Even when I walk in Toronto, sometimes I find myself in unfamiliar territory and so it was back in December when I went to investigate some alleys where I’d heard that new murals had been painted.
below: Around Toronto there are quite a few raccoons in murals by Emily May Rose. Here, these “trash pandas” are being watched over by a big white rat. Quite the dumpster fire!
below: A large mural by BirdO (aka Jerry Rugg) beside Charles Sauriol school
below: Near the birdO mural (you can just see it on the left side here) is a house with street art covering the whole side of it.
below: A man reaching out a multicoloured hand to a woman by Phillip Saunders covers the back part of the house
below: Baby birds with beaks uplifted in a mural by Bruno Smoky and Clandestinos
below: Taking cover under umbrellas on a rainy day in a mural by Elicser Elliott
below: Mural in another lane with a signature says June, Bacon, and Erika.
below: A Nick Sweetman painting of a large Cuckoo wasp feeding on a yellow flower
below: A multi-lingual thank you to essential workers on Davenport – obrigado, gracias, merci, and grazie!
below: More of Emily May Roses’s mischievous raccoons and their cans of orange spray paint.
below: Planta Muisca mural with an orange snake under a purple night sky.
below: Anya Mielniczek’s woman’s face looks down the lane.
below: A closer look of the mural reveals another woman’s head on the far side along with people mixing together in the central portion painted by Raoul
below: Suri in grey tones while drinking, mural by haenahhh
below: HeldbyHuda mural
below: by Victoria Day
below: Sections of citrus fruit in glass bowls, real? reflections? by Steam
below: Fantasy creatures playing in a mural by Kisong Koh
below: Mural by Kseniya Tsoy on a garage door.
Support for the alley murals was provided by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
I have included most of the paintings but not all. For a complete set of photos, please take a look on Erika James’s Instagram page as she was one of the organizers of the project and she has documented it well.