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Leonard Cohen's deep, husky voice resonated in my head as I stared up at the mural of him that covers the side of a 9-storey building in his hometown of Montreal. This mural, painted by artist Kevin Ledo, is just one of many that you can find dotted around the city.
Where can you find street art in Montreal?
Although I spotted murals in various areas of the city, the bulk of the ones that I spotted were along or off the side streets of Saint-Laurent Boulevard. One of my favourite things to do in Montreal was wander along these streets, discovering and admiring these pieces of art. What was the artist trying to convey? How did they create such an amazing piece? How do they make me feel? Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, Leonard Cohen himself used to frequent Saint-Laurent Boulevard when he was in town!
If wandering isn't quite your cup of tea, you can find a handy mural map here courtesy of the Montreal MURAL Festival. While you will find many of the murals on this map, there are some that are not included. For example, there is a second, even larger, Leonard Cohen mural in town on Crescent Street. This mural measures in at about 20 storeys high. It's so large that you can see it from the viewpoint at the Mount Royal Chalet. So keep your eyes peeled as you explore the city. You'll never know what amazing pieces you may stumble upon!
What is the MURAL Festival?
Montreal has truly embraced street art, so much so in fact that they have an annual festival, MURAL Festival, that celebrates the urban art movement. 2018's MURAL Festival is happening from June 7th - 17th and will feature concerts, exhibitions, guided tours of the murals, an outdoor movie screening, opportunities to watch artists create their pieces live, and even block parties.
Having just returned from a trip to Montreal, I am so sad that I just missed this festival by a week. I would love to see some of the artists in action and watch them carry out the creative process. But even though I don't get to attend this year, I love the idea of a festival that celebrates this form of artistic expression and draws artists in from around the world to add colour and art to the city's streets for us to discover for years to come!
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