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Meet a Montrealer: Street artists MissMe, Zek One and Dodo_ose

Street art in Montréal not only brightens the urban core and surrounding neighbourhoods but reflects the spirit and culture of the city, whether in a colourful two-storey mural downtown for Mural Festival, live group painting at Under Pressure or a wheatpaste print in a side-street alley. Tourisme Montréal recently talked to three of the city’s most intriguing street artists: the mysterious “artful vandal” MissMe – known best for her Portrait of a Vandal print series of a naked woman wearing a Mickey Mouse-eared balaclava – and A’shop crew artists Zek One and Dodo_ose, the creative minds and deft hands behind several prominent murals in Montréal and other major cities. How has Montréal influenced your style? MissMe: Montréal has allowed me to explore and to evolve. I work alone, but I end up meeting and knowing other artists because ours is still a small community even though it’s recently grown so much. Montréal is so special because of the vibe of this city, the people, there’s something very human and organic about it – the art in the street reflects that. It may seem messy for some, but it gives the city more personality. Zek One: Back in ‘93, I started… / Read More →

Music, food and dancing in the streets at OUMF Festival

September may mean back to school but it doesn’t mean summer festival season is over yet in Montréal – the  OUMF Festival of live music (this year starring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid!), breakdancing, art and performance throws a free, three-day street party for students and everyone else who knows that sunshine and warm nights don’t end in August. With two stages and more music and activities than ever, the 6th edition of OUMF takes over St-Denis Street in the Latin Quarter from September 7 to 10, turning the street into a pedestrian-only zone between Sherbrooke and Sainte-Catherine in the Quartier des Spectacles. Along with live music, expect to see theatrical circus antics by troupe Cirquantique, friendly sports and game competitions, and the pavement transformed into a canvas for street artists of all ages. This year, OUMF even has it’s own beer, courtesy of 3 Brasseurs! On stage more than 20 bands play, programmed by the M FOR MONTREAL festival (held annually in November), mak every night one to remember. This year, hip hop DJ legends DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid play back-to-back, amazing with their spinning skills and music selections.  Stick around for more great music from… / Read More →

VIDEO: Street Art In Montreal

While some less cool cities might see it as just graffiti, Montreal knows street art brings a vibrant texture to our neighbourhoods. So we embrace it with pride. Our summer festival MURAL brings street artists from all over world to use the bricks of our buildings as their canvas, and as a result a stroll up Saint-Laurent Boulevard is like walking through an art gallery. At night the Quartier des Spectacles becomes decidedly futuristic when the digital projection mappings transform facades of entire buildings into hypnotizing swirls of sound and colour. It’s something you have to see to believe, so come check it out in Montreal soon! Book an art-filled adventure in Montréal: http://www.montrealoffer.com  

The world’s an art gallery at FIMA

You get the picture: from graffiti festivals to performance festivals, Montreal is a John Mayer-worthy wonderland of live, free fun all summer, with a surprise on every block. And one of the outdoor art events not to be missed happens along Sainte-Catherine in the Gay Village between June 11 and 15: FIMA, the Festival International Montréal en Arts…

MURAL festival 2014 puts wow on walls

Have you seen that beautiful mural just off the Main, near Prince-Arthur? And the other one next to it? And the one next to that? We’ve all got last year’s international public art festival MURAL to thank for those, and from June 12 to 15, they’re at it again…

Aires Libres & Les Boules Roses light up Montreal’s Gay Village

Summertime in Montreal’s Gay Village is a dream. When the sunlight diffuses through the 200,000 pink balls strung above the pedestrian-only road, it casts a rosy glow that sets a beautiful atmosphere for sangria drinking, people watching, and club hopping. Check out what’s going on during the 2014 edition of Aires Libres in the Gay Village…

Things to Do in Montreal: June 14-20

As the first official day of summer approaches, Montreal’s outdoor spaces call loud and clear, from the tree-lined paths of the Botanical Gardens to all sorts of entertainment on the outdoor stages of Les Francofolies music festival, the Folk Fest on the Lachine Canal, the Fringe Festival Park and more…

BORN ON THE STREET, GROWN IN A GALLERY

These days, art you might expect to see plastered on city walls on the walk back to your hotel is finding new life inside galleries all over town…