|Date of Issue||July 31, 2014|
|Perforation or Dimension||Serpentine Die Cut 13½|
|Series||Canadian Country Artists|
|Series Time Span||2014|
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
|Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine||$1.70|
U-VF Used - Very Fine
|Used - Very Fine||$0.40|
From the twangy notes and yodels of Hank Snow to the mellow tones of Tommy Hunter, the Quebec folk influence on Renée Martel, and the crossover hits of Shania Twain and k.d. lang, this issue presents a broad spectrum and some of the greatest Canadian names in country music.
Each stamp has been individually designed – by Sabrina McAllister and Xerxes Irani (Twain, Martel and Snow) and Subplot’s Roy White (lang and Hunter) – to capture the unique style of the artists. The designs are founded on photographs that epitomize the way these five talented singers are known to their fans. This issue was made possible by the decision to produce five separate booklets and Official First Day Covers – one for each artist – plus a souvenir sheet that brings them together in perfect harmony.
Says designer Sabrina McAllister, “For the design and approach to the stamps, I focused on bringing out the personality of each musician in the style of typography, use of photography and colour palette.”
Tommy Hunter: Canada’s Country Gentleman
Tommy Hunter got his start at a young age: armed with a rented guitar, the legend from London, Ontario, began performing at his local church and a veteran’s hospital at nine years old. Inspired by country legend Roy Acuff, he worked to perfect the musicianship and on-stage persona that would make him so popular.
The 16-year-old Hunter marked his radio debut in 1952, and by the time he was 20, he was a featured singer on CBC-TV’s Country Hoedown. This experience paved the way for his own series, The Tommy Hunter Show, on which appeared the likes of Shania Twain, k.d. lang and Hank Snow. The broadcast lasted for 27 years, making it the longest-running network country music show in the world and making Hunter’s name synonymous with Canadian country music.
Tommy Hunter was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, appointed to the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Country Music Association of Ontario and the Gospel Music Association of Canada.