Canada Post has released a stamp celebrating Stan Rogers who could arguably be called the most influential folksinger in Canadian history.
As a young boy, Stan spent his summers in Nova Scotia, mainly in his mother’s hometown, the seaside community of Canso. He grew up in a musical family and taught himself how to play guitar by age five. His time in Canso inspired his love of maritime life and music.
Known for his lively stage performances and rich baritone voice, Stan’s songs were known to be deeply personal, recounting the experiences, joys and sorrows of ordinary Canadians.
Stan was likened to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and described as one of the most talented singer-songwriters in North America by some of folk music’s biggest stars. Stan unfortunately passed away in an airplane fire in Kentucky on June 2, 1983.
Stan wrote many songs that are regarded as some of the most influential folk songs in Canadian history. Fogarty’s Cove and Barrett’s Privateers are two, but his hit Northwest Passage, released in 1981, is considered one of the best songs ever produced in Canada and has become an unofficial anthem.
You can purchase the Stan Roger’s commemorative stamps, an Official First Day Cover and a limited edition framed stamp enlargement through Canada Post.