I work at CSI Annex which just put to bed and closed the doors on a Toronto Marketing Monument – Honest Eds located … no, no – really spread out Westbound over the south side block at Bathurst and Bloor in the heart of Toronto’s ethnic communities. For me, despite the heartfelt send off, Honest Eds should not be condo-minimized. There should be a better way to preserve a part of the city’s heritage. But the fate of the great Bank Buildings along Bay and Queen Street 60-70 years ago wrote the epitaph on historical preservation in the Queen City especially for Business Buildings.
So this posting is sort of a visual elegy to Honestly Eds Space on its last few fortnights in Toronto. Its pictures from the last Christmas parade to go by Ed’s year-round Christmas decoration on Bloor Street. Yes there is a bit of melancholy and irony. But, as always some stark beauty to be found too.First to be seen is the Bloor Street Ornament Extraordinaire:
The Santa Parade for 2016
It was windy, humid, cold and blowing snow Santa Claus Parade Day in Toronto. The kind of cold that you have to shield and layer yourself against. And that is what Moms and Dads did for their kids all along the parade route. But inevitably the kids will play – even a hockey game breaks out. And of coutrse there is Christmas confetti everywhere too.
The Toronto Constabulary on Horseback and the Mother Goose float start the parade off. Okay, that is not strictly true. The Santa Parade 8K runners start things moving about 5 minutes before the official start. Now I fail to understand why the runners are spotted such a head start because they finish at least a half hours ahead of the rest of the parade at the downtown finish.
Next the clowns seemed to be itching to start and broke a bit early themselves, maybe to soften up the kids and parents with their outlandish costumes and free giveaways.But after that the alternating clowns, floats and big school bands carrying just as many flags as instruments marched, serenaded and often bedazzled the parade watchers:
Into Honest Eds Emporium
Well it certainly was warm inside Honest Eds Emporium. The store would be closing in 4 weeks so there were all sorts of sales and specials going on. It was its own parade of “super duper” specials, honest sales gimmicks, Mirvish aphorisms and touches of nostalgia that were on display everywhere one turned.