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Legendary Jazz Pianist to Receive City's Highest Award

Sep 08, 2003

MISSISSAUGA, September 8, 2003 - Legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson will be presented with the Civic Award of Merit, the City of Mississauga's highest form of recognition, at a special ceremony to be held on September 10, 2003 at 12 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

"This award is reserved for those individuals whose achievements are considered by Council as truly exceptional," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.
Peterson, who received his honourary doctorate, has been a Mississauga resident for 32 years has received national and international recognition for his talents as a pianist and composer. He recently celebrated his 78th birthday. He's been an international star for more than half a century - the work of his trios and quartets imitated by many.

The presentation to Mr. Peterson by Mayor McCallion on behalf of Council and the City of Mississauga will also include a short video presentation of the life and times of Oscar Peterson and the announcement of a street named after him -- Oscar Peterson Blvd.
The only other recipient of the award since its creation in 1997 is Olympic bronze medalist Silken Laumann.

Photo Opportunity: Oscar Peterson available for photos.