Street Art

Street art in Kensington Toronto

Kensington in Toronto is nothing like its London namesake. Devoid of ‘Sloane Rangers’ this edgy district is home to thrift stores and colourful street art that make it more of a cross between London’s Camden and Brick Lane than the upmarket West. Bordering on China Town, the Kensington buildings house an eclectic mix of food markets, second hand clothes stores and international eateries. I really recommend a visit to this part of the city, online you can find some great hotels deals in Toronto if you don’t happen to live there yourself.

Above the shop windows and poking out of alleys are all sorts of eye catching graffiti – some of which, I am reliably informed, have been commissioned by the city council. Well if walls are going to be graffitied, they might as well be done by a professional!

Kensington Toronto

 

Which is your favourite?

 

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

Toronto resident, Alicia, gets to grips with her favourite drawing!

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

Mona in Kensington

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

This one reminds me of the art on the Wynwood Walls in Miami.

For more images of the Kensington walls visit my facebook page.

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    Ian [EagerExistence]
    April 4, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Cool. Some of the best I’ve seen. I especially like 6893839126_e75c5260b6_z (hahaha great picture title, 4th down), and the laptop one (3rd down) is pretty good. Great model work!

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      Jayne
      April 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Ha the model is Taggio. She worked well with the art work!

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    Francis Mariani
    April 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Kensington Market is my favourite neighbourhood in Toronto. It’s bohemian (slowly turning trendy), multicultural (currently, Latin American shops and restaurants abound), eclectic (health food stores, vinyl record shops, scooter shop,green grocers, cheese merchants, indie cafés…). In the summer, Sundays are pedestrian-only. It’s just a great place to hang out.

    In the midst of these wall murals are little pieces of street art – stencils, scribbles, 3-dimensional pieces nailed to poles…

    Here is my take on Kensington Market: http://www.flickr.com/photos/designwallah/sets/72157615697166810/

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      Jayne
      April 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      You really hit the nail on the head there Francis and your photos are amazing. Love all the details you have picked out in such a cool area.

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    Cristina
    April 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

    One of my favourite neighbourhoods in my city. Reminds me so much of the historical quaint corners in Europe. Little narrow roads and small mom and pop shops. Thanks for highliting it Jayne!

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      Jayne
      April 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I loved it too – reminded of the some of the best parts of London!

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    Ayngelina
    April 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Kensington is my favourite neighborhood in Toronto, great pics.

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      Jayne
      April 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks! Great city you have 🙂

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    Donna Vitan
    September 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Love all the art you’ve captured! I live in Toronto and definitely need to visit Kensington a lot more.

    Sometimes exploring your own city is an adventure itself!

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    Street Art Around The World40 countries before I'm 30
    April 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

    […] caught up with Toronto resident, ace blogger and my former colleague Alicia Taggio. She took me to Kensington to check out some of the quirky wall paint in the area, including this giant laptop we […]

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