My Favourite Street Art in Toronto

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

This mural is located at Studio 835 at 835 Bloor Street West. Created by street artist Jimmy Chiale this mural spans the whole side of this building and is filled with gorgeous bright colours.

Carpet 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

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.

Sunglasses wall

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. 

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    Meredith Needles
    February 28, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    So beautiful! I am moving to toronto and would love to learn more about the art and artist of street art in toronto. Where do you get your research from?

    • Reply
      March 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Hi Meredith! Just from Googling some of the street art locations that I included in this post 🙂

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    TORONTO, ONTARIO - Hear It From Locals
    December 22, 2018 at 11:22 am

    […] Queen St. West is notorious for street art: there is even an entire street called Graffiti Alley. It does not disappoint, and the neighbourhoods around Graffiti Alley are full of spontaneous bursts of colour on the walls. A little further north, Kensington Market and west into Little Italy has some great street art as well. For street art guide in Toronto, click here. […]

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