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April 15, 2009
New street name honours Ed Mirvish
Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) today unveiled a new street name sign to honour Ed Mirvish, one of Toronto’s most successful and most loved citizens.

“Ed Mirvish was a businessman, humanitarian and theatre impresario who brought joy and happiness to many residents of Toronto, and helped make this City liveable,” said Mayor David Miller. “He touched so many lives with his compassion, commitment and generosity. Ed Mirvish was truly a wonderful person who gave so much to his community and to his city.”

Peter Ortved, Chair of Heritage Toronto’s Board of Directors, commented, "Ed Mirvish's entrepreneurial spirit, generosity and passion have defined our city. This occasion has led Heritage Toronto to launch a new type of street sign to explain the origin of street names, beginning with Ed Mirvish Way.”

Born in the United States in 1914, Mirvish came to Canada with his family at the age of nine. His father died when Mirvish was 15, leaving him to operate the family’s grocery store. He later became the owner of Toronto’s (and Canada’s) first bargain store with the opening of Honest Ed’s at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst Streets in 1948. In 1963, he started in the theatre business when he bought the Historic Royal Alexandra Theatre, saving it from demolition, and is credited with creating a theatrical renaissance in Toronto. Later, he and his son David privately built the Princess of Wales Theatre. In 1982, he purchased London England’s Old Vic Theatre, which the family held for 16 years. Mirvish also owned a series of restaurants for almost 40 years along Toronto’s King Street in the Entertainment District.

Mirvish will also be remembered for his humanitarian and community endeavours, such as giving away free turkeys to the needy from his store at Christmas or by hosting (and paying for) a party on his birthday every year - inviting residents to enjoy food, entertainment and children’s activities.

Ed Mirvish died in 2007 at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife, Anne Mirvish, and his son David.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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