Urban Art Encountered On Today’s Walk

Polaris Prize Winner: Backxwash
On Yonge Street below College. Poster created by Illustrator Sam Island. Zambian born, Backxwash is the stage name of Ashanti Mutinta, the first transgender woman to win the Polaris Music Prize. The Polaris’s penchant for reaching beyond the mainstream in choosing Canada’s best album of the year continues with its $50,000 annual award going to Montreal-based artist Backxwash for her album, “God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It”. The album uses distorted samples of Ozzy Osbourne performing in Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and In Heaven a song from David Lynch’s film Eraserhead, alongside pointed words about her life experiences.

Utility Box
Bay Street at the corner of Richmond Street West

Big City Blooms by Alanna Cavanagh

The Original 6 Nations Peace Treaty by Quentin “Que Rock” Commanda

Old Town Toronto
Utility box in Berczy Park