MONTREAL TO NAME DOWNTOWN PLAZA FOR JAZZ LEGEND OSCAR PETERSON

Aug 31, 2021

By Christine Ross

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After many calls for greater recognition, the late great jazz musician Oscar Peterson is finally getting his dues.

The City of Montreal is naming a downtown plaza after Peterson, to  include signs and other art installations celebrating his life and work.

In 2020, an unsuccessful petition to rename the Lionel-Groulx metro station after Peterson, who grew up in the nearby Little Burgundy neighbourhood, attracted more than 25,000 signatures.

The eight-time Grammy winner, was born in Montreal in 1925 and died in 2007 in Mississauga after a 60-year career as a jazz pianist.

A documentary on his life called Black + White will play at TIFF, which runs September 9th to 18th.

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