IATSE Local 58

July 12, 2007 17:56 ET

IATSE Union Stage Hands Mourns Loss of "Honorary Gold Card Member" Edwin "Honest Ed" Mirvish

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of the United States and Canada (IATSE) is deeply saddened by the loss of one of the titans of live theatre, Ed Mirvish.

Mr. Mirvish held the Alliance's highest honour as an Honorary Gold Card Member.

In a letter to David Mirvish and his family, David Baer, President of IATSE Local 58, Stagehands Toronto wrote: "Each and every member of this Local, past and present, feels deeply indebted to your father for everything he did for theatre in Toronto".

Baer added that he remembered past IATSE 58 President James Fuller always speaking "in almost reverential tones" about his relationship with Ed.

"He knew that relationship was the last remnant of a bygone era when deals and contracts were done with a word and a handshake. Jim always told me there was no foundation in the world more solid than Mr. Mirvish's word and handshake."

In 1993, when IATSE held its 100th anniversary celebration in New York, Mr. Mirvish was the only employer to speak. He received five ovations during his speech and finished off with a memorable quote: "If the employer doesn't play ball boys, I'll be out on the bricks in my boots with you!"

Mr Mirvish's calling card was his congeniality, humor, smarts, and regular working man attitude. Nevertheless, Local 58 members always addressed him as "Mr. Mirvish" out of their deep respect for the man who did so much for them, for Toronto, and for theatre around the world.

Founded in 1898, IATSE Local 58 represents hundreds of performing arts stagehands and technicians in the Greater Toronto Area.

Contact Information

  • IATSE Local 58
    David Baer
    (647) 241-5588