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Toronto Graffiti is 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

Toronto Graffiti and Street Art – 5 Cool Spots You Must See

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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.

 

Toronto Graffiti with My Global Attitude

 

Toronto Graffiti with My Global Attitude

 

Kensington Market

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.

 

Toronto Graffiti with My Global Attitude

 

Toronto Graffiti with My Global Attitude

 

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.

 

Ossington Laneway

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.

Reclamation Wall

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.

 

Toronto Graffiti with My Global Attitude

 

Toronto Graffiti with My Global Attitude

 

Did I miss your favorite graffiti spot? Add it to the comments section below.

 

Sending love from Toronto!

Carolina

Comments (8)

  1. This is EVERYTHING I could ever want in a post! I love graffiti/street art and heard that Toronto has a lot of good areas to see some. This post is so helpful for me to narrow down the places I’ll go to see some beautiful art when I head to Toronto next month 🙂

    1. Aww, thanks Paula. You’re amazing! I’m glad you will be visiting Toronto. Fun is guaranteed there.
      Enjoy your visit and remember to share your experience 🙂

  2. I love street art. The one at Kensington Market looks extremely beautiful. I love the painted car. Thanks for the virtual tour. Cheers!!

    1. Yeah I liked the painted car more! So creative of the person who used it as a flower pot 🙂

  3. Such a lively post!! While going through your post, I was actually visualising those walls!! keep up the good work

    1. Graffiti and art is a means of communication on important societal issues like politics, and day to day life issues. I’m glad you enjoyed these Graffiti walls in Toronto streets.

  4. When done in appropriate places, graffiti is absolutely gorgeous to look at. I love this, thanks for sharing! <3

    1. I know Sara! This graffiti makes older street alleys come back to life.

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