Vancouver has a mural festival every year, and the city is full of countless incredible murals. The majority of the murals in this post are in Mount Pleasant, a neighbourhood in East Vancouver. However, I have also included a couple of murals in Kitsilano and South Granville. If you’ve read my blog or follow me on Instagram, you will know murals bring me so much joy, and I am so happy to share these murals with you! Keep reading for the second instalment in my Vancouver Instagram Guide.
Vancouver Instagram Guide
This guide will be split up into neighbourhoods, covering Mount Pleasant in East Vancouver, Kitsilano and South Granville. If you’re looking for even more mural inspiration, check out my first Vancouver Instagram guide, with 18 colourful murals across the city.
Mount Pleasant Murals:
Sonny Assu and Mark Ollinger collaborated on this abstract blue, green, yellow and red mural. Find it at the corner of Main Street and E 14 Avenue, on the side of Snackland. It is part of the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival, curated by the Burrard Arts Foundation.
Danielle Krysa, AKA The Jealous Curator, created five polka dot murals for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival. I have included three of them in this post. See if you can find all five! This first one is in the alley west of Main Street between E 14 Avenue and E 15 Avenue. I couldn’t find the real title of these polka dot murals, so if you know, please tell me!
This colourful two-part mural is on either side of Dulux Paints at 2630 Main St. Artist Justin Broadbent painted it as part of the 2016 Vancouver Mural Festival. Taylor Swift vibes, anyone? #Lover
Métis artist Jean-Paul Langlois created this Western-inspired mural for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is in a parking lot at 253 E 11 Ave.
Sara Khan created this blue, purple and white mural for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Fest. It features animals, flowers, a bicycle and a person laying on the ground. This mural is across from the previous one on E 11 Avenue near Watson Street.
The Growing Hope Into Action Collective, a group of Emily Carr students, created this mural of a Pacific Dogwood tree. This mural was part of the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival, and is on the side of Caffee Barney, at 2526 Main St.
Artist Andrew Tavukciyan created this colourful mural for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is on a garage door around the corner from Caffe Barney on Watson Street.
Emily Gray painted this mural in 2013. It features a scene of Vancouver with several cyclists. It is at the corner of Watson Street and E 10 Avenue.
Keep Vancouver Wet
Artist Johnnie Christmas created this vibrant red mural for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival at 2702 Main St.
Ode to the Ocean
Artist Emily Gray created this giant octopus masterpiece for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival. The mural is on E 10 Avenue next to Kingsgate Mall, which is at 370 E Broadway.
Artist Oksana Gaidasheva created this massive mural, which features a woman lying between two lions. This mural is next to the previous one on E 10 Avenue. It was also part of the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival.
Zhawenjigewin: Love in Anishinaabe
Artists Sharifah Marsden and Corey Larocque created this mural for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is on the side of the Cash Money building at 2490 Main St.
I couldn’t find the actual name of this one, but this mural is so cool! Artist Taka Sudo painted this colourful bull in the parking lot at 245 E Broadway, next to the previous mural. This mural was part of the 2016 Vancouver Mural Festival.
Girls are Fierce as Tigers
Artist Sandeep Jahal created this mural for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is on the side of Chutney Villa South Indian Cuisine at 147 E Broadway.
Why Can’t They See Us?
Artist Doaa Jamal created this mural in partnership with the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is at 123 E 8 Ave.
Luxurious Dreamscape Bubblebath
Artists David Ullock and Douglas Nhung created this large mural of a woman surrounded by colourful geometric shapes on the side of James Black Gallery at 144 E 6 Ave for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival.
This next polka dot mural by Danielle Krysa is at Main Street and E 7 Avenue.
No Rain No Flowers
A team of artists with Thrive Art Studio created this mural for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is definitely a perfect saying for the West Coast! This mural is in 7 1/2 lane between E 7 Avenue and E 8 Avenue.
Another polka dot mural by Danielle Krysa. This one is next to the No Rain No Flowers mural in 7 1/2 lane.
Artist Hanna Lee Joshi created this fun, colourful mural for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival. It is near the previous two murals at 127 E 8 Ave.
Artist Tyler Toews created this mural of an octopus holding a water bottle in its tentacles with a ship inside. It is at Watson Street and E 15 Avenue. It was part of the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival.
Artist Andrea Wan created this mural behind JJ Bean Coffee at Watson Street and E 14 Avenue. It was part of the 2016 Vancouver Mural Festival.
South Granville Murals:
When I started hunting for murals in Vancouver, this rainbow kaleidoscope one at 2319 Granville St. was No. 1 on my list. However, the first time I tracked it down in the summer of 2018, it was blocked off by fencing, and lots of articles online said it was being torn down as part of a condo redevelopment. Well I was back here in March 2019, and it was still there! Artist Milan Basic painted this beautiful mural in 2016 in partnership with the South Granville Business Improvement Area.
Pine Street Community Garden Mural
As much as I love hunting down murals, it can be even more fun to stumble upon them by accident. That is what happened with this mural, when I was driving down W 6 Avenue. This mural, featuring bright coloured lines is behind the Pine Street Community Garden at Pine Street and W 6 Avenue. Unfortunately I do not know who painted it or what it’s called. If you do, please let me know!
It’s a Kits Thing
Artist Brynn Staples created this large Kits mural in 2017 in partnership with BC Culture Days, Evo Car Share and the City of Vancouver. It is in the alley behind Nook Restaurant, at 1525 Yew St.
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