Graffiti Alley co. – Street art in Toronto

Graffiti at Toronto, ©nic_r/Flickr

Graffiti at Toronto, ©nic_r/Flickr

Art has many forms and branches, some of them are academic and more abstract while others are evident, extravagant and grandiose. In the latest centuries people have found new ways to express their artistic thoughts and ideas and one of them is street art. In Toronto one of the major local attractions is the ‘Graffiti Alley’ where street-size artwork amazes all the visitors and tourists. Long ago painting on buildings was rated as vandalism however in the right circumstances we call it art, more specifically street art. Visit and take delight in the best artworks which flourish in Toronto and the surrounding area.

Color and creativity

All visitors who walk across Kensington Market and Chinatown can gaze at the fantastic art murals painted on the city buildings. Attend the local gallery openings and soak up the ethnic culture in the best street art city in the world.

Graffiti near the  Kensington Market, ©lestgoeverywhere/Flickr

Graffiti near the Kensington Market, ©lestgoeverywhere/Flickr

Many of the art pieces on the buildings of Toronto were painted by Even Banksy, a secret wall painter. Some say that graffiti art is creative, vibrant and gives color. Graffiti artists come from all around the world to contribute to Toronto’s street art, thanks to StART (street art Toronto), a pro-active city program which supports and promotes street art awareness in order to make the neighborhoods of Toronto more beautiful and characteristic. The motto of StART is: “Inspiring neighborhoods one wall at a time.”

Street art locations in Toronto

As it was mentioned before, Graffiti Alley is the most popular and known street art location which is sometimes is referred to as Rick Mercer’s Alley or Rush Lane.

Graffiti Alley at Toronto, ©joelf/Flickr

Graffiti Alley at Toronto, ©joelf/Flickr

The bohemian neighborhood of Kensington Market is also a colorful place where street art tells stories about ethnic heritages. If you are looking for a ‘hip strip’ we recommend you visit Ossington Laneway where the walls are covered with sprayed garage doors. One would expect such art work to make the community angry but street art is indeed appreciated. At Ocho Hotel there was a mouse figure painted by Banksy which was later white washed but you can still find a picture of it inside the building.

Graffiti at Toronto, ©nic_r/Flickr

Graffiti at Toronto, ©nic_r/Flickr

Take a break, have a drink and admire the photo. And finally we recommend you visit the Keele-Dundas wall where the backs of all shops are painted with graffiti and street art which put a smile on the face of each passerby.

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