This weekend, Canada Post released an all-new series of stamps that depict legendary songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen in honour what would've been his 85th birthday. Cohen passed away in 2016 and left behind a legacy that will reverberate for decades to come.
Canada Post's Leonard Cohen stamps were unveiled at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on Friday evening. Also announced was a brand new album to be released soon titled Thanks for the Dance.
Three stamps were released, depicting Cohen at various stages throughout his storied career. In the mid-60s, after struggling to make in-roads as a poet, he showed two songs to folk singer Judy Collins who subsequently released them on her album. Shortly after, the legend of Leonard Cohen began in 1967 with the release of Songs of Leonard Cohen.
As perhaps Montreal's most prominent literary figure of the last 50 years, Cohen's influence can be felt in every generation. Hundreds of singers and artists have covered "Hallelujah," one of the world's best-known songs.
After countless awards and successes, Cohen's legacy is now posthumously honoured by Canada Post with the release of these new stamps, available online and at select Canada Post retailers.
Friday night's unveiling in the Glass Court at the Montreal Museum of Arts featured a touching video tribute, a live performance, and a sneak preview of one of Cohen's new songs from his forthcoming album.
Overlooking the Leonard Cohen mural that gazes down on Crescent, Canada Post's tribute stamps unfurled to a captivated audience of Cohen's fans, friends, and family.
Jessica Macdonald, Chair of the Board of Directors at Canada Post says that "Canada Post is proud to pay tribute to this memorably gifted man whose words and music have touched Canadians and people around the world."
If you're a fan of Leonard Cohen and want to honour his legacy, head to your nearest Canada Post and get yourself some stamps!