Oscar Peterson’s synthesizer among items up for bid in charity auction

A synthesizer keyboard that belonged to the late Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson is one of many rare items in the Healing in Harmony holiday auction.

The proceeds will go to Make Music Matter, a charity that helps to empower marginalized voices with its music therapy program Healing in Harmony.

From survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo to young Syrian refugees with disabilities (and soon, survivors of generational trauma in Indigenous communities in Canada), the Healing in Harmony program has helped transform the lives of more than 10,000 individuals in eight countries worldwide.

The Ensoniq ZR-76 up for auction is a 76-key, weighted action, stage and studio keyboard that was previously owned and used by Oscar Peterson. It was donated to Make Music Matter by his widow, Kelly Peterson.


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Among the other items up for auction: Legendary musician Geddy Lee has donated a signed bass guitar, and fellow rockers Billy Talent and Cone McCaslin of Sum 41 have also donated signed guitars.

Exclusive signed photos and artwork showcases some of Canada’s most beloved performers including the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Daniel Lanois, and The Trews. Recorded music up for auction includes signed vinyl from Corey Hart, City and Colour and Royal Wood, plus pieces by The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Gordon Lightfoot, The Weeknd and Michael Bublé.

The auction runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. Browse the selection at go.rallyup.com/mmm.