Photo: Janelle Hollyrock, July 2017
Wander the back alleys and laneways off Main Street in Mount Pleasant to see almost 100 large-scale murals painted onto the walls of art studios and storebacks for Vancouver’s annual Mural Festival. Spot graffiti street art from locally renowned artists/musicians like Andy Dixon and Jenny Ritter to new mural artists like Sandeep Johal to First Nations artists Bracken Hanuse Corlett (of the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations) and Corey Bulpitt (Naikun Raven clan).
Late to the game, Vancouver’s first mural festival only just debuted in 2016. In contrast, Nuart Festival — widely considered to be the first street art festival in the world — has happened annually in Stavanger, Norway since 2001, and dozens of cities from Montreal to Istanbul have been hosting mural festivals since 2012.
Vancouver Mural Festival offers guided walking tours for $20, or follow the map below to go your own way.