Oscar Peterson’s synthesizer up for sale at auction

Exclusive instruments and memorabilia from famous Canadian musicians Oscar Peterson, Geddy Lee, The Tragically Hip and more are being auctioned off in an online fundraiser.

Toronto-based organization Make Music Matter kicked off its Healing in Harmony holiday auction on Thursday, which will run until Dec. 4, when bidding ends at 8 p.m. EST.

Up for auction are a synthesizer – a 76-key Ensoniq ZR-76 – owned by Montreal jazz legend Oscar Peterson and donated by his wife, Kelly Peterson, a Signature Fender Jazz bass signed by Geddy Lee of Toronto rock band Rush, and a frame print of The Tragically Hip’s “Fully Completely” album cover signed by the surviving members of the band.

Also auctioned are autographed instruments from the bands Sum 41 and Billy Talent, signed CDs and vinyl records, and other merchandise.

All proceeds from the auction will help Make Music Matter expand its music therapy program, Healing in Harmony.

“I’m so proud of my colleagues in the music industry who come together to make a difference,” said David Bottrill, Grammy-winning producer and chairman of the board of Make Music Matter, in a statement. Press.

“We are thrilled to have their support as we expand our work alongside Indigenous communities to address the generational trauma their members have experienced.”

Originally created for survivors of trauma in conflict and post-conflict areas, the Healing in Harmony program has helped survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as young Syrian refugees with disabilities, Make Music said. Matter in its press release.


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