The man who threw so many street parties in life will get one thrown for him in death.


“Honest” Ed Mirvish, the beloved bargain goods and theatre impresario who died July 11 at 92, will be honoured Aug. 12 at a free eight-hour celebration outside his famous discount store at Bloor and Bathurst streets.


“There was such an outpouring of love and affection,” said Honest Ed’s general manager Russell Lazar, the organizer of the event. “We got e-mails from right across the continent, from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. And we just thought that a celebration of his life was appropriate.


“We’re hearing that from the people in phone calls — ‘What are you going to do? What are you going to do?’ We’re doing something now.”


Since 1989, Mirvish held free open-to-all parties on his July 24 birthday. He also gave away thousands of free turkeys on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Ed would have liked this,” Lazar said. “Have a celebration, make sure it’s free. Give them everything you did before.”

The event will close Bloor Street between Bathurst and Markham streets for the event.

Ed Mirvish day

  • Toronto Mayor David Miller will proclaim Aug. 12 “Ed Mirvish Day.”

  • When Mirvish was alive, the city government honoured him in the same manner on several occasions.