It’s that time of year again when some of the very best local Vancouver artists bust out the paint brushes and other mediums and light up our city walls with unreal colour!

Each year the not-for-profit group Create Vancouver Society puts on the Vancouver Mural Festival to celebrate young artists in the city and create a platform to share.

“Our events and public art installations serve as catalysts for addressing a variety of cultural issues facing our city and artistic communities as well as highlighting local cultures and histories.”- VMF

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the murals being made right around the corner from us over here at Roundhouse Radio. VMF also hosts tours through the upper and lower mainland and the proceeds from tickets purchased go directly towards the festival.

You can get a hold of your tickets HERE

VANCOUVER MURAL FEST MOUNT PLEASANT STREET PARTY: VMF’s flagship event with 10 blocks in Mount Pleasant closed to traffic including Main St between E 12th & E 7th Ave. Close to 100,000 people are expected to visit the area to view all the completed murals and partake of the live art, music, markets and community activities.
Highlights include Red Bull Tour Bus Stage with Yukon Blonde & Louise Burns, Alleyway Oasis feat. Cit more…
Date: 12th August Time: 12pm – 6pm
Location: Mount Pleasant

Take a look at VMF’s website for more information. Click HERE

Thinking about Canada today? We are too. We feel connected to and happy to celebrate many things that modern Canada stands for, yet we recognize that our country was founded on, and continues to exist in the context of the displacement and oppression of Indigenous peoples and their cultures. Today in Canada, many Indigenous communities still live without access to clean water, proper housing, or effective access to healthcare. We also must acknowledge the systematic and intentional silencing of Indigenous culture and language via government programs like the Residential School System and the creation of laws that criminalized indigenous cultural practices like the Potlatch Ban that began soon after Canada was created. We hope all Canadians can take the 150th anniversary of confederation to celebrate our most cherished Canadian values by reflecting on what a positive contribution to reconciliation looks like for a society built on unceded territories. In Vancouver this means reflecting on living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Watuth First Nations. Because we are guests on these lands, we feel it is our responsibility and privilege as a cultural organization shaping public spaces, to use our platform to enhance and support the cultural work already being done by indigenous artists, organizers and organizations. We we hope to positively impact the reconciliation process by providing increased visibility to Coast Salish & Indigenous Cultures in the public spaces of Vancouver. We are in this for the long-run, and we are deeply committed to listening to and supporting those who are bringing the stories of the people whose land we live on into our public spaces. We want to use this moment to thank the indigenous and non-indigenous artists and organizations we have partnered with this past year in order to do this work together. Mural by Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel from the Nlakapamux Nation @visual.medicine ? @yvrstreetart

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Where can I see more murals?

If you’re curious about where some of the other murals are around the city? Be sure to check out this map to see all of the awesome pieces all around Vancouver!