Although I'm not an artist I've always been fascinated with wall murals, especially when the entire side of a building is the artist's canvas. On these pages I've compiled shots of various murals from buildings in Toronto and other cities I've visited. There's frequently a very thin line between murals and graffiti, but for the purposes of this gallery I've tried to stick to the textbook definition of a mural: "a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling".

"Jimmy Mount Rushmore"

Jimmy's Coffee, 84 Gerrard Street West, Toronto

Parking Lot

Off McCaul Street, Toronto

Parking Lot

Corner of McCaul Street & Stephanie Street, Toronto

The Senator Restaurant

249 Victoria Street, Toronto

"It's In Our Hands"

Toronto Police Services mural, 425 Church Street

"Ella" by Red Dress Productions

"Ella" is a ten foot tall mosaic work. 389 Church Street.

"Love Makes Community" by Alex Florez

389 Church Street

Ad for "The Get Down" TV Series

On the side of Pizza Pizza building, 260 Church Street

The Eye

On side of building at 213 Church Street, former location of Dac Biet Burger

"The Bathhouse Raids" by Christiano De Araujo

418 Church Street, on the side of the old Barn, now the Marquis Of Granby

"Ultra Church: 50 VIP Party People - 1948-2014" by Butter Land Studio

This 91-foot long mural runs down the laneway behind Pizza Nova, 568 Church Street

Oasis Aqualounge

231 Mutual Street, Toronto

Toronto's Musical Heritage

By artist Adrian Hayles. On the side of a Toronto Community Housing building, 423 Yonge Street. This 22-storey mural celebrates Toronto’s musical heritage, in particular Yonge Street’s heyday of the 50s and 60s. Depicted from the bottom of the mural to the top are: Oscar Peterson, Gordon Lightfoot, B.B. King, Shirley Matthews, Muddy Waters, Jackie Shane, Diane Brooks, Glenn Gould and Ronnie Hawkins.

"A Small Collection of Buttons from the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives" by Wil Craddock

In laneway beside 66a Wellesley Street East

Murals At Church & Wellesley

In laneway beside 66a Wellesley Street East

"Kiss & Tell" by Natalie Wood

In laneway beside 66a Wellesley Street East


Mural on the side of the 519 Church Street Community Centre

"Stairway To Heaven"

Barbara Hall Park, Toronto

"Recipe For Community - Article 26: A Mural Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

On the side of the Shoppers Drug Mart, 565 Sherbourne Street, Toronto.

"Rosedale Valley Heritage Mural"

Glen Road subway entrance, near Bloor & Sherbourne Streets, Toronto

Chew Chew's Diner

Taken on the Bleecker Street side, 186 Carlton Street, Toronto

"The Theatre" by Matthew Monteith

Photo mural running down Honest Ed's Alley behind the Honest Ed's store, 581 Bloor Street West, Toronto

"Tim Hortons"

Mural behind the CIBC at 532 Bloor St. W. (Bloor & Bathurst)

At Bloor & Bathurst

Mural wall running between the Bathurst subway station and Bloor Street West

"Paint Your Faith"

Mural on the east side of the Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto

St. Jamestown Murals

Various locations in the St. Jamestown neighbourhood, Toronto

Lots of Colour

At the corner of Parliament & Carlton Streets

On McCaul Street

Interesting doorway on McCaul St., just off Queen St. W.


On side of Kinton Ramen restaurant, corner of Yonge Street and Empress Avenue in North York.


In laneway off Shuter Street, behind Yonge Street

Kensington Market Murals

Plenty of artwork in an interesting part of the city

Bony Peace

Seen in an alley off Brick Lane in the East End of London, UK


In downtown Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller Miners Memorial

This is a commemorative monument which names the 207 men killed while working in Drumheller, Alberta coal mines

Hi-Toronto Hostel

On the side of the Hi-Toronto Hostel (formerly the Whitehouse Hotel), 76 Church Street, Toronto


Roundhouse Park, behind CN Tower, Toronto


Northeast corner of Spadina Road and Dupont Street

Murals by StreetARToronto

In underpass where Jarvis Street merges into Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto

"Red Cap" by Radcliffe Roye

Somewhere along Queen Street West

Crews & Tangos

508 Church Street, Toronto

"Ocean Concrete" Plant

Granville Island, Vancouver

On The Waterfront

Steveston, B.C.

Allan Gardens Temporary Art Project By Aboriginal Artists

Surrounding the water main project on the south side of the park

Pedestrian Walkway

Underneath Queen's Park Crescent, entering University of Toronto

The Flatiron Building

Wellington Street East, Toronto

"Chuuuttt!" by Jef Aerosol

Located between St-Merry Church and the Pompidou Centre, across from the Stravinsky Fountain, Paris

The East Side Gallery

On the remainder of the Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

"The Story of Berlin" Museum

Berlin, Germany

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