Spray cans at the ready! The Town is partnering with artists Daphne Côté and AJA Louden to host a public art project featuring an introduction to the graffiti art style. The program will include a demonstration of street art mural techniques open to the public and an additional workshop for youth in the community.

The graffiti project invites the community to engage with graffiti and street art through a two-part series. The first part of the art series will include a multi-day demonstration hosted on July 21, 23, 28, and 30 at 2PM in the CN Tunnel beside the Skate Park (4401 49 Avenue). Everyone is invited to join the artists for a street art mural demonstration and learn about the painting style. Those wanting to practice are required to bring their own materials.

The second part of the art project includes a workshop hosted on August 19 from 1PM to 5PM for youth in the community ages 12 and over. Participants will be taught how to use spray paint and apply graffiti and street art techniques to their work. Registration for the workshop is set at $25 and space will be limited.

“Street art has a long history in the CN Tunnel, and we want to maintain that tradition while promoting graffiti as an art style that has value to the community,” says Chantelle Laberge, Culture and Tourism Development Officer. “We designed this project to introduce artists to the style and promote positive graffiti in the tunnel as public art.”  

Both the demonstration series and workshop will follow public health orders. Materials and safety supplies will be provided for the August 19 workshop. Everyone participating is encouraged to practice physical distancing and follow safety guidelines.

Youth ages 12 and up can register for the graffiti workshop on August 19 here. Registration will remain open until all spots are filled and participants under 18 will require parental consent. Community members can learn more about the project by visiting the Town’s Public Art webpage.