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Explore & Discover Rocky Dobey's Street Art Works

Copper plate engraved with lines and text that says "does this look expensive?"

Explore & Discover Rocky Dobey's Street Art Works

Saturday, May 04 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Led by exhibition power artist, Rocky Dobey, participants embark on a guided walk to discover and learn about many of Dobey's public artworks on the streets of Toronto. His works bring crucial focus to societal and civic concerns, including justice reform, globalization, neighborhood gentrification, Indigenous sovereignty, drug rehabilitation, and homelessness.

Participants will meet at Onsite Gallery, learn about his artworks in the power exhibition and walk up McCaul St., through Chinatown and into Kensington Market. Please arrive on time or you will miss this incredible opportunity.

Please connect with Onsite Gallery team at for accommodation needs.

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About the artist

A headshot image of a older man with grey hair with a silver dark beard smiling at the camera. He is wearing a black shirt.
Rocky Dobey. Photo by Dean Tomlinson Photography

Rocky Dobey (he/him) has been installing street art in Toronto and other Canadian cities for five decades, beginning with xeroxed posters in the mid-1970s and numerous anonymous agitprop billboards, concrete sculptures, lacquered books, and political plaques in the ’80s and ’90s. He has been bolting etched copper memorial plaques to telephone poles throughout this time and making posters for Anti-Globalization, Reclaim the Streets, Prison Justice, Harm Reduction, and many more progressive political causes. 

Over the past twenty years, Dobey has developed a more formal public practice of intaglio prints, copper sculptures, and more recently large etched works in copper, enhanced with porcelain paint, tar, and other materials. The new works address many of the same concerns as the early street art, but applied to a much larger scale, and use techniques derived from printmaking and sculptural traditions. 


Onsite Gallery is generously supported by The Delaney Family

We acknowledge the support of this exhibition from the Canada Council for the Arts