Graffiti vs. Street Art

Graffiti vs Street Art


Goodbye Graffiti sponsored two mural festivals this summer in Calgary (YYCBUMP) and Vancouver (vanmuralfest). The weeks were filled with an abundance of vibrant colours, beautiful artwork and learning while listening to the stories of Canada’s history. 


Many people ask the question, “What is the difference between graffiti and street art?”. The answer is simple! Street art is a commissioned piece with the permission of the property or asset owner. Graffiti is done without the knowledge or permission of the owner. Street art is done for the public to enjoy and as a positive addition to the community, while graffiti is committed as a form of vandalism. 


Goodbye Graffiti prepped and coated many murals throughout both festivals so that any future vandalism may be removed without damaging the original work. 


At Goodbye Graffiti, we find it important to connect with local artists so that they may find an outlet to share their history to serve as a teaching lesson for future generations. 

Last Days Of Summer

Let’s face it, the days of summer are counting down and the time we have left with warm, sunny weather is limited. 

Before you get to checking off your summer bucket list, have you considered what Fall maintenance your property may need? We’ve put together 5 points to check in on while we have some warm weather left!

  1. Do a full inspection of your property to see if there is any chipped paint or areas that require a fresh coat. Exterior painting in the peak of summer heat is less than ideal. Use this time to refresh the look of your property!
  2. Consider power washing – it may be your last chance to clean your patios, driveways and entrances. The exterior of your property may also be in need of a cleaning.
  3. Protect your important assets with an anti-graffiti coating. This is a great option for heritage buildings, monuments and high-value surfaces.
  4. Does your property require window or glass repair? Have one of our technicians assess your site to schedule our glass repair services before the winter months! 
  5. Enroll in a graffiti maintenance program while hiring your fall and winter contractors. Many Canadian snowbirds are unable to make regular visits to their properties while away for the winter months. Be sure that your property is regularly patrolled and graffiti-free with our Ever-Clean program.

For more information about our services and how you can get your property Fall and Winter ready, call 1-877-684-4747 or submit a request for a free estimate. 

StreetARToronto (stART)

StreetARToronto (stART) began in 2012 as a part of the city’s way to mitigate Toronto’s growing graffiti problem. Rather than plain walls, stART has organized community initiatives where artists can share their cultural traditions and history through mural art. The program has had a great success in reducing graffiti while strengthening the sense of community in the city.

StART, in collaboration with NIA Centre and 7th Generation Image Makers, is seeking artists and concepts for their “Just Us” art call. This project is to bring awareness pertaining to the social injustices and inequity experienced by the Black and Indigenous community both in history and currently. The art concepts should also show the importance of building a better future and the opportunities this will provide through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing. 

For more information on this, and upcoming stART programs, visit their website at Artist’s mural proposals are due September 15th, 2021!

Why We Wear Orange

Phyllis Webstad had attended St. Joseph Mission, a Residential School in Williams Lake, British Columbia from 1973-1974. Phyllis’ grandmother had gifted her an orange shirt for her first day at the school. Upon arrival, Phyllis was stripped of her belongings and she had never seen the shirt again.

Today, we wear orange to promote awareness surrounding the Residential School System in Canada and the transgenerational trauma experienced by the Indigenous community. Approximately 150,000 Indigenous children had attended these schools. The Residential Schools were created with the intention of separating the children from their cultures and traditions. Late last month, 215 unmarked graves had been discovered at a Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. This devastating number continues to grow to over 1,000 as further investigations into the schools continue.

In support of the Indigenous community and the Residential School Survivors, Goodbye Graffiti locations across Canada will be donating a percentage of their sales for the month of June.

Black Strathcona Resurgence Project

Vancouver Mural Fest 2021 is fast approaching and Goodbye Graffiti Vancouver is proud to announce that they will be a sponsor – $10,000! This year VMF is introducing the Black Strathcona Resurgence Project.

The BSRP is an initiative focused on the visibility of the Black community in the area known as the Hogan’s Alley neighbourhood. This 3 year project is meant to bring awareness to the systemic racism faced by the Black community since the city’s first migrants. Hogan’s Alley and the city’s Railway Station had become known as Black Strathcona where the first Black communities arrived in B.C. As the Black population increased, so did the hate fueled by the media. The Black community had unjustly been faced with both housing and economic discrimination, forcing many of them to move to other areas. In 1970, the City of Vancouver approved the construction of the Georgia Viaduct Freeway directly through Hogan’s Alley. This began the complete dismantlement of Black Strathcona.

Today, under the North East False Creek plan, the City of Vancouver intends on recreating the rich cultural centre where the community as a whole can appreciate Black Canadian history through art, music, dance and food.

Through art, the Black Strathcona Resurgence Project would like to support the unification of a number of marginalized communities by connecting artists on the collaborative murals that will surround the Hogan’s Alley Neighbourhood. We are so excited to be a part of this amazing initiative and we cannot wait to see what these talented artists bring to life!

StreetART (StART) Toronto

StreetART (StART) Toronto is a program aimed to showcase local artists while deterring graffiti vandalism. StART was initiated in 2012 as a part of the city’s Graffiti Management Plan. The program has produced over 1000+ street art works across the city. The art can be seen on smaller items like Toronto traffic boxes as well as some of the city’s high-rise buildings. StART provides workshops where artists can strengthen their skills, engage with their communities as well as receive access to resources aiding in mental health.

Goodbye Graffiti has worked closely with the StART team to prepare traffic boxes as well as power washing city buildings in preparation for mural application. Completed murals can also be protected by anti-graffiti coating so as to ease the removal of future vandalism while protecting the substrate. Our “zero-impact” process is non-destructive, environmentally friendly and inexpensive. Our GP1000 coating is fully reversible and can protect art for 3-5 years!

Most recently, the StreetART team has commissioned a number of local mural artists to showcase their creativity while showing the city’s gratitude to the Frontline Workers during the pandemic. These murals can be seen across the city and can be easily located using StreetArt Toronto’s – The Map on Natalie Very B (@natalieveryb) is a StreetArt commissioned artist, whose mural ‘Stronger Together’ can be seen here, discusses what this mural means to her.

“[Stronger Together] depicts eight distinct groups of frontline heroes, each represented by one character: farmers, librarians, musicians, laboratory staff, telehealth workers, doctors, visual artists and food delivery services; strong, courageous and smiling.

The mural is meant to be an artistic expression of lasting gratitude to remind people that we can always find strength in the community even in the toughest of times. More importantly, it will serve in remembrance of the global pandemic”.

The City of Toronto will continue to commission artists throughout the 2021 summer to pay tribute to the city’s essential workers and their crucial contribution to our communities.

Beautify Your Storefront This Spring With 5 Simple Tips

Have Your Storefront Power Washed

    • The salt, sand and debris from Canadian winters can be an eyesore for potential customers. Goodbye Graffiti™ can provide free power washing estimates if you are uncertain of how much this may cost you.

Give Your Storefront a Fresh Coat of Paint:

    • Snow and rain can be particularly harsh on the painted exterior of your building. By giving your storefront a pop of colour or by restoring any areas that may have been chipped during the winter months, you can completely revive the look of your store.

Clean the Inside of Your Display Window:

    • Planning to change the seasonal display in your window? Ensure the inside of the glass is thoroughly cleaned and free of any tape, glue or residue from the previous season. This will allow your customers to focus on the product and not a messy display!

Get a Graffiti Removal Plan in Place:

    • We all love the warm weather, however, with the warm weather comes an increase in graffiti. In addition to ensuring that your store is free of graffiti, it is equally important to make sure that it stays that way! Our Ever-Clean™ Program is a monthly maintenance program whereby our technicians patrol your site weekly and remove any graffiti found on site. The importance? Not only can by-law infractions become costly, graffiti attracts more graffiti! We want to get it off and keep it off!

Create a Welcoming Environment With Vibrant Flowers

    • Hanging baskets are a great and cost-effective way to bring life to your storefront! With a number of different flowers and styles to choose from, you can easily add a splash of colour to catch the eyes of potential customers. Visit your local florist for the most suitable arrangements for your particular storefront.


Goodbye Graffiti offices across Canada donating a percentage of all December sales to local food banks

The Goodbye Graffiti™ Franchise Association in conjunction with Goodbye Graffiti™ Inc. has decided to donate a percentage of sales to local food banks in the communities where our businesses reside.  We are grateful to our communities for the support we have received over the last 25 years, but in particular, over the last year as we have struggled together through the global pandemic.  We know this year has been so difficult for so many and that the holiday season will look very different this year.  We are honoured to do our part to serve our communities


 The beneficiaries will include; The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Surrey Food Bank, The Mustard Seed Street Church, Calgary Food Bank, Edmonton Food Bank,Daily Bread Toronto, Ottawa Foodbank, and London Food Bank.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free estimate for graffiti removal, power washing, Scratchiti™, and Etchiti™ removal, GraffWraps™.  This is the perfect time to give your building a fresh look right before the busy holiday season while giving back to your community.

Thank You to all of our Clients Across Canada


Why My Storefront Should Be Clean

Your storefront is the first impression for your clients.  As with many situations first impressions are very important and can affect future relationships.  An unkempt storefront is negative advertising for your business. Power washing your storefront is a simple, cost effective way of creating a clean, inviting atmosphere for your clients. Why is it important to power wash your storefront:

Client Experience

Clients entering a clean, well-cared for storefronts are more likely to feel comfortable and secure in your store.  A clean space will allow clients to focus on the reason for their visit to your business and not be distracted with dirt and debris.


Clients often associate cleanliness and safety.  If a storefront is clean and well cared for it is much more likely to be considered safe.  Clients are not likely to want to spend money in an environment where they feel unsafe.  By ignoring small maintenance issues like power washing and window cleaning you are more likely to attract further vandalism which will also contribute to a feeling of being unsafe.


Your storefront is an important part of your advertising campaign.  In particular retail storefronts are designed to intrigue and draw in clients.  Just as important as your window display or your signage, is a clean and inviting entrance way.  You are much more likely to draw in new, walk in clients with a clean inviting store fronts.

Regular Maintenance is more Cost Effective than once off jobs

Having a power washing or building Maintenance Company regularly clean your storefront is much more cost effective than letting dirt and grime build up.  Regular maintenance allows for your storefront to be consistently clean while spending less.

With our popular graffiti removal service in Canada we can provide you a wide range of services to keep your storefront clean.  Request a Free Estimate today!