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Toronto’s Graffiti Alley in Photos

Graffiti and street art are one of those topics that brings on a lot of disagreement. Some see it as vandalism, defacing property while others see it as a form of art. For me, it’s all about the type: pieces can be cool, tags are not. There’s one place in particular in Toronto where authorities have turned a blind eye and artists have run amok. Toronto’s Graffiti Alley is a unique lane hidden between Queen & Richmond where street art is not only tolerated but celebrated. There’s a fine line between graffiti and street art and a lot of what you’ll find here definitely falls into the latter. While there are some tags and scribbles, you can tell that a lot of time and talent went into the majority of works.

You can visit independently as it’s a public street but you can also take a guided tour if you’d like to learn more about the artists behind this colour-filled lane.

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What do you miss?

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Shamrock gettin’ mellow.

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Stern graffiti woman does not approve of these shenanigans.

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I’m not sure what’s going on here but I’m intrigued.

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This Picasso-esque piece by Hunto really caught my eye. I would love to have something like that as a feature wall in my office.

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A very colourful memorial.

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Angry Birds and a demented Mickey Mouse?

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That yellow bird by Uber5000 showed up in many places along Toronto’s Graffiti Alley.

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This building, also by Uber5000, was something else entirely. You could spend a half hour easily taking in all the various elements.

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The level of detail is incredible.

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I like the disco vibe on this one.

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Random? Yep, seems fairly random to me.

The lane way is always in flux so it’s something you can visit over and over to see what’s new.

Have you paid a visit to Graffiti Alley in Toronto? What was your favourite piece?

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  1. Steph | A Nerd at Large says:

    August 5th, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    Great photos! I especially love the Picasso-inspired mural. The great thing about Graffiti Alley is that it’s different every time I go. I love how organic and serendipitous that is. Oh yeah, and my Gravatar headshot was taken there.

  2. Caitlin Nguyen says:

    May 31st, 2014 at 12:56 pm (#)

    Great photos! I’ll have to check it out when I am in Toronto in a few weeks.

  3. Ravi Singh says:

    September 17th, 2021 at 3:38 am (#)

    Toronto in Canada is one of the most visited place. I do remember when i was a kid and visited the place and explore because my aunt was living there. Thanks for sharing this information. Subscribed your blog.

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