MURAL Festival — Art Review | Conde Nast Traveler

So what is this place about? From Mile-End to Griffintown, Montreal is covered in murals (legal and non-legal). Public art is an integral part of the city’s cultural landscape, and every summer for around ten days the annual MURAL festival offers live painting sessions, workshops and musical performances in honor of street artists that keep this city (which can be oppressively gray and cold for much of the year) so colorful.
How is the space? Thanks to the efforts of the MURAL Festival and the support of local authorities, Saint-Laurent Boulevard is now the largest street art corridor in Canada. Luckily for those of us who can’t make the trip north during the festival itself, many of the murals are left in place all year round.
Art is the main thing, of course. How is it? Montreal murals represent a diversity of perspectives and artistic styles, ranging from figurative depictions of historic Montrealers to more abstract designs. The MURAL Festival website contains a wonderful dynamic map to help you navigate them all.
Ultimately, what or who is this place best for? They say the best things in life are free, and a long, winding walk through some of the best street art in North America definitely falls into the “low investment, high return” category of Montreal attractions.