Montréal’s MURAL Festival awes this June

Arts Outdoor Summer Festivals and events
  • Mural Festival 2022, Paix et justice by Shepard Fairey, 2022 | Mural Festival 2021, Puzzle by  birdO, 2021
  • Mural Mémé la Main - Mural by Projet Tyxna - Produced by Festival MURAL 2023
Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden

Montréal’s MURAL Festival is ready to wow for 2024, with a colourful mix of outdoor urban art and block parties to start the Montréal summer off in style! From June 6 to 16, MURAL’s 2024 edition showcases massive murals and other artworks in the making, created in front of our eyes. 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 at the Peel Bassin.

Mural TROPICAL - Mural by Astro - Produced by MU 2018

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 on pedestrian-only Saint-Laurent Boulevard and among the blocks to the east and west of The Main, from Sherbrooke Street to Mont-Royal Avenue.

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. This year, the festival presents both mural artists and installation artists, creating an even more tactile and immersive art experience.

Among the artists who’ll be making live magic this year there’s the Ukraine’s Aec Interesni Kazki, maker of incredibly detailed murals inspired by science, religion and mythology; Montréal’s own Bryan Beyung, whose Chinese-Cambodian heritage inspires photorealistic masterpieces; and other local Kezna Dalz, whose raw, gestural lines and colours explore themes of feminism, anti-racism, pop culture and sexuality. From Buenos Aires, Milu Correch has an incredible ability to bring the surreal to life on a mega-scale, while Goa’s Osheen Siva uses art to envision worlds that transcend prevailing oppressive structures. And that’s not all! The list of artists goes on.

Mural Festival 2022, Paix et justice by Shepard Fairey, 2022

Music to make you dance in the streets

Live music returns to MURAL Festival with dozens of outdoor performances in the heart of the art action. While on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, catch two packed weekends full of concerts on the Peel Bassin Stage, where you’ll be treated to some of the world’s best musical talent. Hang out on the terrace, grab a bite to eat, check out events, and more!

On the first weekend, June 7 to 9, you can dance to Caribbean pop at the Kompa On The Beach night, or celebrate the 10th anniversary (already!) of the festival’s popular Moonshine Block Party, so hot it’s spread over two nights. On the second weekend, from June 14 to 16, it’s DJ Channel Tres that rules the night on Friday with special guests Major League Djz and more, followed by Miami rap legend Rick Ross on Saturday, and finally House Day to close out the festival on Sunday: a house party in the street that starts at 4 pm and lasts until… late. 

Matico Mural by Smithe

Murals near and far

Hear more about the murals and their artists on a street art tour with the experts at Spade & Palacio. Take yourself on your own tour with TourBird’s new audio guide “Explore the Plateau’s Maze of Murals.” And whether you’re in Montréal or not, see the locations and artist details of 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

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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