A fun thing to do in Ottawa is to stop by the National Arts Centre on Elgin Street to see the sculpture of legendary jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. Canadian sculptor, Ruth Abernethy, created the bronze sculpture which includes a larger-than-life grand piano and the great pianist sitting on the bench alongside. The sculpture was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in downtown Ottawa in June, 2010.
Since its unveiling this has become a popular spot to take photos either playing the piano or sitting alongside Mr. Peterson. Peterson grew up in Montreal, however, he had a strong connection to the National Arts Centre as he performed there at its opening in 1969 and received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award there as well. Peterson died in 2007 after a 65 year career as a recording artist and composer.
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