There are a lot of frustrations to living in Toronto so every once in a while you have to seek out what makes city life fun and fresh. Graffiti alley is just the thing to re-energize you and is the number one “gallery space” in Toronto for street art. The appeal is the colour, the grittiness and let’s face it… a hint of badness and graffiti has become a bona fide art form that is always on the cutting edge.
Just south of the intersection of Queen and Spadina you have to look for the alleyway that runs west over to Portland. Once you turn the corner there is no mistaking it, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colours and figures that continues for the next kilometre.
Fans of the Rick Mercer Report on CBC will recognize this alley as the settings for the RMR Rants.
By it’s very nature graffiti and street art are ephemeral so, in theory, you could visit every day and have a different experience each time.
Toronto is a great city to explore, there’s always something new to see or do. If you’re searching for something free and off the beaten path to do this is a great option.