Andrew Lamb Is Watching Your Neighbourhood, Toronto

Our Toronto street art correspondent Missy Cohen talks to the artist behind a city-wide wheatpaste campaign.Neighbourhood Watch is a Toronto street art project that shares pure joy with the residents of this city.Wheatpasting over old "This Community Protected" Neighbourhood Watch street signs with superheroes and supervillains of pop culture  [mostly from the '80s and '90s, with some '60s and '70s classics like the original Star Trek and Mighty Mouse in the mix], the artist is providing great big smiles to anyone who finds these signs.Neighbourhood WatchArtist Andrew Lamb (@dcmism on Instagram) answered my burning questions about his art.

Missy Cohen: You've mentioned you had a goal of posting 100 signs by the end of summer.  Did you reach this goal?

Andrew Lamb: I did not reach the goal of 100 signs, but I have extended the deadline till first snow fall.MC: I've come across a repeat of Robo Cop. Are there any other duplicates?

AL: There were three Robo Cops, two Axel Foleys (one went missing) and two of the cast from The Wire. I ended up putting Voltron over one of them.

MC: Which are your top three neighbourhood protectors?  I’ll go first: She-Ra, Batman and Robin, and Bill Cosby.

AL: My top three are Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

MC: Awesome!(Image: @fullblownrose on Instagram)

5 Graffiti Artists in Toronto

We're going to start a new series of blog posts about visual art and most specifically street art in Toronto.Here we go with our initial blog post by Missy Cohen!

Anser (@ansermysteriousdate on Instagram)


Who is Anser? A mysterious night painter with serious fine art skill. These one-stroke faces can be found all over Toronto, and now in New York City.

Birdo DMC (@jerryrugg)


Birdo, or Birdo DMC, paints animals with various textures -- always colourful and always big.

Uber5000 (@uber5000)


Uber5000 is famous for his bright yellow chickens. Happy and upbeat, any Uber5000 graffiti piece will uplift your day.

Shalakattack (@shalakattack)


Shalakattack is based out of Canada, Brazil and Chile. Her murals include animals and portraits. She oftens collaborates with BrunoSmoky (@brunosmoky) and call themselves Clandestinos. [Ed.: Check out a previous post we did on their Essencia Collective.]

Jimmy Chiale (@jchiale)


Jimmy Chiale is a mastermind with colour. He prefers his art to be called street art as opposed to graffiti. He was born in Paris, France and now lives in Parkdale.