Aug 31, 2021
By Christine Ross
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.