Descriptive Tour | Murals in the Market

Saturday June 22, 2024 at 11 am

Celebrate the rich culture of Punjabi Canadians

Join acclaimed visual artist Jag Nagra and curator Jas Lally on this descriptive tour of murals in Vancouver’s Punjabi Market neighbourhood, the first and, at one time, largest Punjabi market in North America.

The tour will last about 75 minutes and cover a 2-block route from Main and E 49th Avenue that is fairly flat and accessible to public transit. Participants are invited to join us afterward for a social gathering with chai and samosas.

This event is offered free of charge. Sighted guides are available. Please register below or contact us for assistance at 604-364-5949 or

Presented with the kind assistance of the Punjabi Market Collective.

Tour Guides

Jag Nagra (she/her) is a queer Punjabi Visual Artist and community advocate who has a number of artworks in the Museum of Vancouver’s permanent collection and is a co-Founder of the Punjabi Market Collective—a non-profit working to revitalize Vancouver’s historic Punjabi Market commercial district.

Inspired by her Indian roots, Jag focuses her personal illustrations on South Asian concepts that depict a sense of confidence and fearlessness—she unapologetically celebrates darker skin tones and South Asian garments and motifs. She is also passionate about community development and ending the stigma against LGBTQ+ people within the South Asian community.

Jag’s colourful designs have been featured at the Indian Summer Festival, on street banners, murals, the Pride Stairs at Guildford Town Centre, Vancouver Canucks Diwali jerseys, Apple watch bands, skis, textiles and more.

Jas Lally (she/her)


Introduced in 2021, Murals in the Market was the Punjabi Market Collective’s public art initiative to celebrate South Asian artists, racialized artists, artists of colour and the stories and history of Punjabi Market.

Vancouver’s Punjabi Market was the first and largest Punjabi market in North America. From humble beginnings, Main Street transformed into a cultural hub and was home of the first Punjabi-language street signs outside of Asia. At its peak, Punjabi Market was home to over 300 shops including 24 jewellery shops.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants program for making our descriptive tours possible this season, both online and in person.