In commemoration of Edmond Yu and the work his life continues to inspire, the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) is holding a Blues Concert in his name.
Edmond Yu, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, died on Feb. 20, 1997 after he was shot by police. An official inquest in 1998-1999 cleared the police of wrong-doing and resulted in a number of recommendations and concluded that housing is a mental health issue and the absence of decent housing is a major determinant to health.
The tragic death of Edmond Yu compelled PARC to ensure all people with mental illness have a place they know they belong by offering drop-in programs, art and music programs and supportive housing.
On Feb. 28 at 3030 Dundas West (the actual name of the bar), ‘Blues for Edmond Yu’ will feature The Long Haul, featuring Chris Caddell, as well as a performance by the PARC Musicians.
“The idea came from our Resource Development committee members. I believe they wanted to do something that commemorated Edmond Yu and his death,” said Geoff Gans with PARC. “They wanted to keep that alive while at the same time raising money for PARC.”
Money raised from the admission will go toward PARC’s main music program, a Wednesday jam that has been going on for 20 years.
During this program PARC members and community members have a live jam from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday.
For advance tickets to Blues for Edmond call Geoff Gans at PARC at (416) 537-2262 ext. 244.
Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.
– Erin Hatfield