Montréal’s MURAL Festival awes this June

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.

This article was updated on May 11, 2022.

Montréal's MURAL Festival is ready to wow for its 10th anniversary, with a colourful mix of outdoor urban art and block parties to start the Montréal summer off in style! From June 9 to 19, MURAL's 2022 edition showcases massive murals in the making, created in front of our eyes by well-known artists such as Shepard Fairey. Discover the art, live music, street food and more at the festival's tried-and-true locations along Saint-Laurent Boulevard and in a new block-party venue on Peel Street in Griffintown.

Massive art and music energizes Montréal

Spot Montréal artists and artists from across Canada, the US, and the world as they create storeys-high street art 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 10th edition with dozens of outdoor performances in the heart of the art action. While on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, catch concerts throughout the festival at the QUB musique Stage, where you’ll be treated to some of the best in Montréal musical talent, including Klô Pelgag, Kaaris, Vladimir Cauchemar, LUNICE, Ouri and many more artists.

This year, major concerts shake the street at the new open-air Peel Stage (650 Peel Street and Saint-Jacques in Griffintown) with Atlanta bubblegum-trap rapper Lil Yachty and Florida rapper Nardo Wick on June 10, singer Ayra Starr alongside the Afro-futuristic electro funk of Moonshine collective artists on June 11, UK rapper Skepta and Lancey Foux on June 12. Get individual tickets for each show or a 3-day pass for all of them!

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 incredible artists, each with their own style, from colourful and celebratory to monochrome and momentous.

Among the artists to watch as they wield paint cans and climb scaffolds to create new works of art on Montréal architecture are: Shepard Fairey, perhaps best known for his OBEY street art and Obama election poster, Belgian superstar Vexx and his over-the-top colourful comic style, Burnt Toast Creative’s pastel palette and cheeky style, the 3D geometry of Hong Kong-based Belgian artist Caratoes, the modern abstraction of Montréal’s Caroline Monnet, Teenadult’s powerful messages in soft lines, multidisciplinary Montrealers Dalkhafine, the photorealistic work of Vancouver Mural Festival’s Drew Young, Hate Copy’s graphic art complexities, and many other amazing artists to watch as they work!

 

Murals near and far

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 InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

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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