Modern art today is without question the kind that happens in the grayscale concrete jungle we call home. It's the colourful reflections of society imagined through spray-paint on the buildings, doorways and alleyways that surround us. Street art is raw, crude, and in your face in the best kind of way. It's graffiti evolved, transforming the urban mundane and truly defining a unique culture accessible to all willing enough to just open their eyes.
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Toronto has got some of the best street art in the world, but what it doesn't have is the MURAL International Public Art Festival. Now on its 3rd edition, the Mural Festival is coming back bigger and better than ever. Spanning a full 11 days this year, the festival will invade the very heart of Montreal, turning St-Laurent Boulevard into a massive outdoor art gallery with a whole bunch of cool stuff to see and do along the way this June 4 to 14.
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Artists from 8 different countries, as well as appearances by a number of major local and Canadian artists will create 20 new murals live over the course of the week, adding to the 30 original pieces realized since the festival began back in 2013.
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The street will be closed off to traffic, so merchants and festival goers can enjoy all the summer vibes to the fullest. There will be a market, an art fair, various musical performances including a special live show from Montreal’s own A-Trak (!), conferences, movies, workshops and numerous other street activities and special events to choose from.
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Check out full schedule of events below and make sure to visit the official Mural website for all the details.
Mural Fest 2015 Program:
June 4 to 14: Live creation of the 2015 murals and street closure
June 4 to 14: Guided tours of the MURAL sites
June 4: Opening show presented by Saintwoods (location to be revealed)
June 4 to 7 and June 11 to 14: The Market (Parc du Portugal)
June 5 to 7: MURAL art fair (main area, 3527 St-Laurent)
June 7 to 10: #Muralhack and free workshops at Notman House
June 8 to 10: Food truck gathering (Mont-Royal/Marie-Anne)
June 8 to 10: Grill St-Laurent
June 8 to 10: Conferencing program at Excentris
June 8 to 12: Film program at Excentris
June 12: Cloud Cypher international dance competition (main area)
June 13: Block party presented by Osheaga (main area)
June 14: Fool’s Gold records “Homecoming” show featuring A-Trak and guests (main area)