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Muralism on display at unique public art event set for Yorkville

From August 20-28, Yorkville Murals will be showcasing muralism all across the city with two main zones and six separate initiatives. The landmark event is anchored by exceptional public art murals alongside food, drinks, dynamic art and retail experiences.

The main event is the two separate zones which feature murals from Matt Gondek, Ben Johnston, Shelby and Sandy, Mikael B., Florence Solis, Sage Barnes, Fidia and Jordan Sook, among others. The zones are connected to the pedestrian village on Yorkville Ave. and Bellair St.

“Painted murals have been part of the cultural landscape for tens of thousands of years, and modern murals are important neighbourhood touchpoints that celebrate a community’s essence, create conversations and beautify the surroundings. We are so excited to introduce many new and remarkable art installations and exciting events this year so that people can enjoy art and all that comes with it,” said Alan Ganev, founder of Yorkville Murals.

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Yorkville Murals take over posh neighbourhood

Additionally, social events will be held throughout the week, powered by Stella Artois, StockX, Hennessey, SuperRare and many other culturally significant.

Stella Artois is hosting a social lounge for people to come together, drink, dance and enjoy installations from a multitude of artists like Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart and Jeremy Shantz. If you’re more of a bourbon fan, Woodford Reserve is hosting a terrace space for a playful night filled with more murals and specialty cocktails.

Online resale marketplace, StockX, is hosting a limited-edition retail opportunity inside a shipping container. Products will be available onsite, as well as on the company’s online marketplace. The installation will be held inside of a shipping container, beside SuperRare’s NFT exhibit and Hennessey’s bottle art gallery.

To complete the multi-weekend event, NOMAD is presenting the legendary Yorkville Murals Block Party on the 27th from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. The rooftop event will feature bottle service, V.I.P. treatment, art and food to conclude the eventful weekend.

Toronto Murals kicks off on Aug. 20 and concludes on Aug. 28. All events are free and accessible to the public.

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