A Message From the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on the Death of Oscar Peterson

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A Message From the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on the Death of Oscar Peterson

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

TORONTO, Dec. 24 - I was saddened to learn of the death of Canadian music legend, Mr. Oscar Peterson. Born in Montreal but making his home in Ontario, Mr. Peterson achieved global legendary status throughout over 50 years in the music business. Mr. Peterson's iconic catalogue of work placed him at the forefront of the world's jazz culture. He was honoured by Ontario in 1992 when he was invested with the province's highest honour, the Order of Ontario. Known as arguably the best jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson recorded nearly 200 albums and entertained with other legendary performers including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Canada's own Diana Krall. His natural talent and magnetic stage presence contributed to the acclaim and awards he would receive throughout his life. Oscar Peterson began playing the piano at age five and quickly evolved into a professional musician. He encountered racism throughout much of his life and even after a stroke in 1993 that disabled his left hand, he continued to record and travel throughout the world. I join all Ontarians in mourning the passing of one of our most talented, beloved, and cherished musicians but we also celebrate his life and the joy he has provided us over the decades with his illustrious music.For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7780, www.lt.gov.on.ca