Artist Aquil Virani creates live painting in Montreal at Dans la rue fundraiser!


This is an interactive painting that you might have seen on CTV News for Dans la rue’s 25th anniversary fundraiser event. I learned that I can create artwork even when stuffed with gourmet hot dogs created by Montreal’s top chefs.

“From the street to the stars” is the name of the event; it raised about $175,000 for Dans la rue, an organization dedicated to helping street and at-risk youth. There were over 500 spectators who were treated to delicious food, a free photo booth, and various other entertaining activities. I agreed to donate my time to create something to commemorate the evening; the finished piece now lives in Dans la rue’s head office.

The phrase “NOURRIR L’ESPOIR” translates to “FEED HOPE.”

I asked Sue Medleg for a testimonial; she’s the Coordinator of Development & Volunteering at Dans la rue. This is what she said.

“Aquil is professional, flexible and delivers the goods. He embraced our work and brought it to life on a canvas, all to the delight of our partners, stakeholders and guests. Aquil uses all of his creative and graphic talents to embody the vision of his clients.”