Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

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Montreal graffiti and street art is easy to find while walking around the city. I love street art finds while strolling around a city like Montreal – murals and graffiti are plentiful.

My third solo trip to Montreal began with a welcome coolness in the air. August in Austin TX brings hot dry weather and the opportunity to walk around outside during the day or night and be comfortable was a welcome change.

 

Montreal Quebec Graffiti

 

Street art and graffiti in Montreal Quebec where the recent Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention took place in August

Montreal graffiti featuring eyeballs, mouth, and teeth

 

I love the city of Montreal due to its vibrancy and the people and in part due to the marvelous amount of public art and street art/graffiti around the city. Someone recently told me “don’t bother with St Catherine Street in Montreal, not worth seeing” and my response was “are you crazy?! the street art is fantastic”.

Besides I was staying at The Hyatt Regency on Jeanne-Mance Street and my room overlooked St Catherine Street so how could I, and why would I ignore a walkabout in the neighborhood?

 

Walk St Catherine Street in Montreal Quebec for amazing street art

Street art in Montreal Quebec

 

Montreal graffiti festival

It turns out that Under Pressure – International Graffiti Convention took place just a week prior to my visit to Montreal. It would have been interesting to watch some of the activities.

According to their website ” Under Pressure is a graffiti festival which focuses on community development, artist empowerment as well as positive youth development through ownership and responsibility of a shared space.” Sounds good to me!

You can find out more about Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention on their FB page.

 

Under Pressure - International Graffiti Convention takes place annually in Montreal Quebec - 1st weekend of the 1st full week in August

Graffiti in Montreal created during Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention

 

Fear and Loathing in Montreal - street art near St Catherine Street in the Latin Quarter

Fear And Loathing in Montreal – wall mural – Montreal Quebec

 

Under Pressure annual graffiti festival takes place in August in Montreal Quebec

More art work from the Fear And Loathing mural in Montreal

 

Under Pressure annual graffiti festival takes place in August in Montreal Quebec Canada

Funky Tales mural in Montreal

 

Walking the city streets in Montreal enjoy the vibrant artist community and street art along the way

Colorful and surreal street art painting of fish, bones, and a bowl of body parts

 

Under Pressure annual graffiti festival takes place in August in Montreal Quebec Canada

Art created by Maxilie Martel during Under Pressure Graffiti Festival in Montreal

 

St Catherine is a vibrant busy street in Montreal Quebec - stroll from downtown to the Latin Quarter

Detail of street art from Montreal Under Pressure Graffiti Festival

 

St Catherine Street in Montreal Quebec - graffiti, restaurants, shopping, people watching

LSNR graffiti painting in Montreal

 

St Catherine Street in Montreal Quebec Canada - graffiti, restaurants, shopping, people watching

Mural of faces in Montreal Quebec

 

Montreal Quebec street art scene is alive and well - visit the Under Pressure annual graffiti festival

Pas vu pas pris (translation: not seen not taken) Montreal street art

 

Summer strolls along St Catherine Street in Montreal Quebec Canada - graffiti, restaurants, shopping, people watching

Empire Strikes Wack – Montreal graffiti art

 

Under Pressure annual international graffiti festival takes place in August in Montreal Quebec Canada

Montreal Street Art near St Catherine Street downtown

 

Take a stroll along St Catherine Street in Montreal Quebec - graffiti, restaurants, shopping, street musicians, people watching

Mural created at Montreal’s Under Pressure Graffiti Festival by Olivier Bonnard @lebonar on insta

 

Vibrant street art and graffiti adorn buildings in Montreal Quebec

Montreal graffiti art

 

St Catherine Street in Montreal Quebec - graffiti, restaurants, shopping, people watching

Street art in Montreal showing an octopus and fish

 

Enjoy strolling the streets of Montreal for graffiti, restaurants, shopping, people watching, street musicians, art galleries

Montreal graffiti influenced by indigenous art

 

All of the above street art is from my walk along St Catherine Street. Now let’s look at more graffiti and street art from around Montreal.


Montreal has an active street art community and has been host to the Under Pressure Graffiti Festival for the past 23 years. You will also find murals around Montreal neighborhoods at any time of year.

 

Montreal graffiti and street art on St Denis

 

Women's faces in bright colors make up this street art mural on St Denis Street in Montreal Quebec Canada

Street art along St Denis Street in Montreal

 

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.

 

Walk St Denis Street in Montreal Quebec for street art murals, restaurants, shops, art galleries

Mural along St Denis Street in Montreal

 

Colorful faces adorn a wall along St Denis Street - Montreal Quebec graffiti

Mural along St Denis Street in Montreal

 

City scene street art mural in Montreal Quebec

Montreal Street Art mural near St Denis Street

 

Street art mural titled All the Mountains Know Me by Peru Dyer

All the Mountains Know Me by artist Peru Dyer

 

Mouth with smoke - street art in central Montreal Quebec

Downtown Montreal Street Art

 

Montreal Quebec whimsical mural along St Denis Street

Street art in Montreal Quebec

 

Street art mural on St Denis Street in Montreal - boutiques, restaurants, galleries

Street art mural on St Denis Street in Montreal

 

Bad News Brown tribute mural in Montreal

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.

 

 

Street art tribute to BNB by A'Shop on Clark - just north of St Catherine - Montreal Quebec

Bad News Brown tribute mural by A’Shop 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!

 

A'Shop tribute mural to Bad News Brown - Clark and St Catherine

Detail of tribute mural to Montreal musician Bad News Brown

 

You can see the tribute mural to BNB on Clark Street just north of St Catherine.

 

Live life to the fullest people – we never know when our time is up!

 

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Montreal Quebec graffiti street art and murals

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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