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FESTIVAL HONOURS HONEST ED'S

A four-day festival will honour iconic Toronto retailer Honest Ed's. STAN BEHAL/ POSTMEDIA

A four-day festival will honour iconic Toronto retailer Honest Ed's. STAN BEHAL/ POSTMEDIA

We're going to miss you, Honest Ed's! The iconic Annex retailer will be closing at the end of 2016, and a new artistic initiative will be honouring its memory.

On Monday, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) launched Toronto For Everyone, an initiative that focuses on inclusivity in T.O. For its first major event, CSI is calling on local artists to help co-create the official goodbye festival for Honest Ed's.

The festival will run from Feb. 23 to 26 in the new year, featuring exhibitions, workshops and panel discussions located in and around the classic discount store, which opened in 1948.

The website Torontoforeveryone.com provides more information about the festival, and it looks like the interior of Ed's will be transformed, incorporating immersive experiences by local performers (the website is asking for proposals from creators that work with "painting, photography, visual arts, sound and light design, sculpture, videography, dance, music and theatre").

Adil Dhalla, the executive director of CSI, tells 24 Hours about the importance of being inclusive in the wake of Donald Trump's victory last week.

"Especially given the outcome of the U.S. election, this message is more important now more than ever before," Dhalla wrote in an email. "So, while the [Ed's] building may go, the question we're asking is: how can the inclusive, community-minded spirit of Honest Ed's live on? A zany festival with something for everyone felt like the perfect homage to Ed's and the value it brought to our city for so many years." 

- SEAN FITZGERALD/ 24 HOURS