Fresh murals for the Main
This article was updated on May 17, 2019.
You’ll be seeing ALL the colours on the Main this June. From June 6 to 16, 2019, bask in the MURAL Festival’s high octane celebrations as Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue 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, a food village, an art pub and tons of fun for the kids.
Art hits the wall(s)
Some 50-plus murals along Montréal’s most iconic street and beyond are going to be painted right under your eyes. They’ll be added to the permanent public legacy of nearly 100 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 Spanish artist Spider Tag, American artist Joshua Vides, Dutch artist Leon Keer, France’s Miss Van, Greek artist Insane51, Spanish artist PichiAvo, Colombian artist Gleo, Argentina’s Hyuro and lots of Canadian artists, including Ben Johnston, Germ Dee, Marc-Olivier Lamothe, Waxhead and Montréal’s own Laurence Vallières, who’ll be presenting a series of large-scale sculptures. Exciting!
Parties for days
Start your festivities at the Art Pub, a larger-than-life two-storey space that’s half art happening, half drinkery featuring an open-air terrasse on the rooftop. There are daily events and after-parties here with international and local musical performers throughout the festival’s 10 days. The festival’s main zone will be open every day of the festival except Monday, June 10. It will be reconfigured this year to create a more intimate and comfortable ambiance, while optimizing its already unique VIP experience. Expect 10 dazzling evenings of free music throughout the festival, with acts including Milk & Bone, Alaclair Ensemble and Moonshine.
It’s eating time
The Grill Saint-Laurent culinary event is back in MURAL’s main area from June 11 to 14, so bring your appetite! This four-day culinary gathering showcases the neighbourhood’s favourite dishes in a grill-off as a jury chooses the best.
MURAL offers its own walking tours, where you and the family can discover its public art legacy in the making with fun, 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 40 time slots offered and each tour lasts between 75 and 90 minutes. Enjoy the festival!
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.