Toronto Graffiti Artist Uber5000 to Paint Mural in Uptown Saint John

August 14, 2019

Artist Allan Ryan (Uber5000) will be bringing his talents to the city thanks to a partnership between Discover Saint John and Historica Developments. Spectators can watch the live painting from Grannan Street as Uber5000 paints a multi-story mural on the back of Historica’s Parrtown Place. The mural will be painted between August 16th – September 1st. 

Adding to the city’s vibrancy and building on the arts and culture momentum happening this summer made the partnership with Historica a natural fit, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John.

“As Canada’s oldest incorporated city, we have a beautiful core of historic buildings which, in some cases, can be the perfect canvas for public art,” says Clarke. “Saint John is becoming recognized as New Brunswick’s arts and culture go-to city and we know Allan’s mural will be a destination.”

Historica is thrilled to be working along-side Discover Saint John in hosting Uber5000, says Keith Brideau, President & CEO of Historica.

“People love the area for its interesting architecture, unique charm, boutique retail, high quality restaurants, coffee shops and microbreweries.  Historica has played a leading role in revitalizing the neighborhood and we’re interested in partnering on a project,” says Brideau.  “We believe this project will make a big impact on the neighborhood and contribute beautifully to our city.  It will also serve as another magnet to draw people into Uptown Saint John, not just while the work is being done, but after it is finished.”

Allan Ryan (Uber5000) is a Canadian artist born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Being raised by the sea, Allan developed a deep interest in marine life and the ocean as a child.  As he grew older and moved to Halifax NS, then Vancouver; he was exposed to graffiti artwork on walls and trains that influenced him to begin painting with aerosols.  He studied Printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Illustration at OCAD University, which inspired him to take a different approach to outdoor murals.

Over the past decade, he has painted murals all over Canada and in particular Toronto where he now lives with his dog Hubble. In 2012, he painted ‘The Reef Wall’ in Graffiti Alley, which has become one of the most photographed murals in Toronto.  The mural covers approximately 7,000 square feet and has been published in The Washington Post, Vogue Magazine, The Conde Nast Traveller and is frequently seen in films shot in Toronto. @uber5000

Media contact:

Jillian MacKinnon
Director of Marketing & Communications, Discover Saint John