Toronto Graffiti Crackdown on Queen Street

Sunday, March 6, 2011

toronto graffiti queen street alley

It appears there’s been an official crackdown on graffiti in Toronto in the Queen Street West alleys. BlogTO had recently been tipped off from a local business owner that the City was issuing 152 removal notices from February 22 to March 3 to properties on Queen Street. Although at the moment there’s a lack of a detailed list of those served, some of the graffiti in question is reported to be murals that were previously commissioned by businesses.

When asked about the crackdown, Rob Sysak, a spokesmen for the West Queen West BIA, expressed surprise at the timing. “We were warned that graffiti would be targeted, but there was to be a detailed staff report before any action was taken. As it stands, most of these business have three days to comply.”

Unfortunately if there’s a graffiti crackdown in the Queen Street alleys, murals like these could potentially suffer the consequence of being removed.

owl graffiti toronto queen street mural

art child toronto graffiti queen street mural

Source: BlogTO


  • Rob Ford SUCKS March 6, 2011, 3:47 pm

    I think we elected the wrong mayor. Rob Ford doesn’t understand the difference between art and his fat ass.

  • $tink-$ki March 7, 2011, 1:47 am

    so they’re going to cover these amazing commissioned murals with a cast off cans of cream coloured paint and then toys like me are going to scribble “$TINKY ONE” and “DEF KID TWO” with a phatt cap “to make shit ghetto, word up!”

    where is their sense of culture? oh yeah, it’s swirling around in the bottom of a Tim Horton’s cup.

    i encourage someone to urinate on his car, post a video of it on youtube and make it go viral so the world can know what the people think of Rob “Fail” Ford… The War on the Car may be over in Toronto, but the war on Rob Ford’s car just started!

  • PISSED OFF March 7, 2011, 2:18 am

    Someone should take a 600mL can of chromer with a pink dot and hit up Rob Ford’s office. Bring the war to those bitches; they wanna buff amazing artwork? They’re better off buffing Rob Ford’s wife’s pubic hair.

  • Omen March 7, 2011, 7:53 am

    Smart thinking. It’s time all the toys out there stop having a place to practice their skills and put up around the city like they should. Yea! and more illegal Graff and all around chaos. Burn baby burn!!!!

    Were you expecting something else?!

  • Matt March 7, 2011, 10:15 am

    Omen makes a good point. There does need to be more illegal graffiti. Though it has always been nice to have a chill place like the queen alley to paint. Also good for writers who are passing through to easily know where they can paint.

  • gravy train oner March 7, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Fix or re-paint daily

  • SlickRick March 7, 2011, 10:14 pm

    Everyone should just bomb the shit out of any wall that’s buffed!

  • paint the gravy train March 8, 2011, 11:50 am


  • Eli March 9, 2011, 10:35 am

    If you paint over it, that same thing will happen. Shame, that’s some pretty art.

  • joe March 9, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Rob Ford is a typical politician. Looking to make a difference in his four year term. So what does he do? He decides a good way to make it look like he’s accomplished something is get rid of some graffiti. Visually people can see he’s done something.

  • joe March 9, 2011, 1:19 pm

    By the way that Owl is amazing!

  • Cruz1 June 8, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Rob Ford forgets this art form was here yesterday, today and will be still here tomorrow. Go ahead prime the walls, but this don’t stop shit. Focus on the real corruption and stop pimping on your own city and the people that work their asses off to survive in it. City mayor is a city pimp….


  • STAGR June 22, 2012, 12:34 am

    the more you try and make something unattainable the more people want it. its human nature, difference is we have graffiti running threw our vains. your try and keep us out we will find a way in. But when you have commisioned pieces and art that you cant comprehend what gives you the write to paint it all a dull lame ass grey. Because we dont follow there robotic way of living and thinking. they cant comprehend some of the crazy shit that comes out of our heads. last time i checked ford didnt have a degree in fine arts or anything of that nature.

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