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Vandalist: Back to Our Roots

Graffiti Alley: one of Toronto's essential street-art locales.

BY: Unknown
LOCATION: Graffiti Alley
PHOTO BY: Scott Snider
FIELD NOTES: Here at Vandalist, we like to feature art of all different styles from all around the city. We want to show readers that street art comes in all different mediums, and that there are artistic treats to be found even in the most unlikely parts of Toronto. Sometimes, though, you find those treats exactly where you expect them to be. Perhaps, once upon a time, back when nary a tag was to be seen on our fine streets, havens such as the one we now refer to as “Graffiti Alley”—just south of Queen West, running from Portland Street to just east of Spadina—were among the only places to enjoy colour-saturated bursts of expression and dissent. While it’s great to explore Toronto and discover art, it’s also nice to get back to our roots.

CORRECTION: November 17, 2012, 5:50 PM A previous version of this post incorrectly identified the location of “Graffiti Alley.” We apologize for the error.

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