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Graffiti Alley Is Toronto’s Laneway Louvre

May 6th, 2017 | City LivingQueen West

Do you find graffiti visually-arresting like we do?

Graffiti takes the neglected and out-of-the-way places of the city and makes them marvelous and magical. Plus, it’s an art form that, like drag, originated from a marginalized community and is all about subverting convention and expectation. And, also like drag queens – it’s colourful, surprising, and larger-than-life!

 

 

One of the best examples of this is Graffiti Alley right here in Toronto. A surprising number of locals aren't aware of this place; this alley - or series of alleys - which is just south of Queen Street West, running west from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street; it has some of the most amazing murals and graffiti installations we’ve ever seen. They depict faces, places, people and stories from everyday life - hidden jewels decorating the city’s forgotten spaces.

 

 

All types and styles co-exist together on these walls and often seem to interact and comment on one another by their proximity.

 

 

Bring your camera, because you will want to capture some of this incredible street art. This is by far the largest concentration of graffiti in the city, but there are mind-boggling murals all over Toronto. But you have to keep your eyes peeled – sometimes they’re tricky to spot!

 

 

Toronto really needs to better endorse Graffiti Alley in the Fashion District as a tourist attraction! Of course, if you live nearby, it’d be easy to go and enjoy anytime you like; show your friends, snap some Instagram pics, or simply take a summer stroll and see what’s changed! Here's a great example of the sexy suites available in the area: Living Large At Cityscape Terrace In The Fashion District.

 

If you're an art lover, also be sure to visit some of the city's best! As with Graffiti Alley, sometimes the most out-of-the-way spaces, are the most magical: Art Galleries Are The Vanguard Of Emerging Toronto Neighbourhoods.

 

~ Steven and the Urbaneer Team

Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
& The Innovative Urbaneer Team
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage - (416) 322-8000

 

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