"Adding women’s stories to the street"

Globe and Mail. August 30, 2018

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"In July, 2017, with the help of 20 female-identified artists and the city’s StreetARToronto funding program, Ms. Kezwer transformed a Parkdale laneway during the inaugural “Womxn Paint” jam, which saw more than 2,000 square feet of murals painted – with building owners' permission – over three days.

On Aug. 19, aerosol lids were snapped shut on the bigger, better 2018 version, which took 10 days to complete. Under the “Uplifting Each Other” banner, 30 artists covered 4,225 square feet just above Dundas Street West, in a winding laneway connecting McCaul and D’Arcy streets, a stone’s throw from the Art Gallery of Ontario."


It was our sincere pleasure to work with Bareket on a temporary public art piece for Canada 150 at Mississauga Celebration Square. This project was in collaboration with the City’s Poet Laureate and Public Art programs. We asked Bareket to draw inspiration from a poem specifically commissioned for the event which spoke to the idea of the connectivity of waterways. Her piece, a 140’ long water-activated mural adjacent to our water fountain, is really wonderful. We have gotten many comments on the whimsy and element of delightful surprise that it has brought to the space. From our very first meeting, Bareket brought her passion, intelligence and artistic skill to this project. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

— Amy Butoiske, Event Coordinator; Yvonne Monestier, Public Art Curator; Casey Oliveira, Supervisor of Culture Programs, Literary and Digital, City of Mississauga

We are THRILLED with the mural that Bareket created for our backyard-facing garage. I reached out to Bareket after seeing some of her work, and shared some ideas of what we wanted.  She came back with a design that captured what we wanted, and more! She worked quickly, kept the workplace tidy and brought a great attitude to the project. We couldn't be happier with it. 

I would recommend Bareket to anyone who wants to bring a touch of whimsy and warmth to their space. She really listens to what you want and brings you something that surpasses all expectation. We can't wait to share our new space with our family and friends. Thank you Bareket for capturing our family's love of Parkdale so beautifully!

— Tanja Juric

When we hired Bareket to create a mural for our nursery, my husband and I had a pretty vague vision of what we were hoping the art would depict. Through collaboration, creativity, color, and humor, Bareket helped us define that vision and then brought it to life. The final product far surpassed what we had dreamt it to be, and we cannot wait to bring our son home to a room that now radiates happiness, fantasy, and adventure! Bareket was an absolute joy to work with, from the initial design phase to the spotless room she left behind. I would recommend her, without an ounce of reservation, to anyone looking to use art as a medium to add some joy, color, and positivity to their space! 

— Lisa & Ashley Novak

Bareket is such a pleasure to work with, and we have had the opportunity to work with her on several community engaged public art projects, both big and small. She brings such positivity to her role, and really goes above and beyond to engage people in the creation of various art pieces. She has a wonderful openness and kindness that welcomes and encourages people to participate.   She is an excellent communicator and has a tremendous artistic versatility, being able to work with a variety of artistic mediums from murals, to wayfinding installations and textile pieces. Every project we have engaged her in has been meaningful and impactful and has succeeded in beautifying public spaces while being meaningful to community stakeholders. We definitely look forward to engaging her on future projects. 

— Anjuli Solanki, Director of Community Programs, The STEPS Initiative

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“Inside Inkbox’s King West headquarters.” August 7, 2018.

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Bareket was amazing to work with and she produced some equally wonderful work...we showed her our space, gave her our budget and shared our brand's vision, values, and branding, and she was able to take that and transform those words / thoughts into some great pieces that truly brightened up our office space. She was very kind, courteous, tidy and flexible. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for some unique, quality pieces.  

— Salma Dhanani, Airbnb Business Operations Lead Canada


Working with Bareket was an absolute pleasure. Her bright and colourful mural instantly brought more life and character to our parking lot and her cheerful personality made it wonderful to work with her. Our customers always stop and smile when passing by her mural. We couldn’t have asked for a better improvement to a previous dull space.

— Michael Halpern, Project Coordinator at Madison Group of Companies

"The new tattoo."

Globe and Mail. June 22, 2017

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"[Her] simple, hopeful message is an antidote to the invasive advertising that surrounds us – the kind that tells us we aren’t thin, pretty or smart enough, then offers remedies in the form of consumable goods. Maybe, as her work suggests, instead of cosmetics, what we need to feel happy is already within us."

Bareket Kezwer did an outstanding job as a project coordinator on the Bell Box projects in Parkdale and Liberty Village. Her thoroughness, reliability and good judgment made the project go smoothly with great results. I particularly appreciated Bareket’s ability to anticipate issues and present solutions ahead of time. She also has outstanding interpersonal skills and I would highly recommend Bareket for work on any community art project.

—Michael Cavanaugh, Program Director, Bell Box Murals Project

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We had the great opportunity to work with Bareket during this fall in a project for our Centre. We are a community centre in Downtown Toronto which focuses most of its work in supporting some of the most marginalized members of our community, most of them experiencing complex challenges such as homelessness and/or mental illness. As part of our Safekeeping Service, we have a storage container in our parking lot that needed a big makeover. We invited Bareket to propose a design that would not only look visually attractive and welcoming, but that will also allow our guests to have the opportunity to engage in the production process. The final result was great! Bareket’s design really met our expectations. She was very instrumental in coordinating our guests participation through the process, always showing kindness and flexibility. We look forward to working with her again in the future, and we would definitely recommend anyone to approach her for any art project.

— Enrique Cochegrus, Manager, Business Development & Communications, St Felix Centre

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Bareket was wonderful to work with.  She carefully considered my input during the design phase and she was responsive, flexible, considerate - and tidy! - throughout the project.  Bareket produced a unique mural for our backyard.  It adds joy and whimsy to our outdoor space and I absolutely love it.  

— Karen Dunk-Green


I am so grateful for the life that Bareket brought to Lotus. We commissioned her to create a mural to catch the eye of everyone walking by the studio - something that was uplifting, playful, and reflected our new branding - and she nailed it. Now every time I walk up to the door I smile. Thanks B!

— Gurushabd Khalsa, Director of Lotus Yoga Centre

"The walls aren't even dry yet but this feminist mural project already has people debating the issues.", July 14, 2017. 

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"Feminist Street Artists Transform Parkdale Alleyway into Public Gallery.", July 18, 2017. 

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"Laneway in Parkdale getting a woman's touch this weekend."

Parkdale Villager July 12, 2017

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“Baycrest mural project links seniors and students.”

Canadian Jewish News. January 12, 2017. 

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“Intergenerational mural at Baycrest bridges young, young at heart.”

North York Mirror. November 7, 2016.

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“Inside Facebook Canada’s colourful art-filled office.” May 27, 2016.

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"Vandalist: Daily Smile: A much needed dose of mid-February positivity." February 12, 2016. 

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“Local artists team up with StreetARToronto to create art on utility boxes.” November 23, 2014.

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“Our favourite wacky and witty painted utility boxes across the city.” October 3, 2013. 

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From start to finish, Bareket was reliable and professional. She always responded to our communications in a timely manner and did her best to apply multiple edits to our materials under tight timelines. Always open to our suggestions, Bareket made sure to produce high quality, eye-catching final products that both our staff and volunteers were delighted with."  

— Justine Apple, Executive Director, Kulanu Toronto