Yorkville Murals Returns for 2nd Year

Yorkville Murals returns for second year to bring happiness and positivity during these extreme times

Designed to beautify the streets and surrounding buildings of Yorkville, Toronto, Yorkville Murals is producing brand new murals and artistic initiatives for this summer and fall.

To officially launch the second edition of the artistic festival, Yorkville Murals’ tenth mural was recently painted in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue by global muralist, Jason Botkin. In addition to new murals, this year’s festival scheduled for August 28th to 30th will include intimate panel sessions, exhibitions and screenings that adhere to local health and safety guidelines.

For the mural schedule, locations and regular updates on Yorkville Murals, follow @yorkvillemurals or visit www.yorkvillemurals.com to learn more.

Yorkville Murals is proudly presented by romeo’s gin and Bloor-Yorkville BIA

Erin Rothstein brings -UNFANCY° to Taglialatella Toronto

INK Entertainment’s Taglialatella Galleries is proud to share Toronto-based artist Erin Rothstein will be returning to showcase the second edition of UNFANCY.

Inspired by Canadian winter fashion and iconic brands like The Bay and Roots, Rothstein’s works showcase mainstream, urban fashion, often seen during the cold season. Featured items include cozy sweaters, comfortable hoodies, fashionable scarves and puffer jackets.

“We are thrilled to have Erin and UNFANCY back to our Yorkville gallery,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “The paintings truly depict Canadian winter fashion. The items featured are fun and pay homage to the season in a way that makes you want to embrace the elements of winter.”

Rothstein hosted her first exhibition with Taglialatella Galleries in April 2019, where she showcased the first edition of the UNFANCY series that featured flip-flops, leather jackets, Nike sneakers, Ray-Ban shades and more. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University where she specialized in painting and drawing, and a Master of Art from Western University.

The collection will launch on February 27th, with a public opening at the Yorkville gallery from 6pm to 9pm, and run until March 7th.

Russell Young debuts Heroes + Heroines Collection at Taglialatella Toronto

Heroes + Heroines will illuminate the walls of Taglialatella Galleries with Hollywood stars when celebrated American silk screen painter Russell Young comes to town November 21st to launch his latest collection.

In the same way he often ventures out into the wilder parts of America, Russell’s work likewise ventures into the furthest reaches of our psychologies and myths. After a ten-year journey with Taglialatella Galleries, Russell now returns to Toronto with a new collection that celebrates those sought after reaches. Heroes + Heroines is a lodestar by which to navigate luxury, celebrity, and reinvention, a path which is only made possible to us by someone as experienced and daring as Russell has proven to be over his storied life and career.

“Russell joined us for the inaugural launch of Taglialatella Galleries Toronto in July 2018 and we are thrilled to have him back,” says Alan Ganev, gallery director, Taglialatella Galleries. “We strive to provide Toronto art lovers with the most sought after works from the contemporary and pop art world. By paying tribute to current and classic Hollywood celebrities, from Kendrick Lamar to Sharon Tate to Andy Warhol, there is something here for everyone.”

Exclusive to Taglialatella Galleries, Young will release a piece entitled Marilyn Hollywood, a luxurious portrait of the iconic starlet. The hand-pulled screenprint on paper with Russell’s famed use of diamond dust will be available for purchase in three different colours, from a very limited edition of just 15.
In addition to the exhibition launch, Russell will be interviewed by performance coach, author, and researcher Richard Dolan. Richard has served as an advisor to iconic, legendary and world renown celebrity brands ranging from Mike Tyson, Rémy Martin, Chanel, Pagani Automobili, Google, Virginia Black, and Bentley to name a few.

In Heroes+Heroines, Young looks past the darker side of excess and sets his sights on pure stardom with a cast of characters instantly recognizable for their embodiment of American fame. A wall of heroes and a wall of heroines immortalize icons and the nature of longing with the artist’s signature, luxurious use of diamond dust. This collection of stars is not only an ode to beauty, success, and possibility, but also the unending search to grasp the American Dream.

Launching November 21st , the exhibition will be open to the public from 6pm to 8pm opening night, and will run until December 4th during regular gallery hours.

Yorkville Murals paints Toronto red with inaugural weekend

Yorkville Murals – the artistic initiative spearheaded by INK Entertainment and Taglialatella Galleries Toronto – launched this past weekend in the heart of Yorkville. The three day festival is aiming to be an annual event which celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. Through the creation of of artistic murals inside the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Ave, and the implementation of cultural activations, the project is focused on making Yorkville a landmark in Toronto for art and ultimately, a tourist destination.

Among the murals showcase, the festival also featured installations, exhibitions, panel discussions, a movie screening of Agnes Varda’s Faces Places, as well as a block party – presented by View The Vibe – which launched the event featuring a DJ, canapés provided by Sofia Restaurant & Bar and cocktails by Romeo’s Gin.  

Yorkville Murals would like to thank sponsors Romeo’s Gin, Cumberland Private Wealth, Christian Louboutin, OCAD, Spaces, The Annex Hotel, Aston Martin Toronto, View The Vibe, OnlyOneGallery, The Hazelton Hotel and Bloor-Yorkville BIA for making the inaugural festival a success.


Yorkville Murals unveils programming and presents sponsor Romeo’s Gin

INK Entertainment is pleased to announce festival programming for the first ever Yorkville Murals presented by Romeo’s Gin. Launching this week, from September 12th to 14th, Torontonians can rejoice in a celebration of contemporary muralism.

The three-day festival will feature unique activations to celebrate the new murals displayed in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue. Launching with a block party, activations include but are not limited to art panels, a meet and greet with Montreal-based artist Whatisadam, live DJs, a movie screening, sculpture displays, special light installations and a few artistic surprises.

“We have been working tirelessly to deliver a festival that will be appealing to the biggest art lovers, as well as local and visiting guests alike,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries & Yorkville Murals. “The three days are jam packed with live entertainment, art, music, film and food and drink courtesy of Sofia Restaurant & Bar. There is something for everyone and we cannot wait to see the festival grow in years to come.”

Presented by Romeo’s Gin, Yorkville Murals is also supported by partners such as Aston Martin, Christian Louboutin, Spaces, Sofia Restaurant & Bar,
Cumberland Financial, Taglialatella Galleries, INK Entertainment, Annex Hotel, The Hazelton Hotel, OCAD, the Bloor-Yorkville Improvement Area and View the Vibe among others.


Yorkville Murals continues to grow with whatisadam

INK Entertainment and Taglialatella Galleries Toronto are thrilled to announce their latest custom mural for Yorkville Murals and two-week solo exhibition from August 15th to 30th inside the gallery with Montreal-based artist whatisadam.

His new series explores the country’s four seasons through Seasonal, which is comprised of mixed media paintings exploring the magical nature of Canada’s changing season and the different settings each offers. The collection will highlight whatisadam’s signature style with quirky pop culture references and fusing backcountry with urban living themes.

“We are so pleased to have whatisadam represent the festival and gallery as a Canadian artist,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries and Yorkville Murals. “Yorkville Murals is an eclectic combination of local and international muralism, and his work tributes our country in such a fun, modern and relatable way.”

Offering a style reminiscent of vintage comics, pop art and Canadian imagery, whatisadam’s custom mural will be displayed on the front patio of Yorkville’s fine-dining establishment, Sofia Restaurant & Bar.

This will be the fifth mural created for INK Entertainment’s Yorkville Murals festival, officially launching September 13th to 15th, 2019. Other artists that have participated include legendary graffiti artist RISK, world-renowned pop artist Mr. Brainwash, Toronto’s very own Ben Johnston and interdisciplinary artist Getso.


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Mr. Brainwash comes to Taglialatella Toronto to celebrate one year anniversary

INK Entertainment’s Taglialatella Galleries is proud to announce its latest solo exhibition with LA-based street artist, Mr. Brainwash, launching July 11th, 2019 until August 12th, 2019.

A key contributor to INK Entertainment’s recently announced Yorkville Murals festival and to celebrate the gallery’s one-year anniversary, Mr. Brainwash will create a 70 by 7 foot mural showcasing his signature spray paint style, followed by a four week exhibition called “Toronto is Beautiful” at Taglialatella Galleries. Celebrating all things Toronto, the artist will also create limited edition custom prints that pay homage to the city and his time here.

“Brainwash is a huge international talent that we are thrilled to have join us as we prepare to launch Yorkville Murals and celebrate Taglialatella Galleries’ one-year anniversary,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries and Yorkville Murals.

Announced in June 2019, INK Entertainment’s Yorkville Murals will feature murals from local and international artists including RISK, Ben Johnston, Whatisadam, Mr. Brainwash and more. Sponsored by Romeo’s Gin, the artistic initiative celebrating contemporary muralism will take place in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue from September 13th to 15th, 2019.

For more information, head to Taglialatella Toronto’s website.