On May 10, 2012, EN MASSE ranked high in the long-lived-and-loved-but-now-sadly-defunct newsweekly Montreal Mirror’s Best of Montreal 2012 Readers Poll, created the jam that graced the cover of the issue and earned a full-page profile inside.

The BOM’s #2 Best Art Exhibit was Big Bang at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (beat out only by the museum’s awesome Jean-Paul Gauthier show), which included the epic, 4,200 sq. ft. mural “En Masse @ MBAM”. EN MASSE also came in at #2 for Best Graffiti Artist/Crew. Flattering — in truth EM is not a graf crew, though it does bang out wicked public murals and work with numerous notable writers (including the BOM poll’s #1 winner in the category, Omen).

An EM crew of Raphaële Bard, Jason Botkin, Rupert Bottenberg, Fred Caron, Tyler Rauman, Carlos Santos and Jason Wasserman provided an original canvas, 20” x 24”, to be photographed for cover and then auctioned to raise funds for Dans la rue, an outreach and aid organization for the homeless in Montreal.