Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Explore Toronto: Bathurst Station Gets Honest Ed-ified!

Honest Ed's Art Installation at TTC Bathurst Station Review

The building at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst Streets, covered in tacky bright lights and funny hand-painted signs, need no introduction - every Torontonian knows of the giant discount retail store Honest Ed's. Whether you love it or hate it, Honest Ed's has become a huge part of Toronto's landscape and found a place within the city's heart. The long lines to purchase one of the coveted hand-painted signs are a testament to how far people will go to get a piece of Honest Ed's.

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As a tribute to the iconic landmark, the TTC has transformed Bathurst Station, into a 'Honest Ed's-style installation commemorating the retail store and its former owner Ed Mirvish, and the impact that they had on the community and the city of Toronto.

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Hand-painted signs take the place of regular TTC signs all over the station with fun 'punny' signs that Torontonians have come to love from Honest Ed's cover the glass walls at street level and fun facts signs are dotted along along the platform level. The installation is temporary but there is a permanent display of photos and store memorabilia on the concourse level.

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The installation was made in-house with Honest Ed's staff partnering with TTC staff, who installed it in one night. Along with the installation, the TTC Metropass for November features a picture of Honest Ed's. Check out the short video of a behind-the-scenes look to how the installation came to be.


Honest Ed's will be closing its doors forever on December 31, 2016 after almost 70 years. I think we should keep the whole installation permanent at Bathurst Station. Who's with me?!

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Are you sad to see Honest Ed's closing? What is your favourite memory of Honest Ed's?

P.s!: If you didn't get a chance to buy a famous Honest Ed's hand-painted sign, don't worry there are plenty left to buy at the store (just much more expensive:) Oh there are t-shirts too.

P.s,

Melanie!
 

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