The East Village in Calgary has some of the best Instagram murals that you will discover in Calgary. Grab your camera and a coffee and set out on foot to discover this walking tour of local Calgary artists. Many of these walls are brand new and you’re getting the first look here! Follow this handy map to lead you to some of the best Instagram walls in Calgary.
Calgary is ever-changing and transforming. This city loves to support local artists and showcase their talent all over the city. Give them a sad-looking wall and they’ll turn it into a stunning work of art. Instagram murals are always popping up all over the city and I’ve taken it upon myself to be the scout that brings them all to you! One neighbourhood that has had the most transformation over the past year is the East Village. I love grabbing a coffee and strolling around this area during the day. All of the walls in this blog post today are located within a block from each other! That means that if you’re on the search for some great Instagram posts, you’ll get lots of content here so you may want to bring a few outfit changes! lol
To find the location of all of these murals, please see my handy map at the end of this post!
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Instagram Walls in Calgary
Corridor of Connection
Artist: Michelle Hoogveld
My absolute favourite artist in Calgary is Michelle Hoogveld. I feel like she just speaks my language! Her murals usually feature vibrant colour and beautiful images or geometric shapes. You probably could spend all day photographing her Corridor of Connection, there is just so much to see! Michelle explores themes of connectivity, community celebration, sport and gathering in her Corridor of Connection mural at the 4th St SE Underpass. The themes depicted connect to not only the story of East Village’s transformation but also to the emerging vision for east Victoria Park as Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment district.
Up in the Alley
I am a huge fan of interactive walls and this is one of the first that I’ve come across in Calgary. It’s brand new to the East Village and it’s literally #upthealley. Head to the alley between the St Louis Hotel and the Brewer’s Apprentice. It’s easy to spot once you see the red brick from the road.
A new Instagram wall has just popped up in 2022! All the fun, colourful shapes are going to make this one an instant favourite. It is also north-facing so that you can snap a photo almost anytime during the day and not struggle with the intruding sunshine. This is on the side of Cochu Chocolatier. If you found the balloon wall, look south and you can’t miss it!
Bounce Games Park
Artist: Buds Collective
This park couldn’t have come at a better time, with Raptors fever sweeping Canadians over. This neat inner-city basketball court also offers colourful hopscotch, four square and a pink ping pong table. Not to mention the coolest backstop that I’ve ever seen! Buds Collective is responsible for so many great Instagram murals in the city and I love following their work. The use of this area is always free, just please remember to be respectful of the local space. It’s obvious that the city has really made an effort to revitalize this location and they’ve done an amazing job. I love visiting the new Calgary Public Library which is also on the same block as this court.
If you park in the parking lot right beside Studio Bell, this new mural will be the first stop on your walking tour. It’s part of the 2019 BUMP (Beltline Urban Mural Project) that has been a huge part in adding new artistic opportunities to artists in Calgary. This collaboration between Nasarimba and Jill Stanton symbolizes the light that shines through broken cracks. This is a representation of this East Village area and the light or beauty of it being reconstructed.
Click on each photo icon to see the mural. Zoom in to find the location!
Want more? Visit more of my favourite walls in Calgary with these previous blog posts.