OTTAWA, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - From celebrating some of this nation's
most prominent country music stars and female athletes to recognizing
significant moments in our history, Canada Post's 2014 stamp program
will demonstrate the diverse combination of achievement, progress,
culture and tragedy that helps define Canada.
In a new series to be issued in July, country music stars Tommy Hunter,
k.d. lang, Renée Martel, Hank Snow and Shania Twain will appear on
stamps for the first time. Distinguished athletes - curler Sandra
Schmirler, figure skater Barbara Ann Scott and freestyle-skiing pioneer
Sarah Burke - will be featured in February in a set of stamps
commemorating Canadian Women Winter Athletes.
The new stamp program will also tell the compelling stories of the Komagata Maru incident - a Japanese steamship carrying hundreds of passengers from
India which was refused permission to land in Vancouver in May 1914,
and - in the same month - Canada's deadliest peacetime maritime
accident: the sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland.
"These stamp collections visually narrate some of our country's defining
moments - from our darkest days to those of immense pride, the 2014
program offers us some incredible stories to remember," says the
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada
"Collectively we continue to capture moments that will long live through
our stamp collection. And we encourage everyone to take note of these
stories as they truly mark who we are as Canadians," says Deepak
Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post.
Other new topics in the stamp program include anniversaries of cultural
icons such as the Royal Ontario Museum (100th anniversary) and the National Film Board of Canada (75th anniversary), Haunted Canada series, the return of the CFL to Ottawa
and the UNESCO World Heritage Site series.
Overview of 2014 stamp program:
Queen Elizabeth II: The annual tradition of honouring the Queen continues with a reprint of
the 2013 stamp.
Lunar New Year: Year of the Horse: Each stamp in the 12-year series celebrating the Lunar New Year has
been a popular issue. The series continues in 2014, with The Year of
the Horse, featured on two stamps (domestic and international).
Black History - Africville and Hogan's Alley: Our Black History series has been very well received in previous years.
For 2014, the series recognizes two Canadian neighbourhoods with
significant links to black history - Africville in Halifax and Hogan's
Alley in Vancouver.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100th anniversary: This se-tenant two-stamp issue commemorates one of Canada's premier
museums, which boasts a collection of more than six million objects and
artifacts and over 30 galleries of world cultures and natural history.
The National Film Board of Canada, 75th anniversary: A five-stamp set will recognize this world-renowned Canadian public
organization, a leader in ground-breaking interactive works,
social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and stereoscopic works.
Over its 75-year history, the NFB has created more than 13,000
productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more
than 90 Genies.
RMS Empress of Ireland, 100th anniversary: Two stamps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland, in the St. Lawrence River, near Rimouski, Quebec. The stamp recognizes
the highest death toll for a peacetime Canadian Maritime accident. Some
1,012 people died when the ship collided with a Norwegian collier, the
SS Storstad, on May 29, 1914.
Komagata Maru Incident, 100th anniversary: In 1914, a Japanese steamship carrying 376 passengers from India was
refused permission to land in Vancouver and forced to return to India.
This stamp demonstrates how much Canada has progressed and recognizes
the valuable contributions of Canadians from all parts of the world.
Christmas, Santa Claus and Religious: A three-stamp set, including domestic, U.S. and international postage,
will feature Santa Claus. Another stamp has a religious theme and
showcases classic nativity art.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ten UNESCO World Heritage sites of Canada will be featured on
commemorative and definitive stamps. In 2014, we will feature:
Newfoundland and Labrador's Gros Morne National Park; the Joggins
Fossil Cliffs, Old Town Lunenburg and the Landscape of Grand-Pré
National Historic Site in Nova Scotia; Quebec's Miguasha National Park;
Ontario's Rideau Canal National Historic Site; Alberta's
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump; SGang Gwaay in B.C.; Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories;
and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks in Alberta and B.C.
Baby Wildlife: The popular series continues with a focus on four indigenous Canadian
animals. For 2014, the series features the beaver, mountain goat,
Atlantic puffin and the young bull elk.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights: A stamp to mark the opening of Canada's new national museum, which will
welcome its first visitors in 2014. Located in Winnipeg, it is the
first national museum to be built outside the National Capital Region.
The only museum in the world solely devoted to human rights awareness
and education, it will stand as a beacon for visitors from around the
Country Legends: This issue honours some of Canada's most recognized country musicians:
Thomas James "Tommy" Hunter, k.d. lang, Renée Martel, Hank Snow, and
Haunted Canada: This new series that showcases supernatural tales from across the
country begins with five new stamps featuring Prince Edward Island's
Northumberland Strait; Quebec's Château Frontenac; Ontario's Fort
George; the St. Louis Ghost Train in Saskatchewan; and Alberta's Ghost
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Flowers - Roses: Our popular flower series continues in 2014 with the rose. This
two-stamp issue will be a hit for wedding invitations and enjoyed by
collectors and consumers - especially gardeners.
Canadian Photography: In its second year of issue, this multi-year series showcases the most
celebrated work of Canadian photographers from the last 150 years,
including Fred Herzog, Lynne Cohen, Michel Lambeth, C.D. Hoy and Louis
Prudent Vallée on the domestic issues, plus the work of William Notman
on the U.S. denomination and Edward Burtynsky on the International rate
Children's Literature - Caillou, 25th anniversary: The Caillou book series, which marks its 25th anniversary, is recognized in the third issue dedicated to Canadian
"Wait for me, Daddy!" This classic Canadian wartime photograph will be featured on a stamp to
coincide with Remembrance Day. The photo shows a young boy reaching for
his father's hand in a marching line of hundreds of Canadian soldiers.
Photojournalist Claude Dettloff took the photograph on October 1, 1940,
in New Westminster, B.C.
Female athletes: A set of stamps will recognize three celebrated female winter athletes:
curler Sandra Schmirler, figure skater Barbara Ann Scott and
freestyle-skiing pioneer Sarah Burke.
Return of the CFL to Ottawa: Two stamps - one definitive coil and one commemorative - will be issued
as the nation's capital prepares to welcome the return of the Canadian
Football League. The Ottawa REDBLACKS are scheduled to enter the league
for the 2014 season.
NHL teams: A set of NHL-themed stamps are part of a continuing series to celebrate
this country's favourite sport. This edition will focus on defensemen
of the Original Six.
Canada Post Community Foundation: This fundraising stamp celebrates Canadian youth. Funds raised through
its sale support organizations that deliver children's services. The
Foundation has raised more than $8.5 million for a variety of
Six commemorative envelopes will also be released in 2014: Charlottetown
and Québec Conferences, 150th anniversary; Art Gallery of Hamilton 100th anniversary; Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, 100th anniversary; Royal Montreal Regiment, 100th anniversary; and Régiment de Hull, 100th anniversary.
The Stamp Advisory Committee recommends the themes and designs included
in the annual stamp program. The committee is comprised of individuals
from across the country with expertise in history, philately, design
and other topics. It reflects English-speaking and French-speaking
populations, as well as the changing ethnic diversity of the country.
Canada Post's Board of Directors reviews the committee's
recommendations to establish the final selections each year.
SOURCE: Canada Post
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