, this small alley is, in my opinion, the coolest place to visit if street art and graffiti is something you love.
Allow around 30 minutes to one hour to leisurely walk around the Alley and its surroundings.
Graffiti Alley could be reached through walking if rescinding in downtown or taking the 510 transit. Graffiti alley’s actual name is Rush Lane sandwiched between Portland and Spadina streets. Afterwards, you could spend some time walking around Queen street and west queen west streets which are popularly known as Toronto’s art and design districts.
Kensington Market, Toronto’s hippest neighborhood is a vibrant multicultural area in the downtown area. It’s popular for food spots, shopping, people watching but to me, it’s a hub for street art.
It’s circumscribed by Dundas street, Spadina Avenue, Baldwin Street and Augusta Avenue, just to the west of Chinatown. As you stroll around, watch out for the murals on the walls and buildings.
Keele – Dundas Wall
Located between Keele and Dundas subway stations is this iconic wall with graffiti running from Keele to Dundas West North of Bloor Street. If using the subway and happen to pass Keele station, stay on the look to catch a moving glimpse of this free beautiful art display.
This is now Toronto’s newest hip street and runs between Queen and Humbert streets. The story behind these murals is the garage owners became distressed about their garages being covered with tags, then called artists like Jabari Elicser Elliott, SKAM, Cross Fit Graffiti among others for an extreme makeover.
This is arguably Canada’s biggest graffiti and mural featuring collaborative artwork by over 50 artists from across Canada. The 300 meters long, the 6-metre-high wall is located along Metrolinx rail corridor and was commissioned in the summer of 2012 by a property development company who had grown tired of fighting íllegal’ graffiti on the wall and decided to dance to the beat.
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Sending love from Toronto!