Montréal's MURAL Festival awes this August

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

Montréal's MURAL Festival is ready to wow with a colourful mix of outdoor urban art and block party events this summer. From August 12 to 22, MURAL's 2021 edition is set to reveal large-scale live art in the festival's tried-and-true locations along Saint-Laurent Boulevard, while high-energy concerts and more turn the street into a block party.

Massive art and music energizes Montréal

Spot Montréal artists and artists from across Canada as they create storeys-high murals on building facades among the blocks to the east and west of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, from Sherbrooke Street to Mont-Royal Avenue.

Live music returns to MURAL Festival's 9th edition with outdoor performances by Coeur de Pirate, DVSN, Skiifall, Pierre Kwenders, High Klassifed, Sarahmée, Night Lovell, Robert Robert and more artists on open-air stages.

Artists take to the streets

Whether you're familiar with mural artistry or new to the international art form, MURAL Festival will upend your expectations with its diversity of artists, each with their own style, from colourful and celebratory to monochrome and momentous.

Among the incredible artists to watch as they wield paint cans and climb scaffolds to create new works of art on Montréal architecture are Birdo, June Barry, Michelle Hoogveld, Teddy Kelly, Drew Young, Marie-Pier Primeau, Francorama, Zoë Gelfant, Julian Palma and Garbage Beauty.

Digital experiences near and far

Murals may be the main attraction at the festival, but high-tech street art shows its massive popularity and influence too. Walk up St-Laurent Blvd. to Parc du Portugal (corner of Marie-Anne) and Parc des Amériques (corner Rachel) to experience the festival in a new way through augmented reality artwork by Iregular, Waxhead, Cryote and Samuel Arsenault-Brassard.

Even if you can't be in Montréal, you'll get to see this year's and past years’ murals on MURAL Festival’s dynamic map, where you can take a virtual tour and learn more about street art and the art of mural-making. For updates on the location and progress of new murals, along with interviews and information on all festival events and activities follow MURAL on Instagram and Facebook.

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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