Kensington Market graffiti walk

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

In my last blog post I wrote about going to Toronto where we met Miss Mustard Seed and attended a two day painting workshop. Us gals also managed to squeeze in a bit of time to go shopping and touring around.

One of my favourite places was the Kensington Market which is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. It’s an area where skinny Vic­to­rian row houses stand side-by-side. These houses have been turned into little shops, eclectic restaurants and cafes.  

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

Kensington Market is well known for the street art murals that grace almost every building in the neighbourhood. The city of Toronto has created a program that teams up established street artists who create murals with the help of local youth.

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)
Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

Everywhere we looked there was something interesting to see.

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

I think I need to re-purpose my little green truck when her driving days are over. Hmm. I wonder if I could paint her up with milk paint and fill the box with flowers? Heck, my shop is "My Painted Door" so why couldn't I have "My Painted Truck" hanging out in the parking lot. No doubt I will read this at a later date and I realize how ridiculous that sounds. But for today, it seems like a wonderful idea!

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

Unbelievable! Entire walls are covered in art. I think every city would start up a program like this! Where I live, there are some privately owned buildings with wonderful graffiti art, but the majority of graffiti is not so wonderful and involves using a can of spray paint on street signs, mailboxes and fences.

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

This was one of my favourties. This portrait was breathtaking!

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

Most murals were so large that it was impossible to show the entire mural in a photo. 

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)
Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

It was neat how the artists painted not only walls, but also any doors. At a glance I didn't even realize this was a doorway.

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)
Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

Near the end of our walkabout we came across this little restaurant and I knew it would be a perfect place for a few pictures of the ladies.

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

I love this shot of Sheila (redhead) because she looks so darn cute. Dawn (blonde) also looks cute, but somehow the word mischievous is coming to mind!

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

I asked the gals to move to the other bench for a fun shot under the "Fancy huh?" sign. If the girls could change the wording in the bubble I am sure it would read "Sue, you are a pain in the butt".

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

And then I booted them off the bench because I wanted this shot.

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

One laneway was filled with all these faces. 

Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)
Kensington Market in Toronto - photos by Sue Sikorski via My Painted Door (.com)

All the murals were truly amazing and it was difficult to choose which photos to share with you.

Although I don't know the names of any of the artists, I would like to thank them for the incredible artwork that makes the market so unique! 

Posted on September 30, 2014 and filed under photography.