An Honest Farewell
Toronto For Everyone, a part of the Centre for Social Innovation, opened up Honest Ed's for one last hurrah. The resulting spectacle entitled aMAZEment brought together a mixture of nostalgia and appreciation for this old building. I can't say I was ever particularly attached to Honest Ed's myself. I went there a few times, especially back when raves were popular and it was a cheap place to buy pacifers and plastic jewellery. Later, I recall buying the Venus razor, again because it was cheaper than elsewhere. Ed Mirvish had more of an impact on me through his investment in theatre. I'll never forget those shows, or that restaurant he used to have down on King, when at the tender age of 9, I attempted to order a grasshopper cocktail at a family dinner. But I do know many people who would spend hours wandering around the shop. As such, it was an odd sort of atmosphere to see it so barren and so hopeless. There was nothing saving it from the condo development that is going to demolish the entire Mirvish Village as we know it.