REPORTING · 21st July 2015
If you are in the down town core on a hot sunny day, it might be worth it to keep an ear open for Ed Prochot, playing his guitar and singing.
“I gotta play every 2-3 days. I’ve been playing for 40 to 50 years off and on, and then I decided: ‘why play at home?’ […] Why not go down and do it for the public,” said Prochot. “Part of the reason I do it is because there is nothing going on in Kitimat. There is no family places to go, there is no beach, people can’t go to the beach.”
He plays the guitar and keyboard. Most of the music he performs is folk, singing . 30% of the money he makes is donated to Alzheimer’s and Dementia research.
He prefers to play by the park where the children play. One of the things he would like to see is the government funding daycare with palliative care in the same building. This way, children would be able to learn from the senior and vice versa. He suggested putting a park behind the extended care.
Prochot tries to play for the seniors once a month.
“We need more of this in town. We used to have a farmers market. Last year, I started playing there and everybody loved it. [now,] It’s all in Terrace, We have nothing here in Kitimat. This is where all the money’s made, where all the local people work, but we get nothing. We don’t have a place to sit around and socialize, get together. There are other talented people in Kitimat who would love to do something like this,” said Prochot.