New mural pays tribute to Montreal jazz legend Daisy Peterson Sweeney (PHOTOS)

Oct 24 2018, 1:42 pm

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Daisy Peterson Sweeney was born and raised in Montreal’s Little Burgundy, so it’s only fitting that her image is immortalized on one of its walls.

The celebrated Montrealer was a jazz artist, piano teacher and a committed member of Montreal’s black community.

The mural is located on Saint-Jacques and Guy Street and was created by muralist Kevin Ledo, the artist who designed the Leonard Cohen mural in Le Plateau.

Peterson Sweeney is known for teaching jazz legends Oliver Jones and her younger brother, Oscar Peterson how to play the piano, as well as countless other local children. She founded the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir that has since changed its name to the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir.

At the site of the mural, her daughter Judith Sweeney said, “I feel it shows her heart. She had the most generous heart you would ever believe.”

Peterson Sweeney, who died in 2017, will also have a municipal park and part of a street named in her honour.

The Sweeney mural was funded by the city of Montreal and was designed and painted by the non-profit organization MU.

 

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