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Mural Estival kicks off tomorrow with an online DJ and cocktail party—check out the first phase line-up of artists

Montreal's Mural Festival becomes Mural Estival tomorrow, starting with an live DJ party online and a full line-up of artists

By JP Karwacki

Since all festivals in Montreal were either cancelled or postponed, that's forced a lot of well-loved events from around the city to get creative, and few events get more creative than Mural Festival: Starting tomorrow, it becomes Mural Estival for the next three months, all kicked off by a series of DJ performances streamed live from a Twitch channel tomorrow at 6pm to 9pm. Check out the line-up for the event here:

Mural Festival's working with the recording and production studio/Montreal party scene organizer TRANSMISSION to sell just-add-booze cocktail kits for the event (see the link for the selection) which can be delivered for free between 1pm and 4pm or 5pm and 8pm on the day of the event if customers live in the boroughs of Mile End, Plateau, Outremont, Westmount or Saint-Henri. All proceeds from the cocktail kits made by Mickey Rizk (Mal Nécessaire, Pamplemousse) will be donated to the DESTA Black Youth Network.

The following day, on June 21, Mural Estival's programming begins with Phase 1 of its artist line-up. The exact form in which these artists' work will be presented to the public has yet to be established, but the artists for the beginning stages and examples of their work has been posted on the Mural Estival website to get a sense of what they'll be working on.

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COVID-19 has required that organizations like this one get inventive with their programming if they want to hold any kind of event, short of gathering people in one place. As a result, Mural Estival is promising online virtual mural visits, live performances, conferences and physical works in street corridors, as well as—of course—traditional mural works.

It wouldn't be Mural Estival otherwise.

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