The connotations that accompany graffiti are usually negative; they are usually associated with antisocial and loitering behaviours by youths. However, graffiti is an art, an art that can be extremely beautiful and one that tells many-a-tale through images. Toronto’s Graffiti Alley is located downtown near the Fashion District and Chinatown, and is really in a prime location for a quick stop whilst passing the area.
As you can see from the photos above, this location is has a perfect backdrop for a photo shoot or dance video. The almost complete covering of the walls with colour is inviting and really gives off a very fun atmosphere.
As I wandered into the main road, I came across this BEAUTIFUL shop complete with isles of beads, chains, buttons and other DIY accessories. The variety was absolutely breathtaking and I wanted to purchase EVERYTHING! I also walked into a few fabric stores next door stocking fabrics with extraordinary prints!
Not far from Graffiti Alley (15 min walk), a beautiful view of the CN Tower (from the Harbourfront) can be seen. There were a few events taking place at the Convention Centre – IMATS and the Ontatio University Fair. Overall, another beautiful day touring Toronto!
Is Graffiti Alley one of Toronto’s secrets, or is it quite common to visit this area as a tourist? Are there any other weird and wonderful locations that North America has to offer?