If you scroll through my Instagram feed it wouldn’t be hard to tell that I have a thing for street art and I’m thankful I live in a city that is full of it. Colourful murals cover so many buildings across the city and you never know when you’re going to discover one. Graffiti Alley is just one of the spots in the city (listed below) but there are definitely hundreds of other bits and pieces of art you’ll find as you roam in and out of the streets of Toronto. Here are some of my favourites.
“Make Good” mural
Located in Liberty Village on the side of the old Carpet Factory at 67 Mowat Avenue, this mural represents an old floral and colourful carpet and is a famous spot for wedding and engagement photos. To find it, head in the parking lot along the side of School restaurant.
Graffiti Alley probably is home to the MOST street art in one place in the city, but it’s easy to miss as it’s located on a small road called Rush Lane behind the main shops on Queen Street West. To find it just turn down (south) on one of the alleyways around Augusta Avenue. See map here.
“This is Paradise” mural
This mural is located along the side of the Cameron House on Queen Street West. This mural is done by artist Tom Dean and the story behind it is that in the 1980s, artist David Topping took refuge at the Cameron House after being kicked out of his apartment, and spent much of his time at this bar which became his paradise.
Wings at Calii Love
These wings are a new addition to King Street West on the side of Calii Love, a healthy fast-food venue serving poke bowls, smoothie bowls and more. I love the colours of these wings and even though there’s similar murals in other parts of the city (like at the bar Brooklynn), none are as vibrant as this.
Located around Queen Street West and Tecumseth, just a bit east of the famous Trinity Bellwoods Park, this mural is funky and fun. I couldn’t find much information on what the story or artist is behind this one but it’s worth a visit.
Share with me where your favourite street art is below! I’m always dying to discover more.