Toronto’s Yorkville Muralsis an annual three-day cultural event that celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. Through the creation of artistic murals inside the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Ave, and the implementation of cultural activations across Yorkville, this project focuses on making the neighborhood a landmark in Toronto for contemporary muralism and an ultimate tourist destination.
To say 2020 came as a surprise would be an understatement. With many ups and downs, remaining optimistic has never been as important. With a sole purpose of celebrating contemporary muralism and public art, Yorkville Murals is pleased to return and promote positivity this August 28th to 30th. Presented by romeo’s gin and supported by partners at Daily Hive and the Bloor-Yorkville BIA, the returning three-day festival features exciting new programming including a three-course dinner series at the fine dining establishment Sofia Restaurant & Bar, a solo-exhibition presenting Toronto’s very own Ben Johnston on August 29th at Taglialatella Galleries, an Art Talk presented by Art Toronto and Waddington’s Auctioneers, and a screening of the film Underbelly followed by a Q&A session with the film’s directors on August 30th. “One of the reasons I love art and this festival is its ability to bring people together,” says Alan Ganev, director, Yorkville Murals and Taglialatella Galleries. “Art is subjective. It can mean different things to different people, but it usually evokes a certain positive emotion that we believe is much needed in the community right now. Our team works on Yorkville Murals year round, and we are thrilled to have been able to safely add vibrant new works throughout the neighbourhood, even during some of the darkest times we collectively were experiencing. It is so rewarding to see people stop, observe and forget their stress, even if just for a moment. This is the purpose of Yorkville Murals and we are so proud of our festival that continues to grow.”