Honest Ed's is one of Toronto's most iconic landmarks. Located in the heart of the Annex, Honest Ed's has been a Toronto fixture since it's opening in 1948. As fate would have it, the land was sold in 2013 to private developers to make way for condominiums - an all too familiar trend in Toronto.
To pay homage to this celebrated institution, the Centre for Social Innovation hosted An Honest Farewell, a four-day long festival of art, live performances, parties, and interactive installations, all within the Honest Ed's building. I was able to check out aMAZEment, and it was by far one of the coolest experiences I've ever had in Toronto. The many rooms, stairwells, and corridors of Honest Ed's were transformed into an interactive gallery of artwork and performances by local artists and members of the community alike. Honest Ed's would have made a fantastic permanent art space, and I hope in the future the City of Toronto puts more effort into maintaining our unique urban history.
Farewell Honest Ed's - you will be missed.