I drove past this mural, created by Montreal artist Gene Pendon in homage to Oscar Peterson
- no place to park. This was shot through my windshield at a red light. It's not the best angle.
Oscar Peterson, who grew up in this area, was a world renowned jazz pianist. You can read about him here. I had a the privilege of hearing him in concert many years ago and have a number of his CDs. Montreal was a hotbed of jazz in the 20th century. I recently co-wrote a blog post about a CBC multi platform production for education: Burgundy Jazz. You can learn more about Oscar Peterson as well as other Montreal jazz musicians and also learn about the community that spawned them.
A picture book also recently came out which touches on Peterson's childhood: Oscar Lives Next Door. You can read more about it here.
Here's a video clip for you
Salute to Bach - Oscar Peterson Trio
(apologies if the ad plays first)