This virtual graffiti tour of Montreal street art is a follow-up to my post last week. I love walking the streets of a city and enjoy seeing the street art along the way. Montreal has an active street art community and has been host to the Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention for the past 19 years.
St Denis Street has many restaurants, boutiques, and galleries plus it is close to Montreal Central Hostel where I have stayed several time during my visits to Montreal so I have walked along St Denis numerous times. I noticed the street art before but this time I made a point of observing and photographing it.
This last work of art created by an artist-run production company called A’Shop is a tribute to the musician known as Bad News Brown or BNB. His name was Paul Frappier – originally from Haiti and lived in Montreal from a young age. As a musician he opened for acts such as Snoop Dogg and Kanye West and his career was taking off big when he was murdered in February 2011 at the age of 33. I am so sad for his family and friends – and the music community of Montreal.
I had never heard of Bad News Brown nor heard his music until I looked up the info after seeing the mural on a walkabout in Montreal. Give a listen to this instrumental – BNB performing his tune Reign – the man played some fantastic harmonica. Yes, harmonica in R&B and rap – never would have guessed!
You can see the tribute mural to BNB on Clark Street just north of St Catherine – to visit A’Shop’s website and see their photo of the mural and more information click here.
Live life to the fullest people – we never know when our time is up!