These self-guided street art tours should be on your bucket list in Montreal

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Written for Daily Hive by Montreal filmmaker Shanna Roberts Salée

Autumn has finally fallen.

Beyond the obvious images that the season evokes (#sweatweather, amirite?), It is also a moment of introspection.

Fast walks, beautiful scenery and an important prelude to the dark contemplation we collectively indulge in at the end of each year. With that and the pressing need we can sometimes feel to get the most out of every activity, in mind, there are some interesting and low-key things to do in Montreal that don’t require extensive planning or reservations that can result in it being done. in a way, regaining the spontaneity of the pandemic took away our daily lives.

Archie Fineberg, author, photographer and Montreal art enthusiast, has devoted the past fifteen years to the extensive mapping of street art throughout Montreal.

On its awesome website, you can navigate an interactive map that lets you choose by mural type, neighborhood, and art collective. Far beyond the visual art of the Mural Festival, you can see works of art all over the city.

All you need is a pair of shoes, some sick outfit (if you’re posting, make that count, yes?), And you can walk around discovering art. gorgeous and phenomenal that is there for public consumption.

No word of a lie, it sounds a bit like a scavenger hunt, and Montrealers should be enjoying it, especially before it starts to, you know… snow.

You might notice how little you receive in your neighborhood. Hold your head up, pull out that camera, and discover these self-guided artistic itineraries through Montreal.

Old Rosemont

Street Art # 240 by Alex Grilanc aka Grilz (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

This is a wonderful walk that takes you through beautiful hidden alleys where murals of all styles and colors line the lush alleys.

From the Canettes de Ruelle street party, it is constantly evolving. Go now, before the leaves all fall.

Street Art # 240 by Alex Grilanc aka Grilz (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

Street Art # 240 by Alex Grilanc aka Grilz (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

It’s quaint, it’s romantic, maybe that’s exactly what you missed. (I also met an elderly woman alone with a small bag and a real camera who pointed her finger across the alley and said, “Wait till you see what’s over there.)

Address: Alleys behind rue Masson, mainly between 5th and 9th avenues

St-Henri, Côte-St-Paul, Ville Émard

Tribute to Frida Kahlo by Elisa Rank (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

Tribute to Frida Kahlo by Elisa Rank (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

This circuit allows the inhabitants of the South-West to be a tourist in their own city. It takes you all the way through Notre Dame, through beautiful tree-lined streets and down some pretty random industrial side streets, which you would probably never venture otherwise.

Don’t miss “The Girl” on Eadie Street, the epic Frieda Kahlo, or the impressive tribute to Alex Scaner.

Address: Starts at 3500 Notre Dame Ouest

Verdun / Pointe-St-Charles

The Montreal of Miyuki Tanobe by Annie Hamel (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

The Verdun-Pointe-St-Charles road is ideal for cycling because the distance between the murals is a little longer (in addition, you can walk along the water for a while.)

“The Montreal of Miyuki Tanobe” captures all the essences of the city, and we recommend that you spend a few minutes to soak up all the Montrealness of it all.

Address: Starts at the corner of Grand Tronc Hybernia

Golden Square Mile and Shaughnessy Village

Gene Pendon Song Tour (Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

This stretch of downtown street art (say five times faster) is best known for the iconic portrait of Leonard Cohen, which can be seen from Mount Royal.

The next time you go shopping or have a coffee downtown, take a moment and look at these cute murals or impress someone you want to impress with your knowledge of street art.

Address: Starts at 1420 Crescent (Tour des Chants)

Ville-Marie (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve I)

(Photo: Shanna Roberts Salée)

The Hochelaga maps are divided into several sections, with a multitude of varied works in each section. The self-guided tour map is a great place to start, but over the years many more murals have been commissioned around the neighborhood.

If you walk up and down Ontario Street, you’ll see over 20 different works ranging from tiled mosaics and paintings to graffiti.

Address: Starting point rue Wolfe corner Montcalm

You can also find more information about the different art collectives on the Fineberg website which connects you to the artists, their work and their mission statement.

Good walk !


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