Awesome Urban Art in Toronto – Part 2

Kensington Market

This place has long been a home to art and people of all kinds. This area is a historical hub for a diverse crowd of residents that include many people who aren’t actually from Canada. The multicultural roots of this spot have helped sculpt a vibrant community that thrives off independent thought and ingenuity. Unsurprisingly this bohemian way of live has magnetized a plethora of artistic types and as a result this remains one of the most iconic spots for indie artists in the state. Day to day you can find street at on walls, vehicles, and actually the street here. You may also be interested in visiting during the times of the Kensington Market Art Fair which is held on several Sundays throughout the year. During this time the urban art that covers entire buildings here stretches onto many other mediums as hundreds of local and not so local creators come to display and sell their wares. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to take home a little of the iconic artwork from the area as you can grab a canvas, t-shirt, sculpture and more all from the hands of the artists themselves during the fair. If you don’t make it during this time however the mass of paint that coats the walls here is still well worth stopping by to see.

Cameron House

A well known bar and music venue in the are, Cameron House has been an incredible launching pad for performing artists over the years. As if to highlight that this is the place to be for like-minded people, the walls that cover this venue are coated with a lavish amount of street art. With a spot right on the corner here you usually get two pieces, a portrait of someone right next to the door inviting you in, and a long landscape piece down the length of the building. The design here has changed a few times so its worth a revisit if you’ve been before, it also doubles up as a great place to spend your night if you are in the area.

The Junction

This is another historical part of Canada that is being revived with modern ideas. The Junction used to be known as West Toronto and operated independently from other parts of the region. With this it worked under its own rules and regulations, one of which being alcohol prohibition which continued all the way up to the turn of the millennium. This independence and sense of identity stayed within the community although today the place is being brought up to speed with new businesses popping up everywhere. What this means for street art is that a new age is marked for the area and so a new style comes with it. On Pacific Avenue you will spot a bright mural with lots of abstract geometry. It also contains tracks that signify transport, which is where the area gets its name. With new footpaths being opened and more people flocking to the neighbourhood you will also see more street art on overpasses and under bridges, with no doubt plenty more to come.

Kristen