Street Art in Montreal: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Mural

Guest Post via @belizeadventure

Montreal is one of my favorite cities. They throw good parties, the food is delicious, the culture is interesting, the architecture is breathtaking, and the women are gorgeous.

Oh, and the street art is amazing. Let me tell you of the time when I encountered one of the most beautiful graffiti murals I’ve ever seen.

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The morning of St. Patrick’s Day found me in Montreal and I was searching for a store the buy beer. Finding a beer store in Montreal should be easy – due to the fact that every convenience store sells beer (contrary to Toronto) – but I couldn’t find a store near the neighbourhood I was staying.

My quest took me down Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, where I stopped at the sight of a five-storey building with a frieze covering its west end. The view was sufficient to get me out of the comfort of my car and brave the -10 Celsius weather. I had stumbled upon the stunning mural of Our Lady of Grace in the residential area of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG).

After doing some research I found out that the NDG was done by Ashop, an artist-run collective that specialises in graffiti art and urban aesthetics. Those guys have cool jobs, right?

What I liked the most about the NDG project is that it was officially commissioned by the city of Montreal. I love graffiti in public spaces but don’t condone vandalism. Therefore it’s great to hear of instances when the government works with artists to find a place where they can display their creative expression.

Designating graffiti locales has several wonderful benefits: it is a great way of beautifying neighbourhoods in need of facelifts, it cultivates a vibrant and creative urban environment, and it can even be used to promote tourism: similar to what Toronto does with its Graffiti Alley.

I’m sure not everyone shares my interest in street art and they can sum up various reasons why it’s the most terrible thing for society leading to how it will make the world end soon! But if you don’t take life so serious, make sure you go graffiti hunting whenever you’re in Montreal. It’s good fun.

 

Bio:

Lorenzo is a Belizean blogger living in Toronto. He writes at belizeadventure.ca

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Scott - Quirky Travel Guy August 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I can’t wait to see Montreal. I’m hoping to go this winter during one of their arts festivals. I will freeze, but it will be worth it.

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Becky Padmore August 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

It’s definitely a place on my travel list!

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Scarlett August 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

How awesome is this!? x

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Arianwen August 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM

I hate it when I visit a new place and can’t find a convenience store. I reckon you can’t walk more than 100 metres in any city in Britain without finding one! As for street art, if you haven’t been to Valparaiso in Chile, you should. It’s amazing!

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Karl September 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Some great work Along with great pics

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Agness September 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Wow, I must admit this graffiti work is just incredible. Nothing like dirty Berlin :).

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Christy September 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

That is a stunning work of art!

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Raymond Waruhari September 11, 2013 at 3:55 AM

That’s what I call art work!I believe that was done before 19 century.

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Sally September 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Holy moly is that gorgeous!

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ehalvey September 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

It’s so beautifully neo art nouveau!

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Mike | Earthdrifter September 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Street art = more stimuli for people to take in. It can add a museum-like feel to a city. It’s wonderful for people to be able to express themselves for the public to see and interpret, for free. Art breeds optimism.

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Charu October 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I love how so many conventional cities (e.g. London) are doing street art. Montreal has quite a few…this one is beautiful!

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Elisa October 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Wow, that is awesome. I saw a smaller mural in Como that was done in a very similar style. Gorgeous!

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Britany October 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

So every convenience store sells beer AND they have awesome street art?? Wondering why I’ve never been to Montreal now…

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Annette | Bucket List Journey October 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Seeking out street art is one of my favorite things to do while traveling and it looks like Montreal would be a great place to do it!

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Callie November 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Wow! Ashop should be let loose on more cities. This is incredible. Also, I’m incredibly jealous that you can buy alcohol in the convenience store in Montreal. I live in Sydney right now and you can’t even buy a bottle of wine in the grocery store.

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Jade November 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I visited Montreal for the first time this summer and fell in love- with the food. I couldn’t believe how many good meals I had in my visit. Need to plan a trip that gets me out a little more besides just what I can eat! :)

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Marysia @ My Travel Affairs November 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Love this mural!

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Marie St. Claire de la Lune Pourquoi January 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM

WOW! SUCH BEAUTY! I love Paris

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Sylvain January 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I lived in Montreal most of my life, until June last year, when I hit the road for good (and sold everything I had)

Montreal is a very vibrant and cultural city, where both French and English cultures meet in harmony. From early June to late September it’s a non-stop roll of festivals.

In winter, there are a few festivals too… and for the last few years, you can also sleep in an ice hotel on the Ste-Hélène island. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s quite an experience (I did it in Quebec City over 10 years ago).

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Mike | Earthdrifter February 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

If I were to try to list the pros and cons of street art, I can’t imagine any negatives being jotted down.

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Madagascar vacations March 7, 2014 at 7:32 AM

You’re right. This is the biggest and the most beautiful graffiti murals I’ve ever seen! wonderful!

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Kadri March 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Wow, it’s absolutely amazing. Lot’s of work for sure.

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