Fresh Murals for the Main
You’ll be seeing ALL the colours on the Main this June. From June 7 to 17, 2018, bask in the MURAL Festival’s high octane celebrations as Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal is closed to cars and becomes an open-air pedestrian art gallery. The street-art festival is bringing in a star lineup of international artists to paint murals live and party the nights away – but there’s so much more! Art tours, an art fair and an enchanted forest (!) not to be missed.
Art hits the wall(s)
Some 20 murals along Montréal’s most iconic street are going to be painted right under your eyes. They’ll be added to the permanent public legacy of over 80 major works created by MURAL since its launch in 2013, to enhance the already impressive art route along the Main, from the Quartier des Spectacles to Mile End. Among the world-famous artists adding to the city’s tapestry this year there’s British artist Ben Eine, Brooklyner Tristan Eaton, Michael Reeder and Drew Merritt from LA, Poni, So Cal’s Cryptik, Mexico’s Smithe, Saner and Demsky, Toronto’s Waxhead, and Montréal’s own Sandra Chevrier, Whatisadam, Stare, Cyrielle Tremblay, Le Monstr, LSNR and Jeremy Shantz. Exciting!
Parties for days
The weekends come alive with music during MURAL! The fest presents two weekends of major outdoor concerts right on the Main. The show area on Saint-Laurent Boulevard means not only can you watch shows in the parking lot at Saint-Laurent and Prince Arthur, you can also take in the beats and drink up some booze in a dedicated area between Milton and Prince-Arthur. (What’s more, the Grill Saint-Laurent culinary event will return to the main area from June 13 and 14, so bring your appetite!) Don’t miss the free opening party on June 7 featuring a show by Fido, or the MURAL Block Party presented by Hennessy Artistry on Friday, June 9. See MURAL for full programming.
MURAL offers its own walking tours, where you can discover Montreal public art with super knowledgeable guides. You’ll have the opportunity to follow the trail of spectacular wall paintings produced since 2013 accompanied by a guide specifically trained by the festival. There are 35 time slots offered and each tour lasts between 75 and 90 minutes. Book your spot here.
And how about an enchanted forest?!
Take a breather from all that incredible stimulation in MURAL’s Enchanted Forest, presented by Lululemon. Throughout the length of the fest, Parc du Portugal, on the corner of Saint-Laurent and Rachel, turns into an oasis of yoga, music, running, relaxation and art, with a work by Kate Raudenbus, who will showcase an immersive sculpture that examines environmental issues and the potential of our evolving humanity. After all the oohs and aahs, now it’s time for some ommm!
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.
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