Between 2013 and 2016, I criss-crossed the streets of my hometown Montreal like a pinball, photographing over 1500 of the city’s painted murals. The project, "The Walls of Montreal", was inspired by my young daughter Talula's fascination with the murals we discovered together on our everyday adventures in our neighbourhood (NDG) and throughout our beloved city. 

Photographer Ezra Soiferman on a mural-finding expedition

Photographer Ezra Soiferman on a mural-finding expedition

Talula admiring a downtown alley mural

Talula admiring a downtown alley mural

As part of the project, I created a short 'music photeo’* bringing some of our very favourite murals to life. The captivating song "Homecoming" by Idaho-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Josh Ritter serves as the backbone for the video.

Click the above image to watch the video "The Walls of Montreal" on YouTube. 

Click the above image to watch the video "The Walls of Montreal" on YouTube. 

The new video made its festival premiere on Friday, August 26th, 2016, at the NDG Off The Wall Film Festival in Montreal's Girouard Park. The video is the inaugural project of my year-long tenure as the first Artist in Resident at Tweed, Canada's largest licensed producer of medical cannabis.

Click to read about Ezra being Tweed's inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Tweed.

Click to read about Ezra being Tweed's inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Tweed.

A big thank you to the video's outreach partners:
Tourisme Montréal (http://www.tourisme-montreal.org)
ELAN Quebec (http://www.quebec-elan.org)
Notre-Dame-des-Arts (http://notredamedesarts.com)
NDG Off The Wall (http://www.ndgoffthewall.com)

Singer Josh Ritter with Ezra Soiferman backstage in Albany, NY

Singer Josh Ritter with Ezra Soiferman backstage in Albany, NY

Special thanks to Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band and Darius Zelkha of Zeitgeist Management. 

I want to thank all the street artists in Montreal, and the many who have visited our town, who created these magnificent works of art that make our city that much more of a magical place. It’s been fascinating seeing these murals spring to life across the city over the years and really help further beautify the urban landscape. 

This photo series and video are my tribute to all these artists and to my town. Thanks for watching and sharing. Please come visit Montreal some time!

For Talula with love.

*What's a 'music photeo'?: http://tinyurl.com/z6gw7sw

Below is a selection of images from the project. Click any shot to enlarge: