CraveTO will pop-up for its second edition at Honest Ed’s alley, a retro-iconic landmark that has been making headlines due to its impending sale. Rumours have been confirmed that the 65-year-old nostalgic bargain shop is on the market for sale.
Some Torontonians call Honest Ed’s a historic monument, some call it an eyesore, either way we’re all anxious to see what the major downtown intersection will become. Condo is the obvious guess, but what about an Ed Mirvish shrine and Arts Center?
Ed Mirvish didn’t just own a bargain shop, he invested his life into Toronto’s artistic community to become a true legend in our city.
Theater Buff and Restauranteur
Ed owned a string of restaurants on King Street, but his best known properties were theaters. He saved historic spaces from the wrecking ball and revamped them. Since Ed’s passing in 2007, the Mirvish family now owns the Royal Alexandra, Panasonic, Princess of Wales and Canon Theater (later renamed the Ed Mirvish Theater as a homage).
Ed originally bought houses near Honest Ed’s and rented them to Artists at discounted rates. This blossomed the area’s artistic community into what is now known as Mirvish Village. Today the area is a cultural hub, home to art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants.
Ed gave away thousands of turkeys to those in need during the holidays, the tradition still happens to this day! Ed’s birthday use to be celebrated as a community event with complimentary food and entertainment.
A petition has been started by the Annex community to nominate Mirvish Village as a Heritage Conservation District. Sign the petition to preserve Honest Ed’s legacy.
Might this Saturday’s CraveTO at Honest Ed’s Alley and Parking Lot be the final chance for the community to come together and celebrate this cultural landmark before Ed’s closes for good?