Bloor street view of Honest Ed's department store. The sign is bright orange and in a circus style.

Making Change at Honest Ed’s Walking Tour


August 10 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm

About the Tour

Discover a Toronto institution! Join us at Bloor and Bathurst to explore one of the most vibrant intersections of the city, once the proud home of Honest Ed’s. We’ll explore how Ed Mirvish’s bargain store transformed the surrounding neighbourhood, including the nearby Mirvish Village arts community. We’ll also explore the important legacy of Blackhurst, a hub for Toronto’s Black community. Visit the site of Beverly Mascoll’s beauty company, which launched a revolution in Black hair care. We’ll also visit the former offices of Contrast newspaper, Canada’s oldest newspaper for the Black and Caribbean diaspora.

This tour will be led by emerging historian Alanna Brown.

Alternate Dates

There is another presentation of this tour on Sunday, August 25 at 11:00am, and Thursday, September 19 at 6:30pm.

Cost and Registration

This tour is provided for $8.00/person. The total cost is $9.85 (includes a $1.85 transaction fee). Please note that space is limited on our tours. You may not be able to join a tour group if you have not registered ahead of time through our website.

Further Information

This tour runs rain or shine and is approximately 90 minutes long. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and consider bringing sunscreen and water to make your tour as enjoyable as possible.

This tour is approximately 1.1 kilometres in distance, and takes place mostly on city sidewalks and some non-paved urban parks.

This tour uses individual audio headsets. All registered participants will be provided with an individual headset that will allow you to hear the live tour guide throughout the tour.

If you share our passion for accessible and inclusive heritage programming, we invite you to make a donation while on the tour to help fund one of our next walks. Staff can accept donations via credit or debit card onsite, and gifts of $20+ will receive a charitable tax receipt. Cash donations will not be accepted.

If you have any questions prior to the tour, please contact us at [email protected]

Start Point

Honest Ed’s original location (581 Bloor Street West)

End Point

A Different Booklist & Blackhurst Cultural Centre (777-779 Bathurst Street)


$9.85 ($8.00 ticket + $1.85 Eventbrite transaction fee)


Pre-registration is required.

Tour Start Location

581 Bloor Street West

581 Bloor St W
Toronto, M6G 1K1
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