The celebration of contemporary muralism and public art is back with the annual 3-day cultural event from September 24th and 26th! I know we’re all anxiously waiting for the city to re-open and starting on June 14th throughout Bellair St., Yorkville Murals is launching the brand new Café Artois Yorkville initiative and mural by artist, Nina Chanel Abney!
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Generally Speaking By Nina Chanel Abney
The public mural featured at this years event is titled Generally Speaking by artist Nina Chanel Abney, curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes. It aims at transforming the area by injecting sentiments of joy and hope through a bold and colourful piece. It changes the status quo and asks pedestrians to stop for a moment of consideration. We’ve all had a tough year and a half, and this public art display gives the city of Toronto a moment for reflection and gratitude!
“We’ve established Yorkville Murals as a highly-anticipated annual event that brings people together through public art and evokes positive emotion within the community.”Alan Ganev, Director of Yorkville Murals and Taglialatella Galleries
Café Artois Yorkville
Yorkville Murals and the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BIA) is partnering up with Stella Artois to create a European oasis at Café Artois Yorkville! Café Artois brings a more vibrant, “Yorkville high-end spirit”, by adding outdoor lighting, dining and flower arrangements at all participating restaurants. This intuitive is to bring back the “pre-pandemic” city feel and give the people of Toronto a premium outdoor dining experience! At each participating restaurant, you can enjoy and take-in the colourful mural that will be painted along Bellair Street!
The June 14th Café Artois Yorkville opening date is contingent on the Province of Ontario moving into Stage 1, so everybody keep your fingers crossed that all goes as planned!
This positive and welcoming public environment is a safe and self-guided experience in the beautiful Yorkville neighbourhood. More information is to come on the upcoming events of art installations, speaker panels and movie screenings. The Yorkville Mural program has partnered up with ArtworkTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 and it reinforces the neighbourhood as a landmark for public art and culture!