Montréal has been breathing street art for years, be it giant mosaic portraits toward Hochelaga, projections on walls at night or paintings. For the latter, take a walk from the corner of Sherbrook and Saint-Laurent streets toward the North and Little Italy to convince yourself with what’s almost an open air gallery at some point. There are so many galleries on that line that it is impossible to name them all, but between gallery Station 16 and Galerie C.O.A you have more than enough to please your eyes.
I will say I like both the art in the streets and the art in the galleries. I now have my obligatory stop on a Saturday afternoon, Galerie Youn in the middle of my exploration and for sure Galerie C.O.A. It’s a small space with a lot of energy and often a colorful palette that pleases me. If you are lucky, you may meet some of the artists exhibiting. Being able to exchange some words with the people behind the art pieces or the people running those spaces is always interesting to me. Moreover, it will give you the pulse of the city you’re visiting or simply living in.