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Music Monday

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May 3 is Music Monday. Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday is one of the world’s largest single events dedicated to raising awareness for music education. In previous years, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers have celebrated from coast to coast to coast, and participated in the collective performance of the Music Monday Anthem, an original song written by a Canadian artist. The 2021 anthem is the iconic Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson and Hariette Hamilton, in a new bilingual translation. Listen to it here!

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Oscar Peterson

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Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson’s legendary career is being celebrated in a Heritage Minute. The minute-long video chronicles the seven-time Grammy winner’s rise from a working-class Montreal family to becoming a world-renowned piano virtuoso. It touches on his encounters with greatness, such as being dubbed “the man with four hands,” and acknowledges the racism he faced at jazz gigs in the 1940s.