TORONTO — Chelsea Hotel, Toronto and the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) have unveiled new murals celebrating downtown Toronto’s performing arts by renowned artist Pam Lostracco.
Murals surrounding the Chelsea’s parking ramp are divided into panels — to resemble a film strip — and include colourful elements that highlight the evolution of theatre on Yonge Street. Reflective paint, beams of colour and a unique marquee overhang now welcome guests as they drive down the ramp, including a scene from Phantom of the Opera.
“We wanted this mural to showcase the history of theatre on Yonge Street and reminisce on the hotel’s involvement as the go-to entertainment hotel,” says Robert Housez, general manager of Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. “Pam’s artistic talents really brought the theatre theme to life.”
The Chelsea murals add to public realm improvements spearheaded by the DYBIA, including two 22-storey murals celebrating Yonge Street’s musical heritage on the sides of a building at 423 Yonge St.