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New Mural complete

Swan is pleased with new outdoor Mural, "Live the Blues"


colourful mural of live music painted on wall


We are proud to introduce a new mural, or street art, to Waterloo. “Live the Blues” has now been completed, and it can be seen on the side wall of China Garden Restaurant located at 31 University Ave. E., also seen from Williams Coffee next door, in their parking lot.

Thanks very much to the generous support from the Waterloo Neighbourhood Matching Fund and Swan Dust Control as the corporate sponsor. This colourful work of art was created by The Pomegranate Mural Collective, lead by artist Pamela Rojas. The Collective, as described on their FaceBook page;

“We are a group of creative, community-minded individuals and organizations investing in the vibrancy of the K-W cityscape through the design, creation, and completion of community-based murals in our city’s public space. 

Our Artistic Director, Pamela Rojas, has been actively engaged in the logistical and artistic elements of muralism in the Waterloo Region for the last 10 years and brings a deep of knowledge about effective mural practice to our community.

The collective exists because of the generous energy and time given by volunteers who help to bring life to the murals and assist in making connections and building relationships in our city. Our vision is to make murals that belong to the communities in which they are located, and that serve as visual markers of community togetherness.”


This is the second mural completed in the area around 31 University Ave. E., with another showcasing “The Four Seasons”, which can be found on the wall of Reese’s Cleaners on the corner of Regina and University Ave. E. That mural was created in the summer of 2016, by Pamela Rojas and was also supported by Swan Dust Control and the Waterloo Neighbourhood Matching Fund.


The “Live the Blues mural was inspired by the wonderful live music that can be found in the Waterloo Region. The Mural Collective artists which include Ralf Wall, Cathy Amos, Carmen Peters, Ean Kools, Ann Mackenzie, Monte Wright and of course Pamela Rojas created “Live the Blues”, and the audience seen in silhouette on the mural, are actual people from the neighbourhood, that were outlined and then added to the silhouetted audience, on the mural.


It is our hope that this mural will be enjoyed for many years, and that it might inspire other murals to be painted in the area, making a wonderful street art neighbourhood.


Diane Williamson at 4:15 PM
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