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Old Posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:31 PM
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Canadian Signage Thread

Just making this thread not to plug up the retail thread with construction pics and new signage pictures.

Historic Signage
LED signage
Advertising Signage
3rd Party Signage
New Retail Construction
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Bonus points for pics of any "mid-century"-style signs still in use (or modern facsimiles).
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^^^ I've got a good one!

This neon sign here in Windsor was just refreshed recently and is now the first local sign to have the unique status as the only sign on the city's heritage register! It's from 1954! I grew up two blocks away from this plaza and sign and hold it close to my heart, as I have so many memories amazing growing up in the 60s and 70s, basically going there almost every day for candy and groceries with my mother once a week. It's got a very Vegas look to it, and I'm so happy that they saved it and refreshed it!

http://windsorite.ca/2012/02/heritag...n-square-sign/

http://www.windsorstar.com/photos+yo...134/story.html
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^^^ I've got a good one!

This neon sign here in Windsor was just refreshed recently and is now the first local sign to have the unique status as the only sign on the city's heritage register! It's from 1954! I grew up two blocks away from this plaza and sign and hold it close to my heart, as I have so many memories amazing growing up in the 60s and 70s, basically going there almost every day for candy and groceries with my mother once a week. It's got a very Vegas look to it, and I'm so happy that they saved it and refreshed it!

http://windsorite.ca/2012/02/heritag...n-square-sign/

http://www.windsorstar.com/photos+yo...134/story.html
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One of my favourite signs in Toronto has been missing for the past few years, but will apparently be back:



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...mmer-1.3962759

The El Mocambo sign was taken down due to disrepair after the venue closed and was sold, however the new owners intend to open this summer and at some point the sign will return. One would hope concurrently.

The current streetview sans sign but mentioning the lack thereof: https://goo.gl/maps/tJGDfaFttav
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The TTC logo has been around since the 1920's.
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One of my favourite signs in Toronto has been missing for the past few years, but will apparently be back:



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...mmer-1.3962759

The El Mocambo sign was taken down due to disrepair after the venue closed and was sold, however the new owners intend to open this summer and at some point the sign will return. One would hope concurrently.

The current streetview sans sign but mentioning the lack thereof: https://goo.gl/maps/tJGDfaFttav

Iconic!

To me, the three "great signs of Toronto (commercial category)" were always El Mocambo, Sam's, and Zanzibar. Not in the same league, but still very Toronto would be Fran's Restaurants.

EDIT: How could I forget Honest Ed's? Doh!

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One of my favourite signs in Toronto has been missing for the past few years, but will apparently be back:



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...mmer-1.3962759

The El Mocambo sign was taken down due to disrepair after the venue closed and was sold, however the new owners intend to open this summer and at some point the sign will return. One would hope concurrently.

The current streetview sans sign but mentioning the lack thereof: https://goo.gl/maps/tJGDfaFttav
Mine as well. It still ain't no Garden Gate Restaurant (personal bias is on)
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One of my favourite signs in Toronto has been missing for the past few years, but will apparently be back:



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...mmer-1.3962759

The El Mocambo sign was taken down due to disrepair after the venue closed and was sold, however the new owners intend to open this summer and at some point the sign will return. One would hope concurrently.

The current streetview sans sign but mentioning the lack thereof: https://goo.gl/maps/tJGDfaFttav
An interesting piece from the Record about the reproduction of the El Mocambo sign being built by Pride Signs of Cambridge, ON.

https://www.therecord.com/news-story...ridge-company/
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Most people on this forum don't need to see this sign in full to know what it is. Looking forward to seeing it refurbished and installed on Victoria street.
source: https://www.thestar.com


Also looking forward to the Sam's signs going up at Dundas Square.
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As a kid, this sign always let me know I was about to get a great sandwich and my second hand smoke fix.



Calgary has some great recently restored hotel signage in the East Village.


Source: http://www.canaconstruction.com/proj...l-restoration/


Source: http://www.calgarymlc.ca/heritage-buildings/

The St Louis Hotel has the Old Cecil sign as well.


Source: http://www.thepicta.com/place/cecil-hotel/19662501
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The Orpheum and Vogue signs are heritage protected, one assumes?
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I like how Edmonton has a Neon Sign Museum. I'd love ot see something like that in Toronto, though the area around Dundas Square is kind of turning into one with the Mirvish and Sam's Signs.
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I like how Edmonton has a Neon Sign Museum. I'd love ot see something like that in Toronto, though the area around Dundas Square is kind of turning into one with the Mirvish and Sam's Signs.
It would be pretty brilliant if more and more of these old signs come to YDS. Would probably look really cool mixed in with the LED boards. Shame Honest Ed's is tucked away around the corner.
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It would be pretty brilliant if more and more of these old signs come to YDS. Would probably look really cool mixed in with the LED boards. Shame Honest Ed's is tucked away around the corner.
The Honest Ed's sign's location is dumb. The theatre is now named after him but, it's not like he restored it. His son bought from a holding company that ended up with the theatre after Cineplex Odean's live production company went bankrupt.

I agree. There's a number of disused signs/neon signs like rotting away on buildings all across Toronto that would be a shame to see trashed. The Yonge BIA could afford to restore one a year and have them attached to participating buildings along Yonge
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Fredericton has banned Neon signs from the downtown. Two signs were grandfathered in.

One was for George's Footwear:



When George's closed and the building renovated, the sign was taken down, so it is gone now.

The second is for Victory Meat Market, and is still active and in use to this day:



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Famous ones for Ottawa locals:





This one is gone I think:

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