Mural Projects

Mural Routes’ past and current mural projects created in partnership with communities across Toronto and the GTA.

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Silo at 8 Mowat Ave & Hopper at 159 Dufferin St.

Lovegates’ silo playfully piles on a diverse group of characters as they climb on top of each other and hang from the ‘South Liberty Trail’ text. Read More

The Players silo & In Sight Out hopper

Both the silo and hopper by Alexander Bacon include imagery that represents both the past and bright future of Liberty Village. Read More

Truly Two

The silo’s cylindrical shape serves as the conceptual starting point for birdO’s message; the necessity of a greater synchronicity between the natural and anthropomorphic world. Read More

A Red Fork

Jarus’ approach to the South Liberty silo emphasizes the human gaze within an area of industrial buildings and residential towers, reminding the viewer that nature is there if we just take a look. Read More

Multipli’city

This project, entitled Multipli’city, is managed by Mural Routes and is part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program in collaboration with the Corktown Residents and Business Association, the City of Toronto Parks Department, and Relay 2017 – Friends of the PanAm Path. While the artists’ designs are diverse, they are tied… Read More

Reflections

The theme of a “media art gallery” was chosen by the youth to reflect their views on how media and advertising affect youths today. Read More

Let’s Take a Walk on the Wild Side

This mural was painted in 2016 by B.C. Johnson, with support from StreetARToronto’s Support Program. Johnson covered all four walls of the building (nearly 1000 square feet) with a freehand landscape design featuring Canadian flora and fauna. Upon completion of the mural, Johnson was hired by local businesses to paint numerous walls in the same plaza. Read More

Connections

The Connections Mural was created in 2016 as a Signature Project of the Cultural Hotspot, produced in partnership with the City of Toronto. Read More

Passage to Port Union

Port Union and the Rouge River share a history that spans thousands of years. The Port Union-Rouge Park mural, designed and led by experience mural artist Allan Bender of Blinc Studios, beautifully depicts parts of this story. Read More

Community Spirit

Artist: John Hood Address: 382 Old Kingston Road Highland Creek Village, Scarborough Date: September 1994 This mural recreates a scene showing members of the Highland Creek community working together to build an addition to the Wesley Methodist Chapel in the early winter of 1867. The chapel once stood adjacent to… Read More

Tudor Birch Grove

Artist: Sarah Collard, assisted by Meaghann MacLeod. Address: 1489 Kingston Rd., Toronto. Date: September 2012 Read More

Little Gem

2nd mural painted in the Birch Cliff Community Mural Project. Lead artist, Tara Dorey. Assisted by summer students. Read More

Birches and Bluffs 2014

Part of the Birch Cliff Community Mural Project Read More

Butterfly

1859 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3, Canada Restoring Mural Routes office’s Monarch butterfly murals. Read More

Flight

Flight explores themes of migration, transition, and change – inspired by the migration of the monarch butterfly. Read More

Puzzle

747 Warden Ave., Toronto Project manager: Rob Matejka Lead artists: Elaine Teguibon, Tara Dorey, Raymond Cho with youth employment program artists The concept of the ‘Puzzle Mural’ was developed by artist Elaine Teguibon as part of an independent study project for the Leadership Training in Mural Making program 2011. Elaine… Read More

Natural Mystic

Artists: Leo Lam; Juhyun (Jane) Oh; Faith Webster; Anthony Jamez (aj) Monohan, Javid Alibhai Project Managed by Mural Routes Location: 3228 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto. Just east of Markham Road. Artists’ Statement: The theme of our mural – Natural Mystic – is “New Beginnings”. It portrays a family’s journey and their… Read More

Diversity

Artist Mentor: Victor Manzo with 7 youth artists 3181 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, ON. Project Managed by Mural Routes, 2007 Artists’ statement: Diversity – people from all corners of the world, living in one eco-system. Like the branches of a tree, mingling with the roots of a mushroom, touched by… Read More

UDHR Article #27

Artist Mentor: Jim Bravo; with 7 Youth Artists from YOUTHLINK 3600 Kingston Road at Markham Road, Scarborough ON. Created in Summer 2008 by local youth, this mural symbolizes the evolution of community as it celebrates strength and diversity through creative participation. The mural is part of Amnesty International’s Project Urban… Read More

Creekside

A signature project of Cultural Hotspot- East, this bright and beautiful mural is a permanent piece of public art, created to welcome visitors entering south Scarborough from the east. Read More

Intersections

This mural, entitled Intersections, was created by student artists as part of a youth summer training initiative run by Mural Routes. Read More

Entitlement

Artist Mentor: Rob Matejka; Youth Artists: Jaime Bruno, Maggie Chan, Tristan Joseph, Cleon Mills, Demi-Yang Osmond, Marina Saad (Project Assistant), Curtia Wright This mural was moved from its original location at 2682 Eglinton Ave. E to 1420 Warden Ave., Scarborough ON in 2010. The design for the mural was created by… Read More

Come Unity

Artist Mentor: Rob Matejka Artists: Jordan Chretien, Maggie Chan, Johnny Yang, Tristan Joseph Address: 1163 Ellesmere Road at Midland Ave., Scarborough ON This richly symbolic mural was designed by the team of youth artists, after consideration of community input. It portrays the passage of a gift from left to right,… Read More

Piliriqatigiingniq

By: PA System, 2015 Location: 72 Church St., Toronto, ON Piliriqatigiingniq is an unprecedented collaborative public artwork project by Cape Dorset, Nunavut youth artists and Toronto students and graduates of Oasis Skateboard Factory (TDSB). Having travelled to Cape Dorset for the past two years to create art and host art… Read More

Live Art Festival @ Underpass Park

Combining mural, street and community arts under one concrete roof Read More

Birches at Sunset

This bright coloured “rainbow” sunset was inspired by the youth’s input to celebrate diversity. Read More

Terra Strat’aa

The TERRA STRAT’AA is the second landmark mural painted by MEDIAH for the City of Toronto Read More

Bomb Girls

Artist: OMEN, 2014 Location: Warden & St. Clair E., Scarborough, ON. Montreal based graffiti artist OMEN worked in collaboration with StARToronto to create this mural paying homage to the real life Bomb Girls who worked at the Scarborough’s General Engineering Company (GECo) plant in the area during World War II. Project managed… Read More

The Radi’aal Encompass

The Radi’aal Encompass is one of two underpass murals painted by respected graffiti artist Mediah in partnership with Mural Routes. Read More

Bellflower

Artist: William Lazos, 2013 Address: 208 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 2R1, Canada Following a successful mural project in 2012, property owner Lefteris Karagianis worked closely with Mural Routes to continue streetscape improvements to his property at Greenwood and Gerrard. Artist, William Lazos was selected through an open call competition… Read More

Forest of Birch Trees

“Forest of Birch Trees” was painted on panels and is now installed, towering three stories high on the side of Birch Cliff Public School. Read More

Taste of Lawrence

Spanning 5 separate walls, this mural shows a variety of scenes from the festival that celebrates the energy, culture and people of Wexford Heights neighbourhood Read More

Rainbow Tunnel

Mural Routes had the opportunity to revitalize Toronto’s iconic rainbow tunnel mural, located just south of Lawrence on the East side of the Don Valley Parkway, on the south entrance of the CN Rail Tunnel and part of the East Don Trail. Read More

Welcome to Birch Cliff

“Welcome to Birch Cliff” was designed by Anthony Delacruz and painted by Mural Routes artists and volunteers. Read More

Warden Underpass Mural

The west wall shows the iconic Bluffs and Elizabeth Simcoe– the woman who gave Scarborough its name. Read More

Birch Tree Bell Box

NFP mural arts service organization Mural Routes created 3 new murals in Toronto’s Birch Cliff community, as part of the Birch Cliff Community Mural Project. Read More

Bricks and Wagons

Concept/lead artist: Jim Bravo, Head Painters: Jim Bravo, Anthony Delacruz and Em Ciobanica,  with graduates from Mural Routes Leadership Training in Mural Making program Address: 1289 Gerrard St. E. at Greenwood Ave., Toronto Date:  Summer 2012 Neighbourhood storeowners and residents, led by property owner Lefteris Karagianis, wanted to make a… Read More

Giant Birch Tree

This was the first mural in the Birch Cliff Community Mural project: a partnership with residents of Birch Cliff and Mural Routes. Read More

Metamorphosis

Artist: Tara Dorey, 2011 Location: Warden Woods Community Center, Scarborough, ON Metamorphosis is based on the themes of change and transformation, bringing positivity to the entrance of the community centre. Lead artist Tara Dorey and Mural Routes’ artists led local youth in a series of stencil-making workshops to create the images… Read More

Almonds and Wine

Ceramic artist Cristina Delago worked for five months using a base of cement panels and a mix of porcelain tiles, glass and handcrafted porcelain pieces to depict frames from Arnie Lipsey’s animated film in the colourful mosaic. Read More

The Bridging Project

Artist Rob Matejka mentored a team of youth and community members to create a mural spanning the North side of the bridge (871 feet or 266 metres). Read More

Trace

Before his engagement as keynote speaker at the 12th National Mural Symposium in Midland Ontario, Berlin-based artist Hand offered to leave a gift to Toronto in the form of an outdoor public art mural. Trace is one of the artist’s series of anonymous public portraits – his first in Canada. Read More

Kids Play

This mural is painted on the two abutment walls and four centre columns of the bridge crossing Sheppard Ave. just west of Leslie Street. It was completed in October 2006. Read More

Chrysalis

Artists: Ellen Bleiwas, Leah Burns, Katy Mulla, Summer 2004 Location: 2446 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON. Just west of Midland Avenue Designed by artists Leah Burns, Katy Mulla and Ellen Bleiwas, the mural was inspired by stories told to the artists by Scarborough Storytellers – Bluffers Tales. Working with themes of… Read More

Mitchells General Store

Artist: Phil Irish, September 1998 Location: 1728 Kingston Road at Birchmount Road, Scarborough Toronto artist Phil Irish completed the 11th mural on Mural Routes Heritage Trail in September 1998. Located at 1728 Kingston Road in Scarborough, the mural, entitled “Mitchell’s General Store”, depicts life in surrounding community of Birch Cliff… Read More

In The Way Of Progress

Artists: Phil, Jennifer & Jamie Richards, July 1996 Location: 2835 Kingston Road at Eastville Avenue, Scarborough This commemorative mural depicts passengers boarding a radial car at Stop 17 on the Toronto and York Radial Line, at the junction of St. Clair Avenue and Kingston Road. In the background is Scarborough… Read More

Spooner’s Garage

Artist: Phillip Woolf, October 1992 Location: 2340 and 2348 Kingston Road Scarborough The unique “double” mural, painted on facing walls by Phillip Woolf, depicts two eras in the life of Spooner’s Garage. Built in 1926 and rebuilt in 1947, the garage was located on the south side of Kingston Road in… Read More

The Bluffs as Viewed by Elizabeth Simcoe c. 1793

Elizabeth Simcoe, wife of Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe was so impressed with the sight of the Bluffs as she saw them from a small boat.. Read More

H.M. Schooner, Onondaga c. 1793

Artist: Jeff Jackson, July 1992 Location: 2340 Kingston Road at Sharpe Street, Scarborough The Onondaga was built near Kingston in 1790 and served as flagship of the Provincial Marine until her retirement in 1797. This was the ship in which Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe and his wife Elizabeth sailed across Lake… Read More

Cliffside Golf Course

The Cliffside Golf Course was located south of Kingston Road and West of Midland Avenue with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. Read More

Scarborough Rifle Company

Artist: John Hood, September 1990 Location: 1577 Kingston Road at Kildonan Drive, Scarborough In 1862 the Scarborough Rifle Company was organized with headquarters in a school at Eglinton Avenue near Markham Road. It was the first of several militia companies formed in York County. The company was rushed to the… Read More

The Half Way House

Built as an inn at the corner of Kingston Road and what is now Midland Avenue, Half Way House was a rural stage coach stop half way between the village of Dunbarton and the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. Read More