Celebrating Contemporary Muralism And Public Art

Immerse Yourself in a Captivating Celebration of Art and Culture

As the gorgeous days of summer tick by, one of the best ways to spend these fleeting sunny moments is to get outside and enjoy the best of Toronto’s art scene, which is a vibrant expression of the progressiveness Canada is known for around the world. Returning to the city’s historic arts quarter for its fifth year, Yorkville Murals gave the people of Toronto the chance to enjoy art —for free.

Yorkville Murals returned this summer with a brand-new theme, titled “No Empty Spaces,” celebrating public art with cultural events. New works included murals and art installations by Ness Lee, David and Jorden Doody, Sage Barnes, Julia Monson and Ben Johnston, among others. Described as an “electrifying explosion of creativity and joy,” this festival transformed 50,000 square feet of concrete jungle into a remarkable weekend of arts and entertainment. Yorkville Murals transformed the streets into a cultural extravaganza where visitors were entertained every step of the way, focusing on presenting exciting art that showcases young artists.

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Yorkville Murals, one of Toronto’s favourite cultural festivals, celebrated contemporary muralism and public art on August 26-27, transforming the famously upscale neighbourhood into a huge canvas during this outdoor festival. The landmark event was anchored by exceptional new public murals throughout the Yorkville neighbourhood, accompanied by special events, food and drink, dynamic art and retail experiences and, by far, one of the best end-of-summer street parties.

The event was presented by INK Entertainment, powered by Taglialatella Galleries and organized in partnership with the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area. In celebration of the festival, Yorkville Avenue was closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the special activities. Yorkville Murals builds on Yorkville’s reputation as a historic enclave of Toronto’s early 20th- century art scene.


Murals have been a feature of classical architecture and in ancient cities where they became a dominant form of public art. Traditionally, these art pieces were intended primarily to beautify public or private spaces; however, over time, murals have also become a medium for political and social commentary. Murals have also been used to memorialize or record historical events.

The arts enliven and enrich Toronto’s neighbourhoods and local businesses, help young people gain purpose and confidence and enhance the livability of the city while playing a central role in building the creative economy, engaged citizenry and social cohesion on which Toronto’s continued growth and prosperity depends.

Yorkville Murals was designed as a safe, self-guided experience in the heart of Toronto.The murals have transformed public spaces by adding colour and beauty to otherwise plain building walls and streets. In many places, the walls of urban cities are forgotten and go unnoticed, but, with the addition of these murals, we can entirely transform these forgotten spaces into outdoor galleries.


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