Warming up for Wall-to-Wall festival


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Graffiti Art Programming and local artist Jordan Stranger held an arts workshop to help participants reconnect with nature.

Graffiti Art Programming and local artist Jordan Stranger held an arts workshop to help participants reconnect with nature.


Photo by Calvin Joseph Jordan Stranger holds a Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival’s poster at his workshop held from Aug. 29 to 31 at Studio 393.

The workshops were held at Studio 393, located in the Skywalk between Portage Place Shopping Centre and The Bay from Aug. 29 to 31. The workshop is part of Synonym Art Consultation’s Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival.

The theme explored elements of nature and the four seasons — spring, summer, fall and winter. Participants had the opportunity to draw and paint each season and what they enjoy the most about them. Stranger assisted them with brainstorming ideas and one-on-one tips on painting and drawing techniques, while giving them the freedom to create whatever they wanted.

“Life is about happiness. My work is an example of searching for it,” he said in a release.

Stranger mostly uses pencil, paint or digital materials to communicate the importance of life, culture and acceptance. His works are deeply rooted in traditions within contemporary Indigenous culture and uses his personal experiences to drive his artistic passions. He recently held a solo show at the Graffiti Gallery featuring illustration, installation, and family mementos to address the terrible past of the Canadian residential school system in contrast to the beauty of Indigenous culture.

The workshops and ideas discussed with the youth will influence the content of two large-scale murals Stranger will be working on alongside artist Dee Barsy.

Their work will wrap around all four walls of the Sutherland Hotel, directly across from the New West Hotel on Main Street, which was painted with an award-winning mural, EN MASSE, by six local and visiting artists during last year’s Wall-to-Wall festival.


Wall-to-Wall hosts Pop-up powwow, new murals, music

Photo by Calvin Joseph Jordan Stranger assists workshops participants and gives tips on painting and drawing strategies.

In September, Wall-to-Wall Mural and Cultural Festival will be taking over Winnipeg.

In addition to Strager and Barsy’s mural, the festival will see creation of several murals in the North End, West Broadway, West End, and at The Forks.

Graffiti Art Programming will be hosting weekly visual art and music workshops for youth. 

All the workshops will be taught by visiting and local artists and musicians who will be integral parts of the festival, including Toronto visual artist and muralist Ness Lee, Toronto R&B duo Bonjay, electronic dance music sensations AKYLLA and many more.

The workshops aim to show youth aged 12 to 28 that practising and participating in visual arts and music can lead to creative career opportunities in the arts.

On Sat., Sept. 29, Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in partnership with Wall-to-Wall will be hosting two pop-up powwow events as part of #OnBeat – Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.

People are invited to bring your own regalia and join the powwow with Sons of the Drum at two, pop-up, out-door, non-competitive, family-friendly locations. 

Photo by Calvin Joseph Workshop participants work on what they enjoy most about the four seasons of the year.

Location 1 is at the Wall-to-Wall Finale Site 1/Block Party located at Main Street and Sutherland Avenue. The powwow is from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Location 2 is at The Forks and takes place from 10 to 10:30 p.m.


To celebrate the end of the festival, festival partner North End Community Renewal Corporation will be hosting a block party at Sutherland Avenue and Main Street, where Dee Barsy and Jordan Stranger’s murals will be completed. The community block party will be curated by sakihiwe festival and feature headliner AKYLLA.

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