MONTREAL OPPOSITION PUSHES TO RENAME PLACE DES FESTIVALS TO HONOUR OSCAR PETERSON

Oscar Peterson’s widow, Kelly Peterson said the initiative would be a “wonderful” way to honour her late husband’s jazz legacy.

Oscar Peterson trio's "Place St. Henri" captures a piece of the vibrant Montreal jazz scene from the '50s and '60s, Christine Jensen says. (PATTI GOWER)

With his magical tunes so masterfully executed, it is little wonder why people call Oscar Peterson the greatest jazz pianist ever.

His talent has been celebrated by the world with a multitude of awards and accolades, including eight Grammys, the Order of Canada, and a statue unveiled in Ottawa by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.

But some say something is missing: recognition from his hometown of Montreal.

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“Although a small park has been named in Little Burgundy, we don’t think it rises to the stature and the legend that he was,” said municipal opposition leader Lionel Perez.

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