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December 24, 2007
Mayor David Miller comments on the passing of Oscar Peterson
“Toronto, Canada and the world has lost one of the true all-time greats of jazz. I had the privilege of meeting Oscar Peterson when the courtyard at the TD Centre was re-named Oscar Peterson Place in 2004. There’s only one word that does him justice: legend.

“Even though he was originally from Montreal, the Toronto area was his home for almost 50 years. Since moving here, Oscar changed this city for the better by making it known around the world as a thriving centre for jazz and, by extension, the performing arts in general. Being here, he also inspired many Torontonians to follow their dream of playing music.

“On behalf of all Torontonians I extend my sympathies to his family and friends, and all those he and his music touched over the decades. Through that music, his spirit will live on.”

Media contact:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119



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