Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Snoo Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: Oscar Peterson

My project is about Oscar Peterson and how he inspired people through music. And how the world was changed by people who were inspired by his music.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

My choir team, the Vancouver Bach Children's Choir sang his song, "Hymn To Freedom" 3 years ago. At that time I didn't know Oscar Peterson actually, I realized he was him with preparing this project. However, the song was one of my favorite songs since then. I really enjoyed his musics including "Hymn To Freedom". While I have been preparing this project I listened his musics a lot, and I found out how powerful music is. It was very important and interesting lesson I believe.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The most important thing I learned is how Oscar Peterson changed the world through music. He moved the hearts of people no matter if he/she was black/white. No matter if he/she was rich/poor. And no matter if he/she was in trouble/not.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I can enjoy my life. I don't need to think what my skin color is when I live. Even 50 years ago, However, equality and freedom were quite limited by skin color. But Oscar Peterson overcame it. And he made the world much better.

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.