Goodbye To Toronto's Fabulously Tacky Honest Ed's Sign
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Goodbye To Toronto’s Fabulously Tacky Honest Ed’s Sign

The Bloor and Bathurst will never be the same.

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Photo by Tanja Tiziana

The corner of Bloor and Bathurst just got a lot less bright.

Today, the landmark Ed Mirvish sign came down after lighting up the intersection for decades. The sign, which contains 23,000 bulbs spread out over 12 exterior signs, was installed in 1984, more than 30 years after Mirvish first opened. The discount store closed its doors last year after 68 years at the corner.

The sign will be refurbished and find a new home outside the Ed Mirvish Theatre—formerly the Canon Theatre—on Victoria Street near Yonge and Dundas streets.

The closure of Honest Ed’s and the controversial remaking of Mirvish Village is part of what many view as the “relentless gentrification of Toronto.

The future of Mirvish Village will look very different from the artsy alleyways that provided a stage and a hub for Toronto Fringe performances. The preferred design includes the retention of the Honest Ed’s laneway.