Artist(s): Tara Dorey

Ode to ‘The Riverboat’

Mural Routes Member(s): Tara Dorey Completed: 2021

Inspired by the music and arts scene in Yorkville in the late 1960s and 70s, this Bell Box Mural refers to the creative energy that blossomed in Yorkville, Toronto. Specifically, it represents The Riverboat, the most infamous of the local coffee houses that were dynamic hubs for the creative scene of music, poetry, art, and fashion. It is also an ode to the venues that make space for creative energy and connection to bloom today.

This Bell Box Mural depicts a replica of the neon sign for ‘The Riverboat’ coffee house, its interior iconic wood paneling and portholes, and is framed by a retro floral pattern from the 70s. The design is not only an ode to ‘The Riverboat’ but also a homage to the creative energy that blossomed in Yorkville during its time.

A part of the Bell Box Murals Project.

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 17 Boswell Ave, Toronto, ON, M5R 1M5 Get Directions