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Oscar Peterson statue unveiling


Mark your calendars — you won’t want to miss the unveiling of the Oscar Peterson statue outside the National Arts Centre on June 30. Who’s attending? None other than Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh!

There will also be a musical tribute to Oscar Peterson as part of the celebration, with host Gregory Charles and the Montréal Jubilation Gospel Choir performing with pianist Oliver Jones.

The festivities begin at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 30 at the corner of Elgin Street and Albert Street–just outside the NAC.

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was a Canadian jazz legend. A native of Montreal, Peterson played all over the world and the statue, designed by Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy, shows a life-sized Peterson at his piano, with room for visitors to join him in a duet.

The unveiling comes just a day before Canada Day – one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Ottawa and which the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will also attend — and in the middle of the 30th annual TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival which runs June 24 to July 4.