30 Aug 2020

Art In Progress

East to west, north to south, you’ll find artists painting their festival murals in neighbourhoods across the city. In this beautiful sunny weather, it’s fun to walk safely outside and watch these artists plot and paint their walls. The Vancouver Mural Festival app is helpful in showing you how close

21 Aug 2020

Vancouver Mural Fest 2020

Vancouver is well into its fifth annual Mural Festival, which runs until September 7th. There will be no big street party this year, but smaller events continue, many online. All in all, artists will be creating 60 plus murals across 9 neighbourhoods. With the VMF app, you can check out

19 Jul 2019

Mural Festival ’19

‘A young woman is drawing little foxes that start running as soon as created.’ Artist and author Johnnie Christmas is describing his striking mural at Main and 11th, a mural that recently found itself in The Washington Post. ‘As early as the Paleolithic Period as evidenced by the cave paintings

08 May 2018

Granville Island Art Smash

As you wander in and out of Granville Island this week, you can stop to watch talented artists painting murals under the Granville Street Bridge. Participating in Art Smash – a collaboration between the Island and Vancouver Mural Festival – is Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow, Spanish artist Ruben Sanchez and

08 Apr 2018

Spirits Of The Realms

If it’s your first visit to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in a while, you might be surprised to discover a new mural on Beatty Street: Spirits of The Realms. Installed last summer by the City of Vancouver as part of Canada 150+, the mural was created by artists Haisla Collins,

10 Oct 2017

Luxurious Dreamscape Bubblebath

This 2017 mural was created by artists David Ullock and Douglas Nhung. ‘Finally finished up this collab mural with the master,’ wrote Ullock on Instagram. ‘This was both of our first mural, and the whole thing is freehand – no projectors used. I am ecstatic with how it turned out.

10 Sep 2017

North of Broadway + Main

We weren’t the only ones setting out with our cameras to check out all of the new street art, courtesy of the Vancouver Mural Festival last month. We would need donuts, of course, to gather strength for the trek. Our choice? Sweet Dickie donuts from Cartems – a September special featuring vanilla cake, a

29 Aug 2017

Douglas Park Mural

It’s a mural that was created in 2001, but it could not be more relevant today. It was, of course, created by young people. The Ethnic Harmony Mural was initiated by the Vancouver School Board Race Relations Youth Advisory Committee and painted by students. It wraps around the Community Centre at

04 Aug 2017

Vancouver Mural Festival 2017

Three days from now, on August 7th, the second annual Vancouver Mural Festival will start. Inaugural Year 2016 was a great success with its striking new murals, live entertainment and visitor hubbub. This year, there will be events and street art in both Mount Pleasant and Strathcona. The volunteer team are predicting that more than 100,000

02 Jun 2017

4th Avenue Peacock

Proud as a peacock. Aristotle, Chaucer, Shakespeare, your judgy Grade Six teacher. Peacocks are rarely invoked in honour. ‘Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock – a stride and a stand.’ But, aren’t we just jealous of these feather-eyed creatures and their human-shaming courtship displays? Photographer Waldo Nell created quite a