Yorkville Murals: Top Street Artists Create in Toronto

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No stranger to the arts or art galleries, Bloor-Yorkville is excited to announce that Yorkville Murals is back for 2020! As a Community Partner, we’re proud to welcome this three-day cultural event (August 28th – 30th) aimed at celebrating contemporary muralism and public art.  This year’s programming includes a brand new exhibit at Taglialatella Galleries by renowned artist Ben Johnson, and a series of brand new large- and small-scale mural projects placed throughout the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood.

Jarus paints a Bell Utility Box on Yorkville Ave

Custom Wall Murals in Toronto

Yorkville Murals focuses on making Bloor-Yorkville a landmark neighbourhood in Toronto for contemporary muralism, and as a designated Tourist Destination, provides the perfect backdrop for those visiting our community. Adding to the beauty of our neighbourhood, Yorkville Murals helps amplify our stunning streetscape and unique architecture.

In 2019, Yorkville Murals brought in renowned artists such as Xray, Mateo, Ola Volo, Mr. Brainwash, Whatisadam, Ben Johnston, Getso, Peru143, and RISK.

Top Canadian Street Artists

This year, a number of Canadian artists from across the country are creating one-of-a-kind pieces for the event. The artists include Jason Botkin, Jarus, Birdo, Kirsten McCrea, Jacquie Comrie, Jin Ke Wang, and Bruno BillioTo bring this initiative to life, these artists have been creating both temporary and more permanent installations throughout the summer.

Murals at 99 Yorkville Avenue Courtyard

 

As you walk the neighbourhood, you’ll find a mix of large-scale murals and smaller works decorating our Bell Utility Boxes, as well as a mobile-mural placed in the Village of Yorkville Park. Below is a list of where you can spot the artist works:

Jason Botkin, mural, 99 Yorkville Ave | Completed
Jarus, painted Bell box, 98 Yorkville Ave | Completed
Jacquie Comrie, mobile mural, Village of Yorkville Park | Completed
Bruno Billio, art installation, 99 Yorkville Ave | In production
Jin Ke Wang, painted Bell box, Cumberland Street / Village of Yorkville Park | In production
Artist TBD, painted Bell box, Jesse Ketchum Park | In production
Kirsten McCrea, Old York Lane | In production
Birdo, 148 Cumberland St | In production
Artist TBD, The Hazelton Hotel, 118 Yorkville Ave | In production

Yorkville Murals Community Events:

This fantastic initiative concludes with celebratory and socially responsible events from August 28th – 30th. Below you will find details about the public events, each of which will adhere to Public Health & Safety Guidelines:

August 28th  (Opening Night)

Dinner series
Location: 99 Yorkville Ave, courtyard
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

  • 3 course meal
  • Curated cocktails
  • Special gift by Yorkville Murals artist
  • Access to VIP lounge
  • Music and live art

August 29th

Ben Johnston solo exhibition
Location: 99 Yorkville Ave, Taglialatella Galleries
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
General admission
(limited admission due to social distancing rules)

Dinner series
Location: 99 Yorkville Ave, courtyard
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

  • 3 course meal
  • Curated cocktails
  • Special gift by Yorkville Murals artist
  • Music and live art

August 30th

Art Talk
Presented by Art Toronto & Waddington’s Auctioneers
Location: 99 Yorkville Ave, Taglialatella Galleries
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Tune in Via Instagram Live on Art Toronto, Waddington’s, and Yorkville Murals channels
(limited admission due to social distancing)

Movie screening
Underbelly movie + Q&A with directors Angus McLellan & Gabriel Carrer
Location: 118 Yorkville Ave, Hazelton Hotel
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
(limited admission due to social distancing)

Dinner series
Location: 99 Yorkville Ave, courtyard
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

  • 3 course meal
  • Curated cocktails
  • Special gift by Yorkville Murals artist
  • Music and live art

To learn more and book tickets, please visit the Yorkville Murals event website.

images c/o Yorkville murals

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