As 2020 draws to a close, G-98.7FM looks back at some of the iconic events in Toronto this year.
In June, as thousands of people worldwide marched to protest the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, graffiti artists converged on Graffiti Alley for the “Paint the City Black” event.
Jessey Pacho, a Toronto graffiti artist, organized the event as a peaceful protest, in conjunction with marches. Over 40 artists from the GTA and Montreal answered his “call to artists” to cover Graffiti Alley with murals supporting Black lives. The colour black was the main theme running through each individual piece.
“Communities thrive when people come together,” said Pacho. “…Never in Toronto’s graffiti history have we seen artists come together from throughout Ontario and paint for a specific cause.”
The murals reference George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Martin Luther King Jr., Breonna Taylor, and others.
Graffiti Alley is located between McDougall Lane and Augusta Avenue, near Queen and Spadina.
Sources: blogTO, CBC.ca