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Top 10 street murals in Toronto to check out on reading week

by Gemma Mastroianni

“Art is an evolutionary act.”

We all know reading week isn’t all about studying. It’s about that self-love too! Having that extra week off in the winter is an opportunity to catch up on readings, recharge, and come out as a better you. So amidst the gloomy days and freezing rain, why not venture outdoors to get a little colour back in your life?

Here are 10 beautiful and totally Instagramable street murals to check out this reading week:

Sunglasses Mural

@jeromeingaroundtoronto

Throw on those sunnies and head to 855 Bloor Street West to see this colourful pastel mural.

Graffiti Alley

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Graffiti Alley has tons of street art within just a couple of blocks. It’s easy to miss as its located behind shops on Queen Street West, but just head south along the T-Shirt Print Store and you’ll find yourself there!

Ossington Laneway

@jordmmmjones

This lane sits west of Ossington, which is ended by Queen Street to the South of Humbert Street. Just walk down Brookfield Street and east down some alleyways and you’ll see tons of amazing art in this laneway.

David Crombie Park

@chris1campbell

This cool park is located at 131 The Esplanade. There are even a basketball court and a few other murals signifying peace and teamwork. These murals were painted by a group of 16 local youth guided by artists Elisa Monreal and Julian Periquat. MLSE even funded the basketball court!

Liberty Village

Image courtesy of Liberty Village BIA

There are tons of sidewalk and wall art to see strolling through Liberty Village. As for this specific mural, it is a two-story piece that’s sure to catch your attention. A customer of Liberty Street Cyclery initiated this project with the help of his friends and the StreetARToronto program to transform this wall. Internationally renowned artist, Emmanuel Jarus, designed the artwork. Jarus says it was based on a photo he took of an old friend and their cat.

You can find this piece near Liberty Street Cyclery!

Alley between Niagara and Bathurst Street

Image courtesy of dandyhorse

This alley is a continuation of Graffiti Alley. The artwork is a bit more low-key, but there are still tons of murals and tags here. Go to Niagara Street and walk down the alley, just south of Queen Street West. If you keep walking until you reach Bathurst you can continue into Graffiti Alley.

Underpass Park

@agnesdonaldson677

Underpass Park is located beneath a highway overpass near Corktown. It was transformed from being an unused grungy area into a park where neighbourhood residents could hang with friends. It also now has a playground, skate park, basketball court, and even a public art gallery.

Keele Wall

@amg333

Check out the variety of different artwork in the Dundas-West area. This piece has been kickin’ it since 2009, and it can be viewed riding the Bloor line (Line 2) subway between Keele and Dundas-West. You can get out at either stop and check them out in person!

“Make Good” Mural

@jer1961

Street artist, Jimmy Chiale, painted this colourful mural. This uplifting artwork can be seen at Studio 835 (835 Bloor Street West). It goes along the entire side of the building with tons of intricate details to check out. You won’t want to miss this one.

Remember to take some time for YOU this reading week, you deserve it. Catch up on those readings, but also catch up on that self-care.


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