Go inside the giant goodbye party Toronto is throwing for Honest Ed's

Before the iconic building comes down, artists are taking it over with a four-day celebration inspired by Honest Ed's spirit of inclusivity.

Before the iconic building comes down, artists are taking it over

Toronto is throwing a giant goodbye party for Honest Ed’s

6 years ago
Duration 1:29
An inside look at this once-in-a-lifetime celebration: a farewell to Toronto’s beloved retailer.

Established in 1948, the legendary department store Honest Ed's closed its doors last year. But before the iconic building makes way for a brand new rental community, the Centre for Social Innovation is throwing a giant farewell celebration in the 160,000 square foot building this weekend.

With over 100 artists participating in the celebration, the four-day event called "An Honest Farewell" includes performances, installations, workshops, panel discussions and more — all inspired by Honest Ed's spirit of inclusivity.

In this video, we give you an inside look at this once-in-a-lifetime celebration — a fitting farewell to Toronto's beloved retailer.

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Mercedes Grundy is a producer for CBC's Unscripted division. She has played an integral role in the creation of series like Exhibitionists, The Filmmakers and Canada's a Drag as well as special projects like Superqueeroes and The 2010s: The Decade Canadian Artists Stopped Saying Sorry. Collectively, these projects have won Grundy 5 Canadian Screen Awards. She has an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC.


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