Posted on March 15th, 2010 by .

In Greece, Monastiraki is a funky flea market neighbourhood in the old town of Athens filled with crazy little shops and amazing people watching opportunities. Think of jugglers, rastas, tourists, skaters, cool kids, traders and other miscellaneous folk all gathered on one big ant hill and you’ve got Monastiraki.

In Montreal, Monastiraki is the shop of Billy Mavreas and Emile O’Brien, two multi-talented Montreal artists. Among other things, Billy is a cartoonist and illustrator while Emilie is a poet and sculptor. The boutique abounds with hundreds of magical curiosities, from art to ephemera, creation and other awesome and “uncategorizable” things.I was walking my friend’s dog in Mile End last weekend, when I walked pass the store and randomly decided to go in. Best decision of the day.

Mainly because the shop carries an incredible amount of local art, including an impressive selection of comics and prints which I am gaga for. In fact, Billy tells me Monastiraki is the shop with the biggest quantity of local silkscreen posters, rock posters and art posters in the city. I believe him.

The shop used to belong to his father up until 2000, when Billy and Emilie decided to clear out the front and turn Monastiraki into a gallery. They completely re-imagined the space and often organize vernissages, book launches and other fun events, such as their last happening during Montreal’s famous Nuit Blanche.

Also, if you’re an emerging artist visiting Montreal, I suggest you drop in and show Billy your work, art, comics, music, fanzines….he might just buy a few!

Finally, to understand the full extent of amazing that can be found at this Mile End gem, here are a few pics.


5478 Saint-Laurent Boulevard


(514) 278-4879

Wednesday: 12pm – 6pm

Thursday: 12pm- 8pm

Friday: 12pm – 8pm

Saturday: 12pm – 6pm

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm


  1. Lucas

    / Mar 16th

    Nice article! good read and great spot. I like the photos and will definitely go check it out…

  2. Billy Mavreas

    / Mar 24th

    thanks tamy !

    actually, it was jen macintyre who gave me the idea to clear out the front for a gallery!
    it was emilie and i who turned the entire place around and struck a balance between the art and the vintage doodads !
    anyway, thanks for the great coverage !

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