Ottawa - The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, and the Honourable André Ouellet, President and CEO of Canada Post, joined Canadian pop icon and photographer Bryan Adams in unveiling a new domestic rate (49-cent) postage stamp of Queen Elizabeth II today. Canada’s newest stamp features a photograph by Mr. Adams that is a striking contrast to the official photos used for previous stamps in her honour. Approximately 150 people attended the unveiling ceremony at Rideau Hall this morning, including students from Queen Elizabeth II school in Ottawa.
As Canada’s Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on more than 50 Canadian stamps. This new stamp presents a different image of the woman whose reign has encompassed the terms of nine Canadian governors-general and ten prime ministers. Like others granted the privilege of photographing the Queen during her Golden Jubilee year, Mr. Adams was given just five minutes to take his pictures. He was able to capture an informal, close-up image of the Queen in what he describes as a “glimpse of the real person.” The stamp was designed by Saskia van Kampen of Gottschalk + Ash of Toronto who cropped Adams’ photo to highlight the Queen’s smile and give it an active, unexpected quality.
Mr. Adams spoke briefly at the event, and explained why he feels the image was worthy of a stamp: “I think in the end, the thing that made this photo win out, was her charming smile. It is a one in a million.” Born in Kingston, Ontario, Bryan Adams has spent more than twenty years in the international music spotlight, becoming one of Canada's biggest entertainment icons. His many awards include multiple Junos, a Grammy Award, three Academy Award nominations for songwriting, and the Order of Canada. In 1990, the Canadian Recording Industry Association named him its artist of the decade. More recently, he has been exploring another side of his artistic vision as a photographer. The images from his first book of photography, a book dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, were exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in 1999. A tireless humanitarian and animal rights activist, he is actively involved with many charities, both national and international.
Stamps and Official First Day covers will be available at participating post offices, ordered online by following the links at Canada Post’s Web site www.canadapost.ca, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA call toll-free: 1-800-565-4362 and from other countries call: (902) 863-6550. Stamp information may also be found in the Newsroom section of Canada Post’s Web site.