Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Ed and Anne Mirvish Parkette
Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2011
Photo Source - Wikipedia
Plaque coordinates: 43.666435 -79.411553
Humanitarians, Retail Innovators, Arts Advocates
Ed and Anne Mirvish, two of Toronto's most beloved and celebrated citizens were married in 1941 and through a strong commitment to family, enjoyed 66 years of marriage. Ed (Honest Ed), an entrepreneur and Anne, an artist and performer supported, encouraged and inspired each other and with their generous human spirit, became a strong driving force in the support of community, the arts, worthy causes and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Together, they founded Honest Ed's in 1948, Canada's first discount retail store at Bloor and Bathurst Streets, one of Toronto's most recognized landmarks, rescued Toronto's Historic Royal Alexandra Theatre from demolition in 1963, created a theatrical renaissance in Toronto, pioneered Toronto's vibrant entertainment district, and developed Mirvish Village Arts Colony.
At Honest Ed's store they hosted two long-time traditions in the City of Toronto: Ed's annual and free public birthday parties, attended by thousands, and the giving of free turkeys to thousands of families at Christmas time.
On the day of Ed Mirvish's funeral, July 13, 2007, the lights of Broadway in New York were dimmed; the first ever such honour given to a Canadian.
Through Their Passion, Vision And Dedication, They Created A Lasting Legacy In The City Of Toronto Which Has Enriched The Lives Of The Citizens Of Toronto And Visitors Alike.
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