St.-Laurent Boulevard, also known as The Main, has a storied history, welcoming successive waves of immigrants. Some of the storefronts are pretty much what you'd expect, like this fluorescent-lit emporium of European sausage:
Others reveal a more contemporary aesthetic:
No matter the occasion, a Montreal festival has to have the following:
|industrial containers that open up into market stalls|
|and sidewalk "terrasses", often with lovely plantings, |
that allow restaurants extra outdoor seating space and
give patrons a chance to see and be seen.
(Yes, these all have to be removed by a certain date to allow for snow clearing.)
And now for some of the actual murals. The views of these works-in-progress were often obscured by equipment that lifts the artists to the upper reaches of their canvases.
|Buff Monster (USA)|
|Ricardo Cavolo (Spain)|
|This unfinished tribute to Leonard Cohen by a Montreal artist|
is located very close to Cohen's neighbourhood
|Jonathan Bergeron (Canada)|
|This mural, from a previous festival, was not labelled.|
|Also from a previous year|
is this tribute to Jackie Robinson.
Ninety-minute guided tours are available in French or English. Visitors are encouraged to download the mobile app for information about lectures, exhibitions, and concerts included in this fifth edition of the Mural Festival. Maps are posted and also available through the app or on-line.