It’s no surprise that a city as vibrant and diverse as Toronto would have a remarkable street art culture. Beautifully colourful, vibrant and often poignant street murals can be found all throughout parts of Toronto and the GTA. Many of them offer important cultural commentary, glimpses of history, and speak to current events. Here is a look at some of the iconic Toronto street murals around the Yonge and Eglinton area:

Reggae Lane

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Source: STEPS Initiative
Artist: Adrian Hayles
Location: Alameda Ave & Eglinton Ave W

This incredibly vibrant 1,200 square foot mural is inspired by the musicians who paved the way for reggae music in Toronto. It depicts internationally renewed artists from Little Jamaica in Toronto.

Beltline Trail History

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Source: As I Walk Toronto
Artist: Viviana Astudillo and Logan Miller
Location: Kay Gardner Beltline Park

Created in partnership with Community CAVE, this mural focuses on portraying the history of the Beltline Trail with images of a train, workers and passengers, giving way to scene of its present day use as a recreational trail.

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York Eglinton Community Mural

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Source: York Eglinton BIA
Artist: Ryan Smeeton
Location: Vaughan Rd & Oakwood Ave

Titles “Together We Grow”, this mural is a nod to the York Eglinton community’s cultural diversity and the fact that the area is within close proximity to green spaces.

Yonge & St Clair 12-Storey

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Source: Urban Toronto
Artist: Phlegm
Location: 1 St Clair Ave W

Created by noted UK-based artist, Phlegm, this striking mural is an amalgamation of numerous Toronto landmarks all grouped together to create a human form. It is intended to represent the city as a vibrant, living ecosystem.

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Rainbow Tunnel

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Source: Mural Routes
Artist: Rob Matejka and Anthony DeLacruz
Location: Don Valley Parkway

Without a doubt, The Rainbow Tunnel is one of the city’s most beloved landmarks. Originally painted by BC Johnson in 1971, The Rainbow Tunnel was painted to pay homage to the artist’s friend who had been killed in a car crash on the DVP.

Eglinton Park Fieldhouse

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Source: Village Living Magazine
Artists: Jim Thierry, Lula Lumaj, Student Artists from Marshal McLuhan CSS
Location: 250 Eglinton Ave W

After falling into a state of disrepair due to inclement weather and structural damage, a grant from StreetARToronto gave this familiar local landmark new life in the form of a massive mural painted onto all four sides of the building.

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