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Toronto signs that made the news in 2017 — from Honest Ed's to Sam the Record Man

It may have been the year of Trump, #MeToo and Meghan Markle, but in Toronto, 2017 was also the year of the sign.

A new Toronto sign has been created to launch The Waterfront BIA's winter arts program.

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A new Toronto sign has been created to launch The Waterfront BIA's winter arts program.

It may have been the year of Trump, #MeToo and Meghan Markle, but in Toronto, 2017 was also the year of the sign. Metro takes a look.

Waterfront:

A 50-foot-long driftwood sign just sprung up in front of the HTO Park beach. Commissioned by the Toronto Waterfront BIA and created by the Shore Land Arts, the #TOwaterfront sign is meant to be a focal point for more arts programming coming to the area through the winter. The bright pink sign, which will stand until spring, is almost an upgrade of another driftwood sign that appeared near Humber Bay shore last summer.

Sam The Record Man:

The iconic Sam The Record Man sign is once again lit up on top of a building, now at 277 Victoria St. across from Yonge-Dundas Square.

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The iconic Sam The Record Man sign is once again lit up on top of a building, now at 277 Victoria St. across from Yonge-Dundas Square.

After a short hiatus, the sign made a comeback and is currently sitting atop the Toronto Public Health building outside Yonge and Dundas Square. The sign, long a Toronto attraction, was originally installed atop the music store of renowned Canadian promoter Sam Sniderman.

Toronto Sign touch-ups:

The Toronto sign, lit up in the colours of the French flag, seen reflected in the water at city hall back in 2015.

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The Toronto sign, lit up in the colours of the French flag, seen reflected in the water at city hall back in 2015.

The landmark sign installed in front of city hall for the 2015 Pan Am Games saw a few makeovers this year. Back in May, city crews had to renovate parts of the colourful letters due to winter damage. They also added new features including a raccoon, maple leaf and love sign. In the spring, the sign became home to the TO Canada With Love campaign, with people plastering it with messages of diversity.

Honest Ed's:

A view of the demolition of Honest Ed's earlier this year.

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A view of the demolition of Honest Ed's earlier this year.

After the Toronto bargain store closed down to pave way for a new development near Bloor and Bathurst, David Mirvish announced that the 30-foot-tall by 60-foot-wide Honest Ed's sign would be moved to the Ed Mirvish Theatre at its new location in the Yonge-Dundas area.

Trump topples:

Workers start to take the letters off a Trump Hotel in Toronto last July.

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Workers start to take the letters off a Trump Hotel in Toronto last July.

With all the controversy surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump, the new owners of the former Trump International Hotel and Tower opted to dump his name. The letters spelling it out were fired from the 65-storey building on Bay Street last July, and Torontonians were quick to offer suggestions for a possible new name. It's now the Adelaide Hotel Toronto.

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