See PoCo’s New Mural and Experience the Arts at Culture Days

Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
T: 604-927-5335

Check out Port Coquitlam’s new mural and try out art, music, writing and more at Culture Days events Sept. 29 and 30.

The free events are among thousands of Culture Days celebrations taking place across Canada to raise the profile of the arts and give the public a chance to experience the world of art, heritage and culture first-hand. Port Coquitlam’s festivities will highlight cultural activities that residents can enjoy year-round.

A highlight will be the unveiling of the city’s Canada 150 legacy project: an eight-by-12-foot mural consisting of 600 tiles hand-painted by hundreds of local residents at this summer’s Canada Day and Canada 150 events.

Permanently installed at the Outlet, the mural is part of the national Canada 150 Mural Mosaic public art project, which aims to create murals in 150 Canadian communities with an over-arching railway theme. The project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

The Port Coquitlam Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Committee, with representatives from the Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) First Nation, Art Focus and local youth, selected additional themes, imagery and design elements to reflect the city’s unique heritage. Entitled Our Journeys, the mural features images that pay tribute to hometown hero Terry Fox, the Kwikwetlem First Nation, the area’s natural heritage and the trails enjoyed by many residents.

Mural Mosaic artists Lewis Lavoie and Phil Alain finalized the design, allowing room for the community to include personal artwork on 600 four-by-four-inch tiles.

The unveiling – 12:15 to 12:45 pm at the Outlet in Leigh Square – will be a chance to see the city’s newest piece of permanent public art and for the hundreds of tile-painters to find their tile in the mix.

Other free drop-in Culture Days activities include:

These activities are part of the Tri-Cities Culture Days weekend taking place Sept. 29-Oct.1, when organizations from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody will offer more than two dozen free hands-on and interactive events for people of all ages. For more information about the events, visit,,

For information about year-round arts, cultural and heritage activities in Port Coquitlam, visit