college and manning.
I got a message recently from a woman who says that when she and her kids are riding around in the car, they play a game together of “spot the listen bird.” They LOVE his birds and love trying to find them! It’s a fun game suitable for the whole family.
Isn’t that graff-spraying-awesome?
manning and dundas
in an alley near college and montrose
dundas and rusholme
Check out my Listen Bird category for more of his awesomeness
Ah Listen Bird. I refuse to live in a Canada that doesn’t have youuuuuu. I mean, technically, Listen Bird owns Toronto too. I have so many Listen Bird photos from around Toronto that I haven’t even had the chance to blog yet. SO MANY! But here’s some of the goodies I found in Montreal. DUDE GETS AROUND! This above piece was on Van Horne near St. Urbain.
This saying doesn’t translate very well into English (mostly because the Quebecois swear word “calisse” translates directly to chalice, which is a curse meant to insult the Catholic church) but it basically means “we’re screwed by the special law,” or perhaps ”We couldn’t give a fuck about the special law,” or even “The special law fucks us over.” See?! So many translations! The special law in question is the infamous Bill 78 which Quebec premier Jean Charest passed in order to stop the Montreal student protests. However the Quebec Human Rights Commission found the law violated student’s right to protest and to assembly. After it was passed, over 100,000 people marched the streets of Montreal, banging on pots, in what was Quebec’s largest act of civil disobedience ever.
Here is another Listen Bird with the same saying (he finally spells “speciale” properly in french, hee hee. He forget the extra E in the first bird above). I found this on Notre Dame Ouest and Rue de l’inspecteur.
“Ecoutez nous” means “listen to us.” SO SAYS THE LISTEN BIRD!
I only found this LB because I had rented out another Bixi bike (you can get a 24 hour rental for $7, and this was literally the final hour of my rental plus I had to get from Notre Dame and Atwater all the way into Vieux Montreal). Fuck the metro, Bixi Bike to the rescue! The great thing about exploring cities by bikes is you see things you wouldn’t normally see. Sometimes walking is too slow, and taxis are too fast.
This guy was at Van Horne and Avenue du Parc on an entire parking lot that was abandoned and in ruin. This abandoned house was next to the parking lot.
Does this say “Listen Knife Barf?”
This amazing find was on Rue Saint-Jacques and Avenue Laporte. It takes up the space of the entire first floor of the building! He must’ve used a ladder or something to do this one.
Everybody wants some where.
POUTINE MACHINE! hahah! I found this guy in an alleyway near Mont-Royal and Christophe-Colombe.
This was on an abandoned garage near Saint-Viateur and de Gaspé.
In the alley ways near St. Laurent and Mont-Royal.
found on College street West in Little Italy during EuroCup footie celebrations even though the Italian team can go suck a bag of dicks.
(I’m rooting for Portugal, England, and failing that, France).
Anyhoo, nicely done again Listen Bird! Every time I see your stuff on a rooftop, I ask the owners if I can climb their roofs to get a better shot. They always say no. Time to break some laws!
the great thing about riding your bike around toronto is that you get to explore the nooks and crannies those stupid cars can’t squeeze into…. AND ya don’t hafta worry about parking. a couple weeks ago, i’m riding my bike through the annex and found this Listen Bird!
no where but up!
then i’m scooting south from the annex into parkdale and find this OTHER Listen Bird!
this Listen Bird looks like it’s a bit old, but it’s still awesome! it’s referencing out shiteous mayor rob ford.
Rob Ford once described himself as 330 lbs of fun….. lots of other street artists have poked fun at that…. and LB says he’s 330lbs of pure bullshit. last name WIN, first name EPIC.
I have a pretty cool collection of Listen Birds that i’ve found around toronto and montreal if you’re so inclined to click!
i happened upon this doorway which had a quickie-Listen Bird…
… and also one of Adore‘s tags….
… and a new tag I hadn’t seen before called BLKMSK… er, “blackmask?”…
i look to the side of the doorway and i see what i initially think is another UNWANTED, but instead of the freaky male-headshot, it’s a woman, and it says WANTED.
and BLKMSK tagged next to it.
so are men unwanted? and women wanted?
the Listen Bird loves St Mathias Place
I love taking photos sometimes.
Check out my Listen Bird category for more photos of his work.
i had never been in this back alley before, and i was thrilled by the finds in it! many blog posts about this alley to follow! first things first, the greatest door ever.
at the top of the door is the Listen Bird‘s tag, but there’s no bird, so i’m wondering if the bird was painted over by these wind up grenades?
and the door is filled with this wind-up grenades with faces. reminds me of Fantasia, where the brooms multiply and start marching all over the place, except here it’s ticking time bombs. the old cartoons from the 30s and 40s were much more violent and scary (ever see the Pin Cushion Man? that cartoon used to scare the be-jesus outta me when i was a little girl) so maybe these toy grenades with blank faces is an homage to that brand of cartoon?
i love this kind of wheatpaste. it makes you think and kinda freaks you out too. i eat this shit up.
found near college and clinton.
found this unfinished Listen Bird on Spencer near King, on the south side of The Abbott cafe. it seems to me that Listen Bird was probably in the process of completing it when The Filth rolled by and he prolly ran for his life, lol. that area of Parkdale gets a lot of unwanted attention, so it’s a risky place to do some decent graff.
Check out my Listen Bird category for more of his work around Toronto and Montreal!
yesterday i was jogging along the rail path when i paid careful consideration to the abandoned Tower Automotive building located on Sterling, which is clearly visible from the path. you can see that it has graffiti and street art all over it, so after i was done my 75 minute jog, i grabbed my camera and decided to explore it.
unfortch, it was already past dusk, and i was a female wandering around an abandoned building all by myself in the unlit darkness. i didn’t feel particularly safe, so i didn’t stay long or do as much exploring as i wanted to. i hopped the chain fence to photograph the graff on the outside of the building (ME! HARDCORE!), but didn’t go so far as to actually enter the building.
it was so dark and creepy, and i didn’t have a flashlight or anything.
does someone wanna explore this with me next time?
anyhoo, i quickly explored the exterior and found some gems (before hopping the fence again and running away like a scaredy cat).
someone wheatpasted a photograph of albert ayler onto the exterior. i wonder why, it’s such an interesting choice.
joel, you be errrr-where.
ri rove rou ralph
it’s the Listen Bird! I’ve followed this bird all over the city and in Montreal! Who is behind this, I love this!
“night of the wild dogs” indeed.
next step: bring bolt-cutters, enter building, photograph artistic genius, not get caught, run like hell.
this is getting cuh-ray-zay now. i see this talking bird everywhere! i first saw it this summer on the roof of a Timmie’s, and then in the Mile End area of Montreal, and now it’s popping up all over Toronto. because the tag “listen” always accompanies the bird, imma tag this as “the listen bird.” at least until someone can tell me the name of the artist or the name of the series.
the above i fought the law bird was on Noble street.
this was in an alleyway in parkdale near elm grove.
sorry for the poor Blackberry resolution here. this bird on the roof is saying “DUMP FORD.”
fuck you rob ford.