Toronto, like most modern major metropolises, is home to its own unique collection of street art. The heart of all this urban art is one long stretch of street aptly nicknamed Graffiti Alley. And although I already hate myself for
saying typing this, Graffiti Alley is one of those perfect “Instagram-worthy” destinations. Definitely one of the top must-do activities in Toronto.
A National Historic Site of Canada where modern urban art and the historic market merge. Past and present in perfect harmony. Or maybe that is just due to the abundance of marijuana shops in the neighborhood 😉
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As the name implies, Graffiti Alley is undeniably visually entertaining, although it is worth noting that the neighborhood is primarily graffiti art. Sure, there is plenty of comedic, satirical and throw-back murals to the good ol’ days. However you won’t much, if any, political street art here or any deep social commentary like that found in other more tumultuous nations. Canada is too peaceful and polite 🙂
Graffiti Alley & Kensington Market
Historic + Modern + Street Art = Must Visit
New Graffiti Art In The Making
Where Is Graffiti Alley?
To check out the wall art for yourself, start at Queen and Spadina and head west, walking down every alley you pass. Graffiti Alley runs parallel to Queen street on the southern side. There is also a healthy amount of street art scattered a few blocks north of there, throughout Kensington Market.
4 thoughts on “Exploring Toronto’s Graffiti Alley in 100 Photos”
Wow – so much cool art in Toronto! My favorite street art cities (so far): Los Angeles, Barcelona, Buenos Aires.
Yosemite Sam wins dude! Right off the bat LOL. Inspired images Derek. I love street art. We are seeing some mean tagging here in New Zealand. Methinks the gangs really push the graffiti scene along which is kinda neat. Lost art in many ways, especially in the USA. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Sometimes there is really no clear line where the graffiti art ends and the street art begins ????
Kensington market is awesome.