Concrete Canvas Festival Highlights Mural Artists with Paintings and Performances Across Hamilton

By Liam McConnell

Published on July 21, 2022 at 9:31 p.m.

“Excel” one of many murals featured at Concrete Canvas. – via eklipz1 on Instagram.

Hamilton should get a little brighter this weekend as new artwork begins to adorn the town with Concrete Canvas, a city tour featuring mural artists at work.

From July 18 to 24, nearly 40 artists and art teams paint murals on city buildings. They’re hosting a self-guided tour around Hamilton to help residents and travelers explore the city while watching an eye-catching festival unfold for free.

The show is currently exhibiting across the city, from Westdale to Crown Point East. The murals in these locations are painted by locally and internationally renowned painters working in a variety of medium and genre styles.

The festival is “an effort to elevate the city’s visual landscape while simultaneously inspiring a new generation of artists,” said Concrete Canvas, working closely with the city to achieve this goal.

Although inspired by similar musical performances in Toronto and Montreal, Concrete Canvas is unique among its peers as a visual arts festival, “that brings together the Hamilton community to celebrate art, music, culture and diversity for a weekend,” according to the show.

The show is the brainchild of founder Leon Robinson, a multi-talented painter, rapper, photographer and filmmaker.

Scott McDonald, skate shop owner and artist, is the lead curator, and Scott Martin, illustrator, designer, animator and muralist, is the creative director.

Three shows will also take place at Woodlands Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The festival features 39 murals including;

  • Anthony Haley at Keddy Trail (access near Main Street)
  • Aper at 30 Wilson Street
  • Bacon at 21 Rebecca Street
  • Bacon/Whyspr at 784 Concession Street
  • Ben Johnston at 1019 King Street West
  • Birdo at 25 Dundurn St N
  • Cam Harap to Keddy Trail (trail entrance)
  • Chris Perez at 1275 King Street East
  • Clear Eyes Collective at 414 Barton St E
  • Crime at 27 Hess St S
  • Dems & Doll at 514 Cannon St E
  • Excel at 30 Wilson Street
  • Stolen from 440 King St W
  • Golden at 92 Barton St E
  • Haks & Nemo at 737 Barton Street East
  • Horus at 30 Wilson Street
  • Jaime Janx at 21 Rebecca Street
  • Kyle Joedicke at 829 Fennel Ave E Luv
  • Sumone at 525 Mohawk Road. E
  • Michael Byers at 907 Barton Street East
  • Monk-E at 10 Cannon St E
  • Mr. Myl at TBA
  • Oblsk at 519 Upper Sherman E
  • Peru at 20 Wilson St
  • Ask at 737 Barton St E
  • View at 30 Wilson Street
  • Silent at Woodlands Park (Barton St E)
  • Steam at 24 Hess St South
  • Sugarbones at 1256 King St E
  • ABL Crew at 859 King St E
  • ACK Crew at 521 Wilson Street
  • ALTR/SNORE Crew at 236 Brucedale Ave E
  • BUDS Crew at 92 Barton St E
  • CFA Crew at 997 Cannon St E
  • DBS Crew at 217 King St W
  • GH Crew at Keddy Trail North
  • KTA Crew at Beasley Park
  • MEDIA Crew at 27 Hess St S
  • OPS Crew at 1256 King Street East

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