If you need to send a love letter to an American Woman or a package to a Subdivision, Canada Post has you covered.
Canada's postal service unveiled four stamps Friday, the first time it has ever featured Canadian rock and roll bands (although it has used individual artists). It went with Rush, The Tragically Hip, The Guess Who, and Beau Dommage for its initial batch of rock-related philatelic products.
Members of each band collaborated with designer Louis Gagnon to create their stamps. Rush went with an image from its 2112 album, The Guess Who used its logo. The other two bands went with group shots.
Here's how Canada Post described each band in its official release:
- “Rush has sold more than 40 million records and ranks third only behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for the most gold and platinum records sold by a rock band. This past April, RUSH added to its many awards and honours by becoming the first Canadian band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- The Tragically Hip has remained among Canada's most popular bands since it started in 1984, and is especially known for its riveting live concerts. Along the way the Hip has earned several awards, including 14 JUNO Awards and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and it has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
- The Guess Who began in 1962 and is still recording and performing sold-out shows across the globe. In 2002, the band received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, adding to its numerous other honours, including being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canada's Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
- Beau Dommage was the first band to receive a medal of honour from the National Assembly of Quebec. Its self-described “folk-rock-urban” sound catapulted the band to success during the '70s when it toured throughout Quebec and across Europe, selling hundreds of thousands of albums and earning Félix trophies and a Billet d’or. Though it disbanded, Beau Dommage regularly reunites to thrill its enduring fan base.”